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Welcome to Benton-Franklin County Extension

Upcoming Events

Planting Dahlias

Don’t be afraid of the Dahlia anymore!  Come learn about how to successfully prepare the soil and plant dahlia tubers that will grow into majestic summertime blooms.

We would appreciate your signing up for the class to give us and estimate of numbers. We will send you a reminder. If you are not able to sign up you are still welcome to attend.

Planting Dahlias

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YQCA Training
About YQCA

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is a national multi-species quality assurance program for youth ages 8 to 21.  This program will be replacing the PQA program and will be required annually for all food-producing animals.  The online program requires the passing of a series of three quizzes to earn certification.  The in-person training costs $3 and the online version costs $12.  Members must sign up prior to attending the training.

Signing Up

Youth must be ACTIVE in 4HOnline to sign up for YQCA using 4HOnline login credentials.  For instructions on how to sign up, please click here:  Getting Your YQCA Instructor Led Training Certification

Next Trainings
  • April 29, 2019, 6:00pm, Kennewick Extension Office, Classrooms 1&2
  • For more YQCA training dates, please contact the Franklin County Extension Office by calling 509-545-3511.


MG Annual Plant Sale 2019

Come and get your plants starts at our Plant Sale.   The proceeds from the sale  support your local Master Gardener Program.  We provide quality plants started right from knowledgeable Master Gardeners.  Purchasing plants from us also helps in keeping the Demonstration Garden healthy and enjoyable for our community.  Come visit us on May 3rd and 4th and buy some plants for your flower and food gardens!

MG Annual Plant Sale 2019

Come and get your plants while supporting your local Master Gardener Program.  By buying plants from us you not only get quality but you also help in keeping the demonstration garden healthy and enjoyable.  You also help spread the proper gardening education that the Master Gardeners deliver to your community!  So on May 3rd and 4th come out and buy some plants!

2019 Benton-Franklin 4-H Camp

Kick start your summer the best way possible… attend 4-H Camp!


 WHAT:   Benton-Franklin 4-H Camp

 WHEN:   June 11-16, 2019 (June10th for Counselors, Volunteers)

 WHERE:   Camp Wooten Environmental Learning Center (on the Tucannon River outside of Dayton, WA)


  • Campers – Kids age 8-13
  • Counselors in Training (CITs) – Teens age 14-15
  • Counselors – Teens age 16-18
  • Adult Volunteers – Adults age 21+

* Age is determined by June 1st of 2019 (different than normal 4-H participant age)


Campers are placed into cabins with other campers of a similar age and at least one counselor and one CIT. Camp is themed, and every cabin has an individual theme as well. Everyone gets to go to eight different classes during the week. Classes include archery, canoeing, hiking, and more! Everyone can show off their acting skills during cabin skits on campfire night, and show off their dance moves at the themed camp dances. We eat a lot of good food, and there is time for swimming, kickball, and other activities. Camp can be one of the best experiences of being a kid- don’t miss out… it is A LOT of fun!!!


  • $200 for Campers and CIT’s. 
  • FREE for Counselors and Adult Volunteers. 
  • Adult Volunteers get one (1) child admitted free.  Any family sending three (3) or more children get $50 off of their total cost! 
  • Check or cash only. 
  • Scholarships also available.
Print the 2019 Camp Registration flyer



This year we will be doing 4-H Camp Registration thru 4HOnline  We know that this registration can be a little tricky, so we’ve created some short YouTube videos to help you navigate the 4-H Camp registration process.  Access the videos on our YouTube channel here or search for “Benton-Franklin 4-H WSU”.

  • For camper registration, watch this video
  • For Counselor in Training (CIT) registration, watch this video
  • For Counselor application, watch this video
  • For families that have a 4HOnline profile, but the youth is NOT participating as a member in traditional year-round 4-H Club programming this year, watch this video
  • For youth in families that do NOT have a 4HOnline profile, watch this video
  • For Adult Volunteers, click here.  *Adult Volunteers are chosen through an application process, and are selected based on need/numbers at camp.



*We realize that we overlap with most of the area schools. This is unfortunate, however, these dates were reserved over 18 months ago, and we are locked in to that 2nd full week in June. Please understand that while it is not our intent for youth to have to choose between attending  school and attending camp, we truly believe in the value of our outdoor experiential education throughout camp that focuses on life skills and accepting differences. This is an experience you will not get anywhere else.

If you have questions, aren’t sure about what to expect, never let your kid go to camp before, need more information about the hands-on classes and AMAZING experience, etc, etc, etc…. PLEASE do not hesitate to call the Camp Director, Dan Kinion, 509-302-8658 or the Pasco WSU Extension Office at 509-545-3511. We are steadily growing up 4-H Camp, and have had super successful camps in recent years!

Let this week be the best one of the summer!

Extending Knowledge.  Changing Lives.

Washington State University Extension of Benton and Franklin Counties connects area residents to the research and knowledge bases of the state’s land grant research university, providing solutions to local problems and stimulating local economies. Our county-based educators work with partners in your communities to provide educational programs and leverage the broad resources of a major university to resolve issues and create a positive future for the residents of Benton and Franklin Counties.

Learn from the Experts

Our local programs include agriculture and natural resources, 4-H youth, gardening and community horticulture, and food safety and preservation. In addition, Washington State University provides a broad range of consumer publications, online educational opportunities, and other statewide educational programs and technical assistance from four research and extension centers and 11 colleges.

Benton County – Kennewick
(Gardening, Horticulture,
Food Preservation, Animal Science)

7102 W. Okanogan Place, Suite 102
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 735-3551
Hours: Monday – Friday | 8am – 4pm
Benton County – Prosser  
(Commerical Tree Fruit, Grapes and Small Fruit)

1121 Dudley Ave
Prosser, WA 99350-1320
(509) 786-5609
Hours: Monday – Thursday | 9am – 3pm
Franklin County
(4-H, Family, Forage and Commercial Vegetables) 

404 W. Clark
Pasco, WA 99301
(509) 545-3511
Hours: Monday – Friday | 8:30am – 5:00pm
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