HELLO! 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; and 4-H and youth development.

LOCATION: UAF University Park Building,1000 University Ave., Room 109, Fairbanks, AK 99709. Map it!

MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. Box 758155, Fairbanks, AK 99775-8155.

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!


  • Ronda Boswell, administrative assistant, 907-474-2450, rlboswell@alaska.edu
  • Marla Lowder, 4-H and youth development agent, 907-474-2427, mklowder@alaska.edu
  • Julie Riley, horticulture agent, 907-474-2423, jariley@alaska.edu
  • Leslie Shallcross, health, home and family development agent, 907-474-2426, lashallcross@alaska.edu

District Highlights

JAN. 21 — RADON, CARBON MONOXIDE AND ARSENIC WORKSHOPS will be presented by Extension energy specialist Art Nash. Workshops are FREE and no registration is required. For more information, contact Nash at 907-474-6366 or artnashjr@alaska.edu. Topics and times include:

  • 4:30 p.m. Radon: The Radioactive Intruder — Who would think that uranium under the ground would pollute your lungs in your own home?  Learn how radon gas, the second leading cause of lung cancer, can be detected and blocked. 
  • 5:30 p.m. Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer — How can something you can't see, taste or feel poison your blood in such a short order of time? Join this discussion on how to check your combustion devices so that you don't become overwhelmed by this harmful gas. 
  • 6 p.m. Arsenic: Water Poisoning — Did you know pure looking water can have a toxin that will accumulate in your body? See how you can test your water and investigate ways to filter it out before you ingest it with the water you use for cooking and drinking.

(For folks in Nenana, Nash will present the workshops Jan. 29 at the Nenana Student Living Center, 610 E. Sixth St., beginning at 5, 6 and 6:30 p.m., respectively.)

JAN. 29-31 — PESTICIDE APPLICATOR CERTIFICATION TRAINING will be offered via videoconference in Fairbanks, Delta Junction, Anchorage, Palmer, Kenai-Soldotna and other sites as requested. Classes will meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with an exam scheduled after the training. The state of Alaska requires certification for anyone who purchases, uses or sells restricted pesticides. Certification is also required for anyone who acts as a pesticide consultant, engages in the commercial or contract use of pesticides or supervises their use at a public location. A $75 fee for the training includes study materials. Participants are encouraged to become familiar with the materials and required math beforehand. For more information or to request another training location, contact Phil Kaspari at 907-895-4215 or pnkaspari@alaska.edu. Registration is available at http://bit.ly/PestInvasive. (The training will be repeated April 9-11 in the same locations and other requested locations.) See the class flier for more information.  

FEB. 12 — CERTIFIED FOOD PROTECTION MANAGER TRAINING will be offered via videoconference in Fairbanks, Delta Junction, Palmer, Sitka, Valdez and Juneau. Class hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) is responsible for monitoring and managing all food establishment operations to ensure that the facility is operating in compliance with food establishment regulations. A CFPM is knowledgeable about food safety practices and uses this knowledge to provide consumers with safe food, protect public health and prevent foodborne illnesses. Alaska regulations require food establishments to have at least one CFPM on staff. This course is $200 and includes class, study guide and one proctored exam (computer-based) for certification. Register at http://bit.ly/cesCFPM or contact Julie Cascio at 907-745-3677, jmcascio@alaska.edu or Melissa Clampitt at 907-745-3551, mrclampitt@alaska.edu. (This training will be repeated April 2 and May 22 in the same locations and other requested locations.) See the class flier for more information.

APRIL 6 — ALASKA MASTER GARDENER STATE CONFERENCE will take place in Anchorage at the UAA Lucy Cuddy Hall. This year's theme is "Urban Gardening in the Last Frontier."Watch for online registration some time in February at www.alaskamastergardeners.org/.

University Park Building

Ongoing Programs

FAIRBANKS MASTER GARDENER COURSE is usually scheduled in late fall with Julie Riley, Tanana District horticulture agent, so that graduates are ready to get growing come spring! For general information on the Master Gardener program, visit the MG website. Information about the Master Gardener Online Course can be found here. Questions? Contact Julie Riley at 907-474-2423 or jariley@alaska.edu.

PESTICIDE SAFETY APPLICATOR TRAINING is available as a self study option if a face-to-face class is not currently scheduled. (Face-to-face classes are typically scheduled during the spring months.) For general  information about the Pesticide Safety Education Program, visit the PSEP website. Online registration for the self study option is found here: http://bit.ly/PestInvasive Program contact: Phil Kaspari, 907-895-4215, pnkaspari@alaska.edu

CERTIFIED FOOD PROTECTION MANAGER TRAINING is available online through ServSafe and as a self study option. Please visit the CFPM website to learn more about these training options. Program contact: Julie Cascio, 907-745-3677, jmcascio@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! Information contact: Leslie Shallcross, 907-474-2426, lashallcross@alaska.edu

FREE PEST IDENTIFICATION! Got an insect or diseased plant? Bring a specimen into the office for identification and suggestions for management. Specimens also can be identified through our Citizens Monitoring Portal. To learn more about the Integrated Pest Management program and the Citizens Monitoring Portal, please visit the IPM website. (NOTE: Cooperative Extension Service does not identify pests found on the human body. For such cases, please contact your physician or visit the emergency room.) Information contact: Julie Riley, 907-474-2423, jariley@alaska.edu

ALASKA 4-H PROGRAM is open to all youth in grades K-12 and their families. See what exciting things the program has in store for your youth by visiting the Alaska 4-H website.  Program contact: Marla Lowder, 907-474-2427, mklowder@alaska.edu

EXTENSION WEEK! Typically in the spring and fall, we host a week of FREE mini classes on a variety of topics. Watch this site for our next line-up of classes!

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