UGA Extension Office


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
  • Oct 24 Cooking for a Lifetime, Cancer Prevention Cooking School Presented by the American Cancer Society, Amerigroup RealSolutions in Healthcare, and UGA Extension in Columbus GA. Learn about reducing the risk of cancer; who should get screened for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer; and how to get screened. Everyone will receive a free cookbook and enjoy tasting some recipes. All who attend will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate or prize of equal value. Class is free and open to the public. Please call 706-653-4200 to register. Columbus, GA
  • Nov 20 Commercial Pesticide Applicators Safety and Exam Review This course offers a review of material in the General Standards and Category 24 Pesticide Applicators Test. Topics covered will include guidelines for acquiring and maintaining a pesticide license, personal and environmental safety, ornamental insect and disease ID, and turfgrass insect and disease ID. Pesticide certification tests will not be offered as a part of this course. Participants who are already licensed applicators are eligible for ISA and Cat. 24 CEUs. Columbus, GA
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Extension News
  • 'Bolivian Sunset' link A native of Bolivia and Peru, this ground cover is cold hardy from zones 8 and up. By Norman Winter | Published: 10/19/2017
  • Sunbelt Expo link The Sunbelt Agricultural Expo, an annual event that celebrates agriculture, showcases research and facilitates agricultural education, concludes Thursday in Moultrie, Georgia. By Norman Winter, Clint Thompson | Published: 10/18/2017
  • Energy Savers link Trees create shade in the summer and block slow winds in the winter. By Norman Winter, Clint Thompson, Mary Carol Sheffield | Published: 10/17/2017
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