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The Arlington County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is your local connection to Virginia's land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University. Through educational programs based on research and developed with input from local stakeholders, we help the people of Arlington County improve their lives. We provide education through programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, and Community Viability.

ANR programs have something for everyone interested in urban agriculture, horticulture and sustainable landscape management. We host an in-house help desk to answer your plant, insect or gardening questions and offer programs year round on various topics.

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Extension Master Gardener Help Desk

Let our Master Gardeners help with your plant, insect and other gardening / horticulture questions. Follow the help desk link to find out more about our help desk and what to bring to help us answer your questions.

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Public Education Programs

We offer a variety of programs on various topics. Please visit our public education page to see our regularly offered courses. In addition, if we have volunteers available, we can tailor a program for your group or event.  If you don’t see what you are interested listed here, please contact us.

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Between the Rows Garden Guide

Need a list of “to-dos” for your vegetable and herb gardens?

Information in this publication covers general garden design, planning, maintenance, and pest and disease detection.

View current and past Garden Guides here.

Subscribe to the Garden Guide here.

4-H is the largest youth organization in the U.S. and empowers the youth of Arlington County. 4-H is delivered by Cooperative Extension – a community of more than 100 public universities across the nation that provides experiences where young people learn by doing.

In 4-H programs, kids and teens complete hands-on projects in areas like health, science, agriculture, and civic engagement in a positive environment where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles.

Arlington County 4-H also joins Alexandria and Fairfax counties to host an overnight summer camp at the Northern Virginia 4-H Center in Front Royal, VA. The program welcomes campers ages 9-13 for a fun-filled week with the support of teen counselors ages 14-18.

Meet your 4-H Agent! 

Deborah Madden

Deborah Madden

Family and Consumer Sciences programs focus on finance, nutrition and family and human development needs of Arlington and Alexandria residents through classes offered at various public venues. Consistent with VCE's mission, our educational programs utilize research-based curricula from public university or federal government sources.

  • Aisha Salazar -  Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences

Volunteer Opportunities

Financial Education

We provide financial education to more than 6,000 Arlington and Alexandria residents each year. Our diverse programming ranges from financial simulations for school aged children to financial coaching sessions for adults.

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Nutrition Education

Our various programs help children, youth, and adults establish and maintain healthy diets to prevent chronic diseases and obesity.



Energy Efficiency Education

This award winning program trains volunteers in energy and water efficiency and conservation techniques, specifically focusing on skills for weatherizing apartment building units.


Do you have a question about Family and Consumer Sciences?

Engaging with Communities

Virginia Cooperative Extension specialists in community viability work with Extension agents, campus-based faculty, organizational partners, communities, and individuals to further opportunity and build capacity in five program areas:   

Examples of our work include training county elected officials, educating entrepreneurs, facilitating collaborative projects, supporting the growth of community food systems and local economies, enhancing agent skills and community capacity in facilitation and leadership, conducting problem-driven research, and creating publications and tools that address critical community needs.

Do you have a question about Community Viability?

Perhaps one of the Community Viability specialists below can help you. Contact a Community Viability specialist or direct a question to them using our Ask an Expert system. 

Community Viability Specialists