Nicole Walker - Extension Director and 4-H Youth/Community Development

Brief Description of Programs

4-H kids represent the best of our nation's future leaders, community members, and workforce. Based on the Experiential Learning Model, kids and youth ages 5-18 explore their own interests and grow in their senses of Belonging, Mastery, Generosity, and Independence. 4-H members have the opportunity to learn and develop essential life skills through numerous project areas; make new friends through 4-H meetings, events, camps and other activities; develop leadership and public speaking skills; and explore subjects that may lead to future careers.

Community Development in Extension is the business of providing support to people and communities for active participation in creating a meaningful future and dealing with community issues. Programs in this area include facilitation, assisting communities with non-profit organization formation, hosting discussions, particularly for tense or difficult topics, and leadership training for community members.

Educational Background

  • Master of Public Administration, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, 2008
  • Bachelor of Arts, English, Business and Technical Writing, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, 1998


  • December 2009-Present
    County Extension Director and 4-H/Communities
    UF/IFAS Extension Polk County
  • November 1999-┬áNovember 2009
    4-H Youth Development Extension Agent,
    UF/IFAS Extension Polk County
  • 1998-1999
    AmeriCorps Public Allies Delaware
    New Castle County Cooperative Extension (DE)
    4-H Program Assistant, Urban Programs and Marketing

Honors and Awards

  • National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Distinguished Service Award, 2009
  • National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Achievement in Service Award, 2006
  • Florida Association of Extension 4-H Agents Rookies of the Year Award, 2003
  • Healthy Start Coalition of Hardee, Highlands and Polk Counties, Inc. HERO Award, 2003



Contact Information

Nicole A. Walker
Extension Agent II

UF/IFAS Extension Polk County
PO Box 9005, Drawer HS03
1702 Hwy 1 South
Bartow, FL 33831-9005
(863) 519-1045
FAX (863) 534-0001