Tanana District Office


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!

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  • 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


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. In formation 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 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 thePSEP» 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

DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM, which began April 1, meets Mondays, 5:30-6:45 p.m., throughout the year. This lifestyle change class focuses on making small gradual changes in exercise, food, stress management, etc., that have been shown to delay or prevent the onset of diabetes. Class fee is $240 or $200 for seniors ($80 refunded for program completion). Registration is now closed for this year's program; however, be sure to contact Leslie Shallcross at 907-474-2426 or lashallcross@alask.edu for future class offerings and to see if this program is right for you. 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 theIPM 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


University Park Building


scheduled for Oct. 29 via videoconference  in several Alaska communities including Fairbanks, Palmer, Juneau, Sitka, Unalaska/Dutch Harbor, Valdez and other communities as requested.  In Fairbanks, participants will meet at the UAF University Park Building, 1000 University Ave., Room 108. The class runs from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 

State regulations require that all food establishments have at least one certified food protection manager to ensure compliance with food safety regulations.

Oct. 15 is the deadline to sign up and receive a study guide before the class. Registration is available at http://bit.ly/cesCFPM. The $200 fee includes class, study guide and one proctored exam.

For additional information or to request another location, contact the instructor, Julie Cascio, at 907-745-3677 or jmcascio@alaska.edu. Please visit the CFPM website to learn more about these training options. 

(See flier for more information and to share with others who may be interested in the workshop. Thank you!)