Upcoming Events



4-H Blueberry Day

Join Covington County 4-H on June 20, 2017 for a day of fun with blueberries. We will meet at the U-Pick Blueberry farm on Highway 29 at 8am, where we will pick blueberries. After collecting the blueberries, we will bring them back to the Covington County Extension office, where Bridgette Brannon, our Regional Food Safety and Preservation Agent will show youth how to make their own Blueberry Spice jam (and maybe even an extra treat!).

There will be a limited number of slots for this event, so please call the Extension Office at 334-222-1125 to reserve your slot. We hope to see you there!

Pig Pen and Cackle Club Projects

Are you interested in learning more about chickens or hogs? Covington County 4-H, Pike County 4-H and Crenshaw County 4-H have partnered to bring  you the Cackle Club and the Pig Pen projects! The goal of each of these projects is to encourage youth to learn about the proper ways to care for, feed, house, and maintain livestock. Youth will learn record keeping and business skills, as well as enjoy the feeling of accomplishment that comes from a job well done.

Boy with show chickens at county fair

Cackle Club is our poultry production project. Participants will receive six female chicks and a show cage for $60. Youth can choose from three varieties of birds: Rhode Island Red, Buff Orpington, or Plymouth Barred Rock. A mandatory meeting for parents and youth is planned for Monday, April 18 at 6 PM at the Pike County Extension office. This meeting will explain the project in more detail, and give guidelines for the care of the chickens, biosecurity, and introduce youth to the record keeping that will be required as part of the project. Chicks will arrive in early May and youth will raise them throughout the summer and fall. In October, the youth will show off  their work as they compete in the poultry show at the Pike County Fair.

Youth who participate in the Pig Pen will receive up to two young hogs for $75 each. These hogs will be around 40-65 pounds when the project begins, and will grow to be about 250-300 pounds. The mandatory meeting before the Pig Pen project is scheduled for Thursday, April 22 at 6 PM at the Pike County Extension office. Hogs arrive in June, and in October youth will compete in a hog show at the Pike County Fair.

If you are interested in these programs, please contact Mrs. Catherine Rider or Mrs. Katie Lee for more information. You can also call 334-222-1125. The last day to register for both projects is March 17th.

Boy showing chicken to judge at fair

Two girls holding their 4-H Show chickens at fair

Night Critters of the Conecuh

On April 7, 2017 4-H members in Covington county will have the unique chance to explore the Conecuh National Forest and learn about the nocturnal creatures who inhabit it.

This event, which will be held at the Open Pond picnic pavilion,  will include talks by local experts, including Mr. Jimmy Stiles, one of Alabama’s most well known herpetologists. We will begin at 5pm and end around 8:30. Come and learn about the Long Leaf Pine ecosystem and its important role in our area. Join us as we learn to distinguish frog calls and search for the creatures that make our world so interesting.

All 4-H members are welcome to attend. Youth who do not drive must be accompianied by a parent. We will serve hotdogs, drinks, and roast marshmallows for s’mores by the fire.  We encourage you to bring your flashlight and rubber rain boots if you have some, and to wear something that you do not mind getting wet and dirty.  There is very limited space, so be sure to sign your child up today by calling the Covington County Extension office at 334-222-1125.

If you would like more information about Night Critters of the Conecuh, please contact Charles Simon.

Stalking the Night Critters of the Conecuh National Forest is organized and sponsored by the Covington County Extension office, Conecuh National Forest, and the Covington County Forestry Planning Committee.

Summer Camp 2017

Boy in canoe at summer camp with "Register now" banner

We are so excited to announce that Alabama 4-H Summer Camp registration is open!

Summer camp is a great opportunity for 4-H members ages 9-14 to meet new friends, reconnect with old friends, learn new skills, and gain new and exciting experiences. This year, Covington county dates are June 14-16. Cost is $130 and includes lodging, meals, snacks, and transportation to and from summer camp.

