Welcome to Scott County
Scott County partners with Extension to deliver practical education and research you can use at home, at work and in your community.
4-H is an out-of-school, hands-on learning program for people grades Kindergarten through one year past high school. Youth choose a project that’s interesting to them and explore it with peers and caring adults. 4-H clubs are groups of youth who want to learn together and meet in every part of Minnesota. Scott County offers 7 community clubs and 3 project clubs from which to choose. View our Club Catalog Here.
The 4-H year is October 1 through September 30.
"I pledge my Head to clearer thinking, my Heart to greater loyalty, my Hands to larger service, and my Health to better living, for my family, my club, my community, my country, and my world."
- The Head is to signify clearer thinking.
- The Heart is to signify greater loyalty.
- The Hands are to signify larger service.
- The Health is to signify better living.
"To make the best better."
Scott County offers clubs based upon location and interest. Review the club catalog to learn more about our clubs and find one or two that interest you. Contact club leaders for specific club details and visit a club meeting to see if that club is good fit for your family. Become a 4-H member to enjoy all of the resources and opportunities available through 4-H. Scott County 4-H collects yearly dues of $20 per youth (maximum $60 per household) to pay for things like insurance and activity supplies, but dues should never stop youth from participating. Funds are available to ensure that all youth can participate, regardless of economic status. Complete this confidential request for financial assistance. Some programs, such as shooting sports have additional program fees.
4-H Youth Development is a hands-on learning program for Minnesota youth. We offer online, small group and independent learning experiences for youth of all ages. In 4-H, youth choose the topic they find interesting and caring adults support their learning and leadership. From agronomy to space exploration and creative arts to outdoor adventures, 4-H has just the right learning experience for young people.
There are many ways to participate in 4-H!
Find the latest on Extension agricultural research and news you can use on your farm from local experts.
Statewide news and blogs
- Agricultural Business Management News - Business and financial resources for farmers.
- Beef News - Beef industry featured events, farm safety and animal health.
- Dairy News - Dairy industry featured events, farm safety and animal health.
- Fruit and Vegetable News - Local production and marketing of fruit and vegetable crops in Minnesota.
- Minnesota Crop News - Emerging issues affecting Minnesota row crops and forages.
Horticulture and Gardening
Health and Nutrition
Extension offers a variety of educational programs about nutrition and health in Scott County. These programs are open to families and individuals of all ages who are eligible for benefits through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or who meet Extension’s program income guidelines.
Programs are offered in community settings such as food shelves, schools, community centers and public housing sites. The programs are free to all individuals and families who meet income guidelines, and may be offered in multiple languages, depending on the audience needs and availability of educators.
Extension's Center for Community Vitality engages Minnesotans to strengthen the social, civic, economic and technological capacity of their communities. We help create vibrant communities and enhance skills and knowledge in economics, leadership and civic engagement, and tourism.
Check our community research page for reports on county and community-focused topics relating to local economics, retaining businesses, growing retail markets, developing tourism, and more.
Local programs can be offered in collaboration with local community organizations and government agencies. Current programs include Minnesota Agricultural and Rural Leadership (MARL).
Contact an educator in your area for consultation, guidance and conversation about your community.
Minnesota is a great place to explore, understand and conserve the natural landscape. Extension education, volunteer and community science programs encourage people to become stewards of Minnesota’s public and private lands.
Extension's Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) connect Greater Minnesota communities and University of Minnesota knowledge and resources to support local sustainability projects.
Working in partnership, RSDP supports community-driven projects in four focus areas: agriculture and food systems, clean energy, natural resources, and resilient communities. Projects are supported by boards made up of local community members and University faculty and staff.
Learn more about RSDP’s recent work and how to submit a project idea.
Join us at an event in your community.
Find opportunities to learn about the natural environment, how to care for your forest lands, and how you and your family can get out and explore nature around the state and in your own backyard.
Find information on community-focused news.
Find out how to take care of your trees and enjoy Minnesota's beautiful woodlands.
From preserving our wetlands to combating invasive species, read about protecting and enjoying nature.
Learn more about community-driven sustainability projects happening across Minnesota.
Scott County Extension
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
mnext-Scott@umn.edu or 952-492-5384
Colleen Carlson, Extension Educator, Ag Production Systems
email@example.com or 952-492-5386 (office) or 507-521-3640 (cell)
Samantha Roth, Extension Educator, Financial Capability
firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-492-5383
Kristy Mock, Master Gardener Program Coordinator
email@example.com or 952-492-5390
Michelle Hesse, Administrative Specialist
firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-492-5379
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