All Virginia 4-H summer camps canceled due to COVID-19

To protect the health and well-being of 4-H campers and the general public, in-person Virginia 4-H summer camps, both residential and day, are canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Anyone that has made a deposit or payment will receive a full refund. Campers and their families will be notified as we finalize the process.

The decision was made in alignment with Virginia Tech’s announcement that all summer classes must be conducted online instead of in person to help flatten the curve.

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The City of Richmond 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 City of Richmond improve their lives.

We provide education through programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, and Community Viability.



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The 4-H Embryology Project is a unique opportunity for Richmond City youth to experience first hand the incubation period and hatching of chickens.  The incubation period takes a total of 21 days from initial incubation to hatching of the chicks.  Eggs will be candled between 10-14 days into the incubation period.  Children and teachers care for the eggs until the chicks are ready to hatch.  After hatching the chicks may remain in the classroom for  a maximum of 1 week before being released back to Richmond City 4-H/ANR Extension Educator.

we are always in need of incubators to be able to offer the program in more classrooms.  If you would like to help support the program please contact Brittany Council at or Lynn Whiteside-Jones at 


Urban Gardening

This program allows youth to learn about the plant development process at is relates to the Virginia SOLs for 3rd-5th objective.  Urban Gardening provides teachers with all the materials to experience plant growth inside the classroom.   

Do you love gardening?  Do you enjoy helping others learn?  Do you feel a commitment to community service in the City of Richmond?  If so, please join us for the Master Gardener course.

Master Gardeners are trained community leaders working with individuals to increase knowledge and understanding of environmentally sound horticulture.  They seek to improve the quality of life in their communities through education.  Master Gardeners are specially trained by Virginia Cooperative Exension Agents who extend knowledge of Virginia's Land Grand Universities: Virginia Tech and Virginia State.

The City of Richmond Master Gardener training class is offered in the fall/evenings.  The next class available for enrollment will be for Fall 2020.  If you have questions about the course or becoming a Master Gardener please contact Brittany Council, 4-H Youth Development/Urban Agriculture Extension Agent at or 804-786-4150.

More Information on the program can be found HERE

Normally soil sample kits can be picked up at the Richmond City Extension offices OR any of the public libraries.  Due to the State closures that is currently not an option so we want to offer our residents an alternative:

If you want to conduct soil sampling in preparation of your garden or lawn please send an email with your mailing address to  and we will mail the kits to you.  In your email please specify how many kits you will need.

Expect a slightly longer turnaround time on the results from the Soil lab.  If you have any questions once you have received your results please contact Brittany Council 4-H/ANR agent at

Virginia Food Access Network (VFAN)

The Virginia Food Access Network (VFAN) accelerates efforts, connects partners, and shares resources to solve child hunger in Virginia and create nutritious food access for all Virginians.

Were you a 4-H member? Did you attend 4-H camp? Or maybe you were a 4-H volunteer? Identify as a 4-H alum, and represent your 4-H state:

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