The Fescue Squad

Fescue Squad is done for spring/summer season, check back in fall. For more information, email Gaylynn Johnson,; or call the VCE Hampton office at 757-727-1401.


Becoming a Master Gardener

Master Gardeners are a unique group of volunteers trained by Virginia Cooperative Extension to provide an effective network of educational gardening programs and activities to enhance their communities.

To become a Master Gardener, a training course is offered in-person or hybrid: 

The in-person course is from September 4 - November 14, 2018 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am to Noon plus 3 Saturdays; this will take place 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, training is done through online preparation and Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm - 8:00pm plus 3 Saturdays at Yorktown Library, 8500 George Washington Mem. Hwy., Yorktown.

To apply for either course, an application/questionnaire must be completed and submitted with payment of $150.00 to Virginia Cooperative Extension - Hampton office, Attention: Hampton Master Gardeners, 1919 Commerce Drive, Suite 340, Hampton, 23666.  Make checks payable to: Hampton Master Gardeners.  For more information or questions, contact VCE-Hampton Office at 757-727-1401.  

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2018 Peninsula MG Training Schedule-Hybrid FINAL.docx

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, and fall vegetable gardening.

Please contact VCE-Hampton office at 757-727-1401 or email Gaylynn Johnson at for more details or to register. 

Gardening at NHCC Flyer 2018.pdf

All kids can join 4-H, boys and girls, kids in grades K-12, in all counties in the U.S., on military bases all over the world, in cities, suburbs, small towns, in the country, and on Reservations. 4-H means to you bet active experiental learning, learning by doing, youth are leaders, youth are volunteers, and kids pick their own projects. 4-H has lots of projects: photography, technology, leadership, animals, horticulture, health, citizenship, nutrition, clothing, rocketry, woodworking, entomology, and arts and theatre. 4-H youth are cared about and feel a sense of BELONGING, influence people and events through decision-making and action-exercising INDEPENDENCE, learn skills to make positive career and life choices - a sense of MASTERY, and learn that helping others through community service is important - experiencing GENEROSITY.



The 4-H Clover means the projects are fun, kids are actively involved, there is quality curriculum, the program is educational and the leaders care about kids.

Hampton 4-H Teen Club

Hampton 4-H Teen Club focuses on citizenship, leadership, and civic engagement to foster a strong commitment to community service throughout the City of Hampton. Our club is comprised of a diverse group of youth ranging in ages 13-18. Members of the teen club are held at a high standard, and their dedication and service shines through their volunteerism in the community. The Hampton Teen Club is growing quickly and new members are always welcomed.

4-H Biotech

4-H Has Gone CSI! Youth will learn about DNA structures and DNA distractions through hands-on 3-Dimensional activities using candies and other items. Youth will acquire life skills in communication, social, problem solving and decision making planning and organizing skills.

What's Bugging You?

I spy a creepy crawler! Youth will learn the life cycle, behavior, environment and habits of harmful and beneficial insects through fun and challenging insect-based experiences. Youth will acquire life skills in problem solving and decision making, communications, applying science process skills, relating to change, planning and organizing.

Science Skill-A-Thon

Youth will learn new and exciting things about science through hands-on activities. The program is designed for youth to understand basic principles such as the concept of magnetism, electron flow, circuit design and circuit design principles.  Youth will acquire life skills in problem solving and decision making, communication, critical thinking, and teamwork.

Science Discovery Series

Weird Science!  Making science fun is the goal of this program. Youth will explore basic science and how to protect the environment through hands-on activities. Youth will acquire life skills in problem solving and decision making, communication, critical thinking, and teamwork.

4-H Lights - Camera - Action! 

Program empowers youth to communicate their ideas, exhibit their potential, and take action in their communities through engaging youth in hands- on media production and share their perspectives on the social issues that affect them. Youth will acquire life skills in problem solving and decision making, communication, cooperation, critical thinking, contributing to group effort and teamwork.

Character Counts!SM

Youth will actively participate in character building activities based on the Six Pillars of Character (Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship). Youth will acquire life skills in problem solving and decision making, communication, cooperation, accepting differences, critical thinking, self-discipline, social skills and to foster a sense of empathy and respect for others. Can visit website at: for more information.

4-H Health Rocks!

Health Rocks! ® provides health information regarding norms and consequences of youth in areas of tobacco, alcohol, and drug usage. Focuses on tips and key health messages embedded in the hands-on activities. Youth will acquire life skills in communication, responsible citizenship, self-discipline, social and healthy life styles choices.

Upcoming Events

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



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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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