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Extension Educational Programs & Services
Montgomery 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.



4-H Youth Development in Montgomery County

The 4-H program in Montgomery County offers a wealth of youth development opportunities. 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. Check out this snapshot of 4-H in Montgomery County. Follow us on Facebook to see what's happening in 4-H.

Who Can be in 4-H?

There are three age levels in which youth can participate in the 4-H program. They are:

  • Cloverbuds – Ages 5 – 8
  • Juniors – Ages 9 – 13
  • Seniors – Ages 14 – 19

Montgomery County 4-H Clubs and Leaders

Mt. Ida 4-H Club is for Jr. and Sr. members ages 9-19. They meet at the Extension Office in Mt. Ida on the 2nd Monday of the month at 5:00 PM.  Leader:  Courtney Macejewski 817-308-0845

Puddle Jumpers 4-H Club is for Cloverbud members ages 5-8. They meet at the Extension Office in Mt. Ida on the 2nd Monday of each month at 5:00 PM. Leader:  Halie Brakefield 501-276-8103

Oden 4-H Club is for all ages, 5-19. They meet at the Pencil Bluff Baptist Church gym on the 4th Monday of the month at 5:00 PM.  Leader:  Extension Staff 870-867-2311

Caddo Tribe 4-H Club is for all ages, 5-19. They meet at the Caddo Hills School in Norman on the 1st Monday of the month at 3:30 PM Leder: Amanda Bailey 870-223-3649

How do I join a 4-H club?

It is easy to join 4-H and it's FREE! Join by contacting the Montgomery County Extension Office at (870) 867-2311 and signing up at Arkansas 4honline. 4honline instructions are available by clicking here.

How do 4-H members learn?

4-H members learn in a variety of ways including:

  • 4-H projects
    • Projects are the base of 4-H work. Whatever your interest, 4-H has a project for you. By "project" we mean work done with animals or crops, articles made or some other definite activity undertaken by 4-H'ers. The project should be one that fits well into the home and community. Click here for a list of 4-H projects and objectives. In addition, click here for a list of 4-H projects and objectives to help your 4-H member learn.
  • 4-H activities
    • Montgomery County 4-H offers wide variety of educational activities designed to help your 4-H member learn while having fun! Examples include:
      • 4-H Club Meetings
      • 4-H Camp
      • Fantastic Fridays Summer Program
      • 4-H O-Rama Competitive Events
      • Arts and Craft Workshops
      • Animal Workshops
      • Cooking Programs
      • Community Service Opportunities
      • And Many More!


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Agriculture and Home Horticulture

Whether you have a farm or just a small home garden the Montgomery County Extension Staff can assist you with your needs. We offer a wide variety of educational programs from beef and forage production to vegetable gardening. Contact Randy Black for more information on agriculture and home horticulture programs. Follow us on Facebook for upcoming events and more!



Agriculture Educational Programs:

  • Beef and Forage
  • On-Farm Demonstrations
  • Pesticide Training
  • Sprayer Calibration
  • Vegetable Gardening
  • Fruit Production
  • Ornamental Horticulture
  • Lawn and Turf
  • And Much More!
 Agriculture Services Offered:
  • Soil Testing
  • Hay and Forage Testing
  • Feed Value Testing
  • Water Testing
  • Manure Testing for Fertilizer Value
  • Weed Identification
  • Insect Identification
  • Plant Disease Identification

Montgomery County Master Gardeners

The mission of the Master Gardener program is to provide community service garden projects, educate others about gardening in Arkansas and beautify the state, one garden at a time. During the 2015 program year, 35 Montgomery County Master Gardeners volunteered 759 hours of their time valued at $17,487.

The Montgomery County Master Gardeners meet the first Wednesday of each month at 10:00 am in the Montgomery County Extension Office Conference Room. Their meetings and educational events are always open to the public, come and join in the fun. To learn how to become a Master Gardener call the Montgomery County Extension Office at (870) 867-2311.

Master Gardener Projects:

  • Heritage House Museum
  • Nursing Home
  • Caddo Gap Indian Memorial
  • County Courthouse
  • Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (LOViT)
  • Tasty Acre, Teaching Garden



Montgomery County Family and Consumer Sciences

Want to learn how to eat healthier? How about becoming physically or financially fit? What about help with becoming a better parent? These are all topics addressed through family and consumer science educational programs. Contact the Montgomery County Extension Office for more information on Family and Consumer Science Programs.

Family and Consumer Science Services Offered:

  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Budget Planning
  • Food Preservation
  • Childcare Certification Training (Best Care)

Extension Homemakers

The mission of Arkansas Extension Homemakers (EHC) is to empower individuals and families to achieve the best quality of life through:

  • Continuing education
  • Strengthening individuals and families
  • Developing personal skills through the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.

Being an EHC member means belonging to one of the largest adult volunteer organizations in Arkansas. Programs planned by our membership focus on issues affecting our community, our families and our world.

Contact the Montgomery County Extension office on how to become a member.

LOBC Get Fit Exercise Club meets on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9:00 AM at Lake Ouachita Baptist Church to exercise. Representative: Mary Ann Nichol 870-867-3344

Joplin EHC Club meets on the 2nd Tues. at 1:30 PM at the Extension Office. President: Joyce Rose 870-867-4599

Oden EHC Club meets on the 1st Tues. at 3:30 PM at the Oden Baptist Church. President: Kay Banta 870-326-4708.

Pine Ridge EHC Club meets to quilt on Tuesdays from 9:00 AM -3:00 PM at the Pine Ridge Baptist Church.  President: Kathy Stucker 870-326-4442

Stitchin' Friends EHC Club meet on the 1st, 3rd, & 4th Thursday from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM to sew at the Extension Office. Representative: Dorie Oswald 870-867-4694

Yarn Workers meet every Friday at 3:30 PM at the Assisted Living Center in Mt. Ida to knit and crochet. Representative: Kathleena Dreenan 870-867-5154

Snap, Crackle & Pop Exercise Club meets to exercise on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9 AM at Graham Court Community Center in Mt. Ida. Representative: Barbara Sprague 870-867-5222

Get Fit

Get Fit is a strength-training program designed for midlife and older men and women.
The Get Fit Program will help you:

  • Increase your strength
  • Increase your endurance
  • Increase your balance
  • Increase your flexibility
  • You will look and feel better!!

 Call the Montgomery County Extension Office for more information on the Get Fit Program.

Mt. Ida on MWF at 10:00 AM at the Extension Office-Led by Gail Shields

Mt. Ida on M Th at 6:00 PM at the Extension Office-Led by Anita Wilborg

Mt. Ida on T Th at 9:00 AM at Lake Ouachita Baptist Church-Led by Darlene Holliday

Norman on MWF at 8:15 AM at Barr Memorial Presbyterian Church-Led by Bobbie Edwards