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.

Kid*Vention – February 22 on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall

RVF will have an exciting booth at Kid*Vention.
This event, hosted every year by the Virginia Discovery Museum, “is a free community event at which children and their families can learn and play at a variety of stations.” Come find our station to participate in our fun wildlife observation activity.

Don’t Miss Kid*Vention – February 22, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on the Downtown Mall, Charlottesville.

Walk and Talk about “Wild-land Fires, Friend or Foe?” Ranger John & Naturalist Rob

Saturday, July 27th 

10 a.m.

Tired of raw hot dogs and charred s’mores cooked on your pitiful campfire? At 10 a.m., take a short tree identification hike with naturalist Robert Jennings from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Following the hike, come eat lunch with us at 11 a.m., while listening to a campfire/forest fire safety demonstration given by state park ranger, John Zawatsky. Ranger John will have his fire protective gear on display, including his deployable fire tent, and he will answer your camping & fire safety questions. Hot dogs and bottled water provided.

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Birding Trail celebrates 5th anniversary

2009 marks the fifth anniversary of the completion of the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail, the nation’s first statewide wildlife viewing trail, with more than 600 sites. The Piedmont Phase (the last of the three regional phases including the Coastal and Mountain regions) was dedicated at Monticello in September 2004. Virginia has one of the highest diversities of birds in the eastern United States, with nearly 400 resident and migratory bird species.The state also boasts one of the highest diversities of all wildlife in the eastern United States, with over 3,000 species of fish, reptiles, amphibians, mussels, crayfish, birds, mammals, butterflies and dragonflies.

A picture of VDOT working to repair flow of the Rockfish river

We have begun to write down our journey and share with the public the development of our foundation. There are a number of exciting opportunities happening. From a new Virginia Master Naturalist Chapter to new Bluebird houses we are engaging our local ecology and participating in its biodiversity and health. We have just completed a river restoration project to help restore the natural flow of the south-fork of the Rockfish river. While it may seem unnatural to re-channel and engage the flow of a river, our research studies have shown that river flow is something we all affect regardless of if we have contact with the actual river. Here is a picture of some of the river restoration work that the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has accomplished. We have hundreds of photographs that we plan to publish over the next few weeks and months.

LILLY when she arrived

The star attraction

LILLY was born May 11, 2005. She arrived at the Rockfish Vally in June 2005. She is the mascott of the Rockfish Valley Foundation. She has spend the winter at her barn on the East side of the highway at Rockfish Valley Farm with her Friends Bambi and Buddy. She will move to her summer home on the West side of Rt 151 as soon as her sheep arrive.