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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


  • May 31
  • 9:30 AM | Columbus, GA
  • This hands-on training at the Columbus Museum's Bradley Olmsted Garden will cover pruning techniques. Participants will learn what can be pruned now, how to prune shrubs and trees, and why pruning is an important part of garden maintenance. Following a brief presentation, we will head out to one of Columbus' most historic gardens and put our knowledge to work under the supervision of Master Gardener Extension Volunteers. The class is free and open to anyone interested in learning about pruning techniques. Dress to be outside and bring gloves and long or short nose pruners and/or loppers.
  • Jun 3
  • 9:00 AM | Columbus, GA
  • 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.
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Extension News


  • Winter Squash
  • Published 5/24/2017 by Sharon Dowdy
  • Winter squash are harvested when mature and can be kept in storage for months.
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  • Squash Struggles
  • Published 5/24/2017 by Sharon Dowdy
  • Best bet for squash-growing is to plant resistant varieties and take a break in the height of summer.
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  • Room to Grow
  • Published 5/18/2017 by Clint Waltz
  • Aerification helps turfgrass green-up, lets air and moisture get to root zone.
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