Upcoming Events

Become a Master Gardener!

Contributed by: Regional Extension Agent Mallory Kelley

Would you like to become a Master Gardener?

Do you have a love for gardening or have the desire to learn how?  The Autauga County Extension office is recruiting for the fall 2018 Master Gardener class.  Classes will begin Wednesday, September 5th, so get your applications in now.

The deadline to register is Friday, August 10th, 2018 and the cost is $150.00.  Applications are available at this link:Autauga 2018 Master Gardener Application

side view of gardening activity, unrecognizable woman hands wearing gloves, with her work tool planting seeds.

The Master Gardener Program is a nationwide Cooperative Extension Education Program designed for non-professionals who have an interest in increasing their gardening skills and helping others with the knowledge they have gained.

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Presenters at Autauga County Master Gardeners Program (left to right): Janice Hall, Jane Mobley, Mallory Kelley


The Master Gardener program will consist of 12 weeks of class and hands-on training.  After completing the courses, the Autauga County Master Gardener interns will be expected to give 10 hours of service to the Master Gardener Helpline and 40 hours of volunteer service to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and/or their communities.

Examples of volunteer efforts include: Talking to Garden Clubs, community garden projects, outdoor school projects, educational workshops, or assisting the local Cooperative Extension Office in some way.

The courses on gardening will be taught by specialists, county agents, and veteran Master Gardeners on subjects such as:  Soils and Plant Nutrition, Plant Physiology, Plant Propagation, Care of Landscape Plants, Landscape Design, Lawn Care, Weed and Tree Identification, Vegetable Gardening, Herbs, Composting, and many more.

The Autauga County Master Gardener classes will be held on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Autauga County Extension Office in Autaugaville beginning September 5th through November 14th, 2018.

For an application please contact the Autauga County Office at (334) 361-7273.  The fee associated with this class is $150.

Autauga County Extension Grassroots Meeting 2018

The Autauga County Extension office will hold its Grassroots Meeting on July 19,2018, 8:30 a.m. at the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce in Prattville, Alabama.

Attendees at Grassroots Meeting in Autauga County 2017
Autauga County Extension 2017 Grassroots participants



All are welcome to attend this meeting to discuss issues impacting Autauga County residents and ways in which the Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Autauga Office may assist our commuities.

If you are unable to attend this meeting, please complete the survey below, as we gather data on ways to best serve Autauga County.

2018 Grassroots Survey

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.


January 2018 Autauga County Newsletter

The Autauga County Extension Office is preparing for a busy 2018.

Review some of our programs in 2017 and get a look at some of the upcoming programs for 2018 in the latest Autauga County Extension Newsletter.

Click here: Autauga County Extension January 2018.


Grassroots Meeting of 2017


June 2017 Pressure Cooking Class


Friends of the Forest 2017


Autauga County Master Gardeners serve during Arbor Day 2017 in Autaugaville


Farm City Day 2017

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.


The 2017 Central Alabama Caregivers Conference

November  is National Family Caregivers Month, and in observance of the dedication of countless family caregivers in Autauga County, The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is holding a special conference.

Diverse group of volunteers put hands together

The 2017 Central Alabama Family Caregivers Conference will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at First Baptist Church, 138 S. Washington Street, Prattville, AL. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Registration is required. Please call the Autauga County Extension Office at 334.361.7273 to register. You may also mail in this printable registration form2017 Caregiver Registration Brochure  

The 2017 Central Alabama Family Caregivers Conference offers a chance for caregivers to meet with service providers in the area, and it provides a forum to learn  new information about various topics impacting caregivers and those under their care. Partnering agencies are joining with he Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs, New & Nontraditional Programs, and the Autauga County Extension Office are holding this event, at no cost to participants.Exhibitors and sponsors of this event include: Oxford Health Care, Synergy Homecare , Alabama Family Trust,Davis & Associates Attorneys , and New Day Senior Care of Community Hospital, and Southern Care Hospice.


This event is free and open to the public, but attendees are encouraged to bring a canned good for donation to the Montgomery Area Food Bank.  Also, anyone with expired medical prescriptions or medicine that needs to be destroyed may bring them to the Caregivers Conference. Members of local law enforcement will destroy the unwanted and unused medications.


Grassroots Meeting 2017: Thank You Autauga County!


County Extension Coordinator Darrue Sharpe presents information about ACES programs and services.

The annual Grassroots Meeting held by the Autauga County office of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) received great support on July 13,2017.

Autauga County residents learned about programs offered by Regional Extension Agents and Autauga County Extension Coordinator, Darrue Sharpe. Participants asked questions of Extension Agents, elected state and county officials, and service group leaders.

If you were unable to attend and would like to submit your thoughts about the needs of Autauga County residents, please complete this survey at this link ACES Survey.

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.