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! Arlington 4-H specializes in the following focus areas:  

Enviromental Education
Gardening
Financial Literacy
Cooking & Nutrition
Career Skills
Leadership
Communication

Interested in something else? With volunteer support, we are happy to create new programs to meet all youth's interests!

Explore educational activities for kids and teens while they're home from school during COVID-19.

Learn what it takes to grow a garden! Under the guidance of caring Master Gardeners, elementary students will learn to plan, plant, weed, water, and harvest a garden. Using the Junior Master Gardener curriculum, the club will investigate the wonderful world of insects, search for wildlife, discuss erosion, and discover where food comes from.

Currently, this program runs at Patrick Henry Elementary, Barrett Elementary, Carlin Springs Elementary, and Science Focus Elementary. With additional volunteers, we can expand to reach even more sites. For questions or more information about 4-H, please contact Arlington County 4-H Agent Caitlin Verdu at cverdu@vt.edu.

Play in the dirt, smell the flowers, and adventure into the great outdoors! Elementary school students are invited to join the 4-H Outdoor Explorers Club. Together the group will search for wildlife, investigate backyard habitats, embark on scavenger hunts, play nature-inspired games, and much more! This is perfect for the animal-lovers, future gardeners, or even youth who just want to get outside.

4-H strives to foster positive first experiences in nature for kids. This program is led by volunteers under the supervision of the County 4-H Agent. Currently, this program runs in the fall and spring at APS Sites, including: Randolph Extended Day, Ashlawn Extended Day, Hoffman Boston Extended Day, Abingdon Extended Day, Barcroft Extended Day, and AHC'S Ft Henry location.

With additional volunteers, we can expand to even more sites. For questions or more information about 4-H, please contact Arlington County 4-H Agent Caitlin Verdu at cverdu@vt.edu.

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Outdoor Explorers Volunteer Flyer.pdf

3rd through 5th graders are invited to join 4-H on a culinary adventure! Together we’ll investigate the food that we eat, play games to get everyone moving, and whip up some delicious and nutritious snacks. Knowledgeable Master Food Volunteers facilitate these programs, under the supervision of the County 4-H Agent.  This program runs in the winter at Randolph Extended Day, Hoffman Extended Day, and Abingdon Extended Day.

The 4-H Nature Knights club is open to all youth ages 9-15. Together the club adventures on field trips to watch birds, go fishing, learn to identify trees, walk in the woods, and much more. The club meets on Thursday evenings and weekends, under the supervision of parents and the Arlington Regional Master Naturalists. This is a classic 4-H community club open to all youth ages  9-15 year, regardless of where they go to school!

For questions or more information about 4-H, please contact Arlington County 4-H Agent Caitlin Verdu at cverdu@vt.edu.

Want your teen to learn responsible spending and saving habits? Bored by tedious worksheets and long lectures? This hands-on series combines essential financial knowledge with engaging, hands-on games and activities.

Throughout the six-week program, youth learn to distinguish financial needs from wants, manage income to pay bills on time, identify strategies to start saving, and understand how to build and manage credit. Master Financial Education Volunteers lead the activities under the supervision of the County 4-H Agent and FCS Financial Program Associate.

This program currently runs through the Argus House, Young Achievers Program, Girls Outreach Program, and Buckingham Youth Brigade. If you have a group or organization that would like to participate in this six-week course, please contact Arlington County 4-H Agent Caitlin Verdu at cverdu@vt.edu.

How do I sign up for 4-H?

We are so glad you’d like to get involved with Arlington 4-H!

Our program runs primarily through Arlington Public Schools’ Extended Day programs. To see if there’s already a program at your child’s school, you can check with your school’s Extended Day program, contact 4-H Agent Caitlin Verdu at cverdu@vt.edu. You can also check out our 4-H Afterschool Programming page for more information on our current offerings.

If your child is not enrolled in Extended Day, or you don’t have a program at your school, don’t worry. You can still get involved with Arlington 4-H. Here are three other ways to get started:

#1: Nature Knights Club

The 4-H Nature Knights club is open to all youth ages 9-15. Together the club adventures on field trips to watch birds, go fishing, learn to identify trees, walk in the woods, and much more. The club meets on weekday evenings and weekends, under the supervision of parents and the Arlington Regional Master Naturalists. This is a classic 4-H community club open to all youth ages 9-17, regardless of where they go to school. To sign up for information on this club, please email 4-H Agent Caitlin Verdu at cverdu@vt.edu.

*Note: this club has paused meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

#2: 4-H Summer Camp

Our annual Summer Camp is a great introduction to 4-H. We spend 5 days, 4 nights at the NOVA 4-H Center, in Front Royal, Virginia. Youth 9-13 can attend as campers, and teens 14-18 may apply to serve as Teen Counselors. For the latest information on 4-H Camp, follow this link to the 4-H Camp webpage.

We are still working on plans for summer 2021. If we are not able to safely camp in person, we will have a virtual option available.

#3: I’m Looking for Something Else

If there isn’t an existing program that meets your needs, Arlington 4-H is always happy to work with you to create something new!

Requirements to start a new club:

·         2 Adult Volunteer Leaders willing to be trained and pass a background check

·         5 Youth Members from at least two families

Still have a question? Please contact 4-H Agent Caitlin Verdu at cverdu@vt.edu for more information.

How do I sign up for 4-H?

We are so glad you’d like to get involved with Arlington 4-H!

Our program runs primarily through Arlington Public Schools’ Extended Day programs. To see if there’s already a program at your child’s school, you can check with your school’s Extended Day program, contact 4-H Agent Caitlin Verdu at cverdu@vt.edu. You can also check out our 4-H Afterschool Programming page for more information on our current offerings.

If your child is not enrolled in Extended Day, or you don’t have a program at your school, don’t worry. You can still get involved with Arlington 4-H. Here are three other ways to get started:

#1: Nature Knights Club

The 4-H Nature Knights club is open to all youth ages 9-15. Together the club adventures on field trips to watch birds, go fishing, learn to identify trees, walk in the woods, and much more. The club meets on weekday evenings and weekends, under the supervision of parents and the Arlington Regional Master Naturalists. This is a classic 4-H community club open to all youth ages 9-17, regardless of where they go to school. To sign up for information on this club, please email 4-H Agent Caitlin Verdu at cverdu@vt.edu.

*Note: this club has paused meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

#2: 4-H Summer Camp

Our annual Summer Camp is a great introduction to 4-H. We spend 5 days, 4 nights at the NOVA 4-H Center, in Front Royal, Virginia. Youth 9-13 can attend as campers, and teens 14-18 may apply to serve as Teen Counselors. For the latest information on 4-H Camp, follow this link to the 4-H Camp webpage.

We are still working on plans for summer 2021. If we are not able to safely camp in person, we will have a virtual option available.

#3: I’m Looking for Something Else

If there isn’t an existing program that meets your needs, Arlington 4-H is always happy to work with you to create something new!

Requirements to start a new club:

·         2 Adult Volunteer Leaders willing to be trained and pass a background check

·         5 Youth Members from at least two families

Still have a question? Please contact 4-H Agent Caitlin Verdu at cverdu@vt.edu for more information.