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The Western Center for Metropolitan Extension and Research works to increase the internal capacity of Western Extension programs to address metropolitan issues and to elevate the stature and value of Cooperative Extension to external metropolitan audiences.

We also work with urban municipalities, NGO’s, and private businesses – connecting our partners with university professionals working across the Western United States whose expertise lies in project management, facilitation, leadership, and academia.




Membership in WCMER is open to any Cooperative Extension organization. Benefits of membership apply to all faculty and staff in your institution.


Project Specialists

The Western Center invites you to contact us and explore opportunities to contract with our nation-wide pool of nimble, responsive and flexible subject matter experts.


Applied Research Fellows

WCMER funds and empowers Applied Research Fellows from WCMER member institutions to engage in applied research projects.


Urban Farming

What's NEW in Urban Agriculture

Learn more about the Multi-state Urban Ag project or review the summary and survey results from last summer’s NIFA listening sessions.

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Welcome Cornell University!

The latest university to join the Western Center is Cornell University.

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Explore our Leading Edge Dialogues White Paper Series

Nat’l Urban Extension dialogue on: Density, Youth Engagement, Preparing the Extension Workforce, Data and Policy, Fulfilling the Land Grant University Mission, and Smart Cities.

Meet Our 2020-2021 Research Fellows

Professional Development

Urban Green Infrastructure