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Your Cooperative Extension office, a department of Columbus Consolidated Government, provides the Columbus community with many services.

With over 1150 children enrolled in 4-H clubs, we're in 18 schools in Columbus.  4-H also works with over 250 children at Fort Benning. 4-H members highlight each year with a week of summer camp at Rock Eagle.

Our local Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program logged in 2,825 hours of service in Muscogee County for a value of $65,192.20. Those hours were spent monitoring water quality in local streams, teaching children and adults about the environment, home garden visits, and other community service projects.

Our Positive Parenting programs provide parenting support and education to over 700 families in the Columbus area.  We also provide training to 60 professional childcare providers, helping those centers provide quality care and education to many children in Columbus.

Our agents provide classes to individuals and other agencies throughout Columbus. Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program teaches families how to save money on food and how to make really good, inexpensive and quick meal for your family. Family and Consumer Sciences provides classes on living with chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes.


Upcoming Events
  • Jun 2 Chattahoochee Valley Daylily Festival Enjoy the Daylilies in full bloom at the Columbus Botanical Garden. Purchase from a wide variety of Daylilies. Free Daylily class and demos will be conducted in the afternoon. Stay for the day and enjoy arts and crafts as well as local food vendors. Daylily Show begins at 1:15. Free admission. Columbus, GA - (6.0 Miles)
  • Sep 4 - Oct 30 Columbus Master Naturalist Class The Georgia Master Naturalist is a nine week hands-on environmental education course that explores habitats and ecosystems in Georgia and human impacts on those environments. Our class will focus specifically on Central Georgia and urban ecosystems. Class will feature in-depth lectures from regional experts, kayaking in oxbow lakes, a geology hike at Providence Canyon, and other unique hands-on learning opportunities. Class size is limited. Deadline to register is August 6th. Call UGA Extension Columbus to register: 706-653-4200. Columbus, GA
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Extension News
  • Pepper Weevils link Seventy percent of the winter peppers imported into the US are grown in Mexico, where weevils originate. By Clint Thompson | Published: 5/22/2018
  • Flea Fights link Get a hold on flea populations early to avoid a months-long battle. By Clint Thompson, Merritt Melancon | Published: 5/17/2018
  • Accommodating Gardens link Gardens should be designed to accommodate the gardener. By Clint Thompson, Merritt Melancon, Josh Fuder | Published: 5/17/2018
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