ST. PAUL -- The University of Minnesota Extension announced Thursday it will cancel its in-person programs statewide beginning Monday, March 16, to help reduce the number of Minnesota settings in which potential spread of COVID-19 could occur.
The cancellation is effective through March 31 and Extension leaders will re-evaluate plans for future programs at that time, a release said. The Extension announcement applies to all in-person programs and meetings, whether they are offered on a county, regional or statewide basis. Extension’s online programs will take place as scheduled and some in-person events may be moved online.
Extension is the research, outreach and education arm of the university. Earlier this week, the university announced that for-credit coursework on all five University of Minnesota campuses will be delivered through alternative instruction beginning next week.
The Extension cancellation includes a variety of areas including:
- Minnesota 4-H and related youth development programs
- Extension Master Gardeners and Extension Master Naturalists
- Nutrition programs offered via SNAP-Ed, the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program and Cooking Matters.
- Educational workshops and programs in agriculture, natural resources, food safety and community vitality and development
- Programs conducted through the Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships
Extension’s county, regional and statewide offices remain open and employees will be at work.