Upcoming Events

Friday, July 27th, 2018 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Belle Grove, Belle Grove Road 336, Middletown, Virginia

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park is pleased to announce a series of special “History at Sunset” programs.  These ranger-conducted presentations cover a variety of subjects and provide visitors an opportunity to see sites normally not open, or widely accessible, to the general public. Join Ranger Kyle Rothemich as he explores the history of the Bowman-Hite Farmstead. This farmstead stands as a unique example of a 19th century Shenandoah Valley agricultural landscape.

Saturday, July 28th, 2018 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Clifton Institute, 6712 Blantyre Rd, Warrenton, Virginia

Join our partners, Clifton Institute, for their 23rd annual butterfly count. This will be their 16th year collaborating with the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) July butterfly counts.

Novice and experienced butterfly enthusiasts are needed! Citizen scientists will be assigned to small teams, led by an experienced butterfly counter. Teams will survey a variety of sites within our count circle.

Contact Bert Harris ( for more information. RSVP required. To RSVP please email Bert or register here. This event is $5 per attendee. Children 8 and older may participate for free, when accompanied by a parent.

Saturday, July 28th, 2018 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive, Stanley, Virginia

Discover how the often unnoticed work of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators is essential in the interconnected community of wildflowers, plants, and wildlife in the Big Meadows. Ranger Mara Meisel and Park Volunteer & Master Naturalist Jack Price will lead indoor presentations and then take participants on a hike to learn more. This seminar is intended for the general public, ages 12 and up and space is limited to 20 participants. $40.00 registration fee and advanced registration is required.

Saturday, July 28th, 2018 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: Blandy Experimental Farm Library, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, Virginia

Explore the State Arboretum of Virginia under the full moon. Wear comfortable shoes, bring a flashlight, and explore the natural world at dusk and after dark. Who knows what we might see, hear, or smell! Reservations required — Space is limited. FOSA members/UVa Alumni $10, nonmembers $15, Member/Alumni family $20, nonmember family $25.

Call 540-837-1758 Ext. 224 1-5 p.m. or click here to Register Online!

Sunday, July 29th, 2018 8:00 AM – Thursday, August 2nd, 2018 10:00 AM
Location: Merrimac Farm, Stone House, Deepwood Lane 15014, Nokesville, Virginia

Join the Prince William Conservation Alliance to look for birds as they hike through the uplands to the edge of the floodplain, covering a variety of habitats, including open fields and woodland edges. Everyone is welcome. Dress for the weather, bring binoculars and cameras. More info on their website. RSVP (appreciated) to PWCA, 703.499.4954 or

This event is held on the last Sunday of every month at 8am (except December when we sponsor the Nokesville Christmas Bird Count)!

Saturday, August 4th, 2018 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

It’s time for Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s 22nd Annual Butterfly Count! Come and have fun while contributing to butterfly conservation. You will visit locations that include butterfly gardens, sanctuaries, roadside wildflower areas and parks. We typically count over 2,000 butterflies in this single day and spot as many as 50 species!

We will lead surveys at sites located in a "count circle" that stretches from White’s Ferry in the east to the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Center in the west and south to Lincoln

Registration required: Sign up here

Saturday, August 4th, 2018 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: James Madison's Montpelier, Constitution Highway 11350, Montpelier Station, Virginia

Peel back 250 years of landscaping, one layer at a time, to learn how the grounds of James Madison’s Montpelier became a trove of champion trees and unique plantings, cultivated with great care and attention over generations of care and preservation. This tour begins at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Location: The Clifton Institute, 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, Virginia

Local birder Todd Day will guide our exploration of the field station at the Clifton Institute in search of lingering summer residents. We will hike successional fields, meadows, pond edges, and forest. Waterproof footwear, hats, binoculars and cameras are suggested. RSVP requested.

