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Because many of these announcements are posted well in advance of the event, please consult the contact person before attending to confirm details.  Please also check the EcoEvents Calendar for additional details, other items, and updates.


Saturday, April 21 - Bird Walk at Kendal, 8:30 a.m. meet in front of the Anderson Center on the Kendal Campus.  The Rockbridge Bird Club is partnering with Kendal to offer this spring bird walk.  Come and spend a few hours exploring the varied habitats of Kendal and looking and listening for whatever birds are around. Kerry Kilday, accomplished birder and patient teacher, will be leading the walk. Kerry reports we will likely see Tree Swallows and Eastern Bluebirds fighting over nest boxes and hear the lovely song of the Eastern Meadowlark. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds may also be back in our area by then (they typically return around April 15th).  Remember to bring your binoculars and wear study footwear, and you may want to bring a snack and a bottle of water. In the event of rain, we plan to hold the walk on Sunday,April 22.  For additional information contact Wendy Richards at richardsw@wlu.edu  or 463-5214.


Saturday, April 21 – Spring Series at Boxerwood “Performance in the Garden, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Boxerwood, 963 Ross Road, Lexington.  The second in the series will be a Performance in the Garden. This outdoor site-specific workshop with choreographer Mauri Connors will lead participants through observation of the natural environment. Where are opportunities for performance in our everyday surroundings? How can the natural environment be an integral part of performance? Come move and speak with us to find out!  No prior artistic experience necessary. ​However, the workshop would be ideal for youth age 11 up and adults who are interested in dance, theater, music, and performance art.  Mauri Connors received her BA in Dance from Connecticut College in 2015. She has performed with Jenny Davies/Progeny Dance and was a performer in Vicky Virgin’s Arm Dance #1: Forgiveness, a dance for camera.  She has
worked extensively to produce indoor and outdoor dance productions and to present work at various festivals.  Rain date will be Sunday, April 22.
Boxerwood’s “Walk & Talk” Spring Speaker Series 2018 has the theme “Love of Nature”.
What gets you passionate about nature?  Join us for conversation, storytelling, and discovery with four inspiring people who connect us to the natural world with zest and skill. All programs are relaxed, interactive, and involve meandering in the Garden.  Programs begin at Boxerwood’s Munger Lodge (963 Ross Road, Lexington) Geared for adults and older youth, each program is limited to 20 participants.Reserve your spot by sending an RSVP to Katrina Broughman a few days prior to each event at   katrina@boxerwood.org.  Suggested donation per event is $12.00.  100% of proceeds from Love of Nature​helps support Boxerwood & its mission.  Thank you to our guest experts for leading the way by donating their time and knowledge.  For more information call 463-2697 or go to www.boxerwood.org.

Sunday, April 22 – Earth Day Festival “Our Place, Planet, Responsibility” 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Hopkins Green, Nelson and Jefferson Streets, Lexington.   Please join us in celebrating our planet Earth and the beautiful environment we call home in the midst of the Blue Ridge Mountains!   The Environment Committee of 50 Ways Rockbridge is pleased to host our 2nd Earth Day Festival. This event will have local environmental exhibitors, fun activities for children and free music. Come help us celebrate EARTH!  One of the goals of Earth Day is to teach the personal responsibility we all share to “think globally and act locally” as environmental stewards of our planet. Everyone is responsible to do as much as we can to preserve our planet and her finite resources. Exhibitors will have displays with ideas or products to take better care of our planet and the creatures living here.  The rain venue will be in the Lylburn Downing Community Center on Diamond Avenue. 

Tuesday, April 24 - RACC Forums which are in support of the city's revisioning of the Comprehensive Plan and are intended to help the community get involved in the process.  This session will be from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Lylburn Downing Middle School cafeteria.

  • Tuesday, April 24 – Imagining Lexington – the Role of Creativity in Building Our Foundation
  • Tuesday, May 22 – topic to be announced

This forum will feature Chris McCormick (Green Infrastructure Center) speaking on green infrastructure as a vitalizing force in urban development, Jamie Goodin (Lexington Collaboratory) discussing the “creative class” and cultivating entrepreneurship, and Robin LeBlanc (W&L Political Science Department) applying the lessons of post-growth communities to Lexington.  A panel discussion based on questions from the audience will follow.  Coffee and cookies will be provided.  A workable plan relies on public participation.  The stronger the attendance, the better for Lexington!  For more information contact the RACC office at 463-2330 or go to racc@rockbridge.net.

Wednesday, April 25 – Friends of Natural Bridge State Park Meeting, 6:00 p.m. at the NBSP Visitors Center (the big building - old gift shop).  Regular meetings are held the last Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m.  Consider becoming a Friend.  For more information email Anne Herring, chair of the Friends, at anne.herring@va.usda.gov.

