Family and Consumer Sciences programs focus on finance, nutrition and family and human development needs of Arlington and Alexandria residents through classes offered at various public venues. Consistent with VCE's mission, our educational programs utilize research-based curricula from public university or federal government sources.

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Financial Education

We provide financial education to more than 6,000 Arlington and Alexandria residents each year. Our diverse programming ranges from financial simulations for school aged children to financial coaching sessions for adults.

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Nutrition Education

Our various programs help children, youth, and adults establish and maintain healthy diets to prevent chronic diseases and obesity.



Energy Efficiency Education

This award winning program trains volunteers in weatherization techniques, specifically focusing on skills for weatherizing apartment building units.


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The City of Alexandria 4-H Youth Development Program offers many exciting activities for youth ages 5-19. Participants can be involved in 4-H in a variety of ways. Youth can participate in community, special interest, or project clubs; join us at 4-H camp; participate in workshops or contest; or participate in 4-H through in-school and after-school programming. The opportunities are unlimited with Alexandria 4-H, for information or to enroll please contact Reggie Morris: or call the Alexandria Cooperative Extension Office at 703-746-5546.  


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Join us Sunday, July 22 - Thursday, July 26, 2018. Fairfax, Arlington, and Alexandria (FAA) 4-H Junior Camp is held each summer at the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center . Camp is open to youth age 9-13(Must be 9 years old by Sept. 30, 2018). The camp fee includes transportation from camp, meals and lodging for five days and four nights, a camp T-shirt, and class supplies. Campers have the opportunity to pick their roommates if they like, and are then placed in a room with campers of similar age. Each morning, campers attend three different activities from options that include activities such as fishing, archery, horseback riding, or a ropes challenge course, plus much more. Lunch is followed by free recreation and swim time, and every evening campers enjoy a campfire, snack, and an evening program. For more information please contact the Alexandria Cooperative Extension Office.

The 2018 FAA 4-H Camp registration is now open. Please download the following forms, complete and return to the Alexandria Cooperative Extension Office located in the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St. Alexandria VA 22314. Campers are not consider registered until all required paperwork and camper fees are received. Camper spaces and class selections are filled in the order that they are received.     

2018 Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria 4-H Junior Camp Registration Forms - July 22- 26, 2018

Youth involved in 4-H Enrichment Programs (ages 9-19) are participants in learning experiences not involving organized club activities. Enrichment programs may be coordinated with school personnel serving as volunteer teachers of 4-H curricula. The purposes of enrichment programs are to teach youth subject matter in a short time frame, expose new youth to 4-H, and to involve those youth in 4-H for further programming opportunities. Many 4-H projects and activities address objectives covered in Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL's). 

This curriculum is designed to satisfy Virginia Science Standard of Learning 4.3 as well as supporting several of the goals in science SOL 4.1. Electric Kits with most of the supplies required to conduct these lessons are available from the 4-H office. Contact Reggie Morris at to borrow a kit.

The "Beginning of Life" 4-H Embryology project provides the opportunity for children between the ages of 5-18 to explore the life and growth processes utilizing the chick embryo. The Embryology Program centers on the incubation of eggs. One dozen fertile eggs and an incubator will be provided as available to each school or youth group on a first-come/first-serve basis for use in conducting the project. The anticipation of the hatch greatly adds to student interest and excitement about learning!

These activities are designed to introduce youth to the process of scientific inquiry and help to develop the following inquiry skills: observing, classifying, and sequencing; communicating; measuring; predicting; hypothesizing; inferring; defining, controlling and manipulating variables in experimentation; and interpreting, analyzing, and evaluating data. 

The 4-H Cloverbud Program is designed for boys and girls 5-8 years of age. These programs are designed to give young children and introduction to 4-H through people activities designed for their interest and learning levels.

4-H Afterschool is a special effort to increase 4-H's capacity to develop and implement after-school programs and work with other youth serving organizations to increase the quality and quantity of after-school programs in America's communities. The aim is to increase young people's opportunities to have fun while developing lifelong skills through experiential learning in safe, healthy, and enriching environments. 

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ANR programs have something for everyone interested in urban agriculture, horticulture and sustainable landscape management. We host an in-house help desk to answer your plant, insect or gardening questions and offer programs year round on various topics.

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VCE Horticulture Help Desk

Let our Master Gardeners help with your plant, insect and other gardening / horticulture questions. Follow the help desk link to find out more about our help desk and what to bring to help us answer your questions.

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Public Education

We offer a variety of programs on various topics. Please visit our public education page to see our regularly offered courses. In addition, if we have volunteers available, we can tailor a program for your group or event.  If you don’t see what you are interested listed here, please contact us.

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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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