Organizations & Resources

4-H Youth Development

4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. 4-H, the largest comprehensive youth development program in the nation, educates young people, ages 5 to 18, through a variety of experiential techniques that encourage hands-on, active learning. More than 20,000 adults and teens volunteer their time and energy annually to help youth experience 4-H. The 4-H programs assist more than 170,000 Virginia youth discover and build on their own ability to make good decisions, manage resources wisely, work effectively with others, and communicate successfully. The 4-H camping program is one of the largest in the country and provides character-building experiences to participants at our six 4-H educational centers.
4-H Youth Development

Nelson County Master Gardeners

The Master Gardener program, conducted throughout the United States and Canada, is a two-part educational effort. Interested gardeners receive many hours of horticulture training. In exchange they volunteer their time to their local university extension agents. Master Gardeners assist with garden lectures, exhibits, demonstrations, school and community gardening, phone diagnostic service, research, and many other projects. Trained to Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) standards in environmental horticulture, Nelson County’s Master Gardener volunteers have operated a Horticultural Help Line since 2002.
Nelson County Master Gardeners

Virginia Master Naturalist Program

The Virginia Master Naturalist Program is a chapter-based program. Locally-based chapters hold trainings and work with partners to organize service projects. 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.
Central Blue Ridge Chapter of VA Master Naturalists

Additional Resources

Nelson County Cooperative Extension
Virginia Cooperative Extension

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