Montgomery County

Welcome to the Montgomery County Extension Office

The Montgomery County Extension office Educators and staff work hard to pass along to you research based information that will help you in your everyday life.  We do this through a variety of venues like educational programs, events, field days, seminars and camps.  Our program areas include:

Agriculture and Food Systems
Environment & Natural Resources
Family and Consumer Sciences
Home Gardening
4-H Youth Development

Our Ag Agents are a source of research based agriculture technical information that is provided through various fact sheets, workshops, field days, one on one consultations and educational seminars. Major educational programs focus on commercial vegetable, fruit and field crop production; nursery and greenhouse production; nutrient management; integrated pest management; safety training for pesticide license certification; risk management; pasture and livestock management. They assist farmers and landowners offering the latest best management practices to improve profitability and minimize environmental impacts on the county's natural resources.  

FCS Educators provide youth, individuals and families with the information and skills to make informed decisions about their health, finances, food, healthy homes, and overall well-being.  These programs are provided in schools, libraries, senior centers, faith-based organizations, in partnership with other agencies, and many other settings.  

Our Horticulture Educator assists county residents and businesses with home and garden questions and provides education to the community on various topics related to horticulture.  He also provides and coordinates training for the Master Gardener volunteers who significantly increase the reach of these educational opportunities to the community.

Montgomery County has a large and active 4-H Youth Development Program with over 25 active clubs, nearly 300 members and over 115 volunteers throughout the county.  Through participation in projects, clubs, camp, fair, competitions and volunteer activities, youth between the ages of 5 and 18 learn life skills such as citizenship, public speaking, leadership, record keeping, responsibility and teamwork -  skills that are valuable to them not only now but throughout their lives. 

Take a look at the UME program pages for more information.  
Contact us and we'll be happy to help you out!

NOTE: The Agricultural History Farm Park, home of the Montgomery County Extension office, remains closed to the public.


  • Periodical Cicadas Brood X

    Answers to all of your cicada questions from the UMD Cicada Crew. Here to help answer your questions about periodical cicadas and help you to learn more about these amazing insects.

    periodical cicada
  • Close Encounters with Agriculture

    Close Encounters with Agriculture is an award winning program offered each year to Montgomery County fourth grade students. Since 1993, over 80,000 students have participated in this hands-on educational program designed to teach students about modern agriculture, maintaining a healthy environment and leading a healthy lifestyle.

    Close Encounters with Agriculture
  • 4-H Camp Tawaswentha

    Every year, Montgomery County 4-H takes campers out to western Maryland for five days of fun at Camp Tawasentha. Our camp is located amidst the Appalachian Mountains in Garrett County and is open to all youth (not just 4-H'ers) who are 8 to 13 years old as of January 1st, 2021.

    Camping in woods, lake, stream to go fishing or tadpole hunting

From Our Area Extension Director