Karen Johnston

Browse available resources.
Watch past Extension courses online!
Chat with a DE Master Gardener.
You have questions. We have answers!
Contact UD Extension staff.
Photo of Karen Johnston
Cooperative Extension

Karen Johnston

Extension Agent IV

Office Location:
Carvel Research and Education Center
16483 County Seat Highway
Georgetown, DE 19947-4867


M.B.A. in Healthcare Administration
B.A. in Philosophy
C.D.A, Certified Dietetic Assistant

Area(s) of Expertise:

Positive Youth Development, Youth Tobacco, Drug and Alcohol Prevention, Mindfulness, Fitness, Healthy Living, Community Development, 4-H Grants


Karen Johnston works statewide as a 4-H Extension Educator IV focusing on diverse youth and adult healthy living initiatives with emphasis on tobacco, drug and alcohol prevention through holistic wellness. Karen is a contributing author to GEM (Get Experience in Mindfulness), nationally published and awarded 4-H curriculum. Karen believes that youth be empowered and encouraged to develop their communication, leadership, and wellness skills to prepare them to be advocates for themselves and their communities. Karen has 8+ years’ experience facilitating Kettering National Issues Forums Guides to promote community conversations and develop community action plans through youth and adult partnership. Karen served on the ECOP Positive Youth Development Health Action Team who together published in the Journal of Youth Development, Journal of Extension, and Journal of Human Sciences and Extension. Prior to the University of Delaware, Karen worked in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors in senior management in the healthcare industry.