Thursday, April 26 – Program: “Stumped? Maintaining Your Trees in the Era of Climate Change”. 7:00 p.m. in the Piovano Room, Rockbridge Regional Library, Lexington.  Sponsored by the Rockbridge Area Master Gardeners.  Karen Stanley, area arborist with the Virginia Department of Forestry, will present a program of interest to anyone who has trees or a woodlot. Climate change is bringing new species of insects, such as the emerald ash borer, and other challenges such as blights. They are affecting trees in a variety of ways, and some species are at great risk. Karen is an engaging speaker with over 15 years of experience as an arborist. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to learn more about this newly emerging subject.  The public is invited to attend.  For more information

Saturday, April 28 - 19th Annual Bird Walk in Brushy Hills, 7:00 a.m. meet at Town Spring for an outing of about two hours.  Guided by Paul and Lock Cabe, we’ll be in search of woodland residents, nesters, and passers-through. Paul is a W&L Professor of Biology with interests in conservation genetics and, of course, birds; his son Lock is an 8th grade student at Stuart Hall with a lifelong interest in birds and other native animals. Together they offer sharp eyes and ears and an abundance of knowledge about bird life — and other life — in the woods.  Directions: from Lexington, drive to the end of Ross Road (2.3 miles from city limits) and turn right on Union Run Road. Continue 0.6 miles to the Brushy Hills Trails sign and Town Spring on the right, with parking lot opposite.  For more information contact Alexia Smith: 460-0854 or alexia@rockbridge.net.

Saturday, April 28 – Native Plant Society Spring Wildflower Walk Schedule, 9:30 a.m. gather at designated site to start walking at 10:00 a.m. The walks will be a minimum of two hours.  Folks are welcome to return to their cars whenever they need to.  Please dress for the weather that day (we’ll go unless it is pouring rain) and bring water and a snack for yourself.   For more information contact Peggy at cobbking@rockbridge.net or Jan at janhuntersmith@gmail.com or 540-463-1942.  Schedule:

  • Chessie Trail on April 28 -- Meet at the Lexington end. To reach the trail from Lexington, take Route 11 North to Old Buena Vista Road (just after the Maury River Bridge), turn right and go 1/2 mile.  Parking is along the road on both sides.  
  • W&L/VMI cross-country trails on May 5Meet at West Denny Circle, which is west of Lexington.  Park at the lot near the indoor tennis court.
  • Brushy Hills on May 12 -- To reach Brushy Hills from Lexington, drive to the end of Ross Road (2.3 miles from city limits) and turn right on Union Run Road.  Continue 0.6 miles to the Brushy Hills Trails sign and Town Spring on the right, with parking lot opposite.  

Our next hike is scheduled for Sunday, April 29th. We will meet at the big parking lot behind Hardees in Lexington at 8:15, with a view to carpooling and leaving at 8:30.

Saturday, April 28 – 3rd Annual Fairy Festival, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Boxerwood Gardens, 963 Ross Road, Lexington.  There will be craft activities, music, storytelling, and a collection of fairy art miniatures.  Parking is free for members and $5 for non-members.  A small materials fee will be charged for take-home crafts.  Volunteers middle school age and older are needed to help and can call Chat Stroh at 463-2697 or email chat@boxerwood.org to sign up.  For general information go to www.boxerwood.org or type #boxerwoodfairies on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Sunday, April 29 – Community Hike, 8:15 a.m. meet at the big parking lot behind Hardees in Lexington at with a view to carpooling and leaving at 8:30 a.m.  Hike details: Jump Mountain is a strenuous 9 mile hike out of Goshen Pass with some steep sections and nice vistas.
Scott and Marlene would like to host an after hike respite for the tired and weary afterwards at the Cooper Base Camp. Plenty of food and beverage. No need to bring anything but your smiles and dusty boots. Please feel free to invite your non-hiking spouse or guest around 4:30ish at 170 Little Lane Rockbridge Baths.  Pleasedonot disseminate thisinformationwithout approvalfromthehikeorganizers. For more information please contact Natalie Shulkin atNatalie@RickAlfordTeam.com or 540-570-2000.


