Upcoming Events 

Friday, September 22nd, 2017, 8:30 AM
Location: Hanover Street 1119, Fredericksburg, Virginia


Bringing together conservation leaders from across Virginia, the Environmental Assembly provides a forum for discussion on key environmental issues and an opportunity to strategize with like-minded individuals about the best ways to tackle threats to our natural environment. This annual conference is hosted by the Virginia Conservation Network, a partnership of over 100 environmental organizations working together to create a powerful, diverse, highly-coordinated conservation movement in the Commonwealth.

Friday, September 22nd, 2017, 10:00 AM
Location: Childrens Center Road Southwest 802, Leesburg, Virginia

Every Friday morning, 10:00am - 11:30am from September 22 - November 10, 2017 

Children are born naturalists! Foster your child’s inherent curiosity about the natural world by sharing in hands-on, nature-based activities. The Audubon Naturalist Society's Fresh Air Kids Class is for children ages 5 and younger along with a parent or caregiver. Classes might involve crafts, songs, books, and always a hike. Bring your lunch or snack. Mingle and meet other caregivers!

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017, 9:00 AM

The 9th annual Rappahannock County Farm Tour, a free, two-day, self-guided tour offering a behind-thescenes glimpse of our working farms is September 23 & 24, 2017. The mission of the Rappahannock County Farm Tour is to present an unforgettable, educational and enriching experience of Rappahannock County's (Agri)Culture.

Sunday, September 24th, 2017, 10:00 AM
Location: Wild Plant Nursery (Franconia Park), Cloud Drive, Springfield, Virginia

The Fall is really the best time to visit our nursery. In the Spring, our plants are still emerging from winter dormancy, and so we cannot offer as many species. The Fall, as experienced gardeners know, is also the best time to plant. Trees, shrubs, and perennials like the cooler weather and greater rainfall lets them establish robust roots. Late blooming annuals can make great additions to your garden, and many will "volunteer" from seed next year.

Sunday, September 24th, 2017, 2:00 PM
Location: Little Washington Theatre, 291 Gay Street, Washington, Virginia

Making Insects: A guide to restoring the little things that run the world

Come to this free community event in Rappahannock to hear from renowned author Doug Tallamy. Tallamy's books include Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, as well as The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke. 

Saturday, September 30th, 2017, 11:00 AM
Location: 11012 Edmonds Lane , Delaplane, Virginia

Piedmont Memorial Overlook -- accessible from Sky Meadows and the Appalachian Trail. Photo by Paula Combs

Join PEC at Sky Meadows State Park to celebrate the first Virginia Public Lands Day. Rangers at Sky Meadows will be leading a hike up to George's Overlook where volunteers can help plant pollinator friendly plants. The park is also offering workshops on native plant landscape design and native plant propagation. 

Or, take a hike through Sky Meadows State Park to PEC’s Piedmont Memorial Overlook, our 50 acre preserve adjacent to the park. Enjoy the spectacular views and take a tour with PEC staff to learn about our native meadow and habitat restoration efforts. Maps to the Overlook will be available from PEC staff at Boston Mill Road trailhead. View a Sky Meadows Trail Guide >>

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017, 9:00 AM
Location: Watermark Woods Native Plants, 16764 Hamilton Station Road, Hamilton, Virginia

Landscape for Life is a sustainable landscaping course developed by the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center and the U.S. Botanic Garden.

The 6-session course teaches how we can transform our home landscapes and public places into healthy refuges that benefit not only birds, pollinators, and other wildlife, but also the community and the Chesapeake Bay. Topics covered will include Soil, Water, Plants, and Habitat in the sustainable landscape.

Thursday, October 5th, 2017, 5:30 PM
Location: CitySpace, 5th Street Northeast 100, Charlottesville, Virginia

Join the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) for a round of “lightning talks” about clean energy solutions including solar for your home and business. Local experts will give short, 5-minute presentations, and guests will move among tables in a fast-paced, fun event. Q&A will be right after the event. Light refreshments provided.

