Read the VWL 2020 Annual Report!

Read the VWL 2020 Annual Report!

Learn more about our program and read research and outreach highlights from our 2020 season! Click here to Read the Annual Report

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VWL Virtual Annual Meeting

VWL Virtual Annual Meeting

In case you missed it, you can watch the recording to hear the latest VWL updates and meet the members of our team! Click here to watch the recording.

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VWL’s Native Plant Watch

VWL’s Native Plant Watch

To read highlights of Virginia native plants and to find updates about this VWL project, click here to visit our Native Plant Watch page.

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Grassland Management Guidelines

Grassland Management Guidelines

Interested in learning more about how you can support grassland birds on your property? Curious to know the best times to mow your fields? Click here to access this resource.

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Virginia Working Landscapes (VWL) is a program of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) that promotes the conservation of native biodiversity and sustainable land use through research, education and community engagement.

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Learn more about our extensive research network.

VWL Covid-19 Update

As a public health precaution due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Smithsonian is postponing or canceling all public events, programming and gatherings until further notice. As a result, all Virginia Working Landscapes in-person events will be canceled or postponed until further notice.

We will be in touch with updates regarding these events as new information becomes available. Please check for status updates on our website at or follow the Smithsonian on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for immediate updates.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.


VWL is supported 100% by grants and donations and our work is made possible by the generous contributions from our community.

The Smithsonian Institution is a 501(c)(3). All contributions are tax-deductible.


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