Camp Events
Each day campers will enjoy a different series of activities, all designed to help them make new friends, work together, and build relationships. A few of this year’s activities include the following:
-Flag Ceremonies
-Campfire Welcome
-Pirate Deck Party
-Sports Night

Water Adventures
Some of the most memorable activities include adventures in and on the water.  With a full-sized pool and Lay Lake at their disposal, campers can splash into summer with the following favorites:
-Canoeing
-Pool
-Paddle Boards

Sports & Outdoors
From swinging and shooting to racing and roping, there’s always something active to do at camp. An ever-expanding list of sports-related pastimes keep our campers on the move:
-Archery
-Climbing Wall
-Giant Swing
-Amazing Race

Exploration Awaits!
History, science, art, and design —all this and more can be found at 4-H Summer Camp. If your interest lies in exploring new ways to learn and be creative, we’ve got activities just for you:
-Alabama the Great!
-Arts & Crafts
-Survivor
-Rocketry

 

Contact the Covington County Extension Office for more information.  You can also learn more by contacting 4-H Foundation Agent, Katie Lee or 4-H Agent Catherine Rider.

Check out our 4-H Summer Camp Video

See pictures from last year

Staff
All 4-H Summer Camp counselors are first aid/CPR certified, are ARC lifeguard certified, have undergone background checks, and completed counselor training. Adult chaperones are Alabama Extension staff and volunteer leaders. All have undergone background checks and completed 4-H overnight chaperone training

29th Annual Coastal Clean Up

Did you know that the largest garbage dump in the world is almost twice the size of the continental United States and is actually located in the Pacific Ocean? That there is a 7,000 square mile patch of algae bloom called the “Dead Zone” in the Gulf of Mexico, where no fish or marine animals can live? These are both the results of too much garbage and waste that makes its way to our oceans, by way of rivers and streams.

Last summer, 4-H members and volunteers picked up more than 600 pounds of garbage from the roadsides in Covington County! It takes 34 empty coke cans, and between 15-40 empty water/soda bottles to make up one pound. That equals roughly 21,000 empty soda/water bottles and cans to make 600 pounds.

In the Coastal Plains River Basin, residents have a unique opportunity to help prevent this trash from getting to the waterways. Covington County 4-H is recruiting volunteers to help us clean up alongside the roads that are close to streams.

Join us on Saturday, Sept. 17 for COASTAL CLEAN UP. We will meet at the recreation area at Open Pond, and clean up the roadsides. We are working with the National Forest Service to pick up trash in the areas that need it most.

For more information, and to sign up, call 222-1125 or email Mrs. Cat at cre0008@auburn.edu

This trash has made its way from the roadside into the pond by our office. Bottles, plastic bags, and other waste can cause severe problems for the ducks, fish, bugs, turtles, and amphibians that inhabit our ponds.  When the trash gets into rivers and streams, it floats into the Gulf of Mexico. Much of the trash is plastic, which many creatures mistake as a food source. More than one million seabirds, 300,000 dolphins and porpoises, and 100,000 marine mammals die from pollution each year.

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Southeastern Alabama Pig Squeal Show and Auction

Are you looking for locally produced, well cared for hogs for the freezer? Do you enjoy seeing youth working with animals and learning to run a business? Would you like to support Alabama’s budding farmers and young entrepreneurs?  Come join us Saturday, May 14, at the Coffee County Farm Complex in New Brockton to do just that! The Southeastern Alabama Pig Squeal Show and Auction will showcase 27 4-H members from Barbour, Coffee, Covington, Dale and Geneva counties who have been working since January, raising market hogs, which will be available to purchase at the auction. There will be processors present at the auction; no person will need to take possession of a live pig. You will be able to arrange further details with the processor you choose. Our youth have worked very hard and we are excited to see their progress. Please come join us in supporting them!

The Hog Show will begin at 10 am, and youth will be judged on their showmanship skills including presentation and control of the animal. The auction will begin at 3 p.m.. The Coffee County Farm Center is located at 1055 McKinnon Street in New Brockton, AL.  For more information, please call the Extension office at 334-222-115, Covington County 4-H Agent, Catherine Estis at 334-343-4246 or Katie Lee, Regional 4-H Foundation Agent for Covington and Crenshaw counties at 334-368-1394.

 

 

 

Happy boy with two pigs
Covington County 4-H’ers with their hogs

Teenager with his hogs Two boys in barn with hogs

Alabama Master Naturalist Program

egret standing on driftwood in a wetland area

The Alabama Master Naturalist program is a new statewide program whose goal is to help promote awareness, understanding, and respect of Alabama’s natural world among Alabama’s citizens and visitors. In addition, the AMN program will also develop a statewide corps of well-informed volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities.

Learn more about how you can participate today!