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 http://cespubs.uaf.edu/
* PLEASE NOTE: Our office is currently short staffed, so responses to questions about horticulture in particular may be delayed while we work out scheduling. We are experiencing a high volume of calls and emails at this time and will do our best to be in touch as soon as possible. We appreciate your understanding and patience.

WELCOME TO THE TANANA DISTRICT OFFICE IN FAIRBANKS! 

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!

CESTD LISTSERV: Be one of the first to hear about events at the Tanana District office! Send an email to rlboswell@alaska.edu to be placed on the CESTD listserv.

MEET OUR FACULTY & STAFF:

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UPCOMING DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS

 STATEWIDE EXTENSION WEEK — June 8-12

bird vetch photoFrom controlling bird vetch to cooking with beans, 20 community classes will be offered via distance delivery June 8-12 by Cooperative Extension agents and staff  around the state. The Zoom classes are free and offered as part of Statewide Extension Week.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service switched to distance delivery in March after the university cancelled face-to-face classes because of coronavirus concerns.

One-hour classes will be offered at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on most days. Topics include:

  • Bird vetch control, 10 a.m. June 8
  • Air quality in the home and out, 11 a.m. June 8
  • AgrAbility program and helping Alaska’s agricultural workers, 2 p.m. June 8
  • Fundamentals of Alaska gardening, 3 p.m. June 8
  • Zumba fitness, 10 a.m. June 9
  • Preparing your home for disasters and for aging, 11 a.m. June 9
  • Kids Activity Corner, with exercise and ball making, 2 p.m. June 9
  • Healthy homes, 3 p.m. June 9
  • Lilacs: Landscape options for Interior and Southcentral Alaska, 6 p.m. June 9
  • Scaling up? How to increase food production, 10 a.m. June 10
  • Enjoy beans! 11 a.m. June 10
  • Canning 101: Safety and science, 2 p.m. June 10
  • Kids in the Kitchen, for ages 8-14, 3 p.m. June 10
  • Growing together: The ways gardeners support each other, 6 p.m. June 10
  • Choosing which vegetable varieties to grow, 10 a.m. June 11
  • Starting a cottage foods business, 11 a.m. June 11
  • From field to fork: Reducing food waste, 2 p.m. June 11
  • Climbing Denali, 3 p.m. June 11
  • Green care: The intersection of agriculture and health care, 10 a.m. June 12
  • Kids Kitchen Fun Friday: Making tortillas and tacos, 11 a.m. June 12

Register for the free Zoom classes at https://bit.ly/ statewideextensionevents. For more information, contact Extension at 877-520-5211.

 
GEAR UP FOR GARDENING
veggies assortmenet picture smallerThe Tanana District Extension Office is excited to offer a variety of FREE online classes and gatherings to get you geared up for gardening this spring! Join Julie Riley,  horticulture agent, via Zoom using your computer, smartphone, iPad or tablet. No Internet service or cell phone coverage? No problem! You can dial in from your telephone, but you will only be able to hear the presentations, not see them. Enjoy our spring schedule and let's get gardening!

Spring Horticulture Classes — Mondays and Thursdays, April 20-May 18
The focus of these classes will be Interior Alaska growing. Each online class includes a PowerPoint presentation and time to ask questions.

VegHeads Virtual Garden Hour — Fridays, April 17-May 22 — 7-8:30 p.m.
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VegHeads starts with a 15-20 minute presentation by Extension horticulturist Julie Riley and then opens up for Q & A and discussion. Any vegetable gardening question is fair game.

 New Gardener Q & A — Tuesdays, April 21-May 26 — 12-1 p.m.
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This virtual hour is intended to give new gardeners an opportunity to ask questions every Tuesday.

 Questions?

For more information,  contact Julie Riley at 907-230-7339 or jariley@alaska.edu or Ronda Boswell at 907-474-2450 or rlboswell@alaska.edu.

 
SPRING HEALTH CLASSES

CLASS IS FULL AND REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED — StrongWomen Online Introductory Course — Mondays and Wednesdays, May 4-June 3 — 3-4 p.m.

stongwomen logo new locationLeslie Shallcross, Extension health, home and family development agent, will lead a FREE five-week StrongWomen class by Zoom starting May 4. This is a Tufts University developed and tested program to help improve mobility, bone density and strength, and decrease falls, especially for mid-life and older individuals. This introductory class is designed for women of all skill levels. Participants will meet online using their own hand weights and leg weights. A copy of the exercises will be provided. The class will meet online Mondays and Wednesdays at 3 p.m. through June 3.

PLEASE NOTE: Anyone over 69 years of age is encouraged to check with their doctor about whether it is safe for them to exercise. Participants also are asked to complete a PAR-Q readiness for exercise form.

This class is full and registration is now closed. For questions or announcements of future class offerings, contact Leslie at 907-474-2426, 907-242-6138 or lashallcross@alaska.edu or Ronda Boswell at 907-474-2450 or rlboswell@alaska.edu.

 CLASS IS FULL AND REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED — Diabetes Self-Management Program Workshop — Tuesdays, May 5-June 9 — 1:30-4 p.m. or 5:30-8 p.m.

another tryExtension is excited to offer the Living Well with Diabetes Self-Management Program Workshop to you in the comfort of your own home via Zoom. This is a six-week workshop endorsed by the American Diabetes Association for individuals who would like to learn more and feel more confident about managing their lives with diabetes. Husbands, wives, friends and caregivers are also welcome. We will cover many topics including managing blood sugar levels, meal planning, label reading, exercising safely, dealing with difficult emotions and problem-solving.

The workshop meets each Tuesday for six weeks from May 5 to June 9. There will be two class options — either 1:30-4 p.m. or 5:30-8 p.m. Preregistration is required and will be limited to 12 people in both afternoon and evening sessions. Participants will receive a book and relaxation CD (or MP3) when they register. Julie Cascio and Melissa Clampitt will lead the afternoon workshop from Palmer/Wasilla and Leslie Shallcross and Amber Cheney will lead the evening workshop from Fairbanks.

 

This class is full and registration is now closed. For questions or announcements of future class offerings, contact Leslie at 907-474-2426, 907-242-6138 or lashallcross@alaska.edu or Ronda Boswell at 907-474-2450 or rlboswell@alaska.edu.

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 907-230-7339 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 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 at http://bit.ly/PestInvasive. Program contact: Phil Kaspari, 907-895-4215, pnkaspari@alaska.edu.

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, 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

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 lashallcross@alask.edu to find out if the program is right for you and when the next class will be offered.

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, 907-230-7339, jariley@alaska.edu,

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, 907-474-2426 or lashallcross@alaska.edu.

4-H logo made smallerALASKA 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