Upcoming Events

Have Fun with Autauga County 4-H This Summer!

The Autauga County Extension Office is excited to have 4-H Day Camp activities planned for youth beginning in June 2018!

A group of elementary age children are taking a yoga class together at the gym. They are standing on their yoga mats.

“Yoga in the Park” will be held at Pratt Park in Prattville, Alabama on June 14th, June 28th, July 12 and July 19th. It will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on those dates. There is no fee for participating in “Yoga in the Park”. Please bring your yoga mat and/or or towel. Registration is required by calling 334.361.7273.

“Archery Day Camp”will be offered June 19th at the Autauga County Extension Office , 2226 Highway 14 West, Autaugaville, Alabama from 8:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. The fee is $5.00. Registration is required. Call 334.361.7273.

“Cake Decorating 101” will be offered July 10th at the Autauga County Extension Office, 2226 Highway 14 West in Autaugaville. The class will cost $10.00 per participant and will be held from 9:00 a.m. – Noon. Registration is required by calling 334.361.7273.

Additionally, a “Junior Beekeeping Camp” will be held at Wetumpka Elementary School June 21st and June 22nd, 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The fee is $30.00, and registration is required by calling the Elmore County Extension office at 334. 567.6301.  A “Healthy Cooking Day Camp” will be offered at the Elmore County Extension office June 14 and July 10th from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Registration is required by calling 334.567.6301. “First Responders’ Day” will be observed , for more information about this event, and to register, please contact the Elmore County Extension Office at 334.567.6301.


Farm City 2017 Was a Huge Success!

Almost 800 Autauga County students and over 100 adult teachers,volunteers, and parents participated in the  2017 Farm City Day hosted by the Autauga County Extension Office. The event was held in the RH Kirkpatrick Agricultural Arena off Highway 14 West in Autaugaville.

Farm City Day 2017 kicked off with an hour long presentation by the Southeastern Raptor Center of Auburn University- including the finale, a presentation of “Spirit” who decided to talk to the group as he was walked around the arena.

Autauga County Extension Coordinator, Darrue Sharpe, praised the effort as a wonderful way to share research based information with youth, especially those considering careers in Agriculture.

Youth learned about: Honey Bee farming, dairy farming, show calves, horses, goats, hogs, preserving wildlife habitats and forests, cotton farming, use of tractors and farming equipment, and careers in agriculture.  Youth presenters with the Autauga Young Farmers and a 12 year old resident who raises hogs impressed 6th graders with the hard work and dedication they exemplified when talking about their passions: animals and farming.




Future Farmers of America students who volunteered for Farm City Day 2017.

The day-long event was made possible through the support of local farmers and volunteers and sponsors including the Autauga County Commission; the Autauga Forestry Commission, the Autauga Wildlife, Forestry and Stewardship Council,the Autauga County Board of Education, Autauga Cattleman’s Association, Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Montgomery, the Autauga County Master Gardeners Association, members of the Future Farmers of America from Billingsley School, the Future Farmers of America from the Prattville Technology Center, and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.


Autauga County Students Enjoy Friends of the Forest

Contributed by: Tana Shealey

Hundreds of Autauga County students enjoyed a classroom out-doors May 9 & 10th during the annual Friends of the Forest 2017.

Fifth grade students were able to learn about managing natural resources, identifying and understanding needs of forest inhabitants, identifying local trees, and understanding the need to keep forestland and water systems clean.

Friends of the Forest was held on the Autauga County Treasured Forest property of Martha and Jimmy Hughes. This annual event is offered at no cost to all 5th grade students in public, private, or home schools in Autauga County.

Sponsors of Friends of the Forest include: Autauga Forestry & Wildlife Stewardship Council, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Alabama Forestry Federation of Autauga County, Alabama Power Company, Autauga County Commission, Autauga County Landowners, Autauga County Conservation District, Autauga County Master Gardeners Association, City of Prattville-Urban Management, Forestry and Wildlife Consultants, International Paper, Natural Resources Conservation Service Autauga County Field Office, USDA Farm Service Agency,and the Autauga County Extension Office.

