Extension Centennial Connections Week

The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 established the Cooperative Extension Service, a state-by-state national network of educators who extend university-based knowledge to the people.  Cooperative Extension came to Alaska in 1930,  a year after Congress amended the legislation to include the territory. Extension became a department of the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines, which is now the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

In its early days, Extension helped Matanuska colonists, homesteaders and others thrive in Alaska’s challenging environment. We continue to meet the needs of Alaskans today —  whether it’s helping them establish community gardens, can salmon, use a GPS or learn the best way to use solar energy. We provide informal education with a purpose. 

Celebrating 100 years of informal education with classes and events.

Schedule of Events

Monday, August 11

Registration not required but encouraged.

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TimeTitle and PresenterDescription
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.Who Was Jujiro Wada?
-- Tony Nakazawa, Economics Faculty
The story of an Alaskan adventurer and pioneer who is a folk hero in Japan.
12:30 - 1:15 p.m.Building MyPlate
-- Katherine Anderson, Nutrition Educator
A demonstration on using the USDA's MyPlate method to build a balanced meal. Incorporating the full rainbow of colors for fruits and vegetables and portion sizes will also be explored. 
2 - 3:30 p.m.Alaska's Wild Berries: Identification and Use
-- Leslie Shallcross, Youth, Family and Community Development Faculty,  and Julie Riley, Extension Horticulture Agent
Alaska has an abundance of wild berries. Learn to tell which are delectable, palatable, insipid or poisonous. Berry picking suggestions and recipes are all part of the fun. 
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.Food Preservation
--Leslie Shallcross, Youth, Family and Community Development Faculty
Lecture covering priciples of food preservation and tips for success for each type of food preservation: freezing, drying, fermenting and pickling, canning and root cellars.
7 - 8:30 p.m.Rain Gardening
-- Lisa Balivet, Master Gardener
Learn what a rain garden is and how it functions to keep run-off from entering storm drains. Follow Lisa Balivet as she takes you through the process she used to create her own rain garden and receive a rebate from the Municipality of Anchorage.

Tuesday, August 12

TimeTitle and PresenterDescription
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.Getting Ready for Winter 
-- Meg Burgett, Natural Resource Program Assistant
The care and feeding of your wood stove.
12:30 - 1:15 p.m.Get Your Homeschool Students Outdoors 
-- Meg Burgett, Natural Resource Program Assistant
 Tips and activities for taking your homeschool classroom outside.
2 - 4 p.m.Alaskan Agriculture Enthusiasm
-- Ayse Gilbert, artist and garden designer
The illustrated lecture will feature Alaska agricultural experiment stations from 1898 to 1930, 100 years of Anchorage gardens and celebrating the centennial. There will also be research into historic vegetable cultivars for Alaska, as well as lists of plants used in the old-style heritage gardens of Southcentral and Southeast Alaska.  
5:30 - 6:45 p.m.

Peonies for Fun and Profit 
-- Julie Riley, Extension Horticulture Agent

An overview of Alaska's cut-flower peony industry and growing tips for the home gardener. 
7 - 8:30 p.m.Avoiding Moose in Your Garden
-- Rosa Meehan, Master Gardener
Learn about moose behavior, plants you can grow to avoid moose and fencing options to keep moose out of your garden from Master Gardener and former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee, Rosa Meehan. 

Wednesday, August 13

TimeTitle and PresenterDescription
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.Fall Weed Control; Do's and Don'ts
-- Gino Graziano, Invasive Plants Instructor
Learn what weed control strategies are appropriate and which will not work during the late summer and fall for some common invasive and noxious weeds. Topics and species will include prepping for herbicide application, thistles, hawkweeds, bird vetch, white sweetclover, trees and shrubs.
12:30 - 1:15 p.m.Bed Bug Basics
-- Jessie Moan, Statewide IPM Technician
Learn about bed bug identification, biology, behavior and best practices for preventing and controlling infestations. Topics will include what to look for when traveling, purchasing second-hand items and what to do if you suspect you have bed bugs. 
2 - 3:30 p.m.Powerhouse Veggies  
-- Leslie Shallcross, Youth, Family and Community Development Faculty, and Julie Riley, Extension Horticulture Agent
This class focuses on nutrition and the bioactive compounds found in Alaska's super vegetables. Includes gardening tips on 10 of the healthiest vegetables you can grow in Alaska.
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.Survival Sewing  
-- Marianne Kerr, 4-H & Youth Development Faculty
Learn to handle your "wardrobe malfunctions." Buttons, hems and other minor repairs will be covered. Bring your mending to class! 
6 - 9 p.m.Summer Open Sew
-- Marianne Kerr, 4-H & Youth Development Faculty
Simply show up with your projects, tools and friends. Open to crafters of all ages and abilities. 

Thursday, August 14

TimeTitle and PresenterDescription
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.Geotourism Ideas for sustainable tourism for rural communities.
12:30 - 1:15 p.m.Entering Vegetables and Flowers at the Alaska State Fair
-- Kathy Liska, Master Gardener
Participate in the Alaska State Fair's Good Time Fun! this year. Entry days are Wednesdays, Aug. 20 and 27. Master Gardener and Crops Superintendent Kathy Liska will offer tips on entry procedures on what it takes to have a winning entry in crops and flowers. 
3 - 4 p.m.Fall Tree Care
-- Patricia Joyner, Alaska Division of Forestry
If you have fallen for trees, it is time to take stock of their condition and take steps to help them survive the long winter. Protect them from moose, rabbits, voles, and weather extremes -- ice, heavy snowfalls, rain in January and wind. Find out what you can plant now for winter interest and fall color in your yard.
5:30 - 7 p.m.Yard and Garden Clinic
-- Integrated Pest Management and Horticulture faculty and staff
 Bring in your pest problems and plant specimens for identification.
7 - 8:30 p.m.Yard and Garden Clinic
View insect display cases, herbarium specimens and plant samples. 

Friday, August 15

TimeTitle and PresenterDescription
11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.Invasive Plants Overview
-- Gino Graziano

Invasive Garden Flowers 
-- Julie Riley

Learn what impacts to natural and agricultural resources invasive plants have in Alaska. 
Don't let your garden flowers jump the fence and become a problem. Not all garden thugs escape into natural areas. Learn which species the Cooperative Extension Service considers to be a problem in Southcentral Alaska and which plants to watch out for. 

4 - 7 p.m.UAF CES and Friends Centennial Picnic 

Saturday, August 16

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. -- Late Summer Plant and Garden Art Sale

Sponsored by Alaska Master Gardeners Anchorage. Find winter hardy perennials, native plants, berries and rhubarb.

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.Perennials for the Fall Garden
-- Annie Nevaldine, Master Gardener
Join photographer Annie Nevaldine as she offers suggestions for flowers and foliage that will give your garden late summer color and interest. 
12:15 - 12:45 p.m.

Primulas for Early Season Bloom
-- Jane Baldwin, Master Gardener

For a beautiful spring garden plant primroses. Primula auricula is extremely hardy but there are many other species to consider. 
1 - 1:30 p.m.

Dividing Perennials
-- Debbie Hinchey, Horticulturist and Alaska Master Gardener Association member

Outdoor demonstration on how to rejuvenate and multiply perennial flowers through division.
1:45 - 2:45 p.m.Late Summer Planting for Spring
-- Julie Riley, Extension Horticulture Agent
Plant now, utilize a few precautions and you can have an exquisite garden next spring. Perennial flowers, planting techniques and overwintering tips will be discussed. 
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