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Garland County, Arkansas
Cooperative Extension Service


Garland County Extension Office

We are part of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service’s statewide network and the University of Arkansas System’s Division of Agriculture.  Our mission is to provide research-based information through non-formal education to help all Arkansans improve their economic well-being and the quality of their lives.  Whether it is agriculture, 4-H, health and living, or community development, the Garland County Extension Office is at your service!

Children petting a horse

Adult instructing a child in Learning Roping

Special Needs Rodeo

Cool Clovers 4-H Club held their first “Special Needs Rodeo” event at the Garland County Fairgrounds.  Around 100 kids from Lakeside, Lake Hamilton, and First Step attended a fun-filled day of stick horse barrel racing, goat undecorating, horse shoe throwing, face painting, mock “bull riding”, and petting real live horses! 

The Cool Clovers Club hosted the event as a community service project for their club members.  Thank you so much, Cool Clovers members and adults, for making this a wonderful day for the kids you served, and thanks to all the other county 4-H’ers who joined in to help!  The event was a HUGE success. Every teacher we have had contact with since the event happened said the kids had a blast!!! 

For more information, contact Jimmy Driggers, Garland County Agriculture Agent and Staff Chair. 



Garland County 4-H State O'Rama Competitors

4-H O-Rama Winners

The four-day State O-Rama was filled with fun activities, awesome competition, a formal banquet, a visit to the Jones Center, and a fun-filled evening of dancing the night away!  Our 14 State 4-H O'Rama delegates entered a total of 11 competitive events and brought home four 5th place ribbons, two 2nd place ribbons, and ONE FIRST PLACE TROPHY!!  The first place team will represent our county in the Consumer Decision Making event at the Western National Round-up in Denver, CO.  As a fundraiser for the trip, the Garland County 4-H'ers will be collecting gently worn or new shoes until November 15 at the Garland County Extension Office, 236 Woodbine, Hot Springs, AR.  All donations appreciated.  For more information contact us at 501-623-6841 or email jvincent@uaex.edu

Photo:  Garland County 4-H State 'Rama Competitors with County Agent sponsors. 

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Garland County Master Gardeners at the County Courthouse

Do You Want to be a Garland County, Arkansas Master Gardener?

You don't have to be a gardening wizard to become a Master Gardener through the Cooperative Extension Service.  In January of every year, Garland County holds a forty-hour training program for new Master Gardener Interns.  The program runs one eight-hour day per week for five weeks.  There is a cost for this program to cover the printed materials, daily lunches, your permanent name tag, and your first year's membership dues. At the end of this training period, you need to put in 40 hours of project time and 20 hours of educational time in the ensuing year to qualify as a certified Master Gardener.  From then on, there is an annual requirement of 20 project hours and 20 learning hours. That's all there is to it. For more information on becoming a Master Gardener, contact Allen Bates, Garland County Horticulture Agent.

Photo: Garland County Master Gardeners at the Courthouse

Wellness Rally Poster

Extension Wellness Rally

On November 20, 2015, registration begins at 8:15 at the Austin Hotel for the Extension Wellness Rally.  University of Arkansas Extension Get Fit, Extension Wellness Ambassador Program, along with Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention and Hot Springs Growing Healthy Communities are conducting a Wellness Rally including the following topics/breakout sessions:  Access to Healthy Foods, Community Supported Agriculture, Hometown Health, Walkability/Complete Streets, Cooking Matters, Yoga, Deskercise, Mindfulness for Stress Reduction and more.  Event time is 9:00 - 5:00, registration $30.00, $45.00 late registration after October 31st.  Register online at www.regonline.com/WellnessRally2015.  For more information contact lwashburn@uaex.edu or jvincent@uaex.edu.  Click here to print flyer