UAF Cooperative Extension Service

Join us August 11-16 for
Extension Centennial Connections Week
Celebrating 100 years of informal education with classes and events. All events are FREE and will be held at 1675 C Street, Suite 100. Click on the titles below to register for classes.

Monday, August 11

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Who Was Jujiro Wada? The story of an Alaskan adventurer and pioneer who is a folk hero in Japan.

 - Tony Nakazawa, Economics Faculty


12:30 - 1:15 p.m.

Building MyPlate. A demonstration on using the USDA's MyPlate method to build a balanced meal. Incorporating the full rainbow of colors for fruits and vegetables and portion sizes will also be explored. 

- Katherine Anderson, Nutrition Educator


2 - 4 p.m.

Alaska's Wild Berries: Identification and Use. Alaska has an abundance of wild berries. Learn to tell which are delectable, palatable, insipid or poisonous. Berry picking suggestions and recipes are all part of the fun. 

- Leslie Shallcross, Youth, Family and Community Development Faculty,  and Julie Riley, Extension Horticulture Agent


5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Food Preservation. Lecture covering priciples of food preservation and tips for success for each type of food preservation: freezing, drying, fermenting and pickling, canning and root cellars. 

- Leslie Shallcross, Youth, Family and Community Development Faculty


7 - 8:30 p.m.

Rain Gardening. Learn what a rain garden is and how it functions to keep run-off from entering storm drains. Follow Lisa Balivet as she takes you through the process she used to create her own rain garden and receive a rebate from the Municipality of Anchorage. 

- Lisa Balivet, Master Gardener



Tuesday, August 12

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Getting Ready for Winter

The care and feeding of your wood stove. 

- Meg Burgett, Natural Resource Program Assistant


12:30 - 1:15 p.m.

Get Your Homeschool Students Outdoors. Tips and activities for taking your homeschool classroom outside. 

- Meg Burgettt, Natural Resource Program Assistant


2 - 4 p.m.

Alaskan Agriculture Enthusiasm. The illustrated lecture will feature Alaska agricultural experiment stations from 1898 to 1930, 100 years of Anchorage gardens and celebrating the centennial. There will also be research into historic vegetable cultivars for Alaska, as well as lists of plants used in the old-style heritage gardens of Southcentral and Southeast Alaska. 

- Ayse Gilbert, artist and garden designer


5:30 - 6:45 p.m. 

Peonies for Fun and Profit. An overview of Alaska's cut-flower peony industry and growing tips for the home gardener. 

- Julie Riley, Extension Horticulture Agent


7 - 8:30 p.m.

Avoiding Moose in Your Garden. Learn about moose behavior, plants you can grow to avoid moose and fencing options to keep moose out of your garden from Master Gardener and former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee, Rosa Meehan. 

- Rosa Meehan, Master Gardener


Wednesday, August 13
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Fall Weed Control; Dos and Don'ts. Learn what weed control strategies are appropriate and which will not work during the late summer and fall for some common invasive and noxious weeds. Topics and species will include prepping for herbicide application, thistles, hawkweeds, bird vetch, white sweetclover, trees and shrubs. 
- Gino Graziano, Invasive Plants Instructor

12:30 - 1:15 p.m.
Bed Bug Basics. Learn about bed bug identification, biology, behavior and best practices for preventing and controlling infestations. Topics will include what to look for when traveling, purchasing second-hand items and what to do if you suspect you have bed bugs.
 - Jessie Moan, Statewide IPM Technician

2 - 4 p.m.
Powerhouse Veggies. This class focuses on nutrition and the bioactive compounds found in Alaska's super vegetables. Includes gardening tips on 10 of the healthiest vegetables you can grow in Alaska.
 - Leslie Shallcross, Youth, Family and Community Development Faculty, and Julie Riley, Extension Horticulture Agent

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Survival Sewing. Learn to handle your "wardrobe malfunctions." Buttons, hems and other minor repairs will be covered. Bring your mending to class!
- Marianne Kerr, 4-H & Youth Development Faculty

6 - 9 p.m.
Summer Open Sew. Simply show up with your projects, tools and friends. Open to crafters of all ages and abilities. 
- Marianne Kerr, 4-H & Youth Development Faculty. *Registration not required.

Thursday, August 14

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Geotourism.  Ideas for sustainable tourism for rural communities.


12:30 - 1:15 p.m.

Entering Vegetables and Flowers at the Alaska State Fair. Participate in the Alaska State Fair's Good Time Fun! this year. Entry days are Wednesdays, Aug. 20 and 27. Master Gardener and Crops Superintendent Kathy Liska will offer tips on entry procedures on what it takes to have a winning entry in crops and flowers. 

- Kathy Liska, Master Gardener


3 - 4 p.m.

Fall Tree Care. If you have fallen for trees, it is time to take stock of their condition and take steps to help them survive the long winter. Protect them from moose, rabbits, voles, and weather extremes -- ice, heavy snowfalls, rain in January and wind. Find out what you can plant now for winter interest and fall color in your yard.

- Patricia Joyner, Alaska Division of Forestry


5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Yard and Garden Clinic. Bring in your pest problems and plant specimens for identification. View insect display cases, herbarium specimens and plant samples. 

- Integrated Pest Management and Horticulture faculty and staff. *Registration not required.


Friday, August 15

11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Invasive Plants Overview and Invasive Garden Flowers. Learn what impacts to natural and agricultural resources invasive plants have in Alaska.  - Gino Graziano. Don't let your garden flowers jump the fence and become a problem. Not all garden thugs escape into natural areas. Learn which species the Cooperative Extension Service considers to be a problem in Southcentral Alaska and which plants to watch out for. - Julie Riley


4 - 7 p.m.

UAF and Cooperative Extension Friends & Neighbors Social

Join us for food and fun! *Registration not required.


Saturday, August 16
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Perennials for the Fall Garden. Join photographer Annie Nevaldine as she offers suggestions for flowers and foliage that will give your garden late summer color and interest. 

-  Annie Nevaldine, Master Gardener


12:15 - 12:45 p.m.

Primulas for Early Season Bloom. For a beautiful spring garden plant primroses. Primula auricula is extremely hardy but there are many other species to consider. 

-  Jane Baldwin, Master Gardener


1 - 1:30 p.m.

Dividing Perennials. Outdoor demonstration on how to rejuvenate and multiply perennial flowers through division. 

-  Debbie Hinchey, Horticulturist and Alaska Master Gardener Association member


1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

Late Summer Planting for Spring. Plant now, utilize a few precautions and you can have an exquisite garden next spring. Perennial flowers, planting techniques and overwintering tips will be discussed.

-  Julie Riley, Extension Horticulture Agent


Be sure to check out our "Summer Series" for the week of August 4 

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1675 C Street, Suite 100 Anchorage, AK 99501
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