Cooperative Extension News & Publications
Lee County, Arkansas
Welcome to our News and Publications page! Below you will find local newsletters, news stories, and/or links to other relevant publications. Please contact our county Extension office for additional information.
Pulaski County Master Gardener Program
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 29 public garden projects ranging from a wildflower demonstration garden at Pinnacle Mountain State Park, to a vegetable garden at Historic Arkansas Museum and butterfly garden at the Amy Sanders Library in Sherwood. Interested in becoming a Master Gardener volunteer in Pulaski County? Contact Beth Phelps, CEA-Staff Chair at the Pulaski County Office.Learn more about the Pulaski County Master Gardener Program
Photo: Peanuts harvested from the Historic Arkansas Museum Garden - Pulaski County Master Gardener Project of the Year 2013.
Gardens and Lawns
Pulaski County residents are interested in maintaining their lawns, landscapes and vegetable gardens using environmentally sound practices and environmentally safe products. The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Pulaski County assisted over 6,000 county residents in 2012 with the information they needed to safeguard the environment as they maintain healthy lawns, beautiful landscapes and productive vegetable gardens. Link to information that will help you keep your garden, landscape and lawn green and growing. For more information contact Beth Phelps, CEA-Staff Chair.
Photo: Information helps grow healthy gardens.
Outdoor Water Efficiency Program
Sprinkler Smart Program is a partnership between Central Arkansas Water and The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Pulaski County. The program provides education to homeowners, and irrigation/landscape contractors in Pulaski County to be more efficient with outdoor watering practices. The program offers educational workshops and free sprinkler system audits for residents of Pulaski County. Not only can homeowners conserve water, they can reduce their water bill. The average savings for audit participants is $48 through the summer watering season. To schedule a workshop or a sprinkler system audit contact Mark Brown CEA-Water Conservation/Horticulture.
Photo: Sprinkler system audit with homeowner
The mission of 4-H is to provide opportunities for youth to acquire knowledge, develop life skills, form attitudes, and practice behavior that will enable them to become self-directing, productive, and contributing members of society. In Pulaski County today, there are more than 300 youth enrolled in 4-H Clubs and thousands more experience a 4-H Youth Development educational program within the year. Membership in 4-H is absolutely free and provides you with a world of opportunity!
Citizenship and Leadership Program
How can children benefit from a parachute and a potato sack? By developing their leadership skills and practicing working as a team through a series of games such as three leg sack races and parachute tosses, according to Elizabeth Easley, 4-H Program Assistant. Through games youth are building skills that will help prepare them for future endeavors.
"We want to encourage the development of youth into responsible, well-informed citizens and future leaders," said Easley. "We do this through a series of fun, interactive games and activities targeting specific life skills."
Several programs in September, October and November will be offered in the citizenship and leadership program series. Each session will focus on a specific topic. Among the topics that will be covered in upcoming sessions include flag etiquette, community service, and county government. "While we place an emphasis on the main topic each session, throughout the entire series youth are given opportunities to work on their leadership and communication skills," explained Easley.
The citizenship and leadership programs will be held on Saturdays (October 4, 11, and 25 and November 1, 2014). For more information or to sign up for the programs, please contact Elizabeth Easley at 870-295-7720.
Photo: 4-H member learns cooking skills during Spring into 4-H Workshop.