University of Wyoming Extension News

Residents invited to learn what UW Extension offers in Carbon County

An energy trailer demonstrating on-grid and off-grid solar, wind and geothermal approaches for stock watering, and home heating are among topics at the open house of the Carbon County office of University of Wyoming Extension.

The event is 4-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at the Jeffrey Memorial Community Center, 315 W. Pine St., in Rawlins.   

 “We are trying to make Carbon County residents more aware of the extension system and the resources we offer to individuals, families and producers,” said extension educator Abby Perry, who serves southeast Wyoming.

More than a dozen UW specialists, area educators and county educators are providing information about sports nutrition, food safety and 4-H, and addressing topics such as eating well for less, integrated pest management, grazing management, irrigation and community and economic development.

            Perry, who specializes in rangeland economics and monitoring, said, “We also hope the community will walk away feeling like they have had the opportunity to share their interests and needs.”

            Bret Hess, director of the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station, and Doug Zalesky, director of the Laramie Research and Extension Center, will present current research and solicit input for future projects. 

            Milt Geiger, energy extension coordinator, uses the energy trailer to spark discussion about renewable energy and interactions between energy, environment and economy.

Cathy Craig is the 4-H and youth development educator in Carbon County, providing opportunities for youths to learn, connect with the community and gain leadership skills.

“The event is come-and-go and informal,” said Perry. Refreshments will be served.

UW Extension nutrition and food safety educator serves southeast Wyoming

Callie Kettner

Callie Kettner

Callie Kettner begins June 8 as the nutrition and food safety educator in the Carbon County office of the University of Wyoming Extension.

Based in Rawlins, she will also serve Albany, Goshen, Laramie and Platte counties.

Kettner has worked three years with the University of Idaho Extension delivering nutrition education to youths in the after-school, summer lunch and 4-H program.

She received a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Idaho State University and completed her master’s degree in health sciences with a nutrition emphasis and a dietetic internship this May from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C.

Range educator joins Carbon County extension office

Abby Perry

Abby Perry

A range specialist is joining the University of Wyoming Extension office in Carbon County.

Abby Perry starts Monday, Feb. 16. Based in Rawlins, the area educator will also serve Albany, Goshen, Laramie and Platte counties providing educational programs on the sustainable management of rangeland resources, said Susan James, federal relations and staff development coordinator.

Perry received her bachelor’s degree in rangeland ecology/watershed management and her master’s degree in agricultural and applied economics from the University of Wyoming.

While attending college, Perry completed a summer internship with the Albany County extension office working with agricultural and horticultural issues. As a graduate student, she held an assistantship in which she explored the economics of reclamation after energy extraction.

Perry also completed a rangeland health assessment program cooperative internship working collaboratively with U.S. Forest Service Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests, Thunder Basin National Grassland and the Laramie County Conservation District on various management projects on Pole Mountain near Laramie.

She is a graduate of Cody High School.

Carbon County extension offering free cooking classes for youths

Diane Saenz

Free cooking classes are being offered for youths this winter through the CarbonCounty office of the University of Wyoming Extension.

Kids in the Kitchen provides hands-on instruction that will help kids develop a love of cooking and start building skills to make healthier food choices,” said Diane Saenz, extension nutrition and food safety educator.

Classes are Tuesdays Jan. 15 and Jan. 22, and Feb. 5, Feb. 12, and Feb. 19 at the UW Extension office, third floor of the Carbon Building, 215 W. Buffalo, Rawlins.        

Enrollment is limited due to size of the kitchen facility. For more information, contact Saenz at 307-328-2642.

UW Extension holds Grow Your Own, Use Your Own workshop in Rawlins

Building a mobile chicken coop earlier this year in Riverton.

Building a mobile chicken coop, learning the basics of beekeeping and composting with worms are among topics covered during the “Grow Your Own, Use Your Own” workshop in Rawlins Saturday, Sept. 8.

“This will be a great workshop where every part of the program will be hands-on in some way,” said Mae Smith, UW Extension educator for southeast Wyoming. “If you want to be more sustainable on your land or just learn something new, this will be great for everyone.”

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