Celebrating 100 years!

Office Information

WVU Extension Service
Wood County Office
1 Courthouse Square, Suite 408
Parkersburg, WV 26101-7500

Phone: 304-424-1960
Fax: 304-424-1967
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30-4:30
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WVU Serving all 55 of West Virginia’s Counties

WVU Extension Service provides programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, 4-H Youth Development, Families and Health, and Community, Economic, and Workforce Development with support from West Virginia University faculty and staff. The Extension Service also maintains a historic special-mission campus at WVU Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp near Weston, WV.

To meet and support the needs of local people and communities, county faculty and staff involve local residents in developing and leading specific programs and activities.

Part of the National Cooperative Extension System

With more than 3,000 county offices in the USA, Extension is the local front door for many citizens to their state land-grant institutions. Extension knowledge can also be found online anytime, through eXtension, a Web portal to the nation’s largest educational and informational system staffed by Extension experts.

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Celebrating 100 Years of Extension’s
Service to West Virginia

Smith-Lever is 100!

Extension 100 logo Not every organization can claim to have been created by an act of Congress. The year was 1914, and the United States Congress passed the Smith-Lever Act, creating a unique educational system called the National Cooperative Extension Service.

Indeed, our faculty agents, specialists, and staff are the “extension” of the University, and our WVU Extension county offices are the front door to the university in all 55 West Virginia counties.

Read WVU President E.Gordon Gee’s remarks on WVU Extension’s centennial milestone…

Learn more about the history of Extension Service in West Virginia…

Trusted Traditions, Progressive Solutions

The West Virginia University Extension Service is celebrating a century of service to the state by sharing its noteworthy history.

Although familiar today, the National Cooperative Extension Service was quite unique in the world of early 20th century education. The new system combined cooperative support by federal, state and county partnerships with trained educators who would translate research from each state’s land-grant university into practical, useful information for the state’s citizens.

That’s how the WVU Extension Service was born. It’s survived by being innovative, remaining connected and committed to West Virginia and its citizens, and helping West Virginia University to meet its mission as a land-grant institution.

Did you know that Extension specialists and county agents are actually WVU faculty members? Or that while some states have made significant cuts to their Extension programs, West Virginia still maintains a WVU Extension office in every county?

WVU Extension brings you such programs as:

WVU Extension operates the W.Va. State Fire Training Academy, WVU Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp, the Institute for Labor Studies and Research, the Community Leadership Academy, the Small Farm Center, the WVU Reedsville Farm, and participates in other research-based efforts across the state. Extension also provides training to community leaders, local government officials, business owners, and entrepreneurs to strengthen our small towns and communities and provide jobs.

Additionally, Extension partners with WVU colleges, like the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, to make a greater impact in municipalities and communities across West Virginia through WVU programs like the Community Design Team, and more.