VWL Bird Walk

Join VWL for a bird walk at a private farm near the village of Orlean, VA. We will focus on building skills in bird IDs by sight and sound and will also explore how the management of shrubland and grassland habitats can affect bird communities. The walk will run until around 9–9:30am and will involve walking through tall grass. We […]



Join us on June 24th at Pen Druid Brewing in Sperryville, VA for the premiere screening of our new short documentary “Grass Roots," featuring scientists from Smithsonian's Virginia Working Landscapes and the local farms we collaborate with to study and conserve biodiversity on working lands. Meet the film’s featured farmers and learn about how this research is being used to […]


New Landowner Conservation Services Workshop

Graves Mountain Lodge 205 Graves Mountain Lane, Old Blue Ridge Turnpike, Syria, VA, United States

Come out and meet with professionals from a myriad of conservation organizations that are active in providing landowner conservation programs and services in the Culpeper District! This program is targeted to newer landowners of agricultural and forested land in Culpeper, Madison, Greene, Orange, and Rappahannock counties who wish to understand how the programs work. Speakers will include representatives from Culpeper […]


Fauquier Education Farm Workshop Series: Farmscaping

Fauquier County Extension Office 24 Pelham St #10, Warrenton, VA, United States

Do you have trouble with pest control in your crops? Come to our workshop on farmscaping where you can learn about different land management techniques to create and ecosystem of beneficial organisms. Celia Vuocolo, Private Lands Biologist, and Jim Hankins, Executive Director, will discuss ways to promote insect biodiversity on the farm. No registration required For further questions, please contact […]

Culpeper & Orange Community Meeting: Bringing Back the Bobwhites

Boxwoods Celebration Venue True Blue Road, Culpeper, VA, United States

Join your neighbors and natural resource professionals for an informative meeting on how to restore habitat for bobwhite quail. There will be an informal panel discussion with Virginia Dept. of Forestry and Quail Forever representatives on a variety of habitat topics. No registration required. For more information, contact Bob Shaw at 540-399-1002 or bobshaw82@aol.com This event is for residents of […]

VWL Annual Meeting

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Front Royal 1500 Remount Rd, Front Royal, United States

Register here or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virginia-working-landscapes-annual-meeting-tickets-609507753097.

A Morning with VWL Biologists

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Front Royal 1500 Remount Rd, Front Royal, United States

Join VWL at a private farm in Warren County for a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in field research through the lens of a biologist! Participants will have the opportunity to gain valuable insights into ongoing projects that form the scientific foundation of the Virginia Grassland Bird Initiative. In addition, they will learn about state-of-the-art tracking technologies and surveying techniques […]

Bobolink Walk

The Clifton Institute

Join us for a visit to an active Bobolink nesting colony in partnership with our friends at the Clifton Institute! Bobolinks are unique and beautiful birds that select hay fields for nesting. Sadly, they are declining as a result of nest losses from cutting the hay early in the summer. We should enjoy views of adults and fledglings and hear […]

Morning Wildflower Walk

Please email our Botany Technician at IzlarN@si.edu to sign up and receive more information!

Bee-Friendly Beef Producer Workshop

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Front Royal 1500 Remount Rd, Front Royal, United States

Learn about Bee-Friendly Beef management practices with expert-led lectures and a special tour to a bee-friendly farm. Click here to register!

Community Conservation Walk

Steve Seelig & Charlet Wang's Property 10467 Vernon Mills Trail, Marshall, VA, United States

Come join neighbors on a fun and educational walk showcasing a suite of conservation practices underway on a Piedmont landscape. This is a knowledge-sharing event led by Smithsonian's Virginia Working Landscapes and The Piedmont Environmental Council. Dress for the weather and walking on trails. Light refreshments provided. Reserve your spot here Questions? Contact Justin Proctor at: ProctorCJ@si.edu or 607-229-6255

Conservation Speed-Dating Workshop

The Hill School Peard Building, 130 Madison St, Middleburg, VA, United States

Middleburg Conservation Speed Dating Workshop This free event is targeting landowners and producers that manage land in Fauquier County within the Goose Creek Watershed Are you interested in... Learning about different conservation practices that can benefit your landscape and production goals? Learning about financial assistance available to help cover the cost of those practices? Having an opportunity to meet many […]