The Westmoreland County 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 Westmoreland County improve their lives. We provide education through programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, and Community Viability.
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4H Grows Campers - Camp Registration is now open
Registration is open and spaces are available for 4-H Jr. Camp. Westmoreland and Richmond County boys and girls ages 9-13 can attend 4-H Jr. Camp at the Jamestown 4-H Educational Center from July 22-26, 2019. 4-H Camp is a week of fun, hands-on experiences where children “learn by doing”. 4-H camp is cooperative group living in a natural environment that focuses on developing life skills, social, spiritual, mental and physical development in young people. Camping experiences include swimming, canoeing, campfires, new friends and playing games all under the supervision of caring adults. Only $240 (paid in full by May 3, $260 otherwise) covers everything – all meals, lodging, programs and transportation. Financial aid is available. To register, request a brochure or scholarship application or to ask questions, visit either office’s webpage (Westmoreland: https://westmoreland.ext.vt.edu/; Richmond County: https://richmond.ext.vt.edu/) or contact your county’s extension office. Westmoreland County – 493-8924, Richmond County – 333-3420.
4-H Camp grows life skills. An electronic survey completed by our campers on the last day of 2018 camp shows that campers increased their capacity to make new friends, make their own decisions, try new things, enjoy nature, express his/her opinions, communicate with adults and teens, recognize bullying and understand/demonstrate the six pillars of character. Campers felt that camp participation increased their communication, leadership, goal setting and community service life skills.
Our 4-H Center occupies a beautiful 16 acre riverfront site near the Jamestown Settlement in Williamsburg. Facilities include air-conditioned lodges and cabins, dining hall, recreation hall, health clinic, pool and aquatic resource center. 4-H camp staff extension agents and trained volunteer leaders provide camper supervision, instruction and support. The Jamestown 4-H Educational Center has earned the American Camping Association accreditation for its standards of safety and excellence. American Camping Association accreditation is the seal of approval for camping facilities and programs
Jamestown 4-H Educational Center and its programs are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). What does that mean? ACA is the only organization that accredits all types of camps, with up to 300 national standards for health and safety. ACA camps have undergone a thorough review of operations. This includes things like staff qualifications and training to emergency management. Safe environments promote positive youth development. ACA camps provide: healthy, developmentally-appropriate activities and learning experiences, discovery through experiential education, caring and competent role models, service to the community and environment, and opportunities for leadership and personal growth.
If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Westmoreland Extension Office at 804-493-8924/TDD* or the Richmond County Extension Office at 804-333-3420/TDD* during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations 30 days prior to the event. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.
Download registration form HERE
4H Pizza Camp
The Westmoreland & Richmond County offices of Virginia Cooperative Extension will offer a day-camp style educational program called “4-H Pizza Camp” on July 31-August 2. The camp will focus on agriculture, food safety and healthy living with goals that participants will recognize where their food comes from and for participants to be more conscious of health living choices. Activities supporting that goal will include farm visits, tomato canning and learning about the benefits of good nutrition and physical activity. Participants will use the knowledge and skills from the class to make a pizza on the final day in celebration of the completion of camp!
The camp is open to all boys and girls ages 9-13 and the cost is $15 per participant. Financial aid is available, please ask. The program will run from 9am-4pm each day and participants should plan to attend all three days. Transportation to St. James Episcopal Church in Montross is required. Transportation for farm visits is provided.
Space is limited and registration will be first come, first served. Participants must complete and submit registration forms and make payment to the Westmoreland Extension Office. Registration forms can be found at our website: http://offices.ext.vt.edu/westmoreland/.
If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Westmoreland Extension Office at 804-493-8924/TDD* during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations at least 20 days prior to the event. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.
Registration form HERE
4H Farmer for the Day
This hands-on program for youth will be held at the Richmond County Fairgrounds on Thursday and Friday, August 8 & 9. It is open to children ages 9-18. There is no fee to participate. Participants will learn to prepare and handle animals for show, actively learn about animal behavior and will participate in a variety of agriculture and fair related activities. Participants should plan to participate in both days of activities.
The program will be held from 10am-2pm each day. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and should bring their lunches and something to drink each day. This program is open to all children. Children do not need to be currently involved in any 4-H programming. Registration is required. Please call the Richmond County Extension Office at 333-3420 to get a registration form.
If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Richmond County Extension Office at 804-333-3420/TDD* during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations at least 20 days prior to the event. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.
Registration form HERE
Extension Master Gardener Helpdesk Open
Do you have lawn and garden questions? The Northern Neck Extension Master Gardeners offer a Gardener Helpdesk in Westmoreland County to answer your home landscape questions for free! The helpdesk is manned every Monday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm beginning April 1st and continuing through October. Helpdesk volunteers are trained to answer lawn and garden questions by providing research-based, unbiased solutions from Virginia Cooperative Extension. To ask a helpdesk question, please call the Westmoreland County Extension Office at 493-8924 during helpdesk hours or submit your question by email to email@example.com. Walk-ins are welcome, too! The helpdesk is located in the Extension Office at the AT Johnson Building (18849 Kings Hwy in Montross). We look forward to working with you!
Mosquitoes occur throughout Virginia and are both a nuisance, as well as a potential disease carrier. Eliminating potential mosquito breeding habitats around the home landscape is a critical part of a mosquito control program. Check out VCE’s mosquito publication: http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/ENTO/ENTO-202/ENTO-202-PDF.pdf
In addition, Altosid XR mosquito control briquettes are available for Westmoreland County residents at no charge. Altosid XR (https://www.centralmosquitocontrol.com/-/media/files/centralmosquitocontrol-na/us/specimen%20labels/altosid%20xr-briquets%20specimen%20label.pdf) is an insecticide that works by preventing the emergence of adult mosquitoes and is used in potential mosquito breeding habitats, such as roadside ditches and other standing water. The briquettes are slow release providing control for up to 150 days. Visit the Extension Office at the AT Johnson Building to pick up the briquettes. Briquettes are available based on the amount of standing water present with a limit of 5 per household.
Wildlife Conflict Hotline
The Virginia Wildlife Conflict Helpline, run by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF), is a resource for resolving human-wildlife conflicts. It is a collaborative effort between the VDGIF and U.S. Department of Agriculture – Wildlife Services to address human-wildlife interactions by sharing science-based wildlife information. The helpline is available toll-free at (855)571-9003, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.
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.