Welcome to the Juneau District Office of the Cooperative Extension!

The capitol City
Juneau, Alaska

Southeast Alaska is defined by the waters, islands, resources and people of the Inside Passage. Fjords, waterfalls, lakes, mountains, and glaciers shape landscapes that are rich with fish, minerals, forests, scenic beauty, and wildlife. For thousands of years, adventurous, capable people have made a successful living in this bountiful region, but there are always unique challenges requiring creative solutions.

To help people meet challenges and create lasting solutions, the Juneau staff and agents offer programs throughout Southeast Alaska. We are constantly working to “take the University to the people” and engage with the people of Southeast to identify and meet the needs of our many and diverse communities.


Upcoming Classes and Events

Starting and Operating a Specialty Food Business Classes!

Specialty Food Business Class Flier

Classes are May 15-18, 6-8:30 p.m. and will cost $50 for all 4 sessions. Classes are offered online only. To register go to bit.ly/SpecialtyFoodBusiness

This course outlines the development and management of a successful specialty food business from inception to operation. Participants will learn about the practical application of business planning, obtaining financing, permitting, feasibility analysis and marketing along with the operational aspects of a specialty food business.

This course will be delivered primarily by lectures, with four homework assignments that are individualized to help you develop an action plan for your business.

At the end of this course, the student will understand and use the appropriate managerial and  decision-making tools that are needed to start and run a specialty food business.

Available statewide from any computer with a reliable connection. We will be using Zoom to deliver class content. Must have video camera, speakers and microphone to actively participate. To learn more about the system requirements for Zoom, visit: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362023-System-Requirementsfor-PC-and-Mac.

For more information, contact Sarah Lewis at 907-523-3280, ext. 1.

Gardening in Southeast Alaska 101 Classes!

Gardening in SEAK Flier

UAF Cooperative Extension agent Darren Snyder, along with several Master Gardeners, will be teaching Gardening in Southeast Alaska 101. This an entry-level gardening series of six classes, which will allow all levels of gardeners to learn basic gardening practices for successful food gardening in Southeast Alaska. It includes information and practices helpful for those participating later in the Alaska Master Gardener training program. Classes to be offered through online videoconferencing (Zoom) with hands-on workshop elements for Juneau area participants.

Sign up now and send this invitation around to your friends. We are getting ready for the 2017 growing season and will have a group of growers to share, learn and grow together! Space is limited, so please register at http://bit.ly/GardeningSEAK101. The class fee is $100. Contact Susie at 907-523-3280 or susie.wilkie@alaska.edu for more information. You can also stop by our office at 450 Whittier Street, Suite 128. We are located in the Public Safety Building in downtown Juneau.
Our seed starting class will be Tuesday, April 11, from 6 - 8:30 p.m. at the Cooperative Extension office. There will be online/videoconferences on Saturday, April 15, and April 29, also May 6, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Building Soil and Garden Beds will be Sunday, April 23, from 2 - 4 p.m. at the Montana Creek Community Garden. We will also have garden tours and on-site activities on Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Food Preservation Classes

Food Preservation Classes Flier

UAF Cooperative Extension agent Sarah Lewis will be teaching 8 different classes through Juneau Community Schools from February through May. Find descriptions and register on the Community Schools website at: bit.ly/CommunitySchoolsClasses.

Canning Pantry Staples Feb. 4, 1-6 p.m. $45
Canning Soups & Sauces Feb. 18, 1-6 p.m. $45
Starting a Cottage Foods Business Mar. 4, 1-3 p.m. $10
The Naturally Clean Home Mar. 25, 1-3 p.m. $25
Sourdough, Yogurt & Kefir Apr. 8, 6-8 p.m.
and Apr. 9, 10 a.m.-noon $30
Pickling & Fermenting Apr. 22, 1-4 p.m. $35
Canning Salsa & Frijoles Apr. 29, 1-6 p.m. $45
Making Sausage & Sauerkraut May 13, 1-4 p.m. $35

Sarah's classes fill up quick so register soon! For more information, please contact Suzanne Ainsworth at Community Schools, 907-523-1761.

Pressure Gauge Testing at the Juneau Office

Pressure Gauge Testing

Dial gauges on pressure canners need to be tested for accuracy every year. This free service is offered at the Juneau Extension office. You don't have to bring your whole canner in, but the gauge can still be attached to your lid. Please call ahead to ensure someone is in to test your gauge, 523-3280 or you're welcome to drop it off and pick it up at a later date/time. 

New Publications!

New Publication: Growing Great Brassicas in Alaska!

Our very own Juneau District agents, Darren Snyder and Sarah Lewis have written a publication on Growing Great Brassicas in Alaska! Brassicas belong to a large, well-known and important family (Brassicaceae) of cultivated plants that are excellent for Alaska growing conditions. Many gardeners and commercial growers appreciate them for their excellent nutritional value and because they grow well in the cool (average temperature in the 60s), long days of Alaska’s short summer season. To learn more about Brassicas click here for the publication or stop by the office to pick up a copy!

Sarah Lewis wants kale and kids to have a party!!

Kale-a-bration Publication

Research shows that helping kids have fun with vegies, even ones they say "eeewww" to, increases the chance they'll try and like then as they get older. For this reason, our very own Sarah Lewis, Family and Community Development Agent for Southeast Alaska, has written a publication to introduce kale to kids. Time for a Kale-abration offers simple and tasty recipes that can be cooked with or by kids, with a menu for a kale-themed party. Sarah has held kale-abrations with 4-H kids and Girl Scouts throughout Southeast Alaska, and now you can have a kale party with your kids, class, or youth group, too!

Coming soon: The Alaska Kids' Healthy Harvest Cookbook!

Office Location

Public Safety Building
450 Whittier St., Suite 128
P.O. Box 21266
Juneau, AK 99802
Phone: 907-523-3280
Fax: 907-523-3220


Office Hours

8 am - 5 pm Mon - Fri
Closed 1 pm - 2 pm

2016 Holiday Closures

Spring Recess – March 17
Memorial Day – May 29
Independance Day July 3-4
Labor Day – September 4
Thanksgiving – November 23-24
Christmas – December 25-26
New Years – January 1-2


Want to Know What’s New?

Other than here on the website, we announce our programs, events, and workshops in our newsletter and through social media.
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What’s Happening in Southeast Alaska 4-H?

Visit the Southeast Alaska 4-H website for news, events, clubs, and accolades for 4-H members and volunteers. Contact Darren at 907-523-3280 x2 for more 4-H information.

We Want to Hear Your Thoughts and Ideas!

Let us know what services we can offer in your community. In Southeast Alaska call our office at 907-523-3280. At the statewide level, please contact the Cooperative Extension Service State Advisory Council. The council advocates on behalf of the UAF Cooperative Extension Service for funding and programming with the university, state government and agencies. There are currently two members from Southeast Alaska serving on the council.

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