Autauga County Farm Safety Day

farm buildings with a dirt road

Wednesday November 16, 2016
R.H. Kirkpatrick Agriculture Pavilion
Autaugaville, Alabama
9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

6th Grade Students


A Canned Food Item for the
Alabama/Auburn Canned Food Drive

Reserve your spot today by calling the
Autauga County Extension office at (334) 361-7273
Reservation Deadline October 3, 2016
Limited Space Available

Transportation expenses will be covered by the
Autauga County Extension office, but the
arrangements must be made through the school.

printable poster for the Autauga County Farm Safety Day 2016

Click here for Contest Information 2016-farm-city-contest-information

Autauga County 4-H Horse Club Members Compete at State and Regional 4H Horse Shows

Several members of the Autauga County 4-H Horse Club, a program of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, competed in the Alabama 4-H Horse Show at Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery July 11- 15, 2016.  Subsequently, several team members qualified and competed in the 2016 Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships in Perry, Georgia July 27-31, 2016.

The events ranged from educational activities, an art show, creative writing, and an array of mounted events.

“I could not be more proud of our 4-H Horse Club members. They are a great group of competitors and leaders,” stated Ms. Darrue Sharpe, Autauga County Extension Coordinator.

Autauga County 4-H Horse Club members who competed this year in the Alabama 4-H Horse Show are as follows:

Taylor Coleman 4th Place Poster Contest, Jr.; Daisie Hilbish member of 2nd Place Horse Judging Team, Jr., member of 2nd Place Quiz Bowl Team, Jr., 5th Place in Individual Horse Judging reasons Jr, 4th Place in Creating Writing Jr, 7th Place in Artistic Expression Jr, 7th Place in Art Work Jr, 8th Place for Color Photography Jr, 10th Place in Photo Story Jr, 8th Place in Pole Bending Jr, 9th Place in Arena Race Jr, 5th Place in Stake Race Jr, and 4th Place in Barrels Jr; Thomas Hilbish 5th Place Hippology Individual Stations and 7th Place Overall Hippology Individual Horse Judging; Josie Jones 2nd Place Individual Hippology Jr. Written Exam, 9th Place Individual Hippology, Jr. Overall, 3rd Place Stake Race, Jr. ; Lindsey Langford member of 2nd Place Quiz Bowl Team, Jr.,  1st Place Overall Hippology Team Sr., member of 1st Place Hippology Team Sr. Problem, and 5th Place Individual Judging Phase Hippology Sr., 1st Place Senior Individual Hippology Overall in Stations, 2nd Place Senior Hippology Individual Overall Writing Exam, 1st Place Senior Hippology Overall Individual Sr., 6th Place Barrels Sr., 3rd Place Pole Bending Sr., 2nd Place Stake Race Sr., and 5th Place Arena Race Sr.; Anna Powell  member First Place Hippology Team, Jr. Problem, member of 2nd Place Hippology Team Jr Overall Jr, 4th Place Artistic Expression Jr, 6th Place Altered Photography Jr, 4th Place Stake Race Jr., 5th Place Barrels Jr., 6th Place Pole Bending Jr.; Payton Scroggins member of 1st Place Hippology Team Jr., 2nd Place in Individual Presentation Jr., 2nd Place in Team Presentation Jr., 2nd in Consumer Choice Jr., 2nd in Creative Writing Jr., 2nd in Artistic Expression Jr., 2nd in Colored Photography Jr, 7th in Black and White Photography Jr, 3rd in Photo Story Jr, 1st in Individual Hippology Jr, 5th in Hippology Written Exam Jr., 1st Hippology Stations Jr., 4th in Hippology Horse Judging Jr., 1st Place for Horse Judging Jr., 3rd Place on Reasons Jr., 2nd Place Overall Horse Judging Jr.. 2nd in Barrels Jr., 3rd Place in Arena Race Jr., 1st Place in Pole Bending Jr.; Raygan Smith 2nd Place in Stake Race, Jr., 6th Place Arena Race, Jr., 6th Place Model Horse scene, Jr., 9th Photo Story, Jr.; Dakota Wilson member of 2nd Place Horse Judging Team, Jr., 6th place in individual questions, 4th place individual horse judging, 9th place in altered photography, and 19th place in black and white photography.

