The Tanana District Extension Office is temporarily closed due to  COVID-19 health concerns. However, we are still working to help keep our community well-informed and healthy.
  • For most questions, you can reach us through our “Ask an Expert” portal, by phone or by email.
  • For pest, plant or plant disease identification, submit your question through our Citizen Scienceportal.
  • And remember, even when our office is closed, you can download all of our free publications anytime at


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. (Office is temporarily closed due to COVID-19 health concerns.)

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

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  • Ronda Boswell, administrative assistant, 907-474-2450,
  • Matt Labrenz, integrated pest management technician, 907-474-6829,
  • Marla Lowder, 4-H and youth development agent, 907-474-2427,
  • Julie Riley, horticulture agent, 907-474-2423,
  • Leslie Shallcross, health, home and family development agent, 907-474-2426,


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»

PESTICIDE SAFETY APPLICATOR TRAINING » is available as a self study option if a face-to-face class is not currently scheduled or if class dates are not convenient. (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:» Program contact: Phil Kaspari, 907-895-4215,

CERTIFIED FOOD PROTECTION MANAGER TRAINING (ServSafe) is offered as a face-to-face class a few times a year as well as online through the self study option. Please visit the CFPM website to learn more about these training options. Program contact: Julie Cascio, 907-745-3677,

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,

DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM offers a year-long lifestyle change class that focuses on making small gradual changes in exercise, food, stress management, etc., that have been shown to delay or prevent the onset of diabetes. Contact Leslie Shallcross at 907-474-2426 or to find out if the program is right for you and when the next class will be offered. View the class flier for more information.

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: Matt Labrenz, 907-474-6829,, or Julie Riley, 907-474-2423,,

STRONGWOMEN is a nationally recognized nutrition and moderate intensive physical activity program developed and tested by scientists and exercise physiologists at Tufts University. Staying physically active and being properly nourished is one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy for life. Scientific research has demonstrated that exercise with weights (strength training) will increase strength, muscle mass, and bone density in middle aged and older women. Strengthening exercises also reduce the risk of numerous chronic diseases such as diabetes, hearth disease, osteoporosis and arthritis. Strength training has been shown to reduce depression and improve sleep, and it contributes to a sense of well-being among older individuals. To find out about trainings and classes in the Fairbanks area, visit the Fairbanks StrongWomen website. You can also learn more about the program at the national StrongWomen website. Program contact Leslie Shallcross at 907-474-2426 or

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,

University Park Building



PSEP 4.14.20 flier smallerAPRIL 14-16 — CERTIFIED PESTICIDE APPLICATOR TRAINING  will be offered by distance delivery across the state.  It will take place online by Zoom webinar from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

The Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) provides this training for Alaskans intent on becoming certified pesticide applicators with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Pesticide Control Program and for those maintaining their certifications.

The training costs $75 and includes all study materials.  (Due to COVID-19 health concerns, however, we are not able to mail materials at this time and will provide links to online materials. Materials will be mailed at a later date.)

Participants are encouraged to become familiar with the study materials and required math prior to the training.

Post-training exams are not being scheduled at this time, also due to COVID-19 health concerns.

Registration is available at

For more information , contact Phil Kaspari at or Katie Rubin at

Please help us spread the word about our training by sharing the attached flier. Thank you!