Extension Educational Programs & Services
Sebastian County, Arkansas
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.
Photo: EHC members attending State Meeting
Extension Homemakers in Sebastian County offer a range of information from education,
leadership development, and community service. Extension Homemaker club members help
identify and plan community projects that will benefit local individuals and families.
If you would like to know more information on the Extension Homemaker clubs in Sebastian
County, please contact Mary Macon, Family and Consumer Science Extension Agent, at 479-484-7737.
Below are a list of the current clubs in Sebastian County:
Cavanaugh-President: Iyla Stranahan
Meeting time and place: Third Wednesday at 10:00 a.m., Creekmore Park, Fort Smith
Central -President: Doris Taff
Meeting time and place: Third Thursday at 10:00 a.m., Barling Methodist Church
Dayton - President: Glenda Hurt
Meeting time and place: First Thursday, 7:00 p.m., Dayton Community Building
Excelsior- President: Ada Sanderson
Meeting time and place: Third Thursday, 10:00 a.m., Farmers Bank community room, 125
W. Center St., Greenwood
Good Neighbors - President: Gwen Woodhull
Meeting time and place: First Thursday, 10:30 a.m., members' homes (Greenwood and
Sebastian County 4-H
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 Sebastian County
today, there are more than 100 youth enrolled in 4-H Clubs and hundreds more experience
a 4-H Youth Development educational program within the year through various school
enrichment programs. Membership in 4-H is absolutely free and provides you with a
world of opportunity! If you would like more information about the Sebastian County
4-H Clubs contact Jesse Bocksnick, Sebastian County 4-H Agent, at 479-996-4.131
Information for Adults
4-H is the youth development program conducted by the University of Arkansas, Division
of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service. 4-H members can select from many activities
in 82 project areas ranging from animal science to clothing to space camp.
Adult leaders, trained by county Cooperative Extension Service Faculty, teach projects
to children using the "learn -by-doing" method. 4-H teaches leadership, citizenship,
and skills children will use throughout their lives. Each year Arkansas 4-H youth
receive more than $80,000 in college scholarships at the state level for their 4-H
work. Some scholarships are available at the county level.
4-H programs enable youth gain knowledge, develop life skills, build self-confidence,
learn responsibility, and form attitudes so they may set and achieve goals and become
productive members of society.
Youth involved in 4-H:
Learn creative skills
Attend summer camps
Participate in fairs
Go on trips
Win ribbons, awards, and scholarships
Make new friends
The joy of 4-H is seeing and helping young people grow through their accomplishments.
Who Can Join?
In Arkansas there are three age levels in which youth can participate in the 4-H program.
When Do Clubs Meet?
4-H community clubs meet monthly throughout the county.
How does my child join a club?
Joining a 4-H club is easy! You and your child(ren) simply attend a local 4-H club
meeting. Contact your county Extension office to obtain information about the club
nearest you. (insert link from contact page)
What about dues and uniforms?
In 4-H, there are no uniforms to purchase and no membership fees to pay.
What can I do to help?
Volunteers are essential to the continued growth and development of a successful 4-H
program. A volunteer may be a 4-H parent, relative or friend, or a supporter of 4-H.
Volunteers may serve as judges, club or project leaders, chaperons, resource persons,
or promoters. They coordinate local community clubs and help to plan and conduct local,
regional, state, and national 4-H events. Call your local Cooperative Extension office
to learn about how to apply and receive training to be a 4-H volunteer.
How do I enroll in 4-H?
Visit the Arkansas 4-H Online Webpage at https://arkansas.4honline.com/Login.aspx.
Sebastian County 4-H Clubs
All 4-H Clubs, with the exception of the Sebastian County 4-H Council, are community
clubs that are open to all youth throughout Sebastian County. The Sebastian County
4-H Council is comprised of elected representatives from the community 4-H Clubs.
Dayton 4-H Club
Shooting Sports 4-H Club
James Fork 4-H Club
Rough Riders 4-H Club
Buckskinners 4-H Project Group
Creative Arts 4-H Project Group
Rabbit and Poultry Project 4-H Project Group
Sebastian County 4-H Music Project Group
Sebastian County Technology Team
Sebastian County 4-H County Council
To Make the Best Better!
My Head to clear thinking
My Heart to greater loyalty
My Hand to larger service
My Health to better living for my club, my community, my country, and my world.
Commercial agriculture is a vital part of Sebastian County. The Sebastian County Extension
Office provides a wide variety of services and educational programs. Contact Lance Kirkpatrick Sebastian County Ag agent for more information about the following programs and services...
- On farm Bangs vacinations
- Soil testing
- Hay testing
- Water testing
- Manure analysis
- Plant disease diagnosis
- Plant identification
- Sprayer calibration
Educational Programs Available:
- Beef forage
- Pesticide training
- Vegetable production
- Fruit production
- Weed & Brush control programs
- Cattle & insect control
- Pasture insect control
Other Home Horticulture Services Available:
- Master Gardener training
- Vegetable production
- Plant identification
- Lawn maintenance
- Plant Disease diagnosis
- Soil test counseling
- Horticulture pruning
- Horticulture maintenance concerns
- Fruit production management
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. Ashley Carroll CEA Health and Nutrition
Photo: Strong Women