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017, 7:00 PM
Location: Greene County Library, Main Street 222, Stanardsville, Virginia

Photo by Chris Anderson

Join Celia Vuocolo, Wildlife Habitat & Stewardship Specialist with The Piedmont Environmental Council for an informative talk on this iconic species and local conservation efforts to bring back the brook trout.

Saturday, October 14th, 2017, 8:00 AM
Location: Fauquier County Fairgrounds, 6209 Old Auburn Road , Warrenton, Virginia

The Homesteaders of America conference is a self-sustainable conference of education and support for homesteaders across the United States and beyond. The 2017 conference will be held on October 14, 2017 in Warrenton, Virginia. The conference will have multiple key speakers, demonstrators, outdoor speakers, vendors, food stands, and more!

Saturday, October 14th, 2017, 10:00 AM
Location: Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants, Tufton Farm 1293, Charlottesville, Virginia

35 varieties of mostly native, young trees and shrubs for a variety of growing conditions. Fall is a great time to plant perennials!

Saturday, October 14th, 2017, 10:00 AM
Location: Sweetwater Lane 27, Washington, Virginia

Join experts Mike DiLello, Conservation Manager at the Farm at Sunnyside, and Celia Vuocolo, PEC Wildlife Habitat & Stewardship Specialist, for a tour of the farm's native meadow and riparian restoration projects, and invasive plant management strategies.

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017, 4:00 PM
Location: Piedmont Memorial Overlook, U.S. 17, Boyce, Virginia

Photo by Charlotte Lorick

Join the Blue Ridge Conservation Alliance on a tour of PEC's Piedmont Memorial Overlook. The Overlook is a 50-acre mountaintop property surrounded by publicly and privately preserved lands. Discover how PEC manages the property for wildlife habitat, biodiversity, and scenic enjoyment. Conservation professionals will discuss the critical importance of bringing these values home to your own property and will offer some simple practices for homeowners. 

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017, 11:30 AM
Location: Prospect Hall Shooting Club, 187 Brucetown Road , Kearneysville, West Virginia

Photo by John Moring

If you enjoy shooting and like to practice your skills while also supporting a worthy cause, please join The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) for lunch and a shooting event at beautiful Prospect Hall Shooting Club. The top three scoring male and female shooters will receive prizes, provided by Tri County Feed, Fashion, and Finds! Shooters will go through the course in teams of five. Join us for a chance to meet and shoot alongside awarding-winning competition shooter, Britton Condon!

Monday, October 23rd, 2017, 5:30 PM
Location: Random Row Brewing, 608 Preston Avenue , Charlottesville, Virginia

Are you a landowner interested in leasing out your farmland? Are you a beginning or established farmer looking for farmland to lease?

Please join us for a networking happy hour to talk about farmland leasing! Light refreshments and drink specials provided. Virginia Farm Link will also be in attendance to provide information on state-wide land linking opportunities.

Saturday, November 4th, 2017, 9:00 AM
Location: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Remount Road 1500, Front Royal, Virginia


(Two-day workshop)

Are you looking to take your trail camera success to the next level? Are there species you’ve always wanted to capture but they’ve eluded you time and time again? Are you thinking of investing in some trail cameras but need some guidance to make sure your investment is worthwhile?

Saturday, November 11th, 2017, 2:00 PM
Location: Paris Apothecary, 692 Federal Street , Paris, Virginia

The Paris Apothecary presents... the 1st annual Banjos & Botanicals event series! The series hosts incredible musicians, artists & speakers in celebration of the connections between people, plants & music.

Have you ever started a field sketchbook but ended up with incomplete pages and inconsistent entries? This class with botanist and artist, Lara Call Gastinger, will teach basic plant identification, how to observe and document plants, while successfully starting and maintaining a field sketchbook. This is a great class to get to know your surroundings and start a journal.

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