Thursday, August 9th, 2018 2:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Stephen Turner Farm, Danville Pike 14722, Laurel Fork, Virginia

Stephen Turner has implemented many conservation and grazing practices on his farm, located in Laurel Fork, VA. These allow him to graze more cows on fewer acres and feed less hay. All farmers and landowners are invited to attend this educational event to learn how do the same on their farms. Registration required, $12 ticket (includes dinner) can be purchased online before August 2, 2018

Friday, August 10th, 2018 12:00 AM – Sunday, August 12th, 2018 11:59 PM
Location: Shenandoah National Park - Multiple Locations, Virginia

Discover the Shenandoah National Park after dark during the 2018 Night Sky Festival! Join us for stargazing, Ranger talks, kids activities, and guest presentations ranging from topics such as space weather, space travel, and our future in space. If you plan on attending one of the outdoor evening activities make sure to be prepared for the weather and bring a flashlight with a red filter. All events are free with park admission. Outdoor activities may be canceled in the case of inclement weather.

To learn more, visit the National Park Service event website!

Sunday, August 12th, 2018 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: Twin Branches Trail, State Route 4721 11101, Reston, Virginia

Enjoy one of Reston’s wooded areas for an early morning walk that should find fledglings of breeding birds in abundance. Co-sponsored by the Reston Association and The Bird Feeder Store. No registration is required.

Beginning and expert birders are invited to search for birds in some of Reston's most beautiful natural areas.  Our collaborative efforts usually produce a good variety of local birds, and we always have a great time.

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Manassas Battlefield Park, Sudley Road 6511, Manassas, Virginia

Join Marion Lobstein who will lead a field trip to the Deep Cut Field [one of VWL's biodiversity survey sites!!] at Manassas Battlefield Park. The field trip is sponsored by the Prince William Wildflower Society. 

Please contact Marion Lobstein at or call or text her at 703-622-0676 to reserve a space and for additional details.

Saturday, August 25th, 2018 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Location: The Clifton Institute, 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, Virginia

Novice and experienced birders will enjoy this guided 1-2 mile hike to look for the many species of birds that can be found on the field station at the Clifton Institute. We will explore successional fields, meadows, lake edges, and forest. Bert Harris, the Executive Director of the Clifton Institute, will be your guide. Binoculars and cameras recommended. Outdoor clothing, including waterproof footwear and hats suggested.

Saturday, September 8th, 2018 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Shenandoah National Park - Big Meadows Lodge, Mile 51.2 Skyline Drive, Stanley, Virginia

The Secret Life of Mushrooms is a seminar that will introduce participants how to identify mushrooms in Shenandoah National Park. Learn about the myths, medicine, and biology of mushrooms. Will also be taking an easy hike near Big Meadows to seek mushrooms for viewing and identifying in the field. This seminar will be presented by Ann and Rob Simpson, Biologists of Lord Fairfax Community College. The event will take place at Big Meadows Lodge in the Massanutten Room. 

$40.00 registration fee and advanced registration is required. This seminar is intended for the general public ages 18 and up and space is limited to 20 participants.

Saturday, September 8th, 2018 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: White House Farm, 1917 Kauffmans Mill Road, Luray, Virginia

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation is partnering with the White House Farm Foundation in Page County to host the 2018 Virginia Outdoors Festival. Join us for a day of casual family-friendly activities, food and craft vendors, and presentations focusing on conservation, water quality, native species, and more. For more information, visit their website!

Friday, October 5th, 2018 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Barns of Rose Hill, Chalmers Court 95, Berryville, Virginia

Join the Piedmont Environmental Council for the launch of Clarke's Great Outdoors, a book that is a collection of photos, artwork, and writing from more than 80 artists inspired by nature in Clarke County. Many of the artists will be on hand to sign books, which will be for sale. The book launch coincides with the opening of the Clarke's Great Outdoors art show in the main gallery at the Barns of Rose Hill. Nature art from dozens of artists and photographers will be on display.

Sunday, October 21st, 2018 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: James Madison's Montpelier, Constitution Highway 11350, Montpelier Station, Virginia

Venture into the Montpelier Demonstration Forest on a two-hour hike with experts in forest conservation. Learn about conservation and cultivation strategies that generate mutual benefit to man and nature. Dogs on leashes are welcome! $5 per person, free for Montpelier Members. Begins at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.

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