The University of Minnesota Extension is a partnership between Sherburne County and the University of Minnesota to provide scientific knowledge and expertise to the public. Extension focuses on delivering high quality, relevant educational programs and research-based information in three core areas:
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.
We have something for everyone! 4-H activities are open to people in kindergarten through one year past high school in hundreds of locations across the state. Many 4-H'ers choose to join a club. In clubs, small groups of youth and volunteer leaders meet regularly to work on projects, serve their communities and build leadership skills. Youth may choose to take part in short-term experiences, such as summer camp, a team preparing for a single competition or an animal training day.
Youth can design their own activities or take part in a structured one. Our unique, learn-by-doing model teaches young people essential skills such as problem solving, decision making, coping, communicating and teamwork.
Whether they're building rockets, raising dairy cows or writing musical plays, 4-H gives youth the skills to lead for a lifetime.
We have 8 active clubs throughout Sherburne County, a variety of project areas to suit all interests, and a number of events occurring year-round.
Learn how to get involved, by contacting our Sherburne County 4-H Program Coordinator:
The University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Program is an internationally recognized program existing in all 50 states, Canada, and the United Kingdom. We have over 40 Master Gardener volunteers active in Sherburne County. Master Gardener activities and events benefit our schools, community gardens, youth programs, farmers markets and more.
All Master Gardeners are required to volunteer 50 hours their first year as an intern, and 25 years annually thereafter. Our active certified Master Gardeners participate in continuing education, local events, and community outreach throughout the year.
Meet our Master Gardeners at one of their upcoming events:
Do you have questions about gardening, trees, bugs, or other garden-related topics?
The Sherburne County Extension Office also has: