UNH Extension Fast Facts

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UNH Cooperative Extension strengthens people and the communities in New Hampshire by providing trusted kowledge, practical education and cooperative solutions

160 full and part-time Extension field specialists, professional and technical staff located in all 10 New Hampshire counties, on the UNH campus in Durham and at the Education Center in Goffstown, who design and conduct educational programs. Includes 33 campus-based Extension specialists, the majority located in academic departments, who partner with faculty colleagues in facilitating statewide education and research outreach.

Involves 10 county advisory councils collectively comprising 140 members (citizen volunteers, legislators, county commissioners) who help identify local needs and priorities and guide the county outreach activities.

Reaches one in four New Hampshire residents with information or assistance, and recruits, trains and supports volunteers who work with staff to conduct educational programs to reach a greater number of New Hampshire citizens (e.g., Master Gardeners, Education Center Info Line staff, Lay Lake Monitors, Marine Docents, Coverts Cooperators, Nature Groupies, Natural Resource Stewards, Coastal Research Volunteers, Speaking for Wildlife, 4-H Leaders).

5,481 trained volunteers

Receives funding through a cooperative partnership which includes annual appropriations from federal, state and county governments. Grants, contracts, program fees and private contributions provide supple- mental funding.

A memorandum of understanding between the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and UNH defines the University’s responsibilities for program leadership and management. Memorandum of understanding between the University System of New Hampshire and County Commissioners carry out the provisions of state law as reflected in RSA 24:10a.