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Blue Ridge Conservation Alliance 2022 Summer Session

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The Blue Ridge Conservation Alliance (BRCA) is dedicated to preserving and protecting a highly threatened portion of the Blue Ridge Mountains stretching from the Shenandoah National Park to the Potomac River. In 2022, BRCA partners will be hosting four sessions to highlight programs, projects, and collaboration.

Free

NSLM’s Open Late Concert Series – Conservation Night

Bring your chairs or blanket and enjoy a free concert by The Knuckle Dusters (Americana) on the lawn of the National Sporting Library & Museum for Conservation Night, with partners Land Trust of Virginia, Blue Ridge Wildlife Center and The Piedmont Environmental Council.

Town Hall: Amazon Data Center and Dominion Transmission Line

Join local community groups, The Piedmont Environmental Council, Protect Fauquier and Citizens for Fauquier County for a town hall forum on the Amazon data center proposal at Blackwell Rd. in Warrenton and the associated Dominion substation and 230-kV transmission lines that would be required to serve the facility if approved by Warrenton Town Council.

Brown Bag Session: Spotted Lanternfly and Tree-of-Heaven

Join Blue Ridge PRISM on August 17 for its next Brown Bag Session. Take your lunch break and join Lori Chamberlain with the Virginia Department of Forestry and Tim Maywalt with Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards (and PRISM) to talk about about spotted lanternfly and its relationship with tree-of-heaven.

Climate Change: What does it mean for Albemarle County?

Wondering what we can expect for climate impacts in Albemarle County? Join the Cville100 Climate Coalition for a virtual presentation on August 23 to hear an overview of the recently released Albemarle County Climate Vulnerability and Risk Assessment. This is your chance to dig deep and arm yourself with the information we all need to plan for the future!

Free

Land Conservation and Management Workshop

The Lucketts Ruritan Club invites you to attend a land conservation and management workshop. The program will review conservation easement basics, available agricultural cost-share programs, and habitat restoration efforts within Loudoun County. You will also have the opportunity to mix and mingle with area landowners.

Permaculture Design Certification Course

Oak Spring Garden Foundation 1776 Loughborough Lane, Upperville, Virginia

A 72-hour course for Certification in Permaculture design sponsored by Oak Spring Garden Foundation and Regenerative Earth Design, LLC. The purpose of this course is to connect participants to their landscapes; first through observation and interaction, and then through design. We will explore what it means to create resiliency on an individual, community and even […]

Generation NEXT Legacy Planning Workshops – Virtual

If you have woodland, you have a legacy worth passing on. Passing your land and your stewardship values from one generation to the next takes work, planning, and education. Generation NEXT is an award-winning educational program that will get you started on the right path. This workshop provides free legal guidance and landowner stories about successful estate planning steps and strategies they have used.

$25

A Discussion on the Future of Culpeper

Kildee Farms 19295 Batna Rd., Culpeper, Virginia

Join Journey Through Hallowed Ground for an important town hall to learn more about large data center and utility-scale solar projects proposed for development in Culpeper and their impact on the county's landscape and economy.

Free

Generation NEXT Legacy Planning Workshops – Virtual

If you have woodland, you have a legacy worth passing on. Passing your land and your stewardship values from one generation to the next takes work, planning, and education. Generation NEXT is an award-winning educational program that will get you started on the right path. This workshop provides free legal guidance and landowner stories about successful estate planning steps and strategies they have used.

$25

Generation NEXT Legacy Planning Workshops – Virtual

If you have woodland, you have a legacy worth passing on. Passing your land and your stewardship values from one generation to the next takes work, planning, and education. Generation NEXT is an award-winning educational program that will get you started on the right path. This workshop provides free legal guidance and landowner stories about successful estate planning steps and strategies they have used.

$25

Generation NEXT Legacy Planning Workshops – Virtual

If you have woodland, you have a legacy worth passing on. Passing your land and your stewardship values from one generation to the next takes work, planning, and education. Generation NEXT is an award-winning educational program that will get you started on the right path. This workshop provides free legal guidance and landowner stories about successful estate planning steps and strategies they have used.

