Cooperative Extension Service

The UAF Cooperative Extension Service is part of the largest informal education system in the world, connecting Extension programs and land-grant colleges and universities in every U.S. territory and state.

Whether teaching people how to can salmon, build a house or compost with worms, Extension Service staff have provided research-based, practical education to Alaskans since 1930. Extension now offers community programs in all areas of the state.

UAF's public service role is filled in part by Extension faculty and staff located in Anchorage, Bethel, Delta Junction, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kodiak, Nome, Palmer, Sitka and Soldotna, and in affiliate offices with the Tanana Chiefs Conference, Eielson Air Force Base and Thorne Bay.

As the state's gateway to the university system, Extension serves some 60,000 Alaskans annually, providing a link between Alaska's diverse people and communities by interpreting relevant knowledge of interest to Alaska residents. Major program areas include agriculture/horticulture, natural resources and community development, home economics, consumer science, 4-H youth development, health, housing and energy.

Extension has produced hundreds of publications and videos on a variety of topics with practical information that Alaskans can use. These are available at district offices or online at

For more information, call 907-474-5211, toll-free at 1-877-520-5211 or visit online at