Wood Donation will Frame Front Entry

Main Entry Facade

The main entry from the Extension Education Center’s parking lot on the east side of the building will feature a log façade with wood provided by Ilene and Monte Waldorf, Molalla. Ilene’s father, Clyde Ramsay, was Clackamas County’s first Tree Farmer of the Year in 1955 and leader of the family woodland owner movement in the state. He worked with other landowners at the time to form the Clackamas County Farm Forestry Association. The logs for the façade will come from the Ramsay family tree farm property—a legacy to the Ramsays and the Association that still thrives today and includes faithful stewards of the family forest heritage in the county.

A Special Thank You to Those Investing in our Future!

A Special Thank You to Those Investing in our Future!

Community Report Article February 2019

A $3 million private fundraising campaign is underway to retire debt for the Extension Education Center project. Naming rights are available as an opportunity for individuals, businesses, and organizations to be associated with the project or to honor someone associated with the legacy of Extension in the county and our programs. Today we recognize the following early contributors to the Clackamas Extension Education Center:

• J. Frank Schmidt Family Charitable Foundation—naming rights for Outdoor Education Pavilion ($100,000).

• Clackamas Chapter of Master Gardener Association—naming rights for Gray and Noreen Thompson Master Gardener Public Clinic ($50,000).

• Ilene and Monte Waldorf—naming rights for East Entry façade and main access for building honoring Clyde and Norma Ramsay and utilizing logs from their tree farm ($10,000).

• RSG Forest Products—donating framing wood for Extension Education Center and Pavilion. In addition, nearly 20 other contributions and pledges have been already made to the project totaling approximately $235,000.

We sincerely appreciate this support!

For more information on the fundraising effort and naming opportunities available, email Mike Bondi: michael.bondi@oregonstate.edu

Outdoor Education Pavillion

The Extension Education Center complex will include an Outdoor Education Pavilion sponsored with a generous gift provided by the J. Frank Schmidt Family Charitable Foundation, Boring.  J. Frank Schmidt and Son Co. is one of the largest shade tree nurseries in the U.S. and started as a family business in the county more than 70 years ago.  In addition, the Schmidt’s are providing all of the shade trees that will be used for landscaping in the Extension Education Center area.

Master Gardener Clinic

The Gray and Noreen Thompson Master Gardener Public Clinic will be staffed by Extension volunteers daily to serve the community with their gardening and home landscape questions.  The Clackamas Chapter of the Master Gardeners Association is naming the clinic after the founder of Oregon’s Master Gardener program, Gray Thompson, who launch the program here in Clackamas County in 1976.  Gray’s wife, Noreen, was an active Master Gardener in her retirement years, too. 

Newsletter goes out to over 3,000 Households

Newsletter goes out to over 3,000 Households


The inaugural issue of the Extension Education Center newsletter that is being sent to you and more than 3,000 other households, individuals, and community stakeholders in Clackamas County who participate in OSU Extension Service programs.  This newsletter will keep our Extension family up to date about the progress being made on Extension’s new office building project in Oregon City on the County’s Red Soils campus.  As many of your know, we have been dreaming about a new office for Extension’s programs and activities—and, to better accommodate the needs of the public and our many volunteers—for many years.  We are finally getting close with a ground breaking coming in the New Year!  Please read and share with others in your family, your friends and your neighbors.

With Thanksgiving upon us, we at the Clackamas County Extension office, are very thankful for the many blessings we all share, including your participation in our programs and your support.

Be watching for the next issue of our Extension Education Center newsletter in January with more exciting news.

Thank you, again.  Have a great holiday!


Michael C. Bondi, Professor of Forestry

OSU Extension Service—Clackamas Liaison and Research Center

Extension Center Approved for Public Bids

Extension Center Approved for Public Bids


[Oregon City] Clackamas County Commissioners gave the green light on Tuesday, October 22 to begin construction for a new Oregon State University Extension Service Education Center in Oregon City on their Red Soils campus.  The new building will be located on the southeast corner of Beavercreek and Warner Milne Roads—about two blocks east of OSU’s current Extension office location.  Ground breaking is expected this coming spring.  Occupancy is projected for year-end 2020.

The new Extension Education Center will be a state-of-the-art, all wood building featuring a modern Cascadian-style design and the latest technologies in wood construction—cross-laminated timber and mass plywood.  The 22,000 square foot, two-story structure will include a 150 seat meeting and training room, a teaching kitchen, multiple smaller meeting rooms throughout the building, and a public Master Gardener Clinic.

“We are excited to have the County Commissioner’s support for the new Extension Education Center,” said Mike Bondi, OSU’s Extension Liaison for Clackamas County.  “The County is providing the site location on their Red Soils campus and we are using our Extension District funds to build this county-owned building.  The Center will be exclusively used by Extension.  This is a real win for all of us in the community.”

Clackamas County Commissioner, Martha Schrader made the original motion to move this building forward in 2015. “The OSU Extension Service has served Clackamas County residents for more than 100 years. This new building will allow our residents to continue accessing this resource to help live healthier lives, learn about our local ecosystems, and get involved with their communities. I am also excited about the opportunity to showcase mass timber in its design,” said Schrader after Tuesday’s meeting.

The new Extension Center is a “dream come true” for OSU—a building designed specifically for the needs of Extension and the community for years to come.  The large meeting room and smaller meeting spaces will accommodate programming not possible in Extension’s current location.  The teaching kitchen will provide upgraded facilities for adult and youth cooking and nutrition education, and expand collaboration opportunities in the community. The Master Gardener Clinic will include a library and diagnostic lab for sample analysis, plus outdoor demonstration gardens and a teaching greenhouse.

In addition, the Extension Education Center will be the first Net Zero public building in the County—meaning the building will generate all of its own electrical needs for the structure.  Nearly 300 solar panels located on the roof of the Center will generate the electricity.  A north-south orientation to the building and super insulation will help make heating and cooling much more efficient in the building be keys to achieving the Net Zero goal. Furthermore, the Extension Center will be a resilient building—able to withstand a 9.2 earthquake.  In the event of a natural disaster of this magnitude, the Extension building will still be standing, able to generate power, and will have a kitchen facility for emergency food preparation and feeding.  The large meeting room could become the nerve center for communications by County government during a time of crisis.

With today’s approval by the County Commissioners, the final building documents will be prepared and submitted for review and advertising for the public bidding process.  Bidding is expected to begin by late November.

Audio file of meeting – with comments from Clackamas County Commissioners, Jeff Jorgensen, County Facilities Manager, Mike Shea, Project Architect and Mike Bondi.


Local Logs Sought for Extension Education Center 

Local Logs Sought for Extension Education Center

Here is your chance to build your tree farm’s legacy into the new OSU Extension Education Center, coming to Oregon City in 2020.   We are looking for local wood products to help with building construction.

The Center will include peeled log columns in the two entry facades plus detailing around the 22,000 square foot building. Approximately ten 16” diameter logs (lengths 8’ to 24’) plus twenty 12” diameter logs (lengths 8’ to 24’) will be needed.

All donors will be recognized for their contributions. We can work with multiple product providers to fulfill this request. Wood will need to be available in summer 2020.

The new center will be one of a kind—an all-wood advanced technology public building with a modern-style Cascadian look, featuring cross laminated timber, mass plywood, and built with as much locally-sourced wood as possible. The building will be an education unto itself, showcasing Clackamas County forests, our landowners and the history of the family forestry movement, and the next generation of wood products for sustainable design and construction.

If you’d like to have your tree farm’s wood products built into the new Extension Education Center in Oregon City, please contact Mike Bondi at the Clackamas Extension office.