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Extension Education

Brian Hayes
County Extension Coordinator
University of Georgia


With the ongoing water wars between the state of Florida & Georgia, it is important to educate our youth about the importance of water conservation.  Water plays a vital role in South Georgia agricultural production.  4-H20 camp began in 2008 in collaboration with Mitchell County 4-H and C.M. Stripling Irrigation Research Park in Camilla, GA.  The camp is three days packed with educational and fun hands-on activities that focus on water quality, water conservation, water usage, and global water issues.  Scientists, researchers, and field-related personnel present materials in an outdoor classroom setting.  4-Her’s have gone to various locations in the past such as the Flint RiverQuarium in Albany, George Andrews Lock and Dam in Jakin, Water World in Dothan, AL, Stripling Irrigation Research Park in Camilla, and many others as they learned the importance of irrigation and water conservation to agriculture and the importance of a clean water supply for recreational purposes in Southwest Georgia.  4-Her’s also learned about other various water related topics such as aquifers, personal water use, hydration, plus waters and animals of the Gulf.  The program started out with just 15 participants in 2008 but has grown since then to include as many as 13 counties from across Southwest Georgia.  The camp has hosted as many as 252 participants, which was a record in the year 2019, and has seen over 2,000 youth and adults over the 12 years the program has been around.


Poster has NOT been presented at any previous NACAA AM/PIC

This poster is being submitted for judging. It will be displayed at the AM/PIC if not selected as a State winner. The abstract will be published in the proceedings.

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Authors: J.C. Cloud, C.D. Perry, B. Hayes, D. Cox, S. Davis
  1. Cloud, J. County Extension Agent, University of Georgia, Georgia, 31730
  2. Perry, C. Superintendent, UGA Stripling Irrigation Research Park,
  3. Hayes, B. County Extension Coordinator, UGA Extension,
  4. Cox, D. Educator, UGA Extension,
  5. Davis, S. County Extension Coordinator, UGA Extension,