The City of Petersburg 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 City of Petersburg improve their lives.

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

What's New


2018 Junior 4-H Camp, City of Petersburg - July 16-20, 2018

Jr. 4-H Camp is a 5 day residential 4-H camping fun opportunity to learn skills through hands-on experiences for youth ages 9-13. 4-H camping is cooperative group living in a natural environment, which focuses on the individual's social, spiritual, mental, and physical development. The camping program helps youth build self-esteem, and challenges them to be innovative and creative. The purpose of 4-H camping is to develop life skills using fun, educational programs and activities. The six (6) major life skills that are emphasized at Jr. 4-H Camp are:

  • Understanding Self
  • Communicating and Relating to Others
  • Acquiring, Analyzing, and Using Information
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • Managing Resources
  • Working with Others

In addition, 4-H camping exposes youth to educational and recreational experiences in a wide variety of programmatic areas, along with a dance, a talent show, arts and crafts, swim and recreation time, special evening events, songs and games, and more.


Upcoming Events-Petersburg FCS


2018 FCS Pathways to Effective Parenting Classes

The City of Petersburg is now accepting registration for "2018 Pathways to Effective Parenting Classes" for parents, grandparents, childcare providers and anyone needing help with parenting and communication skills. Information focuses on pre-school children, primary, elementary school-aged children and teens. Certificates to be awarded to participants that complete the entire eight (8) weeks session. Pre-registration is required. Maximum of 25 participants per class. Register Early! Classes fill up very quickly. For questions call 804-733-1880 or email Katrina Kirby at

Session Number 1January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22 & March 1, 2018-Registration

Session Number 2: March 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3 & 10, 2018-Registration

Session Number 3: August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, September 6, 13 & 20, 2018 - Registration

Session Number 4: September 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, & 15, 2018 -Registration

Click on registration link to complete form.  You may print and fax (804-733-1950), or scan and email to or mail to VCE-City of Petersburg, 400 Farmer St., Suite 218, Petersburg, VA 23803-6367.

Prevent Type 2 Diabetes With The PreventT2 Program

As part of a PreventT2 group, you will work with other participants and a trained lifestyle coach to learn the skills you need to make lasting changes. These changes include losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress.

Being part of a group provides support from other people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes you are. Together you can celebrate successes and fit ways to overcome obstacles.



Office Newsletter


Preparing for an Emergency: The Smart Thing to Do

Why Prepare?

If you think about it, you take precautions every day, not just when an emergency occurs. For instance, you wear a seat belt in the car just to protect you in case of an accident. You make your children wear helmets when they ride their bicycles. You double check your iron to make sure it is unplugged.

Preparing for emergencies is not new. Your grandparents probably have extra supplies, such as: soap and shampoo in the bathroom closets, onions and potatoes stored in the basement, and canned goods on pantry shelves in their home. They understood the value of having a little extra on hand in case of emergencies.

All states and counties have experienced disasters. Virginian's have experienced ice storms, thunder storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and power outages.  It is wise to be prepared for the unexpected.

What is in This Brochure?

This brochure describes how to cope with an emergency situation and protect your family. It will help you to:

  • Assemble an emergency kit
  • Develop a family communication plan
  • Develop a family evacuation plan
  • Develop an in-home care plan for family members with special needs.

Preparing for an Emergency: The Smart Thing to Do


Family and Consumer Sciences