Upcoming Events

4-H RiverKids Kayak and Sportfishing Club

RiverKids Training Group In River








Registration for our brand new kayaking and fishing club is now open!!!  Space is limited to the first 15 4-H Members 14-18 years old that register and pay the fee.  Check out the Flyer and call the office for more info and to register.  Doesn’t matter if you have never kayaked or fished before or are experts; we will have fun learning new skills, talk about environmental education & outdoor education, paddle & fish new streams every month, and have a blast hanging out!

RiverKids Flyer
RiverKids Flyer

4-H Ambassador

Ambassador Qualification List
Ambassador Qualification List

Alabama 4-H is looking for the best of the best for the State 4-H Ambassador program. If you are a Senior II 4-H member, who wants to be more involved in state-wide leadership, consider applying to become a 4-H Ambassador.  If you are interested, contact the County Extension Office.

The application process will go live in 4HOnline Monday, May 1st. Registration will close on mid-night Wednesday, May 31st. Information concerning the application process can be found on the Alabama 4-H website by clicking on resources then leadership and under events.

4-H Senior Achievement

4-H Tie Dye
4-H Tie Dye

It is 4-H Senior Achievement time!!

the 2017 Senior Achievement application is now open in 4HOnline. The application process will close on Monday, May 8th.  Information concerning the application process can be found on the Alabama 4-H website by clicking on resources then achievement and also under events.

4-H Senior Achievement identifies outstanding Alabama 4-H members who have excelled in one of the nine Achievement Areas of Alabama 4-H. These areas include:

  • Animal Project—Production, Large Animal (beef, dairy, swine)
  • Animal Project—Production, Small Animal (sheep, goats, poultry, meat rabbits)
  • Animal Project—Companion Animal (dog, rabbit, cat)
  • Equine Science
  • Communications (Public Speaking, Judging Teams, Photography)
  • Foods and Nutrition/Family and Consumer Science
  • Leadership/Citizenship
  • Natural Resources (Environmental Science, S.A.F.E., Wildlife, Forestry, Plants and Soils)
  • At Large Achievement.

Senior Level I participants must be age 14 or 15 on January 1, 2017. Winners will receive a trip to the Southern Region Youth Leadership Conference and a trophy.

Senior Level II participants must be age 16 to 18 on January 1, 2017. Winners will receive a trip to National 4-H Congress and a trophy .

Achievement link:  http://www.aces.edu/4-H-youth/AL4-H/resources/other/achievement/senior.php

If you have questions, please contact the county office for more information.

September 2016 County Contest Now Open!

September 2016 county contest is the Photography Contest.  The World I See and The World I Imagine are 2 separate contests and rules can be found by clicking on each contest.  Entries will be due at the October Club Meetings or to the County Extension Office by October 31st at noon.  No late entries will be excepted.  If your not a current member of 4-H…that’s ok!  You can sign up online before you turn your entry in to the office!

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4-H RiverKids Kayak & Fishing Fun Day

13726675_1096165780467441_3913062104837901868_nIn July, Russell and Barbour County 4-H hosted a full day camp to introduce the kayaking program.  We had 10 youth participate from both counties.  Partnering with the Alabama Game and Fish Department, we started the day with a 2 hour paddle trip from the Lake Eufaula Campground.  We came back to a yummy grilled hamburger lunch and healthy desert and healthy drinks .  We had some time after lunch to swim in the campground pool before getting a fishing lesson from out friends at Game & Fish and then heading over to one of the campground’s stocked ponds for some fishing fun.  We had a great time and we can’t wait for next summer’s club!13781904_834126496723285_3270309874382701320_n


4-H Summer Cooking School “From Field to Table”

Russell and Barbour County 4-H is teaming up with Georgia 4-H to provide a Summer Cooking School.  Come learn where your food comes from and how to prepare fun and delicious recipes. From chicken and eggs to veggies and fruit, 4-H members will have a great time cooking, tasting, and learning!

When:  July 19-22, 2016

Time: 12:00 est – 5 pm

Where: Columbus Consolidated Government Annex

Who: 4th, 5th, and 6th graders

Registration Fee: $25

To register or for questions please call 334-983-6845 or 706-653-4200.  To register in person, visit the Columbus 4-H office in the CCG Annex, 420 10th Street Columbus.

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4-H RiverKids Coming Soon!!!

RiverKids Training Group In River

4-H Paddle Sports programs and activities have the combined strengths of Land-Grant research-based education, service, and technical expertise in paddling instruction.

In addition to engaging youth in educational activities, this is also an opportunity to promote and contribute to Alabama’s Ecotourism by: 1) increasing the use of our waterways 2) increasing the knowledge and awareness of environmental and management issues, and 3) the incorporation of service projects.

Our Pilot Program, 4-H RiverKids is aimed to reach both new and existing audiences of Alabama youth, and to strengthen ACES 4-H leadership in educational Outdoor Recreation and Stewardship activities!

Its a great way for our youth to plug into a highly-structured outdoor recreation and natural resources education program, while learning how to become actively engaged citizens and responsible adults by acting as stewards of their environment through service and community involvement.

We believe that this can be accomplished by working in collaboration with the Alabama Scenic River Trail (ASRT) Organization, 4-H/Alabama Water Watch, and other partnering organizations to engage youth in safe, fun educational outdoor recreation, stewardship, and service programming.


  • Engage diverse youth audiences in hands-on learning opportunities that contribute to Life Skills development
  • Provide the four Essential Elements of Youth Development within a 4-H Club setting
  • Introduce basic paddling techniques, and water safety essentials to youth participants and adult leaders
  • Promote awareness of career opportunities in Natural Resources, Environmental Education and related fields
  • Educate participants about responsible environmental stewardship
  • Deliver technical knowledge to broad audiences related to the ecology and socioeconomics of watershed management and the impact on Alabama waterways
  • Impart the historical significance of Alabama waterways to youth and adult participants, and foster an appreciation for the rich heritage that rivers and streams have played in the colonization of our state and nation
  • Train 4-H Volunteers and Staff to plan and implement paddle sports Clubs and activities within a Positive Youth Development and Risk Management framework
  • Train youth and adult participants to become effective mentors and role models, and provide opportunities for meaningful service projects which will have a measureable impact on the environment and economy
  • Implement programming through 4-H Delivery Modes: Clubs, Enrichment, In-school Clubs, and Camping

For more information, please contact the county office!