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Education and Extension

What educational resources are available?

More and more educational resources are coming available as people try to better understand climate change and how it could affect them. The USDA Forest Service has developed the Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) as a web-based, national resource that connects land managers and decisionmakers with useable science to address climate change in planning and application. View a list of recommended educational resources or visit the Climate Change Resource Center.

What is Extension?
All universities engage in research and teaching, but the nation's more than 100 land-grant colleges and universities, have a third critical mission—extension. "Extension" means "reaching out," and—along with teaching and research—land-grant institutions "extend" their resources, solving public needs with college or university resources through non-formal, non-credit programs.

These programs are largely administered through thousands of county and regional extension offices, which bring land-grant expertise to the most local of levels. And both the universities and their local offices are supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), the federal partner in the Cooperative Extension System (CES). NIFA plays a key role in the land-grant extension mission by distributing annual Congressionally appropriated formula grants to supplement state and county funds. NIFA affects how these formula grants are used through national program leadership to help identify timely national priorities and ways to address them. Learn more about extension and forest programs offered by NIFA .

The extension system also supports the eXtension website. One of the goals of eXtension is to develop a coordinated, Internet-based information system where customers will have round-the-clock access to trustworthy, balanced views of specialized information and education on a wide range of topics. Learn more about climate, forests, and woodlands through eXtension