Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service in Clackamas County will fully open its office to the public on July 12. The reopening comes after Gov. Kate Brown lifted all remaining COVID-19 health and safety restrictions issued under Oregon emergency statutes.
In March 2020, the OSU Extension offices were closed to the public in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Extension continued to support youth, families, community, economic vitality, agriculture, food systems, gardening and ecosystems.
"Extension staff and volunteers carried on their work behind the scenes and developed strategies to ensure that programming continued to reach the communities we serve," said Leah Sundquist, OSU Clackamas Extension manager. "We used video and online courses to share education in the forest, stream, recipe and food safety demonstrations, judge 4-H virtual fair entries and develop educational segments in the garden."
One area significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic was the new OSU Extension Education Center, originally slated for groundbreaking in 2020.
"The building was put on hold until the COVID pandemic was under control," Sundquist said. "We will kick off a public information and donation campaign at the Clackamas County Fair."
Normal business hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for the OSU Extension Office, 200 Warner-Milne Road, Oregon City. During these hours OSU Extension's Family and Community Health program will resume walk-in pressure gauge testing. Officials recommend that home canners should have their pressure-canner gauges tested once a year to avoid serious food safety risks.
Master Gardener volunteers will continue answering questions from the public through their online customer service platform, metromastergardener.org, where answers to gardening questions are just a click, call or email away.
4-H clubs are starting to meet in-person again. Visit beav.es/4kd for more information.
The Extension Annex (located behind the main office building) is now taking reservations from the public for group gatherings. Call 503-655-8631 to make a reservation.
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