Anchorage Extension Office Closure
UPDATE on the Anchorage and Sitka office closures: Extension now has a clearer picture of the impact on our budget by the reduction in state appropriations to the university. It is clear that Extension cannot continue business as usual. However, there have been developments that might enable Extension to open smaller, more focused offices in Anchorage and Sitka. These offices would not have specific faculty assigned to them but would build on Extension's statewide mission using distance delivery of programs and hands-on programs with agents and local experts.
Alaska Master Naturalist Eco-Retreat
September 3 and 4 in Seward
Submit requests and photos regarding local insects, plants or diseases you discover!
The information submitted is sent to a statewide team who will promptly respond with information regarding the sample. As needed, pertinent information can be sent to local or state land resource managers who may quickly respond to potential problems. To submit a photo for identification to the "Citizen Scientists" click here.
Schools on Trails Partnership
Kay Shoemaker Howell works with a variety of partners statewide to encourage youth, families and communities to get outdoors and explore the natural world. Kay is co-chair of the Get Outdoors Anchorage Coalition, which includes more than two dozen organizations that offer outdoor education and activities to youth and families.
The Schools on Trails Program operates under the umbrella of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation’s Live.Work.Play. campaign and the Anchorage Trails Initiative. Additional partners of Schools on Trails include representatives of the Anchorage Park Foundation, UAF Cooperative Extension Service, Anchorage School District, Alaska Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the National Park Service, the Copper Whale Inn and a growing list of community organizations and individuals.
Schools on Trails projects designed by students at other schools include a trail around a school that includes an amphitheater, a wildlife-viewing treehouse, PE activity space and a mushroom hike. Professionals, including graphic designers, park rangers and environmental scientists, meet with students to apply map and design elements to their ideas. The idea, Shoemaker said, is to get kids involved in their schools, civic engagement and in exploring their local trails and streams.
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UAF Cooperative Extension Service
Anchorage District Office
1675 C Street
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed for lunch noon-1 p.m.
What's going on in 4-H?
For more information on 4-H activities in our area, check out the Anchorage 4-H page!
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