Upcoming Events 

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018, 6:00 PM
Location: PEC Headquarters, 45 Horner Street, Warrenton, Virginia

Care about clean water? Attend this information session hosted by PEC and the Virginia Conservation Network to learn how to protect the water in your backyard and advocate for clean water at the state and federal level! Enjoy light refreshments and meet other clean water advocates. Learn about best management practices, citizen water quality monitoring and other ways to get engaged in water issues in your community.

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018, 6:30 PM – Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018, 10:00 PM
Location: Carver Center, 200 East Willie Palmer Way , Purcellville, Virginia

Residents of the Western Hills Watershed Management Plan project area - including the towns of Hamilton, Purcellville, and Round Hill - are encouraged to attend this community meeting on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in Purcellville.

Saturday, September 29th, 2018, 12:00 AM – Sunday, September 30th, 2018, 11:59 PM
Location: Rappahannock County

The Rappahannock County Farm Tour is a free, two-day, self-guided tour offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse of some working farms.

Saturday, September 29th, 2018, 10:00 AM

Join The Piedmont Environmental Council and John and Dudley Macfarlane for a trip back in time to learn about the mountain culture of Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Held at historic Mount Fair (ca 1848), on land once owned by the Brown family of Albemarle County, this event will include tours of the Mount Fair property, a speaker series, oral history listening station, family history displays and exhibits and optional self-guided tours of historic sites in nearby Blackwells Hollow and Shenandoah National Park.

Sunday, September 30th, 2018, 2:00 PM
Location: Education Building at the Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Road , Charlottesville, Virginia

(Event rescheduled from 9/16/18) The Ivy Creek Foundation welcomes Jon Cannon, distinguished UVA Environmental Law professor, for a discussion of the Endangered Species Act. Sometimes called the pit bull of environmental laws, this Act helps preserve the balance of nature that serves Earth, our Ivy Creek resources, and all of humanity. Limited financial resources and recent actions by federal officials have reduced the Act’s reach and effectiveness.

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018, 4:00 PM
Location: Vernon's Gate, Longshot Lane 833, Rochelle, Virginia

The 1863 battles of Jack's Shop and James City in Madison County were important engagements in the Civil War, and yet we don't know much about how they unfolded on the landscape or their significance within the context of the war. In August 2016, PEC was awarded a grant from the National Park Service's American Battlefield Protection Program to research, document and map these two battlefields. Over the past two years, PEC has worked with Rivanna Archaeological Services, LLC to complete a report that analyzed and mapped the extents of the Jack’s Shop and James City battlefields.

Friday, October 5th, 2018, 7:00 PM
Location: Barns of Rose Hill, 95 Chalmers Court , Berryville, Virginia

Join us for the launch of Clarke's Great Outdoors, a book that is a collection of photos, artwork, and writing from more than 80 artists inspired by nature in Clarke County. Many of the artists will be on hand to sign books, which will be for sale. The book launch coincides with the opening of the Clarke's Great Outdoors art show in the main gallery at the Barns of Rose Hill. Nature art from dozens of artists and photographers will be on display.

Sunday, October 7th, 2018, 1:00 PM
Location: PEC Headquarters, 45 Horner Street, Warrenton, Virginia

Join us for a workshop on sustainable landscaping practices that you can implement at home. Take a tour of PEC’s native gardens and learn from local experts at Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Department of Forestry and Hill House Nursery. The workshop will be followed by a native plant sale hosted by Hill House Farm and Nursery from 3pm-4pm.

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018, 5:30 PM
Location: Waterford Old School, 40222 Fairfax Street, Waterford, Virginia

Do you have questions about farmland leasing and want to meet other landowners and farmers? Join us for an evening of farmland lease storytelling. Chip Planck, long-time Loudoun farmer, will facilitate a farmer-landowner panel made up of individuals familiar with leasing arrangements to divulge their tips, advice, and experiences. Following the panel, there will be ample time for attendees to meet and mingle with each other and connect over prospective leasing opportunities.

