CNS faculty engage in outreach activities as a natural outgrowth of their excellence in research and academics. Many participate in ongoing UMass Extension, continuing professional education, or other outreach or professional service programs. Others have created groundbreaking instructional technologies that are now used by universities across the nation. Our community service programs also reach out to educators and the general public, and invite them to share in our knowledge and vast resources.
UMass Extension is part of the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment. Extension addresses public concerns of high priority for the Commonwealth. Part of the national Cooperative Extension System, it sponsors statewide programs in Agriculture and Green Industry, Environment, Nutrition Education, and the Massachusetts 4-H Youth Development Program. These programs, often in partnerships with other organizations, offer research and educational opportunities including workshops, conferences, distance education, training events, consultations, and applied research.