As the state moves to Phase III of the COVID re-opening plan, Virginia Cooperative Extension and 4-H are resuming some in-person programming and services will continue to provide contactless and distance-based methods, such as using drop boxes for samples and pickup, phones, and virtual delivery of educational programming.
This website will provide current information on local office hours, programming, and more. We look forward to continuing to serve our community.
Information on how to get your Soil Test Kits CLICK HERE
Virginia State University (VSU) CENTERS Summer programs provide an opportunity for youth (especially urban, minority, and at-risk) to engage with VSU. They offer several programs, many of which have a STEM component. Some are free and some are offered at a cost. To learn more CLICK HERE.
Watch this video from Virginia Cooperative Extenstion and Virginia State University celebrating National Volunteer Week, 2021.
VCE Programs Meet Critical Community Needs. Find out more HERE.
Check out this Letter to the Editor of the Sun Gazette by Claudia Sturges Scott, an Extension Master Food Volunteer, urging the Arilington County Board to continue it's support and funding of Cooperative Extension programs in the County.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the nationwide extension of several waivers that allow all children to continue to receive nutritious meals this summer when schools are out of session. These flexibilities are now available through Sept. 30, 2021.
Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) connects public land-grant universities with individuals, localities, and organizations throughout the commonwealth to ensure all Virginians have access to evidence-based resources to foster safe, resilient, and healthy communities. To learn more about VCE click here.
Controlling Mosquitoes & Ticks in Your Yard Without Pesticides, Friday, May 7, 10:00 – 11:30 am. Learn pesticide-free best management practices to control mosquitoes & ticks in your yard & keep them away from you & your family. Free. RSVP HERE to receive link to participate.
Top Insect and Disease Management Strategies for Fruit Producing Trees, Friday, May 14, 10:00 – 11:30 am, ONLINE. Got fruit? Want to add some shade with edible crops to your landscaping? This class will offer you best practices for recognizing and managing the top 12 disease and insect pests that are found on our most popular home fruit trees. Free. RSVP HERE to receive link to participate.
Glencarlyn Library Garden Spring Celebration and Plant Sale. Sunday, May 16, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Come rain or shine to celebrate Spring in the Glencarlyn Library Garden! Native and locally propagated plants - including herbs, vegetables, annuals and ornamentals – from Hill House Nursery and the Library Garden will be available for sale. Honey, compost tea, hand-made pots, and t-shirts, too! We’ll be giving away free tree saplings and Extension Master Gardeners will be on site to help answer your gardening and plant selection questions. All proceeds will support care of the Glencarlyn Library Garden. Please wear your Springiest face mask and help us practice safe social distancing during the event. Free. For more information call Alyssa Ford Morel at 703-907-9318, or Elaine Mills at 703-244-7309, or email email@example.com.
Energy Bingo: Thursdays 5 - 6 pm on 5/20 & 6/17. Join us for free, fun bingo events suitable for the whole family and get tips to make your home more comfortable, information on how to reduce your energy and water bills, and ideas to protect our environment. Prizes include $25 Visa gift cards and LED light bulbs. Sponsored by Energy Masters. Register online. Each session will be conducted in English and Spanish.
Bingo de Energía: 20 de mayo y 17 de junio 5-6pm. Únase a nosotros para jugar Bingo y aprender sobre como conserva la energía de su casa. Los premios incluyen una tarjeta de regalo Visa de $ 25 y una bombilla LED. Todos los jugadores están limitados a ganar una tarjeta de regalo de $ 25 cada dos meses. Registrarse aquí.
Best Bets: Native Plants for Dry Conditions. Friday, May 21, 10:00 – 11:30 am. This class will describe the factors that lead to dry conditions in a garden and the adaptations plants have made to do well in hot, exposed sites, tolerate rain shortages, or survive in dry shade. It will introduce native trees, shrubs, perennials, ground covers, grasses, and sedges that have been found to thrive in these conditions, explain the benefits they provide to wildlife, and offer tips for growing and maintaining them. Free. RSVP HERE to receive link to participate.
Home Turf Alternatives: Converting Your Lawn into a Garden! Saturday, May 22, 11:00 – 11:45 am, Arlington Home Show & Garden Expo. Are you ready to think outside of that boxy carpet of lawn that dominates your yard? Explore alternatives to turf grass and learn manageable techniques to reduce the size of your traditional lawn. Free. The Arlington Home and Garden Expo runs on Saturday and Sunday May 23 & 23, 10:00 am – 3 pm, ONLINE only.
How to Budget for your Utility Bills (English). Tuesday, May 25th, 6-7 pm. Volunteers will present examples of common utility bills and explain elements that make up the bill. Register here.
Explicando las Facturas de Electricidad: 26 de mayo 6-7pm . Únase a un evento gratuito para aprender cómo entender sus facturas y conozca sobre ciertos programas de asistencia financiera. Registrarse aquí.