Thursday, October 11th, 2018, 5:00 PM
Location: Algonkian Park - Woodlands Conference Center, 47001 Fairway Drive, Sterling, Virginia

Designed to provide practical help and useful information to move your community toward a healthier landscape. This second HOA forum on sustainable landscape management will provide the "why" and "why not" of native and invasive plants, as well as feature local HOA representatives for a discussion of their ongoing efforts and lessons learned. The event is co-hosted by The Piedmont Environmental Council, Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, NOVA Prism and the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries.

Saturday, October 13th, 2018, 10:00 AM

Enjoy a wonderful day “Down on the Farm” in Fauquier County! The refreshing sights, sounds, scents and activities are sure to bring back fond memories ... or create new ones to share and cherish. The farm stops on the tour are clearly marked with Farm Tour signs and may be visited in any order. Scheduling of special activities and locations with refreshments and other items for sale are noted.

Sunday, October 14th, 2018, 2:00 PM
Location: Education Building at the Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Road , Charlottesville, Virginia

Learn about current threats to water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed with Robert Jennings of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Nitrogen, phosphorous, and sediment have caused many of our Bay water quality issues. How do these pollutants harm water quality and aquatic life? What can we do and can we solve the problems we have created? The Bay restoration is the largest scale watershed restoration in worldwide history. If successful, it could be a model for many other major watersheds across the nation and globe to emulate and improve upon, including the Mississippi River, Puget Sound, the Great Lakes, and more.

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018, 7:00 PM
Location: Eastern Market, 225 7th Street Southeast , Washington, District of Columbia

Join the Coalition for Smarter Growth and hundreds of smart growth supporters from around the region to drink local beer, sip wine, and enjoy eats, treats, and more, all while supporting the Coalition for Smarter Growth’s work for more places that support transit, walking, and bicycling for everyone. This year’s featured guest is Katie Cristol, Chair of the Arlington Board. INFO + TICKETS:

Saturday, October 20th, 2018, 9:30 AM
Location: Castle Hill Farm, 6132 Gordonsville Road , Keswick, Virginia

Good ruralism and good urbanism go hand in hand. Come visit Castle Hill Farm, a beautiful, historic property in Keswick for PEC's 2018 annual meeting. Start with light conversation, sit in on a short workshop, and then enjoy lunch while hearing from influential urbanist thought leader, Chuck Marohn of Strong Towns. 

Tickets are $25 for PEC members and $35 for non-members. Lunch is included. Kids under 12 are free. 

Sunday, October 21st, 2018, 11:30 AM
Location: Prospect Hall Shooting Club, 187 Brucetown Road , Kearneysville, West Virginia

If you enjoy shooting and like to practice your skills while also supporting a worthy cause, please join The Piedmont Environmental Council for lunch and a shooting event at beautiful Prospect Hall Shooting Club. The top three scoring male and female shooters will receive prizes! Shooters will go through the course in teams of five. Once again Tri-County Feeds, Fashions, Finds is sponsoring the gift cards for the winners. Shooters will go through the course in teams of five.

Sunday, October 21st, 2018, 1:00 PM
Location: Rappahannock Recreation Center, 10 Park Lane, Washington, Virginia

Join us for this outdoor event showcasing educational games and programs for local land conservation, wildlife habitat, native and invasive plants and water quality. Meet up with PEC, Rappahannock County Recreational Facilities Authority, Friends of the Rappahannock, RappFLOW, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia Department of Forestry, Old Rag Master Naturalists, PRISM, Rappahannock Master Gardeners, Hill House Nursery, Rappahannock Landscaping and more of the local community at the park. The event will run from 1-4 pm. 

Sunday, October 21st, 2018, 4:00 PM
Location: Highland School Rice Theater, 597 Broadview Avenue , Warrenton, Virginia

Flooding, droughts, wildfires, hurricanes... Is this the new normal? The Warrenton Garden Club, with support from Finley's Green Leap Forward and the Piedmont Environmental Council, is pleased to host C-Change Conversations at its Annual Conservation Forum.

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