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

Moved to new location

The VCE-City of Petersburg has moved to 3811 Corporate Rd., Petersburg, VA  23805 (Old Mansion Building), second floor.  This is also the Petersburg Department of Social Services.  Please follow instruction below when visiting this Extension office.

VISITORS – (Special instructions)

Our office is located on the 2nd floor of the Petersburg Social Services building, which is a secured area. To visit the Extension office,  you must sign in on the Ipad next to the Kiosk when entering the building.  Under “Group/Department” select “Cooperative Extension” and follow instructions on Ipad.  At sign in, we are notified that you are in the building. We will send somebody to escort you to the 2nd floor.  For those who are attending a scheduled meeting/class; please arrive  10 to 15 minutes prior to your scheduled visit, to complete the sign in process. If you have waited for more than 15 minutes, please ask for assistance, or call our office at 733-1880 from your personal cell.

Petersburg 4-H Camp 2020

Junior 4-H Camp, City of Petersburg, July 6 - 10, 2020

Junior 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.


2020 FCS Pathways to Effective Parenting Classes

The City of Petersburg is now accepting registration for "2020 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 1:  January 9 thru February 27, 2020

Session Number 2:  March 12 thru April 30, 2020

Session Number 3:  August 6 thru September 24, 2020

Session Number 4:  October 1 thru November 19, 2020

Complete registration form;  fax  (804-733-1950), or scan and email to or mail to VCE-City of Petersburg, 3811 Corporate Rd. (Old Mansion Bldg.), Petersburg, VA 23805.    

Family Nutrition Program

The Family Nutrition Program is offered through Virginia Cooperative Extension, an educational outreach partnership between Virginia Tech and Virginia State University.

The Family Nutrition Program offers a range of programs to teach the basics of healthy eating, active living, food safety, and menu planning on a budget. Below is the form most commonly used when you receive services related to this program.    

Bed Bug Information

Bed bugs have been a pest of humans throughout history and were a common pest in the United States at the turn of the previous century. Since the 1990s, we have seen an increase in bed bug infestations in the United States. There are many theories about why bed bug infestations have returned including increases in international travel, the transfer of secondhand furniture and clothing, a higher turnover of occupants in multi-unit housing, widespread resistance to insecticides (including DDT); and a lack of bed bug awareness and precautions worldwide. When we consider the billions of people living on earth today compared to 100 years ago, it should be no surprise that there are more bed bugs.  For more information visit select “publications” then “home pests” for a complete list of researched data reports.

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



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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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