4-H is the youth development education program of Virginia Cooperative Extension. 4-H is rich with learning experiences where young people partner with caring adults and volunteers in a fellowship unlike any other program available to youth today. Through 4-H, young people are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities that emphasize 4-H's "Learning by doing" philosophy of youth development.
Fairfax County 4-H offers programs for youth in a variety of delivery modes. 4-H clubs are led by caring adult volunteers and are open to all youth who wish to participate.
Our clubs fall under two categories:
Project clubs (focusing on a specific project area such as animals)
Community clubs (focusing on various projects)
Our most popular annual events include a 4-H junior camp-a residential camp held in July at the Northern Virginia 4-H Center in Front Royal, and the 4-H Fair.
For the most up-to-date information on upcoming programs, to find out more about clubs or to get most recent updates on events, visit our site at http://fairfax4h.weebly.com, visit our Blog, or find us on social media.
- Amphibians & Reptiles
- Beef Cattle
- Careers & Workforce Prep
- Clothing & Textiles
- Community Service
- Creative Writing
- Dairy Cattle
- Dog Care & Training
- Food & Nutrition
- Honey Bee
- Interior Design & Green Living
- International Travel
- Meat Science
- Natural Resources
- Outdoor Education & Living Skills
- Photography & Video
- Plants & Gardening
- Public Speaking
- Range Science
- Rocketry & Aerospace
- Science, Engineering & Technology
- Shooting Sports
- Small & Companion Animals
- Small Engines
- Theater & Performance Arts
- Veterinary Science
- Visual Arts
- Water Conservation
- Wildlife & Fisheries
- Youth Entrepreneurship
Fairfax, Arlington, and Alexandria
The 2019 FAA 4-H Camp registration is NOW OPEN. Sunday, June 30 - Thursday, July 4, 2019 the Fairfax, Arlington, and Alexandria (FAA) 4-H Junior Camp will be held at the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center . Camp is open to youth age 9-13. 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 Fairfax Cooperative Extension Office.
Please download the following forms, complete and return to the Fairfax Cooperative Extension Office located at 12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 1050, Fairfax, VA 22035. Campers are not considered registered until all required paperwork and camper fees are received. Camper spaces and class selections are filled in the order which they are received.
The Embryology Program is an exceptional curriculum enrichment program that is designed to help students obtain a better understanding of life and embryonic development. The bird egg is an excellent educational subject for the study of embryology.
This program will teach students responsibility and caring for a living animal, teach respect for life and the value of all living organisms. There will be an emphasize on a “hands-on” experience with a live animal, that will help students grasp developmental processes and stages of growth. This program will also introduce and explain the topic of reproduction and its scientific processes, as well as other areas of science to the students. In addition, this program addresses several Standards of Learning. If you would like to see the list of Standards of Learning addressed by the Embryology Program, please let me know.
I will be offering an Embryology Program training on Monday, March 19 from 4:30PM – 5:30PM. This training is optional if you would like more information on the Embryology Program and increase your chances of hatching your chicks. This training will take place in person in the Virginia Conference Room, located on the 10th floor of the Pennino Building, or through a WebEx Conference.
There will be a $10.00 fee per group/class participating in the Embryology Program this year. This fee will cover the cost of delivering the eggs to Fairfax County, 12 chicken eggs, and one copy of Beginning of Life Lesson Plans (comes with six lesson plans), and relocation of chicks after the program. Checks can be made out to Treasurer, Virginia Tech (there will be a fee of $50.00 charged for all returned checks).
Pennino Building, 10th Floor
12011 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035-1111
You as the teacher can also decide to keep the chicks if you have a safe and sustainable environment for them. Please note, if you need to borrow an incubator from the Extension Office, supplies are limited and it will be a first come, first serve bases. To register for this program, please use the following link: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6sO7OfmQIRELUup
Embryology Program 2018 Schedule:
Embryology Program Training – Monday, March 19 4:30PM – 5:30PM
Pickup eggs – Tuesday, April 3
Delivery of hatched chicks – Friday, April 27
The 3rd Annual Virginia Tech Maker Festival took place on Saturday, October 28th, 2017 from 10AM - 4PM at the Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Center (7054 Haycock Road, Falls Church, VA 22043). Participants experienced a full day of creativity, engineering, and discovery! If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please e-mail Carolyn Darville at firstname.lastname@example.org. All volunteers received a Certificate for their efforts as well as a free lunch. We enjoyed seeing everyone at this free, scientific, community event.
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Participants and volunteers at the VT Maker Festival had a day full of creativity, engineering and Resourcefulness where they learned to make just about anything. Demonstrations were held throughout the day and showcased the broadrange of inventiveness that exists in our community.
Fields that were to be explored
- Math (STEM)
- Eyeball Catapults
- DIY Slime
- Bat Paper Plane
- Candy Corn Dissolving Experiment
- Rockets to the Rescue
- Witches Hat Duct Tape Crafts
- Ghost Rockets Halloween Activity
- Glowing Oil and Water Experiment
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VIRGINIA TECH MAKER FESTIVAL
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Virginia Tech - Northern Virginia Center
Falls Church, Virginia
Exhibits will be open from 10AM to 4PM on the festival day
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