At state show, both equestrian drill teams placed with the Senior team placing 2nd and the Junior team placing 3rd.  Senior drill team members include Clark Alford, Whiddon Alford, Daisie Hilbish, Venessa Machowitz, Anna Powell, and Payton Scroggins.  Junior team members include Taylor Coleman, Josie Jones, Alexis Scott, and Raygan Smith. 

The senior educational team qualified for the Regional 4-H Show in Perry, GA to compete in the Regional 4-H Horse Show.  The senior team placed 5th Overall in Horse Judging.  Lindsey Langford placed 6th Overall Individual Horse Judging and Thomas Hilbish placed 10th in Overall Individual Horse Judging.



Autauga County Friends of the Forest 2016

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(Autaugaville, AL) The 10th annual Friends of the Forest drew more than 300 area Autauga County students into one of the Alabama TREASURE Forest areas for a unique learning experience on May 4 – 5, 2016.

Friends of the Forest is an educational program designed to teach the importance of private forest land and private forest landowners regarding multiple use management of our forests’ natural resources.

Autauga County Extension Coordinator Darrue Sharpe said this year’s program was a success.  “We were able to visit classrooms and tell the students about the natural resources all around them, and after our in-school visits, the forest became a classroom as hundreds of participating school children came into to an actual TREASURED Forest to learn”, Sharpe stated.

Organizer, Brigetta Giles, Chair of the Autauga Forestry & Wildlife Stewardship Council, said the event taught a valuable lesson. Giles stated, “This program focuses on teaching our children that forests are renewable , natural resources that provide many important things in our lives including jobs, clean air, shelter, and much-much more.”

Giles adds “This project educates fifth graders on the importance of multiple use management and why we are to be responsible for the well-being of our natural resources.”

In school training

(Above) Prior to the outdoor classroom event, volunteers visited participating schools to talk with youth about promoting healthy and productive rural and urban forests, clean water, and abundant wildlife.

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Students were led to different outdoor classrooms which offered demonstrations and talks on such topics as: water quality of rivers and streams, tree identification, timber growth and usage, understanding why animals and trees need space, and showing appreciation and respect for privately owned forests.  The event was held on the property of Mr. And Mrs. Jimmy Hughes- generous supporters of this annual event.

The Autauga Forestry & Wildlife Stewardship Council, of which the Autauga County Extension Office is a proud member, holds this event annually.  Friends of the Forest is open and free to public, private, and home schooled children in Autauga County.

For more information about plans for the 2017 Friends of the Forest, please contact the Autauga County Extension Office at 334-361-7273.


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Give to Grow Alabama 4-H Campaign

Give to the Alabama 4-H Foundation

Alabama 4-H grows confident, capable and caring young people with the life skills to thrive in today’s world and succeed in their boldest dreams for tomorrow.

Alabama 4-H many and varied programs provide experience and opportunities that prepare young people to be college and career ready, aspire to learn, stay active and learn to be a leader. Programs offered include science and technology, animals and agriculture, consumer sciences, leadership, citizenship, and environmental and outdoor science.

“Young people have an array of choices in their 4-H experience, individuality is valued, and each person is encouraged to discover his or her own skills, talents and interests,” said Dr. Molly Gregg, assistant director for 4-H programs with Alabama Extension. “4-H also helps young people learn to make good decisions, think critically, build relationships, practice leadership and develop a concern for their community and their world.”

Alabama 4-H’s Give to Grow allows you to support 4-H.

With funding from county, federal and state sources declining and tax dollars only going so far, Alabama 4-H program relies on support from youth, families, Extension specialists and agents, volunteers, partners and donors to succeed.

