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.

What's New

The Arlington Connection Newspaper recently reported on our 2020 Virginia Cooperative Extension Showcase. Read the article here.

The Sun Gazette recently reported on our 2020 Virginia Cooperative Extension Showcase.  Read the article here.

The Extension Master Gardener Help Desk is operating daily. Please send all gardening questions via email. Volunteers are checking daily & responding in a timely manner. Good pictures are a necessity for the best possible answers.

Virtual Financial Simulations for Teens! If you are interested in a Virtual Reality Storelet us know by filling out this form! These classes are a great supplement to lessons on finance and money. VCE can also add a short lesson prior to the activity. Each activity can last 1.5-2 hours. Great for homeschoolers, after school programs, nonprofits working with kids, and youth groups as well!

Check out the 4-H Healthy Living Activity Guide! Try one or all 30 of these fun, skill-building activities to help your kid live a healthy life.

The application period for the Spring 2021 Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program has closed. You can find additional information about the program at https://mgnv.org/about/become-a-master-gardener/.

Looking for online education options? Virginia Cooperative Extension now has a Public Program Calendar with free events & training from around the state.

Public Asked To Report Receipt of any Unsolicited Packages of Seeds
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has been notified that Virginia residents have received unsolicited packages containing seeds  from China. Please do not plant these seeds. VDACS encourages anyone who has received unsolicited seeds in the mail to contact the Office of Plant Industry Services (OPIS) through the ReportAPest@vdacs.virginia.gov email.

Sustainable Landscaping Basics, Friday, January 15, 10-1130 am. Join Extension Master Gardener Amy Crumpton as she discusses how the principles of sustainability, together with an understanding of conservation techniques and ecological gardening methods, can inform your landscape design decisions and provide achievable structure to the management of your yard. RSVP HERE to receive link to participate.

Nutrition Tips for a Happy & Healthy New Year: Root Vegetables, Friday, January 15 from 11am-12pm. Free to attend but must be an Arlington 55+ member to sign up. 

Warming Up in the Winter, Thursday, January 21 from 6:30-7:30pm. Join Energy Masters & learn how to keep your space comfortable & warm in the winter while also managing your utility bills. Learn about financial assistance programs as well. Register for the Zoom talk here.

Edible Landscaping, Friday, January 22, 10-11:30 am. Come learn the art of edible landscaping that mixes ornamentals, herbs, greens, and vegetables. Extension Master Gardener Alyssa Ford Morel will present easy techniques and inspiration for turning your yard into a delightful and delicious oasis! RSVP HERE to receive link to participate.

Small Steps to Health and Wealth, Friday, January 22 from 11am-12pm, VCE's Master Financial Education Volunteers will offer 25 strategies for improving both your physical & financial health. Free to attend but must be an Arlington 55+ member to sign up.   

Nutrition Tips for a Happy & Healthy New Year: Winter Greens, Thursday, January 28 from 11am-12pm, Join VCE Master Food Volunteers for a tasty & healthy cooking demonstration to kick off the new year! Free to attend but must be an Arlington 55+ member to sign up.  

Small Steps To Health and WealthThursday, January 28 from 1-2pm, Open to all. VCE's Master Financial Education Volunteers will offer 25 strategies for improving both your physical & financial health. A great program to tie to new year's resolutions. Register here.

Environmental Trivia, Thursday Jan. 28 6:30-8pm, Learn how to reduce wasted water, energy, & your environmental impact through an online trivia game with Energy Masters! Register here for the Zoom details.

Native Spring Ephemerals, Friday, January 29, 10-1130 am. While they bloom for only a short time, ephemerals such as Bloodroot, Trout Lily, and Virginia Bluebells can add beauty to the home garden in spring while providing critical support to early-emerging pollinators. Join Extension Master Gardener Elaine Mills to learn about fifteen ephemeral species native to our region with details on where to see them, where to buy them, and how to care for them. RSVP HERE to receive link to participate.