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The York County/City of Poquoson 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 York County and the City of Poquoson improve the quality of their lives.

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

What's New 

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2019 York-Poquoson 4-H Junior Summer Camp

4-H Junior Summer Camp will be held August 5 - 9, 2019. 
Registration for Campers will begin on March 9, 2019 at 9:00am.  Please read the instructions carefully on how to register. 

       Click here for detailed information about 
                               2019 4-H Junior Summer Camp


       Click here for  MALE CAMPER REGISTRATION

York County Community Garden

The York County Community Garden is located at the McReynolds Sports Complex, 4311 George Washington Mem. Hwy., in Grafton and are rented to York County residents only. 

Click here to view the Garden Rules
Click here to email the Coordinator for more information. 

4-H Peer Teacher Program

Teens, age 13-16 can learn to be a historical interpreter at a living history museum! The 4-H Peer Teacher Program is operated in conjunction with the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. It provides countless opportunities for teens to gain skills in public speaking and interacting with museum visitors from around the globe. Youth gain skills in certain trades demonstrated at any of the five interpretive sites, and enjoy an amazing opportunity to share their love of history.

Teens from Gloucester, York/Poquoson and James City County ages 13-16 are eligible to participate in this program. Eligible teens must submit an application to Gloucester 4-H and complete an in-person interview to be scheduled at Yorktown or Jamestown. Selected youth will attend two days of orientation, and will then be assigned to one of five interpretive sites (based on their preferences) for training. Sites include: At the Jamestown Settlement: Powhatan Indian Village, The Ships, and James Fort; At the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown: Military Encampment and 1780s Farm.

Youth will spend five days training alongside a costumed interpreter to master one station within their site (it could be knots for example on the ships). Upon completion of the training sessions and successful mastery of the station, youth may be asked to continue volunteering for the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation as a costumed interpreter. They would be expected to volunteer at least 8 hours per month during the school year and 16 hours per month during the summer.   4-H Peer Teacher Application

The application deadline is March 22, 2019. 
Contact Krista Gustafson, 4-H Agent, Gloucester County at kgustafson@vt.edu 804-693-2602 for more information.

Healthy Virginia Lawns Program

Register now for the Healthy Virginia Lawns program with visits to begin in March!  This program is designed to assist York County and Poquoson residents with taking care of their lawn in an economic and environmentally sound manner.  For $20 York/Poquoson Master Gardeners will:

  • Visit your site
  • Measure your yard
  • Take a soil sample to be analyzed by Virginia Tech
  • Provide you with CUSTOMIZED feedback for your yard and your situation
  • Answer any questions you may have about your turf      

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact the York/Poquoson Extension office at
757-890-4940 to register for this program.  

Virginia Commercial Pesticide Applicator Re-Certification

For Categories 3a, 3b, 10, 60
Date:  April 5, 2019                    9am - 1:30pm
Location:  City of Virginia Beach Dept. of Public Utilities, 3500 Dam Neck Rd., Virginia Beach
Application (PDF)

Peninsula Master Gardener Training Course 

Master Gardeners are a vital resource to the York County/Poquoson Extension Horticultural Program. These volunteers teach classes, answer horticultural inquiries, present programs, and diagnose plant diseases. Master Gardeners extend the resources of the land-grant university through their volunteer efforts.

The Peninsula Offices of Virginia Cooperative Extension are sponsoring the 2019 Master Gardener training.  Participants in the program attend all classes and will receive a minimum of 50-60 hours of horticultural information.

Upon graduation, the participant will return 50 hours of service to Virginia Cooperative Extension, through answering the phone, conducting educational programs, leading a team, support positions and many other areas.  Classes cover some of the following topics:

  • Insects
  • Lawns
  • Pruning
  • Shrubs 
  • Soils
  • Trees
  • Vegetables

The fee for this course for 2019 is $150 if paid by June 1st and $160 after that date with a deadline of August 1st.  Fees associated with this course will cover handbook, a background check and other materials.  (Please note the background check fee of $10 is non-refundable.)

An individual may take the In-person course or the Hybrid training course:

Day Training Course

  • September 3  to November 13, 2019
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am to Noon + 3 Saturdays
  • Location TBD

  NightTraining Course

  • August 14 to November 13, 2019
  • Online preparation + Wednesday evening classes 6:15-7:45pm + 3 Saturdays
  • Courthouse Way Community Center
    14302 Old Courthouse Way, Newport News

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.

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