USE YOUR COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE
The Oklahoma Experience Of:
OK Cooperative extension Service
Oklahoma State Univiersity - Stillwater
Educators with Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service (OCES) county offices work side-by-side with local residents and community leaders to solve concerns and issues of importance to individuals, groups, and organizations in their specific counties. The local county Extension office is in a unique position to offer assistance as its educators are able to call upon the expertise of not only area, district, and state Extension specialists, but the collective knowledge and capabilities of Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. The Division is comprised of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the statewide Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station system (responsible for approximately 40 percent of the research conducted at OSU), and OCES.
In terms of community beautification and environmental improvement, Extension offices often have programs on gardening, including Master Gardener programs in some counties. Master Gardener programs typically provide training in composting, flower bed care, gardening, landscaping, lawn care, soil improvement and tree planting. Master Gardeners have become a vital part of Extension's ability to provide up-to-date, research-based information. Master Gardening has also become a popular volunteer activity that gives its participants a sense of community spirit, accomplishment and intellectual stimulation.
The Solid Waste Management program within OCES provides communities with technical assistance, educational materials and programs, analysis and help in implementing waste management plans. Resources include information on solid waste management issues such as reduce, reuse, recycle, composting and illegal dumping.