“Join me in investing in the future of Alabama by making a charitable donation to expand 4-H opportunities to all youth of Alabama; they are our future leaders. The lessons our youth learn today in 4-H will benefit Alabama in the future. Thank you for your generosity and faith in the young people of Alabama,” said Dr. Gary Lemme, director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
Give to Grow 4-H donations help fund clubs, camps, enrichment programs and recognition of outstanding young people and adults who are leaders among their peers. When you give to 4-H you enrich young lives through designated support of a project area, event, scholarship or improved facilities.

Your donation can provide the HOPE! You can

  • Send a young person to camp
  • Help a young person build a rocket
  • Support and build new leaders
  • Help a young person learn stewardship
  • Send a young person outdoors to discover the wonder of nature
  • Prepare a young person to take action for today and tomorrow

There are various ways to give to Alabama 4-H.

“Alabama 4-H opens so many doors for young people,” said Paul Pinyan, chairman of the Alabama 4-H Club Foundation, Inc. “By supporting the Give to Grow campaign, you can help expand program opportunities for youth in every part of the state.”

“When you give to grow Alabama 4-H, young people grow in confidence, responsibility, leadership and good citizenship. 4-H affords youth opportunities to learn by doing. Half the globe is under 25 years of age. We need their engagement like never before. There is a world of need out there, but also a world of opportunity. You can make a difference,” Gregg added.

In 2014, more than 138,000 young people –37,591 in 1,863 4-H Clubs and 101,084 in 4-H events and activities, across the state –pledged their heads to clearer thinking, their hearts to greater loyalty, their hands to larger service and their health to better living.

Call the Alabama 4-H Club Foundation, Inc., office at (334) 844-5536 with any questions.

4-H is the nation’s largest positive youth development and youth mentoring organization, empowering more than six million young people in the United States. As the youth development program of the Cooperative Extension System and USDA, 4-H serves every county and parish in the United States through a network of 110 universities and more than 3,000 county Extension offices.

Farm City Week 2015

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Hundreds of Prattville Intermediate School 6th graders learned about farming, farm animals, and preserving natural resources in a hands-on event, Farm City Week, held at the R.H. Kirkpatrick Pavilion  in Autaugaville.

Volunteers with the Alabama Power Company Service Organization led students and their teachers to each exhibit where students listened to presentations, asked and answered questions, and learned about the many aspects of forestry, farming, gardening, raising livestock and the intricacies of aquatic science.

Exhibitors included: Laurie Weldon, ACES; Andrew Baril, ACES; Cathy Coleman; the Autauga County Master Gardeners; Autauga Forestry & Wildlife Stewardship Council; Autauga County Forestry; David Cline, Auburn University Fisheries; Clint Smith; the Lowell Strock Family; the David Downey Family; Irene Langford & Linsdey Langford; the Sam Abney Family; Rudy Yates, ACES; and Patrick Cook, ACES.

The 33rd annual Farm City Week was made possible through the support of  the Autauga County Commission, Autauga Forestry and Wildlife Stewardship Council, Alabama Ag Credit ,the Alabama Power Company Service Organization, and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (Autauga County office).

November 17,2015- Farm City Week Photographs






4-H is for youth and 4-H is fun!

4-H is Fun!

Youth of Autauga – 4-H has something for you! Through 4-H and the opportunities it provides, members participate in many events an activities, travel the country, and make new friends. 4-H offers programs that fit the needs of youth in a variety of settings: in-school, after school, community clubs, and enrichment for special events. Here are just a few of the many exciting projects 4-H members enjoy in Autauga County:

  • 4-H members are currently monitoring water quality in Prattville at an area stream.
  • 4-H members are learning about horticulture by gardening in Autaugaville.
  • Members are competing in the “Autauga County 4-H Competitive Events Day” (a contest to showcase skills in areas ranging from storytelling to interior design)
  • Members are attending 4-H Camp which features swimming, archery and a climbing wall
  • Autauga County 4-H members are learning and competing in poultry, livestock and horse events

Our members know the importance of giving back to Autauga County. They do projects to enrich the community and volunteer their time at
places like the Prattville/Autauga Humane Society. This year, Autauga County 4-H members are participating in two new and exciting programs – Chick Chain and Archery.