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Alabama 4-H Center

Step away from the hustle and bustle to our full-service conference facility nestled on nearly 200 acres of lush woodlands on Lay Lake in Columbiana.

Nature has been for me, for as long as I remember, a source of solace, inspiration, adventure, and delight; a home, a teacher, a companion.

—Lorraine Anderson


Our newly expanded and renovated center can host your group for a day, a weekend, or a week. We offer a variety of lodging and meeting facility options and delicious on-site catering.

  • A beautiful natural environment with the finest in Southern hospitality.
  • Comfortable accommodations: 51 hotel rooms, 30 dorm rooms that will sleep a total of 120 people, and 5 cottages that will sleep a total of 65.
  • Exquisite event spaces to meet your group’s needs.
  • LCD or monitors for presentations available in each space. Some areas have wireless connectivity through Zoom.
  • Full-service meal and break catering for group events.

Your event helps us support 4-H youth programs in every Alabama county.

Corporate Events

Let us help you strengthen your team! Escape daily routines. Get away from it all to get back to business. We offer a variety of meeting spaces to meet your needs.

  • Conferences
  • Workshops
  • Seminars
  • Retreats
  • 51 hotel rooms
  • Executive dining room
  • Team building

Auditorium and Seminar Rooms offer gorgeous treetop views.

The Hospitality Room provides the perfect small meeting space with a cozy, personal atmosphere.

Special Events

Full-service audiovisual capabilities (complimentary wireless Internet access, LCD projectors, touch screen monitor, Zoom capabilities, microphone in some meeting spaces)

A Stunning Location

  • Weddings
  • Parties
  • Receptions
  • Reunions
  • Rehearsal Dinners

Say “I do” at the venue that makes your dreams come true!

Youth Groups

Whether you are looking for a relaxing getaway or an exciting adventure, the Alabama 4-H Center is the place for you.

Recreational activities (archery, canoeing, climbing wall, clover hop, corn hole, giant swing, hiking, horseshoes, kayaking, paddleboards, putt-putt golf, swimming)

Leading the Way. Team-building courses promote trust, performance, and character. Perfect for retreats, religious groups, adventure camps, and much more.

Alabama 4-H Science School

Approximately 23,500 young people each year hear amazing animal stories and explore the environment at the Alabama 4-H Science School.

Hands-on experiential learning at its best.

All environmental classes are correlated to the Alabama Course of Study by grade level.

Map that shows the 4-H CenterMore Information

The Alabama 4-H Center is centrally located between I-65 and Alabama Hwy 280 along beautiful Lay Lake. Birmingham is only a 45-minute drive away, Montgomery 1 hour, Tuscaloosa 11⁄2 hours, and Auburn 13⁄4 hours.

Alabama 4-H Center

  • 892 4-H Road
  • Columbiana, AL 35051
  • (205) 669-4241
  • Email: ala4h@aces.edu
  • Alabama4HCenter.org

Kristy Abrams, Director, Alabama 4-H Center

Revised November 2021, The Alabama 4-H Center – The Center Of It All, YEX-0062

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