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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!

Fall Invasive Plant Workshop in Charlottesville (In-Person)

Join Blue Ridge PRISM’s knowledgeable staff and volunteers in the field to learn invasive plant ID, herbicide safety, basic management strategies, and a how-to for manual/chemical control techniques.

$25

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, United States

@ 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 […]

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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.

2022 General Assembly Preview

Join hundreds of conservation and environmental advocates gathering across Virginia to learn about the significant environmental legislative action coming up in the 2023 General Assembly. The Piedmont Environmental Council hosting an in-person regional watch party through VCN, featuring speakers and breakfast.

The Beauty of Plant in Winter Walk with Dr. Emily Southgate

In winter, plants reveal beautiful and functional patterns of stems, fruits and buds. Join the Virginia Native Plant Society Piedmont Chapter with Dr. Emily Southgate to discuss these on a walk around the campus of The Hill School.

It [Particulate] Matters What We Breathe

Virginia LCV and the Loudoun Climate Project are joining together to host a webinar surrounding the importance of having accurate data to monitor the quality of the air we're breathing here in Virginia.

Christmas Bird Count

Join The Clifton Institute for its annual Christmas Bird Count! We’ll spend the day surveying the birds in our 15-mile-diameter count circle, which includes a variety of habitats.

Central Loudoun Christmas Bird Count

Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy in participating in the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count. Our count circle has a 15-mile diameter and covers 177 square miles of Loudoun’s countryside: north to Waterford, south to Aldie, east to Ashburn, and west to Purcellville.

Blue Ridge PRISM Winter Meeting

Join Blue Ridge PRISM for this free interactive webinar where you will learn about safe and effective winter control methods and find out which plants can be treated now or should be left alone for later. Rod Walker, Blue Ridge PRISM President, will provide a short update on recent PRISM activities, to be followed by a Q&A session with our expert panel focusing on how to control invasive plants during the winter. Submit your questions beforehand (during registration) or ask them live!

Co-Creating Our County, Regenerating Our Future

We "Co-Creators" with Loudoun County as an example of our “Living System” of life, present an afternoon to increase our awareness of agricultural resources and its wonderful ecosystem for how we live amongst our living system as Loudoun County.

Solar on the Farm Workshop

A workshop to introduce farmers and rural businesses in Fauquier and adjacent counties to opportunities for integrating distributed solar into their operations.

Conservation Lobby Day

VCN's annual Conservation Lobby Day is your chance to lobby with fellow advocates in your district for the environmental action that matters most to you.

2023 Women in Agriculture Gathering

This event will equip female farmers, landowners, and agriculture enthusiasts with opportunities to network with peers, hone technical skills, and discuss solutions to the unique challenges they face.

Positioning your Farm Business for Successful Transition

Join Virginia Cooperative Extension and our workshop leader, Dick Wittman of Wittman Consulting. Dick has been a lender, and is a multi-enterprise farmer/rancher, family business consultant, and author. Participants in this daylong workshop will take a deep dive filled with resources to support their efforts in transitioning their family property with or without an heir.

Mardi Gras Bike Ride and Procession

Join PEC for a celebratory, low-stress bike ride through the streets of Charlottesville, followed by a Karnival Krewe procession.