The Northwest District UAF Cooperative Extension Service (CES) is composed of Nome, 15 villages in the Bering Straits Region, Kotzebue, and the 11 villages that make up the Northwest Arctic Borough. The population of this region is 16,505, spread over an area of 80,000 square miles. All communities in the district must be reached by air; even the hub communities of Nome and Kotzebue require air travel to reach because there are no roads into this region from the rest of the state. Eighty three percent of the region’s population is Native Alaskans including Siberian Yupik, Central Yupik and Inupiaq.

The Northwest District Office is staffed by an administrative assistant, Kathi Tweet and district faculty, Kari van Delden. Kari van Delden works with Health, Home & Family and Youth Development programs.

Hours and Location: Our hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. We are on the west side of Northwest Campus to the north of the Nagozruk Administration building, in the Community Outreach building (just behind the main building on the boardwalk) Rooms #102 & 103. Our physical address is 400 E Front Street.

You can reach us by calling 907-443-2320 or faxing 907-443-2150. Individual e-mail contact information is available on our staff page.

Mailing address

P.O. Box 1298

Nome, AK 99762

The CES office offers many publications and workshops on a wide variety of subjects including food safety, nutrition, health, gardening, arctic construction, child development and family finance. The CES office also coordinates the monthly Nome Interagency Meeting which offers agencies an opportunity to work collaboratively.

Photo Highlights

kari van delden teaching canning to group in Stebbins
Nome agent Kari van Delden teaches canning in Stebbins, Alaska
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