The University of Arizona

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Improving Lives, Communities and the Economy

About Us

Cooperative Extension, an outreach arm of The University of Arizona and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), is "Improving Lives, Communities and the Economy" by serving as a statewide network of knowledgeable faculty and staff that provides lifelong educational programs for all Arizonans. We are part of a nationwide educational network of scientists and educators who help people solve problems and put knowledge to use. Arizona Cooperative Extension provides a link between the university and the citizens of this state.

Vision CALS-CE is a vital national leader in creating and applying knowledge to help people build thriving, sustainable lives, communities and economies.  image of people painting, learning, hiking, and farming

Mission To engage with people through applied research and education to improve lives, families, communities, environment, and economies in Arizona and beyond.

Who We Are Cooperative Extension is a statewide non-formal education network bringing research-based information into communities to help people improve their lives. Today's Cooperative Extension is many things to many people throughout Arizona. As of January 2017, we have…

  • 108 FACULTY (98.85 full time equivalents) delivering statewide programs
  • 468 STAFF & Other Appointed Personnel (341.68 fte) supporting county programs statewide
  • 51 AmeriCorps Volunteers

In 2014, we had

  • 13,371 VOLUNTEERS contributing 143,346 hours to assisting county programs learn more about volunteering
    • 1338 Certified Master Gardeners donated 93,913 volunteer hours
  • 133,006 YOUTH enrolled in 4-H & Youth Development programs
  • 622,723 PARTICIPANTS in Cooperative Extension programs

How We Serve We are unique because our teaching efforts are made possible by a cooperative effort between the Federal Government, the University of Arizona's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and each of the counties we serve. With offices in all 15 counties and on 5 tribal reservations, we bring knowledge to people every day to enhance their work and enrich their lives. We are your window to the University.