Virginia Cooperative Extension Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act
Join Virginia Cooperative Extension as it celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, which officially established the National Cooperative Extension System. Activities are being planned throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia to commemorate the centennial in 2014. Events will be held in local communities, recognition of our Extension volunteers, and even a Virginia Cooperative Extension Day on May 8! Check this site frequently for periodic centennial updates and articles about Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and events.
2014 Cumberland 4H Jr Camp
When: June 9-13, 2014
Where: Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center in Appomattox, VA
For: Youth ages 9-13
While at camp, youth attend four classes of their choosing. Examples include archery, riflery, canoeing, cooking, crafts, fishing, nature, journalism, photography, swimming, theater, low/high ropes, games, etc. Campers stay in cabins with 10 other youth as well as trained teen and adult volunteers. Campers are able to request a roommate. The theme this year is “The 4-H Games” and certain evening programs and other activities will focus on this theme.
The cost for 4-H Camp is $190 which includes meals, lodging, transportation, t-shirt and all class fees. Registration deadline is May 2nd, but register as soon as possible as camp fills quickly. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify but that deadline is April 18th so please contact the office as soon as possible so you have a chance to complete the form and get it back to the office in time. Also, Cumberland 4-H has additional scholarship money that is open to youth who have never been to Jr. Camp. In order to qualify, you must fill out a confidential financial form as well. Please don’t miss out of this great opportunity. Sign up to be a part of 4-H Jr. Camp!
Please click on the link below to view the camp brochure:
2014 Jr. Camp brochure (PDF | 480KB)
Please click on the link below to access the camp financial assistance form if needed:
2014 Jr. Camp financial assistance form (PDF | 473KB)
2014 Summer Cloverbud Camp
Show off your animal side at 4-H Summer Cloverbud Camp being held June 13-15, 2014 at Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center. This camp is open to youth ages 5-8 from across Holiday Lake's nineteen county service area. This camp helps introduce the youth to the camping experience. Camp is limited to 60 boys and 60 girls so don't delay. The cost is $85 per camper if registered before May 16th and $95 after that point. This fee covers lodging, meals, a t-shirt, and all camp activities. Transportation is not provided for Cloverbud Camp.
If you are interested in signing your child up for this camp, please contact the Cumberland Extension Office at 804-492-4390 or email email@example.com.
Please click on the link below to view the camp flyer:
2014 Summer Cloverbud Camp miniflyer (PDF | 786KB)
2014 Wildlife Detective Day Camp
Cumberland 4-H and the Central Piedmont Master Naturalists are working together to offer a Wildlife Detective Day Camp for Cumberland youth ages 9-13. The camp will be held June 23-26, 2014 at Bear Creek Lake State Park. Campers will need to be dropped of each day at 8:30 am and picked up at 3:00 pm at the Bear Creek Lake Park pavilion. The fee is $25.00 for all 4 days. Campers will need to bring a packed lunch Monday through Wednesday. There will be a picnic lunch provided on Thursday and youth need to bring a swimsuit and towel for swimming.
Space is limited so please pre-register with the Cumberland Extension Office by calling 804-492-4390 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please click on the link below to view the brochure for more details:
2014 Wildlife Detective Day Camp brochure (PDF | 660KB)
2014 Environmental Day Camp
The Peter Francisco Soil and Water District (PFSWCD) and Virginia Cooperative Extension 4-H are cooperatively working to offer the 2014 Environmental Day Camp being held July 21-25, 2014. This day camp is open for students currently enrolled in 5th, 6th, & 7th grades who are interested in the outdoors/environment. The annual Environmental Day Camp (EDC) is offered to students residing in Buckingham and Cumberland Counties. The camp is available for a minimal fee of $10.00 per participant for the week. (The fee partially covers supplies and shows a commitment to attend. The majority of the camp cost is covered by the SWCD.)
Space is limited. Students need to sign up as soon as possible. First time participants receive priority; previous attendee campers are automatically placed on a waiting list until the number of remaining spots can be determined. The drop off/pick up location for Cumberland parents is Raman's Store at the corner of Rt 60 & 45.
Applications are due back to the Peter Francisco Soil & Water office by May 16th, 2014. All of the applicants will be notified by May 23rd through written notification of their acceptance or waiting list status.
Please click on the links below to view the agenda and application for the camp:
2014 Environmental Day Camp agenda (PDF | 204KB)
2014 Environmental Day Camp application (PDF | 164KB)
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
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