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CCE prioritizes the health, safety, and well-being of the communities we serve and the staff who carry out our work. Given the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and after much consideration and conversation with the County Health Department, Cornell University, and Jamestown Community College, CCE Chautauqua leadership is making a few important decisions:

We understand this causes a great deal of inconveniences but people are the most important component to our work – whether staff, volunteers, board, or program participants. If possible, stay home and wash your hands often.

We encourage you to refer to the Cornell EDEN website for excellent resources and reliable links. Staff should also refer to the CCE staff site for resources. We appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this ever changing situation.

  • Effectively immediately, we must now suspend most in-person programming until further notice.
  • Our office is closed and staff are working from home. They can be reached by phone or email. Visit to connect with a staff member.
  • Staff travel is limited until further notice and they should not be attending in-person group meetings, regional programs, or any professional development until further notice.

Re-opening Protocol for 4-H Programming

Re-opening Protocol for Master Gardener Volunteers

Sign In for programming during the COVID Pandemic

Office Safety Plan

CCE Program Plan Form

Dear Cornell Cooperative Extension Community,

Like so many of you, I am devastated by racist violence and senseless killing of Black men and women, including those that we have heard about in recent weeks: George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. We firmly denounce the ways in which structural racism and white supremacy disproportionately and detrimentally impact the lives of Black members of our community. We also recognize the resulting racialized trauma that stifles dreams, smothers hope, and compromises our shared humanity across race.

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s strong ties in diverse communities across New York State compels us to fully embody the principles of equity and inclusion in our programs, in our interactions with community members, and with each other. To this end, CCE pledges to foster a culture of belonging in our communities where all are supported and welcome to pursue their dreams and opportunities for growth without fear or apprehension.

We invite all members of the extension community to join our collective efforts to transform ourselves, our relationships, and our systems through critical self-reflection, courageous conversations, and bold actions. Our intentional efforts in doing so will lead us to a more just, healed, and thriving community for all.


Christopher B. Watkins
Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension

4-H Youth - Agriculture - Energy - Environment - Food & Nutrition - Gardening - Farm to Table

Last updated October 23, 2020