Cooperative Extension Service News Releases

Farm Day Fun series beings June 13 in Palmer

June 7, 2018

A Farm Day Fun summer series for families begins June 13 at the Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center.

Sessions will meet Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon on June 13, June 27, July 11, July 25 and Aug. 8. Each class will include a little instruction, a craft or game, and an activity and snack related to the topic. The June 13 session will include an introduction to garden basics, a tour of the farm’s gardens and vegetable planting by participants.

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Registration opens for Southeast 4-H camp in Haines

June 6, 2018

Registration is open for the Southeast 4-H Program’s AK Experience Camp, which will meet in Haines for the first time.

The five-day residential camp will take place July 23-28 at the Rainbow Glacier Camp, about eight miles south of Haines. The 4-H camp is open to all youth ages 11-18. 4-H is partnering with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on the annual camp, which has been held previously in Juneau.

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Revised solar design manual introduced at UAF

May 29, 2018

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service has released a new edition of “A Solar Design Manual for Alaska.”

Extension energy specialist Art Nash and Chris Pike and Erin Whitney, research engineers with the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, will talk about the revised manual and how to use it, from 6-8 p.m. May 31. The discussion will take place in the BP Design Theater on the fourth floor of the new engineering building at UAF, known officially as the Engineering Learning and Innovation Facility.

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Albertson to receive national health award

May 29, 2018

The National Environmental Health Association will recognize Bethel Cooperative Extension agent Leif Albertson for his work educating the public and agency professionals about the health risks associated with the use of lead rifle ammunition.

Albertson will receive the Joe Beck Educational Contribution Award on June 27 at the association’s national conference in Anaheim, California. Albertson has developed educational materials and given many presentations on the lead exposure risks associated with eating large game animals.

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Spruce beetle workshop offered in Big Lake

May 18, 2018

A workshop about managing spruce beetle damage and protecting the health of spruce trees will be offered in Big Lake on May 24.

The Alaska Division of Forestry and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will host the free workshop from 6-8 p.m. at the Big Lake Public Library, 3140 South Big Lake Road.

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