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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


  • Jan 31-Mar 16
  • 1:00 PM | Columbus, GA
  • The Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program prepares volunteers to support UGA Extension in delivering garden information to Georgia's citizens and communities. Participants receive intense horticultural training from experts, and then carry that knowledge into the community. The class fee is $180 and applicants must pass a mandatory background screen, which is due at orientation on January 31, 2017. The class fee covers the textbook, badge, certificate, Master Gardener shirt, and a field trip to Auburn University. Upon acceptance into the program, you will be required to complete a 14 session week training program on a range of horticultural topics. Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00pm to 5:00pm beginning January 31 through March 16 at the UGA Extension Office in Columbus unless otherwise specified. You must volunteer at least 50 service hours to the Muscogee County Extension program in the first year after course completion and 25 hours a year afterwards to remain certified.
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Extension News


  • Flavor of Georgia 2017
  • Published 2/22/2017 by Merritt Melancon
  • Entrepreneurs from all corners of the state selected to compete in the University of Georgia's Flavor of Georgia contest.
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  • Watermelon Crop
  • Published 2/21/2017 by Clint Thompson
  • An estimated 20,000 acres of watermelons are produced every year in Georgia.
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  • Container herbs
  • Published 2/16/2017 by Norman Winter
  • Herbs can provide flavor to dishes and color, texture to container gardens.
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