Our Cooperative Extension programs make life better for Cape Cod.

You may not have heard of us, but you are probably familiar with our work. Check out our program highlights below!


Spiders are unwanted housemates on Cape Cod.Fall for zucchini and summer squash. They are versatile veggies that can be eaten as a snack or meal. Kids can help cook these too!Protect the life you built on Cape Cod. How to prepare for floods.Hummingbird hawk moth in a Cape Cod garden.Become a Master Gardener. Fill out application today.Hurricane Idalia track from Florida to inland areas.Image is picture of Shannon Hulst, Floodplain & Community Rating System Specialist with Cape Cod Cooperative Extension. Heading is Preparing Cape Cod for Floods with mitigation efforts and lowering flood insurance rates.Extension's home canning resources include free pressure canner gauge testing.Although they get a bad rap for their aggressiveness, and they don’t do much pollinating, wasps and hornets are beneficial to have around the garden. Here's why you should learn to appreciate them - and how to get rid of them if they become a problem without harming them.Rain storms can cause flooding.Extension's Hazardous Materials Environmental Specialist, Kalliope Chute, joined Barnstable Government Access for the most recent episode of County Chatter to talk about HHW Collections.Question about fruit flies and where they come from.Flyer on ways you can control and prevent mosquitoes on your property or home.Cape Cod Cooperative Extension's Seed to Plate Program: How to Grow, Cook, and Access Local Food.Extension's Waste Reduction Coordinator, Kari Parce, joined Barnstable Government Access TV for the most recent episode of County Chatter to talk about latex paint and boat shrink wrap recycling.August is National Water Quality Month. Buy Fresh Buy Local Cape Cod- Your Source for Local Food and Farms this summer.The #1 deadliest animal in the world is...NOT A GREAT WHITE SHARK! It's the tiny, pesky, completely unglamorous MOSQUITO. Learn how to protect yourself and your family here.Cape Cod's Warming Climate Affects Spread of Tick-Borne Diseases.Protect yourself from tick bites on hikes.Map of summer eats locations on Cape Cod for 2023. Kids and Teens Can Enjoy Free, Nutritious Meals All Summer Long.Cape Cod Master Gardener Hydrangea Festival Tour for 2023.Gorilla making a surprised face with text, "your face when you hear a new tick is in town".Are you a resident of Cape Cod but cannot attend your own town's HHW event? Don't miss out! Fill out the non-resident form and get a quote and appointment to attend any of the 24 HHW events on Cape Cod annually. Find the form at our website www.loveyourlocalwater.org2023 Master Gardener Evenings in the Garden schedule.Cooking up local Cape Cod choy sum.Don't be scared by roly poly bugs.Find the Cape Cod Master Gardeners at the Bass Rivers Farmers Market, Chatham Farmers Market and Falmouth Public Library this summer. Ask them questions or bring plants/ photos to discuss.Why is my beech tree dying? Find out about a spreading tree disease.County Entomologist Larry Dapsis chats with Barnstable Channel 18's Paula Hersey about ticks on Cape Cod.2023 HHW Collections Schedule and info.Succession planting for a continual harvest, featuring characters from the Succession TV show.Cape Cod 2023 Farmers' Market calendar.Hydrangea winter damage.Drinking morning coffee amongst plants that were brought inside to protect from a late season frost warning.Master Gardener Plant Sale on Saturday May 20th at Cape Cod Fairgrounds from 9am to 1pm.Happy Drinking Water Week from the people and projects that help keep our drinking water clean.Household Hazardous Waste Collections for Cape Cod.Star Wars characters Tarkin and Grogu showing the MA Homeowner's Handbook to Prepare for Coastal Hazards. Click here to download.Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Sea Grant Extension Marine Specialist, Abigail Archer, joined Brewster Conservation Trust and 13 herring fans on a walk through the Stony Brook herring run.Contact Tara Racine for more info on becoming a vendor at the Hyannis Farmers' Market by calling 508-375-6695.4-H members and program coordinator, Sandi Shepherd-Gay greeting folks at their event table.Protect Cape Cod's First Responders by Visiting Your Local HHW Collection.Free blood pressure, glucose, and nutrition education at Outer Cape locations for April.County Entomologist, Larry Dapsis, pointing to sign about Babesiosis and how it's 1. an emerging disease 2. can be serious 3. preventing tick bites prevents the infection. Visit Larry at capecod.gov/ticksCape Cod Boat Shrink Wrap Program for 2023.Town of Barnstable HHW Collection schedule for 2023. Soil testing is easy! Drop off at our office located 1358 Route 28 in South Yarmouth. Cape Cod Master Gardener Scholarship for 2023.Barnstable County Advisory Council Scholarship.Abigail Archer, our Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Sea Grant Extension Fisheries & Aquaculture Specialist, received the 2023 American Fisheries Society (AFS) Northeast Division President’s Award for leading a monthly diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) discussion in 2021-2022 and for 16 years of service to the AFS in various capacities.Save your water with these conservation tips.Imagination and teamwork take flight at the Barnstable County 4H “Design a Planet” workshop, part of the 4H Aerospace youth workshop series.National Groundwater Awareness WeekWoods Hole Sea Grant Extension Coastal Processes team visit Provincetown.During National Nutrition Month head to our website for recipes and cooking videos.Feeding Cape Cod with first local food distribution.Talking Ticks on CAI with Mindy ToddFundamentals of Shellfish Farming ClassKeep Your home and environment safe from toxic winter auto fluids that cannot be thrown in the trash. Find your disposal options at www.loveyourlocalwater.org.Cape Cod Master Gardeners Presents the Home Garden Spring Symposium, featuring award winning gardener and author, Brie Arthur. Event is March 25th in Centerville at the Lady of Victory Church. Cost is $40 per person, head to this link to register www.mastergardenerscc.orgWe need volunteers to help with the 2023 HHW collections.Hannibal Lecter and the female firefly enjoying having friends for dinner this Valentine's Day.Follow these food safety tips to keep food poisoning from tackling your Super Bowl party.Show your Valentine some love with the gift of permethrin to prevent tick-borne disease.Flowers for 4H! Buy bulbs online and a portion goes to support Barnstable County 4h programs and events. Order online today.Nothing says I love you like the 2023 UMass Garden Calendar. Buy yours for Valentine's Day.Cooperative Extension in the news. Extension's entomologist, Larry Dapsis, explains how Cape Cod's mild winters make for an active tick season in this article from Northeastern Global News.Brace yourselves, groundhogs are coming for your garden.4H Youth in Action with Aerospace. Click here for more.Download the 2023 HHW Collection Schedule here.Tick bite prevention in the winter.Bringing your Food Product to Market-An Introduction. Click Here to Register.Learn to grow a garden with the Master Gardner Backyard Horticulture Workshop series. Click here.Holiday Food Safety TipsHazardous Holiday Weather Safety tips2023 UMass Garden calendars on sale now. Happiness and Cheer!Barnstable County HHW Collected over 600 thousands pounds of household hazardous waste in 2022.4H and ameriCorp Cape Cod in the UMass NewsletterDon't Rake The Leaves


Our goal is to ensure that the next generation can enjoy Cape Cod’s natural splendor as much as we do. Check out our calendar and sign up for our newsletters to find out about future events, upcoming workshops, and available resources on our efforts