Extension Services (Environment)

Extension services are affiliated with universities. They are charged with applying scientific research and new knowledge to agricultural practices in order to educate farmers and others in the community. They do so through a wide range of communication and learning activities, including Master Gardeners and Master Naturalist programs. A list of the key extension services available in the DC metro region is provided below.

Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association, Inc.

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Virginia Cooperative Extension puts university knowledge into the hands of people. Credible experts and educators provide information, education, and tools that farmers, nurseries, and local gardeners can use every day. The Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association, Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose volunteers provide research-based horticultural information to home gardeners in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association, Inc.

Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association, Inc. - Specific Information on Extension Services

UMD Extension

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University of Maryland Extension (UME) is a statewide, non-formal education system within the college of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

UMD Extension

University of the District of Columbia (UDC Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education (CAUSES)

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The Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences of the University of the District of Columbia seeks to expand academic and public knowledge of sustainable farming techniques that improve food and water security, health and wellness by providing research and education on urban and peri-urban agroecology and gardening techniques to residents and organizations in Washington, DC, and beyond.

University of the District of Columbia (UDC Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education (CAUSES)

Virginia Master Naturalist

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Virginia Master Naturalists are volunteer educators, citizen scientists, and stewards helping Virginia conserve and manage natural resources and public lands.

Virginia Master Naturalist

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