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Protecting Shenandoah’s Brook Trout

Shenandoah National Park protects incredible natural resources including iconic brook trout, but climate change knows no boundaries and is already increasing temperatures in the Park. Many of the Park’s brook trout populations are in decline, but there are bright spots, and a new effort from the Park and Shenandoah National Park Trust seeks to understand where brook trout are doing well so those areas can be protected from other stressors. During this event, we will discuss what we know about the status of brook trout in Shenandoah, what makes their populations go up and down, and what we can do to protect them. This event kicks off our celebration of National Park Week.

Piedmont Mobility Alliance Spring 2023 Meeting

The spring meeting of Piedmont Mobility Alliance will be an opportunity to update one another and share resources/ideas to follow up on the successful February 24 Mobility Summit.

Spring Native Plant Sale at Morven Park

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy's Native Plant Sale is the place to buy spring-blooming flowers, vines, trees, shrubs and ferns from four local native plant nurseries.

Front Royal Earth Day Celebration

We can't wait for even more excitement this year at our Earth Day Celebration -- hosted by the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee and the Town of Front Royal!

Tree Planting at Cool Lawn Farm

Come help plant trees in a riparian forest buffer at Cool Lawn Farm (of Moo Thru Ice Cream fame!) in Remington, VA. This volunteer event is hosted by Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay with Friends of the Rappahannock, PEC and John Marshall SWCD.

Earth Day Extravaganza

Learn about environmental issues through hands-on activities, educational demonstrations and nature crafts. Enjoy guided tours and family-friendly festival games while discovering ways to live a more sustainable life. Bring the whole family—there’s something for everyone!

Solar Open House in Warrenton

Cal and Kathy Hickey’s House 183 N VIEW CIR, Warrenton, Virginia, United States

How would you like to completely eliminate your monthly bills from Dominion Energy and have reserve backup power for all your critical household needs in the event of a power outage? Come see a solar photovoltaic (PV) power system designed and installed to do just that! 

Free

Nature for Everyone Earth Day Celebration in Greene County

Greene County Visitor Center 9157 Seminole Trail, Ruckersville, Virginia, United States

Join local environmental organizations to celebrate Earth Day. The event will provide an opportunity for the community to come out and take part in nature-themed activities, engage in citizen science, gain valuable conservation knowledge, and meet some interesting animals.

City Nature Challenge (Charlottesville Region)

We are constantly surrounded by nature in the Charlottesville area: it is in the soil of a flowerbed, flying overhead, and even growing in the cracks of sidewalks. Head outside and see what you can find in Charlottesville and the surrounding counties and make the City Nature Challenge a success!

Free

SperryFest 2023

This year, SperryFest is back and better than ever! Be part of one of Rappahannock County’s largest community festivals, the fourth annual SperryFest and its Great Rubber Duck Race Down the Mighty Thornton River. This year’s festival is scheduled for Saturday, April 29 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sperryville’s Historic Main Street.

Back to the Basics – Encouraging Biodiversity Throughout Clarke!

Long Branch Historic House and Farm 830 Long Branch Lane, Boyce, Virginia, United States

The Piedmont Environmental Council's Clarke County Land Conservation Fund is excited to host Fritz Reuter, owner of Virginica, LLC. With a focus on indigenous flora, Fritz specializes in sustainable land management design and maintenance.

Loudoun County Energy and Environment Forum

embers of the community are encouraged to learn and engage about Loudoun County’s efforts to increase sustainability. The forum will feature information stations where members of the public may learn about ongoing activities in the areas of energy and the environment and provide comments.

Cville Bike to Work Week: Kickoff Party

Hop on your bike and ride (or stroll) to Three Notch’d to celebrate Bike to Work Week! Numerous veteran bike commuters will be on hand to offer recommendations and to answer any questions you might have.

Cville Bike to Work Week: Wednesday Appreciation Station at West Main

Outside Shenanigans Toys 601 W Main St, Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Are you interested in biking to work – or maybe curious about it? Let us encourage you during your morning commute – or ride – with free swag, free snacks (courtesy of Albemarle Baking Company) and even a quick tune up (with Blue Wheel Cyclery).

Riparian Buffer Funding Webinar

Please join the Upper and Middle James Riparian Buffer Consortium on June 1, 2023, from 1- 2 p.m. for a buffer funding webinar where we will discuss funding programs available for landowners.

160th Anniversary of the Battle of Brandy Station

Join Culpeper Battlefields Tour and its partners for the 160th anniversary of the Battle of Brandy Station with a series of events and re-enactments from June 9 - June 11.

American Kestrel Ecology Program

Join us to learn about conservation efforts to provide nesting habitat for American Kestrels across the Virginia Piedmont and Shenandoah Valley. October Greenfield, Wildlife Habitat Restoration Coordinator for The Piedmont Environmental Council, will present on American Kestrel ecology and conservation challenges, followed by a field walk to learn about monitoring nest boxes.

Inspiring Conservation: PEC Annual Meeting featuring Dr. Mamie Parker

Meadowkirk at Delta Farm 38012 Delta Farm Ln, Middleburg, Virginia, United States

Save the date! Join us for a fun, informative day at Meadowkirk in Middleburg. Catch up with friends, participate in one of our workshops and learn more about local efforts to build a stronger, more sustainable region.

Round Hill / Hillsboro Appalachian Trail Festival

Celebrate the Appalachian Trail! Join us in June to listen to hiking experts and enjoy live music, kids' activities, an A.T.-inspired art show and more. We'll also go "hands on" again, with activities and demos like trail cooking, yoga for hikers, and hammock camping!

Juneteenth Celebration at Montpelier

Spend the day at Montpelier with specialty tours, living history interpreters, hands on activities for children, musical presentations, food trucks and more!

Piedmont Mobility Alliance: June Meeting

The June meeting of Piedmont Mobility Alliance will be an opportunity to update one another and joint efforts to improve walking, biking, transit and everyday access to the outdoors in Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

Lucketts History Fair

Enjoy a family-friendly afternoon of children’s activities, artifacts, living history, and more! Discover the stories of historic events that took place in your backyard—from early Native American communities, the American Revolution, Civil War, through the 20th Century.

Nature Night: Welcome Fireflies!

Inviting you to Welcome the Fireflies! Renowned Master Naturalist and engaging educational speaker, Alonso Abugattas, Jr. (AKA “The Capital Naturalist”), will shine the light on firefly species, the science about why these bugs bums light-up through bioluminescence and how others use pheromones to locate mates.

“These Are Not Your Grandpa’s Quail”: Modern Bobwhite Quail Habitat Management

On July 19, we will talk about a bird whose call is a beloved sound for many of us. The northern bobwhite aka bobwhite quail (Colinus virginianus) is the only quail native to eastern North America. We hear its call much less often now because of a steep decline in the bobwhite quail population, mostly due to habitat loss.

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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.

Sources of Conservation Funding (free workshop and social)

Powers Farm and Brewery 9269 Redemption Way, Midland, Virginia, United States

Join John Marshall Soil and Water Conservation District, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Fauquier County’s Conservation Easement Program, and The Piedmont Environmental Council for a workshop to explore tools and sources of funding for conservation easements and land management

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.