Welcome to the
Prairie County, Arkansas
Cooperative Extension Service
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 Prairie County Extension Office is at your service!
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Extension Volunteers Create Busy Blankets for Alzheimer's Patients
Extension Homemaker and 4-H volunteers spent two days making Busy Blankets and mats for Alzheimer's patients after Springbrook Nursing Home in Hazen requested them. These blankets provide sensory stimulation for the fidgety hands of those with dementia. This is just one of many service projects our volunteers complete throughout the year. We are grateful for the many hours they contribute to Extension programs and to overall county needs.
Photo: Extension Homemaker volunteer sewing a blanket.
Local 4-H Members Grow as Citizens and Leaders
With the help of Arkansas Farm Bureau and UACES Development Associate, Jackson Alexander, Lonoke and Prairie County 4-H members discovered what it means to be good citizens. During a Fall Teen Leadership Workshop, 4-H'ers learned about the legislative process, experienced what it's like to participate in a federal election, developed their own definition of citizenship, and participated in candid discussions about politics, policy, and public influence. Arkansas Farm Bureau guided the 4-H’ers through the Congressional Insight simulation activity, where teens divided into two teams, and each team was assigned a freshman congressman or congresswomen in the U.S. House of Representatives. Teens learned the importance of setting goals, listening to staff members, staying in touch with their constituencies, planning a budget, working with the media, and what affects the legislative decisions made by our lawmakers. At the end of the simulation, each team ran for re-election with one team winning their race and the other losing by a small margin.
Photo: 4-H Members participating in the Congressional Insight simulation.
Hazen Students Explore Drones in World’s Largest Youth-Led STEM Challenge
Youth in Prairie County joined approximately a hundred thousand youth across the world in leading the ninth annual 4-H National Youth Science Day (4-H NYSD) challenge. This year’s challenge, called Drone Discovery, introduced youth to the burgeoning field of drones in a hands-on, interactive design challenge.
Hazen 5th grade conducted the Drone Discovery challenge on October 18th at Hazen Elementary School. Drone Discovery is a very hands-on challenge that teaches the youth a wide variety of topics related to unmanned flight including flight dynamics, aircraft types, safety and regulations, remote sensing and flight control. Amy Carroll, Ag Agent for the Prairie County Cooperative Extension Service, conducted the three part engineering design challenge which allowed the youth to experiment with fixed and rotary wing designs, explore the concept of remote sensing and dive into the world of coding for real-world drone applications.
Photo: Students flying the drones.