Supporting Connecticut Communities
Our Extension educators and programs are here to support you and our communities. We are committed to making Connecticut a better place for all of us by contributing where we can.
We want to share the following program updates and educational opportunities:
- The search for an Associate Dean for Extension is ongoing. We are conducting a national search as Mike O'Neill, Senior Associate Dean for Extension and Diversity is retiring later this year. Details about the search process are available on our website.
- We were excited to recognize some of our volunteers for their exceptional service to Extension on June 16th at Auerfarm in Bloomfield. Congratulations to all our award winners, and thank you to all our volunteers for your continued service to our programs.
- Youth are the future of our programs and helping or volunteering with UConn 4-H is one way we can all support stronger Connecticut communities. We need assistance with community club leaders and with shorter-term projects on the local and state levels. Join us by completing the form available online.
- Our educators continue offering online courses and trainings related to agriculture and food, climate, health, and sustainable landscapes.
Extension is here and we will continue supporting you and your communities.
Help UConn 4-H with Life Transformative Education
4-H Volunteers Play a Significant Role
If you enjoy working with children, have a willingness to share your time and talents with young people in the community, like to have fun, learn new skills and make a difference, then being a 4-H volunteer is for you.
4-H volunteers play a significant role in helping youth to reach their potential. As a volunteer, you will help youth in your group learn leadership, civic engagement and life skills through projects and activities. If you have a hobby or interest you would like to share with young people such as photography, leadership, animals, plants, fishing, drama, community service, computers and technology, woodworking, fashion design, arts and crafts, rocketry and more, consider becoming a 4-H volunteer.
Riding High on Online Learning
Regardless of the pandemic, UConn Extension is exploring ways to keep meeting Connecticut residents where they are. UConn Extension started exploring online learning long before the pandemic. The state-wide outreach program began teaching online classes in 2018, with many of their 462 programs offering online options. Despite the Covid landscape allowing for more in-person events, UConn Extension plans to continue offering multi-modal options to best serve as many residents of the state as possible.
Recipes and Resources are Available for all Community Members
We have collected a variety of recipes using fact-based food and nutrition information to help you make informed choices for you and your family. Explore a range of recipes below for the whole family.
Recipes are provided in pdf format, and most are in both English and Spanish.
Colectamos una variedad de recetas utilizando información alimentaria y nutricional para ayudarlos a tomar decisiones informadas para usted su familia. Explora una variedad de comidas para toda la familia.
Las recetas están disponible en formato pdf y la mayoría están en Inglés y Español.
Co-Creating Solutions to Critical Issues
The past two years have challenged us more than anyone could have predicted. Extension adapted our services and programs to continue serving our audiences. We are addressing critical issues related to agriculture and food, climate adaptation, enhancing health and well-being, social justice, and sustainable landscapes.
Extension is unique because the services we provide are place-based. This place-based perspective allows us to customize solutions for Connecticut residents and we offer programs in all 169 cities and towns. The broader impacts provide our communities with science-based, results driven solutions. Our educators understand the unique challenges that Connecticut faces and co-create solutions for critical issues with those communities.
Our Highlights of Extension emphasizes the regional work we do in the state. This includes the Coastline, Capital Region, Litchfield Hills, and the Quiet Corner. We share the results of our collaborative partnerships with other state agencies and organizations. Extension’s geographic connection to Connecticut impacts everyone in the state, and we also share the stories of a few of our people and programs that are improving lives.
Extension continues providing transformational learning experiences to all our audiences. We adapt and collaborate to find solutions for human, environmental, and agricultural issues.