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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


  • Oct 21
  • 9:00 AM | Columbus, GA
  • If you use a chainsaw once a month or even once a year this is the perfect class for you. If you can't send your crew, make sure that at least one of your managers attends! If you use a chainsaw everyday, this is a perfect class for you. Replace bad habits with safe practices! This program will cover proper chainsaw and tree felling safety as approved by OSHA. Course taught by North America Training Solutions. ISA credits available. Course is for private sector employees. Public sector employees should contact Anne Randle about registering. For more information, please contact Anne Randle at 706-653-4200.
  • Oct 21
  • 9:00 AM | Columbus, GA
  • If you use a chainsaw once a month or even once a year this is the perfect class for you! If you can't send your crew, make sure that at least one of your managers attends! If you use a chainsaw everyday, this is a perfect class for you! Replace bad habits with safe practices! This program will cover proper chainsaw and tree felling safety as approved by OSHA. Course taught by North America Training Solutions. ISA credits available.
  • Nov 12
  • 1:00 PM | Pine Mountain, GA
  • Come out Veteran's Day weekend to support Veteran's at our family-friendly 5K Trail Run and 1 Mile Walk! Proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. We'll have events for the whole family - scavenger hunt, horseback riding, boat rentals, geocaching, hiking, and more! This event will take place at FDR State Park in Pine Mountain, GA. The 5K Trail Run will be a timed race on a marked trail, Mountain Creek Trail, with top finisher awards! The 1 Mile Walk will be on pavement, so bring the strollers and bicycles! All participants will get swag bags, but register by October 21st to receive a t-shirt! Register on www.active.com or call 706-653-4200 for more information. Packet Pickup and Registration begins a 1pm. 5K Trail Run begins at 2pm. 1 Mile Walk begins at 2:20pm. There is a $5 parking fee for FDR State Park.
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Extension News



  • National 4-H Week
  • Published 9/29/2016 by Sharon Dowdy
  • State's largest youth development organization is in the spotlight Oct. 2-8.
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  • Peanut Maturity Testing
  • Published 9/28/2016 by Merritt Melancon
  • As summer turns to fall, UGA Extension agents counsel farmers on when to dig their peanuts.
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