The College of Natural Sciences (CNS) actively engages with communities throughout the Commonwealth and beyond, sharing research and resources, and exchanging expertise.

CNS partners with the public around a range of issues in order to positively impact communities and the university. These issues are in areas including: agriculture; education; economic development: health and wellness; and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities. UMass Extension, part of the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment, offers statewide programs often in partnerships with other organizations.
including workshops, conferences, distance education, training events, consultations, and applied research.