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 is open!
We are available by phone or email:
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If you need to meet with one of our experts, please call to make an appointment before stopping by.
Gina Dionne: Home Garden and Food Preservation
Ann Kowenstrot Biddle: Anchorage 4-H Youth Program
Gino Graziano: Invasive Plants
Alex Wenninger: Plant Pests: Insects/Diseases
Leif Albertson: Home Health & Food Preservation
Anchorage AK 99518-1213
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.download one of our free publications on managing Alaska soils for more information on taking a soil sample, selecting a soil testing laboratory 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. Currently, we are testing canner gauges by appointment only. Please contact us for more information.