Upcoming Events

Chattahoochee RiverKids

Summer on the Water

Come join Barbour and Russell County 4-H for our Chattahoochee RiverKids Club. We’ll spend every Saturday in June (except the 23rd) kayaking, fishing, and environmental education!!! This year we are adding an optional overnight trip!
Paddles: June 2, 9, 16, overnight camp June 29-30
Registration is open NOW AND WILL CLOSE APRIL 30!!!
***Limited to only 15 participants***

Age: 12-18 year olds
Cost: $30
Optional Trip- $25 Terrapin Outdoor Center, Piedmont, AL
First 15 participants to sign up and pay their money will be given a spot. After spots are full, we will start a waiting list.
Welcome meeting for participants and parents will be May 22nd @ Backyard Orchard on Hwy 431 @ 4 pm cst. This is a mandatory meeting for all club members! To register, please stop by the county office to fill out registration and pay. Call 334-687-5688 for more information.

Playground of Dreams Opening

Ceremony to Celebrate the rebirth of the Playground of Dreams

Please share the exciting news of the grand opening ceremony of the Playground of Dreams.  Here’s a brief schedule:

10:00- Play and welcome

10:30- Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

11:00- Lunch served until all food is gone (hamburgers, water, chips, watermelon)

2:00- Wrap Up

Everyone is welcome to spend the day or just show for the ceremony. If you know anyone who had a part in the construction of the original playground please invite them to attend.

Special thanks to Walmart, Medical Center Barbour, Chamber of Commerce, and Alabama Power for donating lunch items.

Barbour County Receives Award

Barbour County 4-H Achieves Centennial Youth Initiative Status

The Barbour County Extension Office is proud to announce that it received CYI (Centennial Youth Initiative) status for the 4-H program. This means that our County will be receiving a full-time 4-H agent. We have been sharing an agent with Russell County for many years. It is a great accomplishment for our program. On July 11, the Barbour County staff will receive a crystal clover trophy from ACES Director Gary Lemme during the County Commission meeting. A proclamation will be presented to the Barbour County staff recognizing the programs accomplishments.

Since the start of the 2016-2017 school year, Barbour County 4-H has reached over 3,000 youth in Barbour County.

Barbour and Russell County 4-H team members at the Alabama 4-H Center after the CYI announcement.

Cattlemen and Extension Partnering to Offer Youth Program

Junior Master Cattlemen Program

Do you have a child that is interested in showing cattle? The Barbour County Extension Office and Barbour County Cattlemen invite you to the First Annual Family Day on Saturday, May 13, 2017, from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM, at John Morris’ Barn located at 356 County Road 36, Eufaula, AL. Look for Cattlemen’s signs! We will be having a time of food, fellowship, and fun for you and your family. Children will learn from other youth who have experience showing cattle in state shows and Extension professionals that have experience with show cattle. The Barbour County Cattlemen’s Association will provide lunch.

Please call the Extension Office at (334) 687-5688 by May 5, if you and your family plan to attend. Look forward to seeing you on Saturday, May 13th.

RiverKids Training and Paddles Planned

Chattahoochee RiverKids

On April 11, the Barbour and Russell County Offices met at Backyard Orchards for a fun-filled afternoon introducing the RiverKids program to 4Hers. The Chattahoochee RiverKids Kayak Club will meet four times this summer to paddle down area streams. The paddles will last half a day with fun events planned like fishing, natural resource and water ecology lessons.

A grant was obtained by the Barbour County Extension Office last year to purchase 12 kayaks, kayak trailer, fishing gear, and safety equipment for the program. So far the staff has been happy with the amount of interest in the program. Currently, 20 4hers are signed up for this year’s club and a waiting list has been started.

Paddle Dates: May 20, June 17, July 8, August 19

If you are interested in volunteering with this program, please call our office and learn how to get involved!


Stress Workshop for High School Students and Parents

4-H Talks Stress at workshop

Geni Dean, Barbour County 4-H FREA, recently spoke to a group of Barbour County High School students and parents about teen stress and how to manage it.  This was part of the joint effort between Barbour County 4-H and Barbour County High School to bring career readiness and leadership classes to the local high schools.  If you would like to get your students or school involved in 4-H, please contact the Barbour County Extension Office for more information.


Ag Day Fun For 3rd Graders

Barbour County Ag Day

The Barbour County Young Farmers and Barbour County Extension office held the Fifth Annual AG Day for the third grade classrooms throughout the county, March 17.

270 students and volunteers attended the event at Eufaula High School. The students rotated around ten stations each focusing on an agriculture commodity or subject. The students held baby goats and sheep from local farmer Barret Stephenson’s farm.

Joe Corcoran, a local farmer, brought large equipment used in row crop operations. He discussed with the third grade classes how planters and highboy sprayers work. GPS was installed on the equipment.  In the sprayer, the driver can monitor the locations in the field that have been sprayed. This technology helps prevent overlapping in the field that leads to over spraying. GPS on a planter keeps the tractor in a straight line while traveling down the field. This allows for straight rows and more accurate plant population.

This year, EHS’s FFA was able to highlight its Ag Department. FFA students lead the third grade students around the Ag building describing the tractor competition, how they process sugarcane, and discussing the new greenhouse.

Children played nutrition bingo with Cassie Young from Backyard Orchards and learned fresh fruits and vegetables are a healthy alternative to fast food and traditional snacks. Extension Nutrition Educators, Tawnya Kirkland and Angel Ware, setup a germ station to show the children how many germs are on their hands at any given time during the day.

The Barbour County Foresters, Perry Pritchett and Zach Elk, taught the students how trees grow and methods they use to promote healthy growth in tree stands. This year Pritchett and Elk brought a bulldozer to show students how they fight fires and install firebreaks in a pine plantation.

The Natural Resource Conservation Service and Barbour County Soil and Water Conservation District brought a soil trailer. This trailer demonstrates the different types of soil and how erosion occurs when good conservation practices are not implemented in fields. The State NRCS Office in Auburn provided the trailer.

Bence Carter, Forestry, Wildlife, and Natural Resource Regional Agent with Extension, played an interactive game with students to demonstrate the importance of biodiversity in nature. The game brought to reality the concept of survival of the fittest in the food change.

Regional Extension Agents representing agronomic crops discussed cotton and peanuts in our area and showed children how cotton is ginned using a small cotton gin model. Students learned about horses and the different tackle used to saddle them from 4-H Regional Agent, Geni Dean.

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.