Cooperative Extension Volunteer Programs

  • Extension Celebrates Volunteers at Great Volunteer Getaway

    On June 24, 2017 volunteers from all 13 UNH Extension volunteer programs gathered at Bear Brook State Park for a special event in their honor.
    Great Volunteer Getaway 2017
  • Container Gardening Rocks!

    Master gardeners Marge Badois and Carol Moore and master gardener intern Kate Scholes spent time with the Sanborn Garden Club explaining why.
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  • Connecting People to Trails in the Digital Age

    UNH Graduate Student Holly Fosher recently worked with UNH Cooperative Extension staff to increase public access to local trail maps.
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4-H Foundation


4-H Volunteers


Advisory Councils


Coastal Research Volunteers

Lakes Lay Monitoring Program


Marine Docents


Master Gardeners


Natural Resources Stewards


NH Big Tree Program

NH Coverts Project


Speaking for Wildlife


STEM Docents


The Stewardship Network: New England

From Our Volunteers

“I became a Coverts Cooperator in May of this year, and it was easily the best thing I've done in 2015 so far. UNHCE provides a much needed service to the state of NH, as well as an outlet for me to personally get involved in the things I love to do while sharing with and giving back to my community.” – Jace Porter, Hillsborough County

“The Butterfly Garden in Bristol was designed with the assistance of Master Gardeners as a haven for butterflies, other pollinators and native wildlife. Local families bring their children, visitors to the area love it, weddings have been held there, people come to picnic there in the garden. The success of this spot perhaps inspired other organizations in town to beautify the area, inviting even more people to appreciate the unique qualities of nature in New Hampshire.” – Carol White, Grafton County

“After we understand about our impact we have on the planet, we go out into the community and volunteer to initiate change in the local community to be more aware of the environmental and how we take care of the earth. ” – Brittany Bivona, Strafford County, UNH’15

"I've been a part of the UNH Marine Docent program since 2005 and learn more from it each year. I firmly believe that the more people know about our amazing environment, and the interconnections of all its parts, the more willing they are to protect it.” – Lyn Rodger, Rockingham County

“I oversee the Food Pantry Garden in Wolfeboro. Every vegetable we raise is donated to the LIFE Ministries Food Pantry for their clients. When we first started bringing in the produce, the clients were reluctant to try the food. Now, the fresh produce is the first to go and late arrivals are disappointed to learn they have to accept the canned.” – Susan Poirier, Carroll County

Natural Resources Steward training has jumpstarted me into getting involved with volunteering. I'm always on the lookout to get more people to appreciate our natural resources, and realize that protecting them is important.” – Deborah Munson, Rockingham County, UNH’79

“My wife and I want to leave a legacy of clean water and land abutments for future generations. Contributing a small portion of our time to the Lakes Lay Monitoring Program provides comprehensive data in monitoring the health of our watershed, and alerting all if warning signs are given by our lake.” – Robert Girouard, Hillsborough County

“My participation as a Coastal Research Volunteer has included a variety of projects. The Hampton Beach Dune grass project particularly stands out. The seedlings [we planted] will be used for transplant into erosion control areas. It will be especially satisfying to plant these grasses in their permanent location and to watch how they impact the dunes.” – Sherri Townsend, Strafford County, UNH’83