The City of Hampton 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 Hampton improve their lives.  We provide education through programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, and Community Viability.



VCE-Hampton City Office Staff
VCE-Hampton City Office Staff

What's New  

Jamestown 4-H Educational Center

3751 4-H Club Road

Williamsburg, VA 23185 

Family Fun Day and Open House

Sunday, June 3, 2018

1:00pm - 4:00pm

Admission is Free and Open to the Public.  

Bring your family and spend the afternoon along the shores of the James River!  Our staff and volunteers will provide an afternoon of fun for the whole family come rain or shine! This is a great opportunity to come out and play and to learn more about summer and year-round programs:  4-H Junior Summer Camp, 4-H Specialty Camps, Jimmy James Adventure Day Camp, Operation Purple Camps.

Will have available archery, fishing, nature and wildlife, arts and crafts, marshmallow roasting, face painting, carnival games and activites for children of all ages; food will be available for purchase. 


2018 Commercial Pesticide Applicator Recertification Classes offered in Hampton Roads area:

Chesapeake/Portsmouth - June 6, 2018 , Portsmouth Moose Lodge 898, 1400 N. George Washington Hwy N Chesapeake, VA 23323 

For general questions of the classes, contact Gaylynn Johnson, Associate ANR/Horticulture Extension Agent at VCE-Hampton City office at 757-727-1401. 

2018 Virginia 4-H State Congress

June 25-28, 2018

Campus of Virginia Tech University

Fees: $220.00 plus additional transportation fee

Deadline to register (complete all required forms with fees) is May 11, 2018. 

This event is for youth ages: 14 to 18 years old.  The mission of Virginia 4-H State Congress is to provide competitive and non-competitive educational experiences to Virginia teens and the adults who work with them, helping them to develop life skills and leadership abilities to become contributing citizens in their communities.  Some of the goals of Virginia 4-H State Congress are to enhance skills development through all 4-H Congress activities including the Great Summer Showcase, Service Learning and Competitions; promote an understanding of the value of diversity among Congress participants; and enhance delegate's (teen's) sense of personal and social responsibility through an environment that fosters independence, accountability, decision-making and time management. 

2018 Junior 4-H Camp

When: July 23-27, 2018

Where: Jamestown 4-H Educational Center

Who: Boys & Girls Ages: 9-13 (Must be 9 years old by September 30, 2018)

Cost: Early Bird Fee - $240.00, Regular Fee - $260.00; includes lodging, t-shirt, transportation, and evening programs 

Volunteers Screening Guidelines

Volunteer screening supports the process of educating volunteer applicants about Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and creates the opportunity to allow faculty and staff to learn more about the interests of the volunteer applicant. The screening process also helps to protect the well-being of Virginia Cooperative Extension programs, its participants, and volunteers.

Volunteers Screening Guidelines Brochure

Horticulture Help-Line

Hampton Master Gardeners are available on the following days & times to answer any type of lawn, garden, or plant questions you may have.

  • Tuesdays (every other) 9:00am to 11:30am and 1:30pm to 4:00pm

  • Thursdays (every other) 9:00am to 11:30am and 1:30pm to 4:00pm

Please contact our VCE-Hampton office at 757-727-1401.

VCE State Master Gardener website

Hampton Master Gardeners website

The Fescue Squad

Fescue Squad is done for the spring/summer season; check back in the fall. 

Is your lawn in need of a little TLC?  Spending $$$ on fertilizers and seeing no improvements to  your lawn?  Or maybe you want to have a more "Bay Friendly" lawn?

Let the Fescuers come to the rescue!

Members of the Fescue Squad are trained Extension Master Gardener volunteers, who perform lawn assessments for Hampton homeowners.  We do all the sampling and provide you with a personalized report that offers recommendations on: lime and fertilizer applications, aeration and soil compaction, proper mowing height, and pest management, if applicable.

The program cost is $30.00 and includes one soil sample.  Additional soil samples are $10.00.  We are scheduling home visits for Wednesdays in April and May 2018!  For more information, email Gaylynn Johnson,, or call the VCE Hampton office at 757-727-1401.  

Becoming a Master Gardener

Application Deadline - August 1, 2018

To become a Master Gardener,  an individual will need to complete and submit an application/ questionnaire  with payment of $150.00 to Virginia Cooperative Extension - Hampton Office, Attention: Hampton Master Gardeners, 1919 Commerce Drive, Suite 340, Hampton, VA 23666.  Make checks payable to: Hampton Master Gardeners.

This training course is offered in-person or hybrid:

The in-person course is from September 4 - November 14, 2018 (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am to Noon plus 3 Saturdays) at VT/UVA HR Center (Oyster Point), 600 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Suite 210, Newport News.

 The hybrid course is from August 15 - November 14, 2018 (online preparation and Wednesday evening classes 6:30pm - 8:00pm plus 3 Saturdays) at Yorktown Library, 8500 George Washington Mem. Hwy., Yorktown.

Master Gardeners are volunteers who assist their local Cooperative Extension Offices in educating the public in general gardeneing practices as well as the proper use of pesticides and fertilizers.  To become a Master Gardener, an individual must complete 50 hours of horticulture instruction and return an equal number of hours  as a Master Gardener volunteer.  For more information, contact VCE-Hampton Office at 757-727-1401.

Vegetable Gardening 101

Dates: April 16, May 7, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, and October 8, 2018

Time: 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: North Phoebus Community Center, 249 West Chamberlain Ave., Hampton, VA 23663 

Join Hampton Extension Master Gardener, Stephen Bowles, in the vegetable garden this season.  Learn the basics of vegetable gardening in Hampton Roads, from planting to harvest, through this beginner's workshop series.  Topics will include: pest management, fertilizing, succession planting, harvesting, fall vegetable gardening.

Please contact VCE-Hampton office at 757-727-1401 or email ANR/Hort Extension Agent, Gaylynn Johnson, at for more details or to register.