Upcoming Events

Chick Chain Registration

Chick Chain 2018 Registration now open!

The DeKalb County Extension office is now accepting Chick Chain Registration forms. This project is always a favorite, so do not delay in getting your registration form and fee due, March 8th! Registration fee is 50$. Forms and information below!

Feel free to give the Extension Office a call and put your name on the list so we can keep you up to date before the registration deadline arrives!



2018 Chick Chain Information

2018 Chick Chain Registration Form





Summer Camp Registration is Open!


4-H Summer Camp registration is open

4-H Summer camp cost is $106 with a $25 deposit due on March 1st. The Extension Office will collect registration forms and deposit fees. Due to limited spots for campers, The Extension Office encourages parents to return these as soon as possible.

In addition to all of the fun activities, your child will have an amazing opportunity to meet and make new friends!

For more information please give us a call! 256-845-8595

Pig Squeal Registration is now open

Pig Squeal Registration is now open for the 2017-2018 year.

 The 4-H Pig Squeal project is designed to teach 4-H members recommended management practices for growing and raising swine. Your participation in the 4-H Pig Squeal project will help you….

  • Develop swine management skills
  • Learn to produce healthy hogs
  • Develop an awareness for business management
  • Develop record keeping skills (income and expenses)
  • Realize the pride of accomplishment

How the Pig Squeal project works:

At the first of January, The 4-H student will receive 2 feeder pigs that are approximately 60 days old. The pigs will weigh approximately 50 pounds. They will all come from a reputable nursery and will be properly vaccinated. Then the student will care for these pigs for approximately 120 days. Finally, at the end of this time, the student will bring one of the hogs to the DeKalb/Marshall County 4-H Pig Squeal Show and Sale (May 5 at Fort Payne Fairgrounds). At this time they will be shown and auctioned off resulting in the student receiving prize money and a portion of the auction proceeds. The auctioned hogs will be processed and delivered to the prospective bidder. The bidder will not have to take possession of a live animal, but can if they choose.


For more information please click on the link for the Flyer which contains the Registration Forms:

4-H Pig Squeal flyer-2018-DeKalb

As always with any questions please do not hesitate to call our office at 256-845-8595.

Registration and check must be received at the Extension Office by Thursday, November 16, 2017.

DeKalb County 4-H Canning Workshop

We are excited to announce the upcoming DeKalb County 4-H Canning Workshop. One of the most popular projects for our 4-H students is baked foods. This workshop is taking that interest in learning to make food items to the next level. One of the charming things about DeKalb County is the number of home gardens countywide. Chances are the youth of today know someone who has a home garden and still preserves some of that food. However, the passing down of the art of canning to the next generation is dwindling down. This is an opportunity to ignite that interest and share that knowledge on how to preserve items grown right from those home gardens! (or grocery store, local farmers market, etc) We encourage you to share this course and encourage the youth to come and learn and have fun while doing so.

Information on the flyer below!


TFTF Program: What’s it all about?

You may have heard about the new program, unique to DeKalb County, called Teens For Their Future (TFTF) and want to know what is it all about? After the first year with the program in place, we are excited to report where we stand with involvement and enrollment.

Teens For Their Future (TFTF) is an abstinence education program (formerly known as TGIF) for 6th grade. Teen Leaders are an integral part of the program as well.  They are juniors and seniors from DeKalb County high schools who are referred by administration and faculty, apply, and interview to be selected as Teen Leaders. Once selected, they undergo training that enables them to assist the TFTF Agent, Andrea Christenberry, in the classroom. The Teen Leaders serve as “the picture” of healthy life choices that preteens can relate to and bring authenticity to the abstinence message. Teen Leaders promote and establish peer-mentor relationships in which preteens greatly benefit from and enjoy!

TFTF teaches the importance of saving sexual activity for marriage and the consequences of sexual activity outside of marriage including STD’s, teen pregnancy, altered life plans, and emotional toll. TFTF utilizes a curriculum derived from Relationships Under Construction that addresses character development, goal setting, and recognizing healthy and unhealthy relationships. It teaches the refusal skills and assertiveness techniques for saying no (to any risky behavior, not just sex) and dealing with peer pressure. Sixth graders are also taught the (distorted) role sex in the media has in forming their opinions and how it affects their choices and behavior.

We are proud to report that after its inaugural year the TFTF program has been welcomed into every school in DeKalb County with enrollment numbers totaling 461 6th grade students and 83 Teen Leaders. The total hours spent in Teen Leader training was 1,328 and with the 6th graders over the year was 2,305.  We have been so proud of the hard work the Teen Leaders have shown in training and assisting in educating the 6th-grade students, and also with establishing relationships that have grown into further mentor opportunities. It is enriching for both students and Teen Leaders.

As a parent, abstinence education for your child can raise questions however, we welcome and encourage you to look into the program so that you feel confident about what your child is and is not being taught. This program has been developed to be age appropriate and is designed to empower today’s youth to think for themselves while giving them the tools they need to avoid risky behaviors and make healthy choices in the short-term that will benefit them in the long-term.

For more information please contact:

Andrea R. Christenberry, S.R.A.S. 
Alabama Cooperative Extension Service
DeKalb County Office
500 Grand Ave SW
Fort Payne, AL  35967
Office: 256-845-8595

4-H Summer Camp


DeKalb County had 5 youth attend 4-H Summer Camp at the 4-H Center in Columbiana, AL with 1 serving as a Counselor in Training. Youth participated in Outdoor Recreation activities including Canoeing, Rock Climbing, Giant Swing, Archery, Swimming, and Alabama Wildlife Education to name just a few. Registration for 2016 4-H Summer Camp will begin in January.