Overview

The University of Minnesota Extension is a three-way partnership between Sherburne County, the University of Minnesota, and the United States Department of Agriculture. Extension focuses on delivering high quality, relevant educational programs and research-based information in three core areas:

  • Community Development and Vitality
  • Land, Food, and Environment
  • Youth Development and Family Living

The University of Minnesota Extension is the major outreach arm of the University of Minnesota, our state's land grant institution with a mission to serve the public through applied research and education. There are Extension offices on the University campuses, Research and Outreach Centers (formerly experiment stations), and in every county throughout the state to serve Minnesota's 87 counties providing the link between land grant research and Minnesota's citizens.

Our statewide network of researchers, educators, and volunteers address critical needs by focusing on issues where research-based education can make a difference.

Educational programs are offered through group settings, one-on-one contacts, mass communications, distance learning, self-learning opportunities, and collaborative efforts for citizens of Sherburne County, including families, youth, seniors, food producers, communities, and organizations.

View current programs, upcoming workshops and educational publications on our Sherburne County Extension Website or connect to 4-H in Sherburne County.

Come to our county office for:

  • 4-H Information: clubs, upcoming events, enrollment
  • Minnesota Gardening Calendars
  • 2006 Sherburne County plat books
  • Private Pesticide Applicator Training packets
  • University of Minnesota Extension publications

Other Resources:

  • SNAP-Ed
  • Soil Test Applications (or pick up from our office)
  • Yard and Garden information
  • Farmer Information Line: 1-800-232-9077 or email
    Questions regarding land rent rates, fertilizers, organic options and so much more!
  • AnswerLine: 1-800-854-1678 or email
    Cooking, canning, freezing and general household questions
  • Sherburne County Master Gardener Hort Line: 763-765-3080
    if you have a question about gardening, trees, bugs, or other garden-related questions. A Sherburne County Master Gardener will return your call within three business days. Leave us your name, number, and a detailed message; the more information we have, the better to serve you on our initial phone call.

Upcoming Events

  • Enroll in 4-H Today!
    September 15, 2014

    4H in Sherburne County offers an informal educational program for all youth in grades kindergarten through one year past high school. We have nine 4H clubs in Sherburne County. These clubs offer opportunities for young people to learn serve and lead. The 4H Clubs meet a minimum of six times a year and are lead by trained and screened adult volunteers. With the support of these caring adults the 4H program offers a wide range of project and activity areas for youth to learn and excel. Parents are actively involved throughout the year. 4H is a family oriented program.


  • Upcoming Events
    September 15, 2014

    A complete and up-to-date listing of upcoming Sherburne County Extension events (4-H, Master Gardener and general activities) can be found at the link above.


  • 11th Annual Garden Education Expo
    April 11, 2015

    Saturday April 11, 8 am to 3 pm. Big Lake High School. Featuring Sessions, Vendors, Silent Auction & Door Prizes.

    Watch for more information soon!


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U of M Extension Contact:

Sherburne County Govt Center
ATTN: U of M Extension
13880 Business Center Dr NW
Elk River, MN 55330-1692

Office Location & Hours

Phone: 763-765-3075
800-433-5236
Fax: 763-765-3276

mnext-sherburne@umn.edu