The Virginia Master Naturalist Program is a statewide corps of volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities. The Peninsula Chapter, which serves Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson and the lower half of York County, was of four new chapters formed last year under the direction of the program's statewide committees. A local coordinating committee of eight dedicated amateur naturalists has been working since March 2008 to create a curriculum, line up instructors and organize the structure of the local chapter. The presence of this program on the Peninsula will provide a new corps of volunteers for the agencies and organizations that manage our local natural resources and provide a valuable educational resource to the community.

Are you aware of the Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners (VCE-MGs)? Master Gardeners are Virginia Cooperative Extension volunteers that aid in bringing the resources of Virginia's land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, to the people of the commonwealth. VCE-MGs are dedicated to working with the community to encourage and promote environmentally sound horticulture practices through sustainable landscape management and educational programs. The Hampton Master Gardeners maintain a Help Desk to answer questions about plants, insects and environmental issues. In addition, they conduct classes and workshops on topics appropriate to the season. Some examples are pruning in late winter, vegetables in the spring, lawns in spring and fall, and bulbs in the autumn. Hampton Master Gardeners also maintain a Demonstration Garden at Blue Bird Gap Farm and recently have partnered with the Parks and Recreation Department and the Clean City Commission to establish an Arboretum.

The Hampton Gardener Newsletter

  • January 2017 - by ANR/Horticulture Extension Agent, Gaylynn Johnson

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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.

4-H

HEAD, HEART, HANDS, HEALTH

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: http://charactercounts.org/ 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

2017 Junior 4-H Camp

When: July 24-28, 2017

Where: Jamestown 4-H Educational Center

Who: Boys & Girls Ages: 9-13 (Must be 9 years old by September 30, 2017)

Cost: Early Bird Fee - $240.00, Regular Fee - $260.00

2017 Junior 4-H Camp Flyer and Registration

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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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