In this week’s issue:

What does it take to enable students to see the planet as one interdependent ecosystem?

This July, youth and their educators from up to 23 countries will meet here in Oregon for the 31st year to share their team science-based projects reflecting the conference theme, “Following Nature’s Design” in one of three categories: Food Systems, Natural Resource Management and Sustainable Design.. They will also share their culture and commitments to their communities, learn about and tour Oregon innovations and best practices, and work together to design their sustainable future.

Since 2004, Oregon youth have traveled around the planet, engaged in this annual global conversation and have come away with a life-changing experience and renewed confidence in our ability to resolve our environmental challenges. Most of these youth performed 4-H based service work to raise funds for expensive airfares. This year’s conference is hosted by Caretakers of the Environment International/ USA Branch (CEI USA) in partnership with OSU Extension Service – Marion County. No airfare required.

On March 31st, our final Oregon teams – up to 40 youth – will meet in Salem in a workshop setting to refine their project outcomes, and begin to develop our cultural presentation. They then celebrate their Oregonness the following day, April 1st at Winema Wayside/ Pacific City at the SOLVE beach clean-up. Are there deserving Oregon youth who shouldn’t miss out on what could be their only opportunity for an authentic global experience? We have room for a few more teams who believe that this is a worthwhile effort . Contact Dan Hoynacki at

Journal of Extension, February 2017 issue

Marc Braverman recently shared the February issue of the Journal of Extension and highlighted Oregon State Faculty featured:

Lynette Black, 4-HYD faculty in Wasco County, has co-authored an article on using pop culture – specifically, zombies – to teach life skills to youth. As Lynette says in the article’s introduction: “Creatively repackaging topics through a twist such as a zombie apocalypse theme can attract hordes of adolescents to Extension youth development programs.”

To read Lynette’s article as well as the others in the February issue, please visit

Linn County Japanese Activity Night

Linn County 4-H organized an event to learn about hosting a Japanese student through the 4-H Global Citizenship Program. Participants were able to learn about Japanese culture through activities such as Sumi-e (Japanese brush painting), Origami (Japanese art of folding paper), decorating Koinobori (carp windsocks) and Furoshiki (Japanese wrapping cloth).

Japanese native and 4-H Global Citizenship Program host, Shunske Yamamoto, taught the students how to make inari (seasoned tofu skin stuffed with sushi rice), onigiri (rice balls) and mochi (rice cake). There was also a variety of Japanese crackers and candies for the attendees to enjoy.

This summer, many 4-H members and their families will host students from Japan who will spend their summer vacation learning about our customs and culture. Visitors are paired with 4-H members of the same gender and age and will spend the summer doing the same activities (and chores) as their host siblings. Volunteers such as Shunske have hosted adults chaperoning the students who travel here.

If you, or someone you know, are interested in hosting a student or chaperone, more information about the Global Citizenship Program is available online.

If any county office would like to host a similar evening, you may contact Jill Wells for ideas.


Linn County 4-H and Origami
Linn County 4-H members learning origami.
Linn County 4-H members making Japanese onigiri.
Linn County 4-H members making onigiri.

Extension in the News

Tree School to offer useful tips for woodland owners
The News-Review
March 4, 2017
Featuring Douglas County Extension

In this week’s issue:

University Outreach and Engagement Strategic Plan

Keep your eyes open for information from Scott Reed regarding the roll out of the University Outreach and Engagement Strategic Plan. The August First Monday Update with detailed information will be hitting your inboxes today

Professional Development Fund Applications

To be considered for this quarter’s Professional Development Funds, applications must be received TODAY, Monday August 1st, by midnight. As a reminder, please note that for our application to be eligible, you must apply BEFORE the PD opportunity.

Applications for next quarter are due on November 1.

Professional Development Fund Criteria
Professional Development Fund Application

Irrigon Staff Moving

The staff at the Morrow County Extension SNAP-Ed office will be moving on Aug 8th to a new location:

Morrow Education Center
240 Columbia Lane
Irrigon, OR 97844
541-922-4004 (extension tbd)

Outreach and Engagement Quarterly Conversation, 8/19/16

Friday, August 19th
9:00am to 10:30am
202 Kidder Hall

Extension in the News

Links to stories featuring Oregon State University Extension people and programs:

Camelina, quinoa studied as alternative crops in E. Oregon
Capital Press
July 26, 2016
Featuring: Bill Buhrig

Scales, tails and sails
Oregon Coast Today
July 26, 2016
Featuring: OSU Sea Grant and Lincoln County Extension Services

REAL Oregon
July 27, 2016
Featuring: Bill Buhrig (Audio)

Sold to the highest bidder
Curry Coastal Pilot
July 27, 2016
Featuring: Curry County 4-H

Reaching out, by extension
The Daily Astorian
July 20, 2016
Featuring: Clatsop County and Joyce Senior, Valerie Grant, Patrick Corcoran and Amanda Gladics.

Benny at the Linn County Fair

Thank you Michele Webster for sharing photos of Benny at the Linn County Fair!

If Benny has already been to your fair, please take the time to fill out the post fair survey to help us improve for next year.

Benny the Beaver at the Linn County Fair, July 2016
Benny the Beaver at the Linn County Fair, July 2016










Benny and Linn County Extension
Benny LOVES Extension!

















Benny the Beaver
Benny taking a break
Benny the Beaver on a Tractor at the Linn County Fair
Benny makes it look easy