Upcoming programs

Disaster Relief:

Please check out the links below related to the 2019 flood and tornado. Let us know if you have further questions so we can help find what you need. We can be reached at 573-634-2824 or coleco@missouri.edu

MU Extension in Cole County Fall Festival

The Cole County Extension Council hosts an annual Fall Festival. This event is held the Saturday after Labor Day at the Jefferson City Jaycees Fairgrounds. Over 150 vendors will be selling crafts and direct sale items. The council prohibits food vendors and flea market type items. All items must be new or upscycled into something new. The Fall Festival will take place on Saturday, September 7 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the fee is $3/person.

Vendor applications will be accepted until all spaces or sold to qualifying vendors. Keep in mind, this is a craft show for in-home businesses. Contact Jane at kempkerj@missouri.edu with additional questions.

Master Gardener Program

Twelve classes will be held at this office on Monday & Thursday evenings from September 19th until October 28th. Class time is 6 to 9:00 pm. Trained Master Gardeners, Extension Specialists and instructors from the University of Missouri will teach the classes. The fee for the program is $150 + 30 volunteer hours. To register, visit https://extension2.missouri.edu/events/master-gardener-core-class-series-jefferson-city-mo Direct further questions to coleco@missouri.edu or call 573-634-2824.

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy

This fall, take part in an eight-week program, that is held at our Extension Center twice a week. We will provide the instructor and the weights, you bring you! We want to help you increase your muscle strength, improve your balance and flexibility, strengthen your bones, help control your weight, and so much more. The Stay Strong, Stay Healthy Program is an ideal program for seniors looking to help their mind and body. The fee for the program is $50 for 16 sessions.

An advanced program is available as well to participants that have completed the Stay Strong, Stay Healthy Program. Both programs will be held at this location (2436 Tanner Bridge Road, Jefferson City) on Monday and Wednesday mornings. The first class will begin on September 9 but registration is due by September 3. For more information, click on the flyers below.

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy | PDF

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy level 2 | PDF

Rent the Extension Center Conference Room

Cole County Extension has a large conference room that is available for rental. Reservations are accepted based upon availability. Cole County Extension programs take priority. We do not rent on weekends and unable to book further than 3 months in advance. This rooms primary purpose is for education. Alcohol and parties are prohibited. More information can be found on the form or by contacting the extension center at 573-634-2824 or coleco@missouri.edu

Master Gardeners Meetings

Central Missouri Master Gardeners meet most months at McClung Park on the fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. except in January and December. Most of these meetings are open to all.

Join 4-H

There are several active 4-H Clubs in Cole County. 4-H is about more than plows, sows, and cows. Shooting Sports is the fastest growing project but with so many projects choices everyone can find something to meet their goals. 4-H is open to all youth ages 5-18.

The 4-H year begins October 1. Enrollment is open year-round; however, there are deadlines for being a member-in-good-standing to be eligible for awards, prizes, and fair participation.

Go to our Cole County 4-H Home Page or contact the office at coleco@missouri.edu for more information.

Private Pesticide Applicator Training

Farmers seeking a Private Pesticide Applicator Training need to call the Cole County Extension Center at 573-634-2824 to set up a time to watch a video. Walk-ins are not accepted. Depending on room availability, it can be scheduled on weekday mornings only. This program is free but the Private Applicator Manual (M87) is required. Manuals are available at the extension center.

To register, call 573-634-2824 or email coleco@missouri.edu 

Extension Council Meetings

Cole County Extension Council Meetings are open to all unless otherwise publish for a closed meeting. The council meets on the first Thursday of the month, 5:30 p.m. at Cole County Extension Center. The annual dinner is in February, the location may change and a fee may be assessed for the meal. The September council meeting is held at the fairgrounds, to prepare for the Fall Festival. For more information, contact Cole County Extension at 573-634-2824.

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