2013 Pond Workshop
Cumberland Extension Office is offering a FREE pond management workshop on Thursday, May 30, 2013 from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon. It will be held at a pond off of Cooks Road located at the southern end of the Cumberland County. Learn more about pond maintenance, pond construction, cage aquaculture, pond weeds, water quality, fish species, private owner rights, enforcement laws and other helpful pond management tips. Feel free to bring a pond water sample for analysis and/or weed sample to identify and receive recommendations. The featured speakers will be Dr. David Crosby and Dr. Brian Nerrie from Virginia State University and Jessica Wherley from the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries..
Please pre-register by calling the Cumberland Extension Office at 804-492-4390 or email email@example.com. After registration, you will be given the specific directions to the pond where workshop will be held. There will be a 6 person minimum to hold the workshop.
Please click the link below to view the flyer for more details:
2013 Pond Workshop Flyer (PDF | 156KB)
2013 Summer Cloverbud Camp
Cumberland 4-H is now taking registrations for the 2013 4-H Summer Cloverbud Camp. It is scheduled for June 14-16 at Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center and is for children five to eight years old (as of September 30, 2012). The theme is "Out of this World" and is a great place to learn new things, meet new friends, and experience lots of fun! The early bird fee is $85 per person if registered by May 17th and $95 per person if registered after May 17th. Camp fees cover all programming fees, meals, and lodging. The final registration deadline is May 31, 2013.
Please contact the Cumberland Extension Office to register for camp by calling 804-492-4390 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't delay as space is limited.
Please click on the link below to view the camp brochure:
2013 Summer Cloverbud Camp (PDF | 311KB)
2013 Wildlife Detective Day Camp
4-H Wildlife Detective Day Camp will be held June 25-28 at Bear Creek Lake State Park for Cumberland youth ages 9-13. The cost is $25 which includes all admission fees. Become a wildlife detective by discovering the secrets of nature from the CLUES left behind. Special activities include swimming, canoeing, bird walk, looking for macro-invertebrates, snake snoop, ARK animal rescue presentation, cookout, and much more. Campers will be dropped off every morning at 8:30 am and picked up every afternoon at 3:00 pm at the Bear Creek Lake Pavilion.
Please pre-register with the Cumberland Extension Office by calling 804-492-4390 or email email@example.com as camp is limited to 25 participants. Registration deadline is June 10, 2013.
Please click the link below to view the brochure for more details:
2013 Wildlife Detective Day Camp (PDF | 478KB)
Join a Cumberland 4-H Club Now!
Are you looking for something fun and worthwhile for your child? Cumberland County has a Cloverbud Club for ages 5-8, a shooting club, a horse club and a livestock club for your child to join.
Please see the link below for more information about these Cumberland 4-H Clubs:
Cumberland 4H Clubs (PDF | 297KB)
Central Piedmont Master Naturalists
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. Interested Virginians become Master Naturalists through training and volunteer service.
Who Can Participate?
People who are curious about nature, enjoy the outdoors, and want to be a part of natural resource management and conservation in Virginia are perfect candidates to become Virginia Master Naturalists. It is open to all adults regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status.
Virginia Master Naturalists are volunteer educators, citizen scientists, and stewards helping Virginia conserve and manage natural resources and public lands. The process for becoming a certified Virginia Master Naturalist typically takes 6 to 12 months. One starts by completing a 40-hour basic training course offered by a local chapter of the program. An additional 8 hours of advanced training are also required. An important part of the certification process is the required 40 hours of volunteer service.
Chapters are in development across Virginia. In an area where there is no existing chapter, several interested people and an advisor from a sponsoring agency can start their own.
Click here to view the Central Piedmont Master Naturalist website
Heart of Virginia Master Gardeners
What is a Master Gardener?
Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners are a unique group of volunteers who work under the guidance of VCE to provide unbiased, research-based, environmentally sound horticulture information to the public.
How Do I Become a Master Gardener?
Master Gardener Trainees complete 50 hours of classroom instruction in subjects such as basic botany; soils & fertilizers; plant propagation; diagnosing plant damage; pesticide use & safety; trees & shrubs; lawn & turf management; pruning; landscape design; water quality; and organic practices. After the classroom instruction has been satisfactorily completed, the trainee becomes a Master Gardener Intern. Interns are required to volunteer an additional 50 hours during their first year before becoming an official VCE Master Gardener. Active Master Gardeners must receive an additional 8 hours of advanced training and volunteer at least 20 hours each year to remain a VCE Master Gardener.
Click here to view the Heart of Virginia Master Gardener website