4-H Youth Development

The Barnstable County 4-H and Youth Development Program is dedicated to providing a positive, hands on learning experience which builds character, develops life skills and enables youth to become self directing, productive members of society.

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This program serves as a resource for accurate, unbiased information on plant and pest management for municipal agencies as well as for agricultural producers, members of the Green Industries and the public. Trained volunteer Master Gardeners assist in the delivery of educational programs to the public.


Hazardous Waste & Water Quality

The 2014 Household Hazardous Waste Collections are underway! Residents of Sandwich, Mashpee, Bourne, and Falmouth participated in the April 19th free event at Sandwich High School. This collection was one of twenty-three collections held on Cape Cod every year. Click here for more information.

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The goal of Cape Cod Cooperative Extension marine programs is to establish, develop and carry out education programs in marine resource development, to assist with problems concerning coastal industries and the management of coastal resources, and to transfer technological innovations, educational and informational materials to public officials, educators, and marine users groups.

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Natural Resources

The Natural Resources department works to strengthen the capacity within communities to identify and effectively address natural resource issues through education, training, technical assistance, and grant funds, when available. the department also provides comprehensive continuing education and training programs for local officials, natural resource professionals and educators.


Ticks & Entomology

The Extension deer tick project works to prevent tick borne illnesses, including Lyme disease, babesiosis, and anaplasmosis via education, surveillance and deer tick intervention on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.



The Nutrition Education Program (NEP) provides individuals, families and communities with the knowledge and skills that empower them to make informed choices about healthy diets, efficiently manage food resources, and reduce the risks of chronic diseases and foodborne illness. Extension educators target consumers and families, municipal employees, food handlers, low-income and high-risk individuals, the elderly and agencies that serve these populations.

The mission of Cape Cod Cooperative Extension is to improve the health and well-being of youth, families and communities; conserve and enhance natural and marine resources; and strengthen agriculture and food systems. Extension links the Massachusetts land grant university with a larger community of people to address issues of fundamental importance to the people of Barnstable County.

It’s been a 100 years since the Smith-Lever Act was signed and Extension joined county government! Watch the video we made to celebrate.