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Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.


Lewis County Noxious Weed Control is proud to be partnering with Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council and Mt. Rainier National Park Service to offer a FREE web based Invasive Plant Identification and Citizen Scientist Training on June 1st, 12:00PM-3:00PM.


Learn how to identify invasive plant species in SW Washington and how to distinguish them from commonly mistaken look-a-likes with Bill Wamsley, Lewis County Noxious Weed Control. Learn how to get more involved in Washington State conversation by becoming a citizen scientist and survey for invasive plants species and sharing your work and findings by reporting to EDDMapSWest, a national early detection reporting system that natural resource professionals use to identify control work and areas needing focused attention.


For more information and to register, please visit


At the request of Washington State University to encourage protection of the general public and office staff from infection of Coronavirus, the WSU Extension office in Lewis County will be closed immediately to the public until June 19.  This does not mean closed for business.  Faculty and staff will continue to meet clientele needs during the office closure.  To protect clientele and office staff, the office closure will continue until confirmed by Public Health that the health emergency is determined to be over.  Additional measures employed during the health crisis include:


  • All face to face meetings will be cancelled until June 19.  Meetings using remote communication options are still allowed and encouraged.
  • Clientele will have the option of contacting the office administrative assistant to schedule a visit with staff or faculty.  Meetings using remote communication is encouraged as a first option.
  • Faculty will be responsive during business hours to e-mail and phone calls with-in 48 hours of being contacted.
  • All educational meeting will be postponed until after May 18.  Future meeting dates will be set after the emergency is deemed over by Public Health.
  • Questions to the WSU Master Gardeners and WSU Master compost Recyclers will be answered during business hours.  Clientele will be encouraged to send digital pictures of their problem.
  • Outside the county office, meetings of 10 or fewer people may still be held, ONLY if it is possible to maintain the CDC-recommended protocol:
    • Encourage people who are sick or at risk to stay home and participate at a distance.
    • Discourage physical contact and provide social distancing (6 Feet).
    • Encourage hand-washing (30 seconds with soap & water) and provide hand sanitizer (60%+ Alcohol) for participants.
    • Encourage participants not to touch their faces.
    • Encourage coughing/sneezing into sleeves or tissues (& throw away).
    • Sanitize frequently-touched surfaces before and after meetings and daily at a minimum
  • Any questions concerning this plan should be directed to the WSU Extension office director.

County Programs

Lewis County Extension

351 NW North Street MS:AES01
Chehalis, WA

Monday – Thursday
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

(open over lunch hour)
or by Appointment

All Are Welcome

Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Julie Pirtle at 360-740-1212 or at least two weeks prior to the event.

Sat 18

Learn to Fix Clothes instead of Tossing Them

July 18 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tue 21

Basic Composting

July 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sat 25

Hydrangeas: Care and Hands-on Pruning

July 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Aug 22

Dying Fabric and Yarn Using Plants & Flowers

August 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm