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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VCE Horticulture 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

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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4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills.

Arlington County 4-H is a rapidly growing program providing youth ages 5-18 with opportunities to engage in hands-on learning experiences through community-based and school-based clubs, camps, educational contests, and more, all under the guidance of adult volunteers trained by 4-H Agents.

Many people associate 4-H with farms and livestock; while the program has its roots in rural development, it has evolved along with our nation to meet the needs of urban communities, too! 4-H youth can learn about topics and gain mastery in any of the following focus areas:

  • Leadership & Personal Development
  • Environmental Education & Natural Resources
  • Communications & Expressive Arts
  • Jobs, Careers, & Economics
  • Family Consumer Sciences
  • Science & Technology
  • Plant & Soil Science
  • Health, Nutrition & Wellness
  • Citizenship
  • Animal Sciences

The mission of 4-H is to empower youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults. 4-Hers are innovative problem-solvers, team players, and community-builders; 4-H alumni are leaders, role models, and active participants in civic life.

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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.

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 weatherization techniques, specifically focusing on skills for weatherizing apartment building units.


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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.

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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 Expertsystem. 

Community Viability Specialists