Kids In Parks TRACK Trail Dedication – April 3

Kids In Parks Kiosk - Winter (Close)Kids In Parks TRACK Trail Dedication – April 3, 3:30 p.m. (Trailhead)

Open now for your enjoyment at the Rockfish River Trailhead, the Rockfish Valley TRACK Trail is sure to entertain kids with a great time learning about the animals, plants, and culture of the Rockfish Valley. This trail will be dedicated in early April by members of the Kids In Parks organization.

Photographer Ben Greenberg – March 15

Photographer Ben Greenberg – March 15, 2 – 3 p.m. (Natural History Center)

James River, Richmond - BG

Ben Greenberg will be at the Rockfish Valley Foundation’s Natural History Center (NHC) on March 15 to talk about his upcoming book, Natural Virginia, which features panoramic photographs from across the state. His pictures will continue to be on display at the Center through April 15 after his talk. You may view them Saturdays and Sundays after the Center reopens April 5 or by special arrangement.

A Water Quality Study

A Water Quality Study on the North Fork, South Fork, Rockfish River and Taylor Creek in Nelson County, VA.
(information from the website)
North Rockfish Report final 7.29.10

Master Naturalist course this Spring

The Central Virginia Master Naturalist Chapter has 21 members. These are graduates from the 40 hour curriculum presented in 2008. The Master Naturalist Program is a statewide program focused on the natural sciences and the environment. The president of the local chapter is Ginny Newton whose email is and the head of planning for the course is David Sellers whose email is The chapter was formed with the support of several local non profit partners including The Rockfish Valley Foundation as initiating partner. Others included The Wintergreen Nature Foundation, The Wildlife Center of Virgina, Friends of Rockfish Watershed, Nature Camp, USDOF Blue Ridge Parkway and Sherando Lake.

Information on the Spring Course is below:

The Central Blue Ridge Virginia Master Naturalist Spring Training Program 2009 – The next training session will be held on Saturdays on eight weekends from March through May, including a full weekend at Nature Camp. There is a $125 fee to cover course materials and chapter organization costs. Applications available at the Virginia Master Naturalist website or from the Nelson County Cooperative Extension office in Lovingston. Application deadline is February 16, 2009.
For more information, contact Michael Lachance at 434.263.4035 or email


The Virginia Master Naturalist Program is a statewide corps of volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities. Interested Virginians become Master Naturalists through training and volunteer service.

The process for becoming a certified Virginia Master Naturalist typically takes 6 to 12 months. One starts by completing a 40-hour basic training course offered by a local chapter of the program. An additional 8 hours of advanced training are also required. An important part of the certification process is the required 40 hours of volunteer service.

Chapters are in development across Virginia. In an area where there is no existing chapter, several interested people and an advisor from a sponsoring agency can start their own.

The Virginia Master Naturalist Program is jointly sponsored by

It is based in the Department of Forestry within the College of Natural Resources at Virginia Tech.



Scenic Virginia Viewshed Photo Competition

Scenic Virginia wants your beautiful photos of the Commonwealth’s breathtaking vistas for our 2008 Viewshed Photo Competition.

The competition is open to all. We are seeking viewshed photos in the following five categories:

  • Coastal /Chesapeake Bay
  • Mountains
  • Open Space/Farmland
  • Rivers/Waterways
  • Urban Landscapes.

It’s easy to enter. For full competition rules and regulations, visit

our website and click on the link next to the camera on the Home page.

NOTE: The deadline for photo entries (to be submitted online via Flickr™) is Monday, September 1, 2008 (Labor Day) at 5:00 pm.

Questions? Call (804) 643-VIEW

NEWS Trail Walk – Invasive Plants – Monday 6/16/2008

Bryan Wender from VA Dept of Conservation and Recreation will lead a walk along the Rockfish River Monday June 16, 2008. Those interested should meet at 10:00 AM Monday at the Rockfish River/Rt 151 Trail Head – wear comfortable walking shoes. The walk will include a workshop to identify invasive plants and how to control and eliminate them. Please feel free to bring smaples of invasives from your land that you want identified. This will also be an opportunity to identify and discuss native plants appropriate for the river’s edge and wetlands. For further information , contact Peter Agelasto at 434 361 2251.

RVF Stewardship


We at Rockfish Valley Foundation participate in a number of programs that preserve and protect land resources. What follows is a listing of our commitments and links to sites where you may learn more about such opportunities. We invite you to visit and see the ongoing efforts to protect and enhance land in the South rockfish Valley that was first settled by Scotch Irish immigrants from Pennsylvania in the 1740s.

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