Alesia Blizzard, Jessica Soffee, Jacqueline Simmons, Sonja Mitchell, Kelsey Kennedy, Lois Graywolf, Jeffrey Williams, and Lishka Banda.

The VCE Newport News crew from left to right: Alesia Blizzard, Jessica Soffee, Jacqueline Simmons, Sonja Mitchell, Kelsey Kennedy, Lois Graywolf, Jeffrey Williams, and Lishka Banda.
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The City of Newport News office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is your local connection to youth and family nutrition and financial education along with your 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 the City of Newport News improve their lives.

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

Give us a call at 757-591-4838 to learn about our free programs.

Master Gardeners

As an educational outreach component of Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE), the Extension Master Gardener program brings the resources of Virginia's land-grant universities-Virginia Tech and Virginia State University-to the people of the Commonwealth.  All Volunteers are trained and have a minimum of 50 hours of horticultural classes.  They in turn, give back 50 hours and more of volunteer community service through their local Extension office.

Newport News MG Volunteers provide horticultural education to NN citizens, often in partnership with many of our community organizations:

  •  Newport News Public Schools
  • Virginia Living Museum
  • Newport News Public Libraries
  • Newport News Parks, Recreation and Tourism
  • Local Garden Clubs
  • Local Nursing Homes

For the most up to date information on events and programs please visit the Master Gardener Webpage

Become a Master Gardener-FALL classes enrolling NOW!!!!

This year's Master GardenerTraining class is a 12-week virtual course running August 18th-November 10th.  Class assignmnent video presentations will be completed on your schedule before the required Wednesday evening zoom discussion from 7:00pm-8:30pm.  There are also 3 optional Saturday field trips.

Upon graduation the participant will return 50 hours of service to the local Virginia Cooperative Extension by participating in various Master Gardener services to the community such as answering horticulture questions at the help desk, conducting educational programs, leading a team, or providing support to other Master Gardeners in many other areas.  To maintain Master Gardener status after the first year, each volunteer must complete 20 hours of service to the community and eight hours of continuing education.

Course fee:  Early bird registration is $140 through May 31st.  After May 31st, cost is $150 with an application deadline of July 7th.  Course fee includes a digital version of the manual and a non-refundable background check fee of $10.  To receive a hard copy of the manual, there is an additional fee of $32.  Space is limited, so sign up early!

Master Gardener Class Registration Link Newport News

Soil Sample Kits are available for pick-up in the container secured under the bushes to your left! We encourage you to submit any plant samples by photo to the Master Gardener help desk at If you have specific questions please call (757) 591-4838 ext 311 and we will do our best to assist you..




What's New

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Summer Camp

Newport News  will be hosting  4-H Summer Camp this year! 

Date: July 5th-9th, 2021. 

Location:  Jamestown 4-H Center

Please visit the camp page for more information.


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.

Were you a 4-H member? Did you attend 4-H camp? Or maybe you were a 4-H volunteer? Identify as a 4-H alum, and represent your 4-H state:

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