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Land Conservation 101 & Virginia Grassland Bird Initiative

As part of the Rivanna Master Naturalists’ continuing education lecture series, PEC staff will share information about local land conservation efforts and land management for grassland birds. The educational event is free and open to the public.

Land Conservation Efforts in Clarke County

This talk will focus on the work of the Clarke County Conservation Easement Authority since 2002 and general land conservation ethics. Led by Allison Teetor, recently retired Clarke County Natural Resource Planner.

Local Waters

The National Sporting Library & Museum is excited to once again host the International Fly-Fishing Film Festival (IF4) as part of our Local Waters partnership with Buchanan Hall presented by Orvis®. Local Waters is a two-part summer event series of fly-fishing festivities which includes the showing of IF4 at the NSLM on Sunday, July 30 and a Fly-Fishing Field Day at Buchanan Hall on Saturday, August 12.

Solarize Virginia Webinar

Join the Local Energy Alliance Program for one of our informational webinars! We will walk you through how solar works, what you can expect when you sign up for Solarize, and more. Plus, we’ll have a Q&A with our program installers to answer all of your questions.

Bee-Friendly Beef Producer Workshop

Are you a farmer interested in promoting pollinator habitat in your pastures while meeting your production goals? Join VWL for their “Bee-Friendly Beef Producer Workshop” on Thursday, August 3, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, VA.

Local Waters

The National Sporting Library & Museum is excited to once again host the International Fly-Fishing Film Festival (IF4) as part of our Local Waters partnership with Buchanan Hall presented by Orvis®. Local Waters is a two-part summer event series of fly-fishing festivities which includes the showing of IF4 at the NSLM on Sunday, July 30 and a Fly-Fishing Field Day at Buchanan Hall on Saturday, August 12.

Solarize Virginia Webinar

Join the Local Energy Alliance Program for one of our informational webinars! We will walk you through how solar works, what you can expect when you sign up for Solarize, and more. Plus, we’ll have a Q&A with our program installers to answer all of your questions.

Fall Native Plant Sale at Morven Park

Autumn is an optimal time for planting trees and shrubs and other perennials. A huge selection of native plants will be available from local native plant nurseries.

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 Soil and Water Conservation District!

Generation NEXT Workshop in Charlottesville

If you have woodland, you have a legacy worth passing on. Passing your land and stewardship values from one generation to the next takes information and work. Generation NEXT is an award-winning educational program that will get you started on the right path.

Farm-to-Table Dinner

PEC's annual farm-to-table dinner & paddle raise will be hosted by Mrs. Caroline Collomb at Oakwood Farm.

Loop de Ville + Mini-Summit

The annual Loop de Ville Trail Fest is a celebration of walking, biking and running in Charlottesville and Albemarle. This year, the two-day event takes place on September 23-24 and will include a Sunday Mobility Alliance “Mini-Summit” where you will be able to quickly learn about many local efforts to improve connectivity and everyday access to nature.

Rappahannock County Farm Tour

Have fun visiting farms and learning about agriculture practices, with the breathtaking background of beautiful Rappahannock County.

Piedmont Mobility Alliance Fall Meeting & Work Session

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library Central Branch 201 E. Market Street, Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

The Piedmont Mobility Alliance gathers every two months to work collaboratively. This work session will cover coordinating a fall advocacy campaign for increased funding of sidewalks, bike lanes, and trails, beginning plans for Bike Month 2024, and discussing the Alliance's future structure.

Community Conservation Walk in Marshall

Come join neighbors on a fun and educational walk showcasing a suite of conservation practices underway on a Piedmont landscape. This is a free knowledge-sharing event led by Smithsonian's Virginia Working Landscapes and the Piedmont Environmental Council.

Cedar Mountain 5k and 10k Rally

Cedar Mountain Battlefield Foundation is hosting its first 5k and 10k on October 1 at the Cedar Mountain Battlefield to increase awareness of the 162-acre historic area, raise money for its preservation and the maintenance of trails, and contribute to the well-being of the community. The race is being administered by Bishop Events with an entry fee of $35.

Native Plant Sale & Community Day at Clermont

Come to Clermont Farm for an opportunity to buy native plants at the best time of year for planting, as well as natural products from area vendors, and tours/education walks. The event is rain or shine, $5 per car.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Violet Crown Cinema 200 West Main Street, Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Join The Living Earth School in person (or virtually) on Wednesday, October 11 for The Wild & Scenic Film Festival.

Riparian Buffer Workshop for Landowners: Basics and Funding Opportunities

Join the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District, the VA Department of Forestry, and the Piedmont Environmental Council for a workshop on riparian forest buffers. Learn about the importance of these buffers as a tool to improve water quality in our local watersheds and explore sources of funding for implementing buffers on your property.

