Anchorage Outreach Center

Submit your pest, plant or plant disease for identification online with our Citizen Science portal. You can also ask our staff questions online using our Ask an Expert portal. 


The Anchorage Outreach Center will be closed to the public until March 31 in cooperation with the Loussac Library closure notice. However, we are still working to help keep our community well-informed and healthy. You can reach us through our “Ask an Expert” program, by phone or by email. And remember, even when our office is closed, you can download all of our free publications anytime at
We are located in the Loussac Library on the fourth floor.
Our office is an outreach center with publications and hands-on classes taught by Cooperative Extension agents and local experts. 
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. or by appointment.
Closed for lunch from 1-2 p.m.
Our Experts may be out of the office conducting research or hosting an event during regular business hours. Please call ahead (907-786-6300) before visiting to ensure that the person you need to speak with is available. Thank you.  
Phone: 907-786-6300
Mailing Address:
UAF Cooperative Extension Office
Loussac Public Library
3600 Denali St.
Anchorage, AK 99503

 Soil Testing

Understanding what nutrients are available in your soil for your plants is needed in order to supply your garden with the building blocks to promote healthy and vigorous growth.  Taking a soil sample and analyzing a soil test is the only way to know what nutrients are in your soil and how much fertilizer to apply to your garden. Review the documents below for more information on taking a soil sample, testing, and interpreting your results.

Pressure Canner Gauge Testing

Dial gauges on pressure canners need to be tested for accuracy every year. This free service is offered at the Anchorage Outreach Center. You don't have to bring your whole canner in, but the gauge can still be attached to your lid. You are welcome to bring it by during office hours, or you can call ahead to ensure someone is in to test your gauge. 

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