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

Annual 4-H Plant Sale

Plant Sale Flier

Our annual 4-H Plant Sale is on Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., in the Safeway parking lot. Plant list and pricing available on our 4-H website. All plants are sold bare root. All proceeds go towards Juneau 4-H youth.

Registration is open for the 2016 AK Experience Camp!

Our 2016 AK Experience Camp is fast approaching! It's time to sign up your youth now before registration is full! There are scholarships available through Juneau Parks & Recreation and also through our office. For more information please email or call Darren at 523-3280 ext. 2. To register please email or call Susie at 907-523-3280.

This year 4-H has instituted a new online registration for families.  The cost to enroll in 4-H is $10.00. Please make all checks payable to Juneau 4-H. The checks can be dropped off at our office at 450 Whittier Street or mailed to P.O. Box 21266 Juneau, Alaska 99802. We are still requiring the paper form of the registration for our camp, but families also need to enroll in 4-H Online. Please go to our 4-H website to find the instructions for enrollment, as well as a downloadable registration form. After you have filled out the online forms you will get to pick a club and project. You will select AK Experience Camp for the club and adventure/challenge for the project. If you have already enrolled at 4-H Online, please go into your youth’s account and select AK Experience Camp for their club. This helps us to keep up to date on the youth who get to go to our awesome camp.

Safe Home Food Preservation Certification Classes

Safe Food Preservation Certification Flier
Learn to safely preserve Southeast Alaska’s local food resources for home use and get certified as having mastered safe food preservation methods to offer your knowledge within your community. Registration is still open for Ketchikan and Sitka, at bit.ly/ces-workshops. The online lessons are available until May 13, with in-person workshops still to be conducted in Ketchikan and Sitka. For more information or to inquire about scholarships, contact Sarah Lewis at 907-523-3280, ext. 1 or sarah.lewis@alaska.edu.

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 Extension office. Sarah will be available to test your gauges after August 19th. 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 guage, 523-3280 or you're welcome to drop it off and pick it up at a later date/time. 

New Publications!

New Cookbook Published

In 2015, Danielle Flaherty and Kate Idzorek worked with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services to produce a cookbook full of recipes for salad bars in Alaska schools. The recipe book is called “The Alaska School Salad Book” and may be viewed online.

Kate says the cookbook includes innovative recipes to use year-round in our arctic climate. It includes family size portions to use in one's own home, too. See recipes like Curried Barley Salad and recipes with kale, such as Two-Bean Salad and Superfood Salad.

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!

An Alaska Herb Garden Publication

An Alaska Herb Garden Publication

Extension is excited to announce our newest publication, An Alaska Herb Garden. A must-have for herb enthusiasts, this 74-page guide has sections on cultivating, harvesting, storing and using herbs as well as color photographs to help with identification. A useful recipe index helps you find different types of recipes or recipes that feature a specific herb. Pick up this $15 publication at our Juneau District Office, or at any of our district offices or by calling 877-520-5211.

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 18
Memorial Day – May 30
Independance Day July 4-5
Labor Day – September 5
Thanksgiving – November 24-25
Christmas – December 26-27


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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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