$25

New Landowner Conservation Services Workshop

Come out and meet with professionals from a myriad of conservation organizations active in providing landowner conservation programs and services in the Culpeper District! This program is targeted to newer landowners of agricultural and forested land in Culpeper, Madison, Greene, Orange and Rappahannock wishing to understand how the programs work!

$15

Virginia Grassland Bird Initiative: Summer Stockpile Grazing

Join John Marshall Soil & Water Conservation District with the Virginia Grassland Bird Initiative for a program and pasture walk as we examine forage quality vs. animal requirements, effects on soil health, and how to incorporate this tool into your grazing operation.

Flying High: Raptors and the Blue Ridge

Join Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Blue Ridge Conservation Alliance to learn about raptors and their connection to the Blue Ridge, featuring raptor expert Liam McGranaghan and Blue Ridge Wildlife Center Education Manager Jennifer Burghoffer.

PEC’s 50th Anniversary Virtual Auction & Paddle Raise

We invite you to check out the many wonderful auction items including destination vacations abroad and stateside, unique excursions to historic and natural places in Virginia, beautiful art, and so much more.

Loop de Ville Trailfest

This year is the Rivanna Trail's 30th Anniversary, and to celebrate this milestone - as well as National Public Lands day on September 24 - the Rivanna Trails Foundation is expanding their annual Loop de'Ville hike into a full weekend of special events. The Rivanna Trail Foundation is offering a series of hikes and bike rides on the trail, and events with live music, and local beer, wine, and food trucks offering their wares.

John Jackson Piedmont Blues Festival

Come and enjoy a day of Piedmont Blues music in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Rappahannock County, Virginia.

$10

Restoring the Little Things that Run the World with Doug Tallamy

Learn about the importance of insects from renowned author, Doug Tallamy, followed by panel of local experts with resources and tips! Gardeners, wildlife enthusiasts and backyard birdwatchers across the country will benefit from this lecture with professor and author, Doug Tallamy.

$10

Climate Resilience Planning: Understanding Local Impacts

Join Albemarle County for a discussion of the main conclusions of the Climate Vulnerability and Risk Assessment report, published in June 2022, and an overview of our next steps in building resilience as a community and local government.

Future Harvest Beginner Farmer Training Program (2023 Application Due Date)

Future Harvest's Beginner Farmer Training Program (BFTP) offers a 12-month immersive training experience that combines a comprehensive classroom curriculum with hands-on learning at some of the region’s leading sustainable farms. Applications for 2023 will be open from August 1 to September 30.

Fifeville Trail Opening Celebration

POSTPONED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER.Join local community leaders on Oct. 1 to celebrate the opening of the Fifeville Trail, which creates new connections between Tonsler Park and surrounding neighborhoods. The trail walk/ribbon cutting will be followed by a block party.

Social Sculpture for Next-Gen Conservationists

Participate in a youth-performed experiential art project from MacArthur Fellow Elizabeth Turk and gather as a community to learn about some of the plants that make our region special!

Fall Field Day at Bracketts Farm

Join Virginia Cooperative Extension for talks on adaptive management and grazing strategies, farming economics, herd health and more! Register online at www.vaforages.org by September 27, 2022.

Guided Trail Hike at Heyward Community Forest

all is here! Take a hike with Charlottesville Parks and Recreation staff, who are hosting guided hikes at Heyward Community Forest on Wednesday, Oct. 5, and Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Tree Planting at Bonny Brook Farm

Join PEC for a volunteer tree planting at Bonny Brook Farm in Fauquier County on Thursday, October 13! Volunteers will be needed for one shift, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., to help plant 55 native trees and shrubs along Cedar Run to enhance water quality and wildlife habitat as part of our Potomac Planting Program!

2022 VFGC Advanced Grazing School

Join Virginia Forage and Grazing Council for two days of workshops designed for farmers looking to transform their farm operation into a profitable business with less work and stress.

$100

Wilderness Crossing Town Hall

Locust Grove Middle School 6368 Flat Run Road, Locust Grove, Virginia

@ Locust Grove Middle School, 6368 Flat Run Road, Locust Grove, VA 22508 PEC and our partners will lay out the case against the proposed Wilderness Crossing development in Orange County and give you the information you need to make sure your voice is heard - starting now, and again in person once the issue […]

Free

Piedmont Mobility Alliance Fall Meeting

The fall meeting of Piedmont Mobility Alliance will be an opportunity to update one another and share resources / ideas and to begin planning the annual Mobility Summit (winter, 2023).