Saturday, April 21 – Historic Garden Week Tour, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Middlebrook area of southern Augusta County.  The tour is a combined effort of the Blue Ridge Garden Club and the Augusta Garden Club.  Advance tickets are $25.00 per person and are available at Ladles and Linens, the Lexington Visitor Center and online at www.vagardenweek.org.  Tickets purchased on the day of the tour are $35.00.  Ticket proceeds fund the restoration and preservation of more than 40 historic public gardens and landscapes throughout the state.  For more information search Staunton-Augusta Garden Week Tour.
Sunday, April 22 – Kites & Critters Gathering, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Rolling Hills Farm on Bells Lane, Staunton.  Hosted by the Valley Conservation Council.  The VCC invites young and old to Kites & Critters at Rolling Hills Farm in Staunton’s Bells Lane agricultural district.  Families can fly a kite, release a trout, go on a guided habitat walk, inspect stream insects, visit a beekeeper, pet a lamb – or just enjoy a day at the farm on a blanket spread out in the grass under the open sky. The barn and barnyard will be packed with activities and displays from local conservation partners.  This is free family fun.  For more information call 540-886-3541.
Sunday, April 22 – Wild and Scenic Film Festival Schedule, 6:30 p.m. at the Visulite Cinema in Staunton.  Presented by Wild Virginia.  The Film Festival introduces attendees to wild and special places and to the courageous individuals who are working to protect and preserve them.  The Festival not only highlights environmental concerns, but also provides solutions, reaching people through beautiful imagery.  The Festival is an inspiring evening of empowering films.  Learn more about Wild Virginia at www.wildvirginia.org.  To purchase tickets go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/staunton-wild-and-scenic-film-festival-2018-tickets-42511025622.
There will also be showings on:

  • Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 p.m. at the Violet Crown Cinema in Charlottesville
  • Friday, May 4, 6:30 p.m. at Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg

April 23 – 25 – VaULT Land Conservation and Greenways Conference, at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center.  Since 2007, Virginia’s United Land Trusts (VaULT) has organized this annual conference to assist land-conservation professionals and volunteers in the important work of saving Virginia’s extraordinary natural heritage and open spaces.  We are thrilled to announce Governor Northam will be speaking at the VaULT conference! Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring and Secretary of Natural Resources Matt Strickler will join the Governor.  This year, we will continue to broaden the conversations about community and connection.  Join us for field trips, keynote speakers, workshops and opportunities for networking.  For more information contact eshepard@vaunitedandtrusts.org or 540-529-1595 or go to the website www.vaunitedandtrusts.org.   Hotel and Conference Registration is now LIVE:  Conference registration is $175.  Hotel and conference registration rates go up after March 15 so sign up now.


Wednesdays - Lexington Farmers Market, summer location, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in McCrum’s parking lot behind the Southern Inn.  For more information contact Mitch Wapner at mitch@paradoxfarm.org.


Southern Environmental Law Center’s video stories “In The Path”, SELC is launching a site that they hope will bring more attention to the fight to help stop the AC Pipeline.  Recently they have been documenting the profound human costs of building the ACP and sharing videos of people in the path of this pipeline. Today, with the launch of this video, their stories are presented in a storytelling narrative that SELC hopes will bring together all the issues and problems of this pipeline and put a human face on this threat.
            Each story has a pivotal moment of recognition that may well be familiar to you. For the Harrises, it was when Dominion told them they would be bulldozing just behind their kids swing set, despite the parents’ objections. For Hazel Palmer, it was when she realized Dominion could sue her for not letting them survey her property, but she couldn’t sue them for taking land she wasn’t interested in giving up.
SELC asks that everyone please view and share InThePath.org so that people can learn more about the Harrises, the Palmers, and other local families fighting to protect their lives and livelihoods from the ACP.
For more information contact Claudine Ebeid McElwain, Program Communications Manager, Southern Environmental Law Center at 434-977-4090 or go to www.SouthernEnvironment.org.

Recycling Containers Available through RACC RACC and the City of Lexington recently received a Keep Virginia Beautiful grant of $1000 to buy 15 portable Clearstream containers designed for recycling trash at public events. The special program, called 30 Grants in 30 Days”, was designed to address issues related to litter prevention, recycling, waste reduction, beautification and education of the public. The grants this year were sponsored by Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation and MeadWestvaco. RACC will facilitate this loan program and track the quantity of recyclables collected. Call RACC at 463- 2330 to reserve containers for your event.

“Please note that events listed on this calendar are sponsored by a variety of organizations, and are provided as a service to members of RACC and the community.  Listing on this calendar does not imply connection with or endorsement by RACC.  If your organization has a conservation-related event that you would like to submit for inclusion on the calendar, please send the announcement by e-mail, formatted as the examples in this calendar, to: Barbara Walsh at racc@rockbridge.net.  Please also include in the announcement: the name of the sponsoring organization, contact person, and phone number and e-mail address for further information, along with the words “Calendar Request” in the subject line of the e-mail.”