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Southwind District

Erie Office

111 South Butler
Erie, KS 66733
Fax:  620-244-3829

Fort Scott Office

210 South National
Fort Scott, KS 66701
Fax:  620-223-0332

Iola Office

We've moved!
1006 N. State St.
Iola, KS 66749
Fax:  620-365-7944

Yates Center Office

211 W. Butler
Yates Center, KS  66783
Fax:  620-625-8645



Welcome to Southwind District! 

As a part of K-State Research and Extension, Southwind district programs present educational information and programming related to agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, 4-H youth development, and community vitality.

We serve the people of Allen, Bourbon, Neosho and Woodson Counties and have offices in each of those counties.

Our philosophy is to help people help themselves by taking university knowledge to where people live, work, and play.  We work at being resonsive to the needs of the people by focusing our resources on providing quality information, education, and problem-solving for real concern.  The information we provide is research-based and unbiased.

Master Gardener Training

master gardener

Are you passionate about gardening?  How about a passion for giving back to your community?  Why not combine those passions and help us engage our communities with horticulture education and outreach.  You can use your unique skills and abilities to promote and share horticulture with all those around us.

Extension Master Gardeners are a vital part of K-State Research and Extension. Donating time in return for horticultural training, Master Gardeners help our county agents meet the need for horticultural information in their communities. The means of providing this information are diverse including community projects, demonstration gardens, working garden shows, public presentations, and providing tours.

Any Kansas citizen with a passion for gardening, life-long learning, and community education can apply for the Master Gardener program.

Sessions will be held weekly beginning in September on Thursday afternoons in our Iola office.  Some sessions will be offered online via Zoom.  The training schedule can be found here.  Applications are due August 10, 2022; the registration fee is $125.

To apply, fill out this form and return it with your registration fee to the Erie office. 

If you have any questions, call Krista Harding at the Erie office: 620-244-3826, or email her: kharding@ksu.edu





For more information on these latest news items, simply click on the event title.

Chicken and Duck Incubation Class - Every Friday in July from 2 - 3:30 pm at the Iola Extension office.  Register here or with this paper form.

Buymanship Tips With Lilly Westhoff  Join Lilly on July 6, 6 - 8pm at Bids & Dibs in Fort Scott to learn more about her favorite part of 4-H!  All ages are welcome!

Southwind Showpig Clinic Join the Hurt Family when they conduct the clinic on Friday, July 8th from 7 - 8pm at the Woodson County Fairgrounds.  The clinic will cover showmanship, skin and hair, and pre-show prep.  The clinic is open to any 4-H or FFA member in the Southwind District.

Beef Show Tips for Beginners - Fairs are just around the corner, so come learn about what to bring to the fair and what you should do the day of the show!  Anyone who is just starting out in showing or looking for show tips can come July 14 to theAllen County Fairgrounds from 5 - 7pm.  Register here or with this paper form.

K-State Garden Hour - Landscape Design 101    -     A new topic is covered on a webinar the first Wednesday of each month at noon.

Next Level Photography is a mini clinic being offered at each of the Southwind District County Fairs by one of our Summer Engagement Interns, Tori White. The clinic is free and you must preregister here.

Junk DrawerRobotics is also a mini clinic being offered at each fair by Summer Engagement Intern Josie Plumlee.

Medicare Made Clear - Join this class for adults who are approaching age 65, are 65+, or considering retirment soon to learn to navigate the decision- making process for Medicare.  Classes in Yates Center and Erie or via Zoom.