Our Community: More at Risk Than Ever Town Hall

Join us for a can't-miss community town hall event, hosted by The Piedmont Environmental Council, Citizens for Fauquier County and Protect Fauquier, to understand the myths and realities of Amazon's proposed Blackwell data center in Warrenton and to learn how you can take action.

Jefferson County Vision – An Update

The Blue Ridge Conservation Alliance's final quarterly education session is here! On Thursday, Oct. 27, Stacy Tabb and Marie Uehling, with Jefferson County Vision, will provide an update on Rockwool and other heavy industry in Jefferson County, WV.

Halloween Bike Ride

Get your costume, scare up some friends and join the Piedmont Mobility Alliance for a free, fun, relaxed and social bicycle ride through the streets of Charlottesville!

Tree Planting at Long Branch Farm

Join PEC for a volunteer tree planting at Long Branch Farm in Clarke County on Monday, October 31. Volunteers will be needed for two shifts, one from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and the other from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m., to help plant 270 native trees and shrubs along Long Branch to enhance water quality and wildlife habitat as part of our Potomac Planting Program!

Guided Trail Hike at Heyward Community Forest

Fall is here! Take a hike with Charlottesville Parks and Recreation staff, who are hosting a guided hike at Heyward Community Forest on Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 4:30 – 6 p.m.

A Year in the Life of an Owl

Join Liz Dennison of Secret Garden Birds and Bees to follow our region’s four resident owls from winter through fall.

Fifeville Trail Opening

Join local community leaders to celebrate the opening of the Fifeville Trail, which creates new connections between Tonsler Park and surrounding neighborhoods in the heart of Charlottesville.

Tree Planting at the Lane Property

Join PEC for a volunteer tree planting at the Lane Property in Rappahannock County on Wednesday, November 9. Volunteers will be needed for two shifts, one from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and the other from 1:30 - 4 p.m., to help plant 330 native trees and shrubs along a tributary of Kilby's Creek to enhance water quality and wildlife habitat as part of our Headwater Stream Initiative!

Farmscaping Workshop

Do you have trouble with pest control in your crops? Come to Fauquier Education Farm's workshop on farmscaping, where you can find out different land management techniques to create an ecosystem of beneficial organisms. Celia Vuocolo, Private Lands Biologist, and Jim Hankins, Executive Director, will discuss ways to promote insect biodiversity on the farm.

Virginia Bluebird Society’s Biennial Conference

Join Virginia Bluebird Society on November 11 and 12 to celebrate its 25th anniversary with a social hour, dinner and remarks by keynote speaker Julie Zickefoose. Saturday’s events include an optional bird walk led by Phil Silas along Neabsco Creek Boardwalk, followed by a day of breakout sessions with such knowledgeable presenters as Bet Zimmerman Smith, Maureen Eiger, and Virginia DWR educator Jessica Ruthenberg, among others.

Tree Planting at Clermont Farm

Join PEC for a volunteer tree planting at Clermont Farm in Clarke County on Saturday, November 12! Volunteers will be needed for two shifts, one from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and the other from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m., to help plant about 300 native trees and shrubs along Dog Run to enhance water quality and wildlife habitat as part of our Potomac Planting Program!

Sperryville Trail Network Invasives Removal and Trash Pick-Up Work Day

The Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection and the Sperryville Community Alliance are co-sponsoring a morning of invasives removal and cleanup along the Sperryville Trail Network on Saturday, November 12. We'll focus on a few portions of the trail in the vicinity of the Village along the Thornton River.

Happy Creek Restoration – Community Planting Day

We invite the Front Royal and surrounding community to join us for a day of revegetating a section of Happy Creek's riparian buffer on Saturday, November 19, 2022, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Unity in the Community Bike Ride

The approximately four-mile ride will start and finish at Tonsler Park, follow low-stress streets and pay a visit to the new Fifeville Community Trail.