Welcome to Hennepin County
Hennepin County partners with Extension to deliver practical education and research you can use at home, at work and in your community.
4-H Youth Development is a hands-on learning program for Minnesota youth. We offer online, small group and independent learning experiences for youth of all ages. In 4-H, youth choose the topic they find interesting and caring adults support their learning and leadership. From agronomy to space exploration and creative arts to outdoor adventures, 4-H has just the right learning experience for young people.
There are many ways to participate in 4-H!
Project Records have changed in the last few years as we try to tweak every year to make it easier and less tedious for our 4-H'ers. Check out what resources and see how the questions have changed to better reflect your learning and judging experience. 4-H'ers can now submit their Project Records for the Fall Awards Banquet (October) for review using traditional methods (binder, pencil & paper) or a virtual method (Google Slides, Videos, etc.). Youth in grades K-13 are welcome to use project records to keep track of what projects they have done through their 4-H year. Almost like a journal entry, except for projects you've completed.
Master Gardener volunteers are University of Minnesota-trained and bring researched-based information to the public about a variety of horticulture topics. Our work consists of seven priority areas:
Clean Water, Climate Change, Horticultural Skills, Local Food, Nearby Nature, Plant Biodiversity and Pollinators. Certified Master Gardener volunteers are required to provide 25 hours of service annually.
Become an MG
Master Gardener Volunteers take their knowledge and love of gardening into the Hennepin County Community and share it with others. Volunteers learn while they are volunteering; they also learn by attending required continuing education classes offered by the University of Minnesota, MN Landscape Arboretum and Minnesota Horticultural Society. The Master Gardener Volunteer Program is the perfect way to volunteer your time and talents AND learn more at the same time. Applications are accepted annually August 1 through October 1. During their first year, Master Gardener volunteers are expected to provide 50 hours of service, in addition to attending our 50 hour core course. Volunteers pay $295 for the course and background check; additional $25 for printed manual; scholarships are available. Application process and materials can be found here.
Health and nutrition
Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is a Federal Extension or community outreach program that currently operates through the 1862 and 1890 Land-Grant Universities (LGUs) in every state, the District of Columbia, and the six U.S. territories – American Samoa, Guam, Micronesia, Northern Marianas, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA), EFNEP uses education to support participants’ efforts toward self-sufficiency, nutritional health, and well-being. EFNEP combines hands-on learning, applied science, and program data to ensure program effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability.
Learn more about EFNEP and find links to state and local programs, EFNEP impacts and reports, and research findings. This site also includes program guidance for EFNEP implementers.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) team helps low-income individuals and families make diet and lifestyle choices to improve their health and prevent obesity. We provide families with tools and strategies to help counter the effects of food insecurity, poverty, and obesity. The University of Minnesota Extension SNAP-Ed team can partner with your agency on educational offerings, or on a project for changing practices and systems to create an environment conducive to healthier living.
Sharmyn Phipps, SNAP-Ed Regional coordinator
Janice Rasmussen, SNAP-Ed Regional coordinator
Lisa Wong, SNAP-Ed Regional coordinator
Thao Pham - (Vietnamese Speaking), SNAP-Ed educator
Maria Teresa Thoreson (Spanish Speaking), SNAP-Ed educator
Selah Michele, SNAP-Ed educator
April Smith, SNAP-Ed educator
Nimo Yusuf (Somali Speaking), SNAP-Ed educator
Hibaq Dualeh (Somali Speaking), SNAP-Ed educator
Pae Say (Karen Speaking)- SNAP-Ed educator
Michael Stratten, SNAP-Ed educator
Shirley Vang (Hmong Speaking), SNAP-Ed educator
Deon Haider, SNAP-Ed educator
Agriculture and natural resources
Minnesota is a great place to explore, understand and conserve the natural landscape. Extension education, volunteer and community science programs encourage people to become stewards of Minnesota’s public and private lands.
Attend agriculture or natural resource-related events near you.
Agriculture and natural resource conferences, in-person events, and online courses are offered all year around the state.
Find the latest on Extension agricultural and natural resource research and news you can use on your farm from local experts.
Statewide news and blogs
- Agricultural Business Management News - Business and financial resources for farmers.
- Beef News - Beef industry featured events, farm safety and animal health.
- Dairy News - Dairy industry featured events, farm safety and animal health.
- Fruit and Vegetable News - Local production and marketing of fruit and vegetable crops in Minnesota.
- Minnesota Crop News - Emerging issues affecting Minnesota row crops and forages.
- My Minnesota Woods - Find out how to take care of your trees and enjoy Minnesota's beautiful woodlands.
- Natural Resources News - From preserving our wetlands to combating invasive species, read about protecting and enjoying nature.
Extension's Center for Community Vitality engages Minnesotans to strengthen the social, civic, economic and technological capacity of their communities. We help create vibrant communities and enhance skills and knowledge in economics, leadership and civic engagement, and tourism.
Check our community research page for reports on county and community-focused topics relating to local economics, retaining businesses, growing retail markets, developing tourism, and more.
Local programs can be offered in collaboration with local community organizations and government agencies. Current programs include Minnesota Agricultural and Rural Leadership (MARL).
Contact an educator in your area for consultation, guidance and conversation about your community.
Extension's Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) connect Greater Minnesota communities and University of Minnesota knowledge and resources to support local sustainability projects.
Working in partnership, RSDP supports community-driven projects in four focus areas: agriculture and food systems, clean energy, natural resources, and resilient communities. Projects are supported by boards made up of local community members and University faculty and staff.
Learn more about RSDP’s recent work and how to submit a project idea.
Join us at an event in your community.
Find opportunities to learn about the natural environment, how to care for your forest lands, and how you and your family can get out and explore nature around the state and in your own backyard.
Find information on community-focused news.
Find out how to take care of your trees and enjoy Minnesota's beautiful woodlands.
From preserving our wetlands to combating invasive species, read about protecting and enjoying nature.
Learn more about community-driven sustainability projects happening across Minnesota.
Hennepin County Extension
D. Craig Taylor, Regional Director, East Central Region
Amy Collura, Extension educator, 4-H Youth Development
Karl Hakanson, Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources
Jaime Harris, Master Gardener Program Youth Education Coordinator, Master Gardener program
Askia Luminae, Executive Office & Administrative Specialist
Joyce McGee-Brown, EFNEP Community Nutrition Educator
Amie Mondl, Extension educator, 4-H Youth Development, Urban
Dawn Montgomery, EFNEP Community Nutrition Educator
Katherine Nguyen, Extension educator, 4-H Youth Development
Thao Pham - (Vietnamese Speaking), SNAP-Ed Educator
Terry Straub, Extension Educator, Master Gardener Volunteer Program
email@example.com, Office Phone: 612-596-2130, Cell Phone: 612-501-3761
Nimo Yusuf (Somali Speaking), SNAP-Ed Educator
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