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The Rockfish Valley Foundation (RVF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving Nelson County, VA and beyond since 2005. We are the only public park in Nelson County. We aim to inspire a healthy lifestyle by offering hiking trails, programs, & events. Our land serves as an outdoor laboratory for students, the community & visitors alike. 

Vital RVF Staff:

Katrina Broughman – Program Director

  • Six years of teaching experience
    • Two in Peace Corps Moldova as an English Education Volunteer
    • Two as an outdoor educator at Boxerwood Nature Center (Lexington)
    • Two as an English Language Arts Teacher with Staunton City Schools
  • Passionate about getting students outside 
  • Main focus on interdisciplinary & project/problem/place-based learning 
  • M.A. in Sociology, Morehead State University, KY 2019 – present
  • M.Ed. in Environment-Based Learning, Mary Baldwin University (MBU), Staunton, VA  2018 – present
  • B.A. in Sociology and English, Mary Baldwin College (MBU) 2009-2013
    • Environmental Studies, Peacemaking & Conflict Resolution, & Education
    • Capstone Festival nominee
    • Distinction in Major for Sociology Thesis: “Naturally Religious.” 

Michael Lachance – Retired Extension Agent at 4H for Nelson County

Barbara Heyl – Retired Chemistry Professor from Piedmont Valley Community College


What Can You Do at RVF? 

We have several elements visitors may enjoy:

  • Spruce Creek Park
    • Children’s Nature Trail
    • Free Play Materials
    • Native Plant Walk
    • Archaeology Site
    • Picnic Area
    • Nelson Geology Info Kiosk
  • Rockfish Trail System
    • Geology Trail
    • Hiking and Birding Trails
    • Camille Trail Head
    • Kid in Parks – Track Trail
  • Natural History Center
    • Rotating exhibits connecting indoors and outdoors
    • Visitor’s Center
  • Gift Shop
  • Nelson Scenic Loop
  • South Rockfish Valley Rural Historic District

Contact Information:

Katrina Broughman, Program Director:

General Information:

Location of RVF

We are located in the South Rockfish Valley of Nelson County along Route 151 in Nellysford, VA 22958, just north of Bold Rock Cider.

1368 Rockfish Valley Highway

Nellysford, VA 22958

(434) 361-0271


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