Briar Woods School River Quest

Briar Woods Field School Experience Around 40 Briar Woods students joined teacher Patricia Blackwell and naturalists and river guides from River & Trail Outfitters for River Quest 2012, on the beautiful Shenandoah River near Harpers Ferry, WV. “Who can figure out where we are?” asks river guide John DeMary of the students surrounding him.  He […]

Speaking Up for the Piedmont

The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) was founded in 1972 to promote and protect the Virginia Piedmont’s rural economy, natural resources, history and beauty. Headquartered in Warrenton, VA, we have offices throughout a nine county Piedmont region that includes Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock counties. This latest video from The Downstream […]

We Can’t Do It Alone

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation A volunteer tree-planting on Darrell and Crystal Landes’ farm in Rockingham County, Virginia, demonstrates how the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) partners with farmers, volunteers, and state and federal cost-share programs to ensure clean water and healthy farms. The work on the Landes’ farm is part of a larger outreach and technical […]

Gaining Ground Movies and Website Go Public!

Virginia Farmers Are Talking About Continuous No-Till and Improved Grazing Management… And now you can hear what they are saying by watching our new “Gaining Ground” movies! In our two movies, each just 15 minutes long, a dozen Virginia farmers explain how continuous no-till and managed grazing have improved their farms and their lives. Also […]

Marcellus Shale Workshop, May 5, in Harrisonburg

View a video from SVN’s May 5 Marcellus workshop in Harrisonburg

Preserving the Monongahela

The Downstream Project has been following the Shepherdstown Presbyterian Youth Group as they study environmental stewardship and put our faith into action by actively supporting and advocating for more wilderness area’s in the Monongahela National Forest. Every spring, our group takes a camping trip to Dolly Sods Wilderness Area. We find the wilderness to be […]

EcoVenture Day 6 Webcast

httpvhd:// We reached the highest point of the trail in the Shenandoah National Park just below Stoney Man summit. We were amazed at the number of people day hiking and witnessed first hand what our presenters referred to as damage to outcrop vegetation and potential nesting areas that could be closed off from the park. […]

EcoVenture Day 5 Webcast

httpvhd:// Shenandoah U’s Kelley Mitchell recounts the climb to Mary’s Rock, the highlight of the day, lifting spirits and providing some magical moments. The rush of gusting winds only intensified the power and wonder of this place.

EcoVenture Day 3 Webcast

httpv:// October 5, 2009 Imagine the Appalachian Trail as your classroom and receiving instruction from the likes of William McShea, Senior Research Scientist with the Smithsonian Institute; T’ai Roulston, ecologist from Blandy Experimental Farm; and Wendy Cass, botanist with the National Park Service. These presentations were the special highlights of Day 3 of the Shenandoah […]

EcoVenture Day 2 Webcast

httpv:// October 4, 2009 “Travis is up at 5 am…..” so says John Copenhaver. Hike to Compton’s Peak and beyond, on a beautiful day for hiking. Naturalist T’ai Roulston from Blandy Experimental Farm joins the team for a host of mini-lectures….