Columbia

OSU Extension Fire Program shares benefits of prescribed burning

For thousands of years, fire supported environmental health in many parts of Oregon through both natural occurrences and cultural practices of Indigenous peoples. But after more than a century of fires being suppressed, Oregon’s ...

OSU Extension Master Gardener Program increases diversity, equity and inclusivity

With 2,293 volunteers across the state, the 45-year-old Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener program served 38,000 Oregonians in 2021. Traditionally, the structure and delivery of the program has limited volunteer ...

Growing Healthy Kids returns in 2021 in hybrid form

Growing Healthy Kids, a garden-themed nutrition education curriculum developed at Oregon State University for students in the second and third grades, was on track for 2020. The evidence-based curriculum is offered through Oregon ...

Virtual Walk With Ease class increases accessibility to disabled adults

Walk With Ease is an evidence-based exercise program developed by the Arthritis Foundation that can help adults build confidence in being physically active while reducing pain and improving their overall health. The Oregon State ...

Extension educates Oregonians to prepare for massive earthquake, tsunami

Scientists predict there is about a 37% chance that an earthquake of at least 8.0 magnitude will strike off the Pacific Northwest coast in the next 50 years. When it occurs, the historic temblor and resulting tsunami will ...

OSU Train the Trainers workshops keep agricultural workers on track with food safety

Food safety education is the key to preventing the risk of food contamination in the supply chain, especially when crops are harvested directly by workers. In those cases, farms must remain especially vigilant to ensure their ...

Dry Farming Project adapts with virtual programming during pandemic

The Oregon State University Extension Dry Farming Project expanded so significantly in 2019 that student workers would be necessary to work on five planned field research projects in 2020. COVID-19 hit in the early spring, ...

Sea Grant Extension supports creation of award-winning ocean acidification curriculum

Ocean acidification is the change in ocean chemistry due to increasing concentrations of human-created carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. One result of an increase in carbon dioxide absorbed by the ocean is carbonate, used for ...

'Eat Oregon Seafood' campaign promotes industry impacted by pandemic

Although Oregon’s restaurants re-opened in the summer of 2020 – with social distancing and indoor face covering measures – earlier mandatory statewide closures due to COVID-19 sent Oregon’s $700 million seafood industry ...

4-H cross-country programs provide outlet for young runners

In 2012, the St. Helens School District in Columbia County was forced to eliminate its middle school sports program. Studies show that sports participation for K-12 children have strong positive health benefits due to physical ...