The Cooperative Extension Service offers a host of educational programs and services.
If you do not see what you are looking for below, please contact our county Extension
Office for assistance.
Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle depends on important factors such as physical activity
and healthy eating. The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) reaches
over 800 limited-resource families in Pulaski County. Participants who graduate make
healthier food choices and better manage their food resources, reducing food insecurity.
For more information about the EFNEP Program in Pulaski County contact the Pulaski
County Cooperative Extension Service.
Photo: EFNEP Program Assistant Angela Scott poses with a group of recent EFNEP graduates.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
During the 2014-2015 school year SNAP Ed program assistant taught nutrition as it
relates to gardening at four low income public schools. Students explored My Plate
nutritional information in the classroom and then were taken to the school garden
for a reinforcement lesson where they would plant and maintain their classroom plots.
All produce from student gardens was sent home with a recipe for families to prepare
and taste. For more information contact Ashley Carroll CEA Health and Nutrition. Follow us on Facebook.
Photo: SNAP Nutrition Garden mixes fun and learning with students in Pulaski County.
Pulaski County Strong Women and Men
Strong Women and Men is a low impact strength training program designed to increase
strength, endurance, balance and flexibility in older adults. Many participants have
reported that this program has allowed them to remain in their homes and living independently
as they age. For more information contact Ashley Carroll CEA Health and Nutrition.
Photo: Participants in the Pulaski County Strong Women and Men program practice weightlifting.
Pulaski County Master Gardener Projects
The Master Gardener volunteer program provides an opportunity for individuals interested
in gardening to learn and serve their communities. In Pulaski County, Master Gardeners
volunteer on 32 public garden projects ranging from a wildflower demonstration garden
at Pinnacle Mountain State Park, to a vegetable garden at Historic Arkansas Museum
and a butterfly garden at the Amy Sanders Library in Sherwood. Interested in becoming
a Master Gardener volunteer in Pulaski County? Contact Randy Forst, CEA-Staff Chair at the Pulaski County Office.
Learn more about the Pulaski County Master Gardener Program and projects. To see all
the projects, download this Master Gardener projects PDF document.
Photo: Master Gardeners answer garden questions at the Little Rock River Market.
Pulaski County 4-H Clubs
4-H clubs are organized groups of boys and girls who elect officers and are supported
by adult volunteer leaders. The 4-H club conducts meetings and activities throughout
the year. Club meetings typically include the conducting of some business by the officers,
an educational program, and a team building or recreational activity. The club frequently
includes opportunities for leadership and service to the community. Youth ages 5-19
(as of January 1 of the current year) are eligible to be members. It is completely
free to become a 4-H member. If you are interested in joining or starting a 4-H Club,
contact Erica Harris Williams.
Learn more about Pulaski County 4-H clubs. Download this 4-H PDF file for a list of clubs.
Photo: 4-H Club members collect toiletries for local Salvation Army.
Outdoor Water Efficiency Program
University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Pulaski County partnered with Central Arkansas Water to form the Outdoor Water Efficiency Program, offering tips to help consumers save
water and money through the Sprinkler Smart Program. In an effort to lower peak day demand on water structure and to lessen the daily
usage of water, the Sprinkler Smart Program teaches about peak demand management, how to adjust sprinkler systems properly, best times to water, how much to water,
and what type of landscaping is best for your yard.
For more information or to schedule a water efficiency workshop/presentation for your
neighborhood association, business, or organization please contact Mark Brown, Water Conservation Agent with Pulaski County Extension Service at 501-340-6650.
Pulaski County Extension Homemakers Program
Pulaski County Extension Homemakers have a goal of enriching your home and community
and this is achieved through various volunteer projects such as the Ronald McDonald
house and the Veterans Administration Adult Day Care.
There are currently 12 clubs consisting of over 200 members in the county. In 2015,
PEHC devoted approximately $600,000.00 which was saved from EHC total volunteer hours.
For more information about Pulaski County EHC, contact Mary Beth Sanders at the Pulaski County Extension Office.
Photo: Past President Ellen McCloskey receives award certificate for PEHC volunteer
project of the year.