Gettysburg 30th Anniversary Celebration

The Journey Through Hallowed Ground invites you to join Director Ron Maxwell and members of the Cast in Gettysburg, PA October 13-15, 2023, for a weekend long festival as the acclaimed film Gettysburg celebrates 30 years!

Fauquier County Fall Farm Tour

Don't miss this great opportunity to get to visit some of Fauquier County's amazing farms during this is free, self-guided tour.

Loudoun County Fall Farm Tour

Enjoy over 40 local farm stops full of delicious produce, cute animals, farm demonstrations, and fun & educational programs.

Protect Catlett Town Hall Meeting – Data Centers and Transmission Lines

Cedar Run Building 3558 Catlett Rd., Catlett, Virginia, United States

Protect Catlett is hosting a town hall meeting on Thurs, Nov. 2 about the potential for new transmission line projects proposed in the Piedmont and surrounding areas tied to the explosive growth of data centers in the region.

Town Hall Meeting – Data Centers and Transmission Lines (Warrenton)

Join our coalition of local community groups, Citizens for Fauquier County, The Piedmont Environmental Council, Protect Catlett and Protect Fauquier, for a town hall forum about the potential for new transmission line projects proposed in Fauquier County and surrounding areas tied to the explosive growth of data centers in the region. This meeting will take place on Monday, Nov. 13 […]

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Blue Ridge Conservation Alliance Quarterly Gathering

Join friends and partners of the Blue Ridge Conservation Alliance on November 16 at Shenandoah University’s scenic Cool Spring campus on the river. Refreshments will be provided. Weather permitting, everyone is invited to stay for a walk.

Sperryville Trail Tree Planting

Join PEC at the Sperryville Trail on Saturday, November 18 in Sperryville, VA. Volunteers will work in two shifts, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. to plant 125 native trees and shrubs along the Thornton River to enhance water quality and wildlife habitat as part of our Headwater Stream Initiative!

Town Hall on Energy Infrastructure and Data Centers

Old Stone School 37098 Charles Town Pike, Hillsboro, Virginia, United States

Join local conservation organizations for a community town hall about the potential for new transmission line projects proposed in Loudoun County and surrounding areas tied to the explosive growth of data centers in the region.

Rappahannock County Park Tree Planting

Join PEC at Rappahannock County Park on Wednesday, December 6 in Washington, VA. Volunteers will work in two shifts, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. to plant 200 native trees and shrubs along the Rush River to enhance water quality and wildlife habitat as part of our Headwater Stream Initiative!

Holiday Open House

PEC Warrenton Office 45 Horner St, Warrenton, VA, United States

Grab a cup of cheer and mingle with fellow PEC members and staff! You’re invited to stop by our Warrenton office between 2–6 p.m. for some refreshments and engaging conversation.

Fifeville Community Trail Work Party

Tonsler Park 500 Cherry Avenue, Charlottesville, Virginia

Join the Rivanna Trails Foundation, the Fifeville Neighborhood Association and PEC on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024, from 9 - 11:30 a.m. for a work/service party at the Fifeville Community Trail.

Tackling the Food Waste Challenge for People and Planet

Come learn about how waste is being tackled around the nation by our local businesses and innovators. Ideas for ending farm waste to improve livelihoods, delivering surplus to hungry neighbors, creating new revenue opportunities for producers and avoiding “science experiments” in our refrigerators. Make a New Year’s resolution to be part of the solution.

Piedmont Mobility Alliance Meeting – January 2024

Water Street Center 407 E Water St, Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

The Piedmont Mobility Alliance is a coalition of organizations, agencies, businesses and groups who share a vision of a better-connected community for walking, biking and other forms of active transportation in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. We gather every two months to share updates and work collaboratively on projects that none can accomplish alone. Our first meeting of 2024 will take place Tuesday, January 30 from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Water Street Center.

Conservation Speed Dating Workshop

The Hill School - Peard Building 130 Madison St, Middleburg, Virginia, United States

Join the conservation community for a free workshop to learn about opportunities for landowners and producers to better manage their land in Fauquier County.

Community Meeting on Energy Infrastructure and Data Centers – Charlottesville

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th Street NW, Charlottesville, Virginia

Learn more about data centers and surging electricity demand, and the potential for new transmission line projects in Albemarle County, the City of Charlottesville, and surrounding areas tied to the explosive growth of data centers in the region.

Piedmont Landscape Association

Paramount Theater 215 E Main Street, Charlottesville, Virginia

The Piedmont Landscape Association gathers every year to bring together gardening enthusiasts and landscape professionals together for a full day of education and fellowship. PEC will be present in support, with a table of information about our work. See their website for more information about the seminar's agenda and how you can register today.