Thank you for visiting the Tanana District website!

The Tanana District is one of the largest Cooperative Extension districts geographically in the United States, covering an area of more than 120,000 square miles with a current population of approximately 100,000 distributed in 64 Native villages and the Fairbanks North Star Borough. Much of the district is inaccessible by road.

The Tanana District clientele is very diverse including 4-H leaders, youth groups, homeowners, homemaker clubs, private and commercial agriculture, local government, military personnel, subsistence families, cooperating agencies and the general public.

We have agents here to assist you in areas of agriculture and horticulture;  health, home and family development; 4-H and youth development; and natural resources and community development. For more information, click on the program area of interest to visit its webpage.


The Tanana District office is pleased to welcome two new agents who will lead community programs in gardening, nutrition and health. Julie Riley, horticulturist, and Leslie Shallcross, a health, home and family development agent, previously served with the Extension office in Anchorage.

Julie Riley

Julie Riley has worked with home gardeners and the commercial horticulture industry for 32 years. She has trained about 1,500 master gardeners since 1985. In addition to master gardener classes, she also expects to offer noncredit classes on vegetables, flowers, herbs, lawns, integrated pest management and soils. Riley will work one-on-one with commercial growers, new horticultural entrepreneurs and home gardeners. She earned a bachelor’s degree in horticulture and a master’s in landscape architecture from the University of Wisconsin.

Riley may be reached at 907-474-2423 or jariley@alaska.edu.

Leslie Shallcross

Leslie Shallcross, a registered dietitian and nutritionist, will offer classes on food preservation and cooking, adult health promotion and obesity prevention. She teaches individuals with diabetes and their family members about menu planning and trains community members to lead programs on self-management of chronic health conditions and diabetes prevention. Shallcross attended Penn State University, where she earned a master’s degree in human nutrition science. She has worked for Extension since 2006 but has 30 years of experience in nutrition and health promotion.

Shallcross may be contacted at 907-474-2426 or lashallcross@alaska.edu.


JULY 28-30 — INTRODUCTION TO MUSHROOMS OF THE TANANA REGION. Learn about the diverse world of Alaska mushrooms and fungi in the Friday evening lecture at Murie Auditorium or join the entire weekend workshop for in-depth learning by collecting, identifying and discussing specimens found on four "mushroom walks" in Fairbanks. Lecture, walks and identification will be led by renowned, local mycologist, Gary Laursen. The walks/collection will be held regardless of weather conditions so dress appropriately.  Lunch will be on-your own.

  • July 28 — Friday night lecture, 6-9 p.m., Murie Auditorium, 982 Koyukuk Drive
  • July 29 — Saturday lab, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tanana District Office, 724 27th Ave., Suite 2
  • July 30 — Sunday lab, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tanana District Office, 724 27th Ave., Suite 2

Fees: $100 for entire course or $15 for Friday night lecture only

Register: Register online  by JULY 26.

Information: View the flier  or contact Leslie Shallcross at 474-2426 or lashallcross@alaska.edu.

AUG. 1 and OCT. 3 — CERTIFIED FOOD PROTECTION MANAGER WORKSHOP.  For details, cost and registration information, visit the training website. Register online at this link. Oct. 3 class flier. Information: Julie Cascio, 907-745-3360 or jmcascio@alaska.edu.


PESTICIDE SAFETY APPLICATOR TRAINING is currently available as a self study option. (Face-to-face classes are typically scheduled just during the spring months.) For details, cost and registration information, visit the training website. Online registration is found here:  http://bit.ly/PestInvasive 

FALL 2017 FAIRBANKS MASTER GARDENER COURSE will be taught by Julie Riley, Tanana District horticulture agent. Plans are underway and registration will be announced by late summer. To be placed on a class interest list, email rlboswell@alaska.edu. For general information on the Master Gardener program, click here. Questions? Contact Julie Riley at 907-474-2423 or jariley@alaska.edu.

FREE TESTING OF PRESSURE CANNER DIAL GAUGES! Gauges can be tested on or OFF the lid of the canner (no need to haul in the whole canner). If we have someone available to test, it only takes a few minutes while you wait. If not, you may leave your gauge and we will call you when it is ready for pick up (usually within 24 hours).

It is important to have your pressure canner dial gauges checked annually to help assure home canned food is safely processed. (Pressure canners that use weighted gauges do not need to be checked.) While visiting our office, be sure to pick up some free food preservation publications!

FALL EXTENSION WEEK! Visit the Extension Week website as we get closer to fall for our schedule of classes.


LOCATION:  724 27th Ave., Suites 2 & 3, Fairbanks, AK  99701

We are located within the Fairbanks Community Food Bank building and have a private entrance. To enter our office, please drive around to the back of the building (27th Avenue side) and look for our entrance on the corner of 27th Avenue and Rickert Street. Free parking is avaiable in our reserved lot just across the street.

  • DRIVING DIRECTIONS:  The easiest way to find us is to drive south on South Cushman Street, then take a right on 27th Avenue. Drive two blocks to the intersection of 27th Avenue and Rickert Street. Look to your right for our building and parking lot.

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HOURS:  We are available to assist you Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We close daily for lunch from 1 to 2 p.m.

PHONE:  Still have questions? Please call us at 907-474-1530 — we are happy to help!

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