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Part of the National Cooperative Extension System

All universities engage in research and teaching, but the nation’s more than 100 land-grant colleges and universities including WVU, have another critical mission: Extension. Extension means reaching out, and along with teaching and research land-grant institutions extend their resources, solving public needs with college or university resources through local programs. With more than 3,000 county offices in the USA, the National Cooperative Extension System is the local front door for many citizens to their state land-grant institutions.

Putting Knowledge to Work!

The West Virginia University Extension Service works to provide solutions in your community through key programs and resources, including agriculture and natural resources; 4-H and youth development; food and nutrition; health and wellness; financial planning; and home gardening. These research-based programs and services are available to all Putnam County residents thanks to the tremendous support of our community members, local organizations, volunteers and local partners, including the Board of Education and County Commission.

Putnam County Highlights

  • 130 youths attended the annual all-age 4-H camp with 30 adults serving as mentors, chaperones and instructors during the five-day residential camping experience. Kids learn life skills from cooking, fishing, riflery and candle making, as well as team building exercises.
  • With the addition of Winfield Elementary (starting in January 2019), we will be annually introducing more than 2,200 Putnam County students to garden-based learning (GBL) and good nutrition.
  • The Putnam County Family and Community Development program reached 3,423 participants in 2018 with 69 classes on literacy, child welfare, cooking skills and safety, Dining with Diabetes, food preservation, and healthy relationships.
  • Completed two, nine-week classes titled, “Eating Smart Being Active,” with 17 adult participants graduating, and two, six-week "Teen Cuisine" cooking classes for the Putnam Youth Report, which reached 17 teenagers (10 who graduated from the program). Also provided cooking classes for 18 youths during Putnam County 4-H camp.