Events Archive

This site maintains an archive of events over the past few years, for reference in case you’re seeking information about a past or recurring event.  For that information, click on “Events Archive” above.

(For upcoming water-related events in Virginia, please see the post, “Quick Guide to Virginia Water-related Events,” at the Virginia Water Central News Grouper, http://vawatercentralnewsgrouper.wordpress.com/ [moved there on May 1, 2013].  The guide is updated frequently.)

General Assembly post; update each year

January-April 2015

Jan. 14–Feb. 28, 2015: Virginia General Assembly convenes at the State Capitol in Richmond.  In odd years, the General Assembly is scheduled to meet for 45 days.  A reconvened session (to consider vetoes or amendments from the governor) is normally held in April.  General Assembly session information is available online at this link.  For more information on the General Assembly, visit http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/index.php or contact your local member of the House of Delegates or State Senate.

EVENTS ARCHIVE

Jan. 27, 2011, Williamsburg: Riparian Rights Technical Session. Part of the annual convention of the Virginia Association of Surveyors. More information: (804) 262-1351, or info@vasurveyors.org; Web site: http://www.vasurveyors.org/.

Aug. 17, 2011, Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Abingdon: Preparing for Emerald Ash Borer Workshop.  Organized by Trees Virginia (the Virginia Urban Forestry Council).  More information: Becky Woodson at (434) 220-9024 or becky.woodson@dof.virginia.gov.

Mar. 7, 2012, Virginia Western Community College, Roanoke: The Nature of Trees and Other Related Thoughts–12th annual Roanoke Tree Care Workshop.  Organized by the Virginia Urban Forest Council.  More information: http://www.treesvirginia.org; (434) 220-9024; becky.woodson@dof.virginia.gov.

Apr. 12, 2012, Washington Coleman Community Center, South Boston: Investing in Sustainable Forestry–Water Landowners Should Know About Water Quality and Best Management Practices.  Organized by Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Virginia Department of Forestry, and several co-sponsors.  More information: Jason Fisher, jasonf@vt.edu or (434) 476-2147.

Apr. 14, 2012, at many locations in northern Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia: Potomac River Watershed Cleanup.  Organized by the Alice Ferguson Foundation.  More information: http://potomaccleanup.org/trash_initiative/trash_cleanup.shtml; (202) 973-8203; e-mail: potomaccleanup@fergusonfoundation.org.

Apr. 17, 2012, Thomas Nelson Community College, Hampton:  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Norfolk, Va., District public meeting on the Corps’ “Native Oyster Restoration Master Plan” for the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.  Public comment meetings were also be held on Apr. 10 at the Philip Merrill Environmental Center (Chesapeake Bay Foundation), 6 Herndon Ave. in Annapolis, Md., and Apr. 19 at Chesapeake College, 1000 College Circle in Wye Mills, Md.  Access to the plan documents and instructions for public comments outside of the meetings are available online at http://www.nao.usace.army.mil/News/20120329_PublicMeetingsOysterRestoration.asp.

Apr. 18, 2012, Roanoke Civic Center: 2012 Technology Expo.  Organized by the Virginia Tech Roanoke Center and several partners.  The event featured innovative cars, human-powered submarines, innovations in rural community development, and more.  More information is available in this news article: Technology Expo to show off inventions of the future from Virginia Tech and the Roanoke Valley, Virginia Tech News, 4/5/12.

Apr. 18, 2012, John Barton Payne Building, 2 Courthouse Square, Warrenton: Alternative Onsite Septic Systems Forum.  Organized by the Piedmont Environmental Council.  Three presentations covered basic information on alternative systems, the benefits and risks of such systems, current Virginia regulations, and General Assembly discussions about those regulations.  Presenters from the Virginia Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and the County of Fauquier.  More information: Julie Bolthouse at (540) 347-2334 or jbolthouse@pecva.orghttp://www.pecva.org/index.php/events/alternative-onsite-septic-forum.

Apr. 21-22, 2012, on the South River, Waynesboro: 12th Virginia Fly Fishing Festival.  More information: (703) 402-8338; www.vaflyfishingfestival.org.

Apr. 25, 2012, Pipestem Resort State Park in West Virginia: Energy and the Environment: A Morrill Act sesquicentennial symposium on the role of land-grant universities in energy research and education.  Organized by Virginia Tech and West Virginia University.  More information: Susan E. Short at short@vt.edu; http://www.cpe.vt.edu/vtwvuenergy/index.html.

Apr. 26-28, 2012, Wintergreen: Washington’s Impact on Virginia’s Forests.  2012 Virginia Forestry Summit held by the Virginia Forestry Association.  More information: http://www.vaforestry.org; (804) 278-8733.

May-Aug. 18, 2012: Virginia Herpetological Society surveys.  2012 surveys were May 3, Dyke Marsh Survey, Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve along the Potomac River in Fairfax County; May 19-20: Annual Spring Survey at Shenandoah River State Park along the South Fork Shenandoah River in Warren County; Jun. 23-24, Annual “HerpBlitz” at the Mattaponi Wildlife Management Area along the Mattaponi River in Caroline County; and Aug, 18 at Caledon Natural Area State Park Survey along the Potomac River in King George County. )  For more information on all these surveys, visit http://www.virginiaherpetologicalsociety.com/2012-events/2012-vhs-events/index.htm.  People interested in participating in surveys should e-mail the contact(s) listed for each event at this Web site.

May 11-12, 2012, Konnarock Community Center (Washington County): Mt. Rogers Naturalist Rally. More information: http://www.mountrogersnaturalistrally.org/rallyinfo.html; e-mail contact@mountrogersnaturalistrally.org or write to Carrie Sparks, 301 Look Avenue, Marion, VA 24354.

May 10-12, 2012, Suffolk: Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Birding Festival. More information: 757-986-3705; Web site: http://www.fws.gov/northeast/GreatDismalSwamp.

May 13, 2011, Inger and Walter Rice Center of Virginia Commonwealth University, Charles City: Benthic Macroinvertebrate Workshop. Organized by the Virginia Association of Wetland Professionals and the Rice Center.  More information: Tara Fisher, (757) 382-6206 or
tfisher@cityofchesapeake.net.

May 16-17, 2012, online: “Water Matters” Webinars.  Presented by the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies’ “Shout” Program.  The series will explore both water quality and water quantity.  Designed for teachers to use with K-12 classes or on their own as professional development.  The Shout program addresses curriculum standards for ecological, social, and economic systems; human impact on the environment; and civic responsibility.  Dates and topics for whole series: Feb. 7-8: Water Questions—When We Want to Know More; Mar. 26-27: Water Quantity—When’s There’s Too Much or Too Little; and May 16-17: Water Quality: When It’s Not Clean or Healthy.  Each two-day series includes several one-hour long presentations.  More information: http://www.smithsonianconference.org/shout/program-2012/.

May 24, 2012, Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), Gloucester Point: Tidal Wetlands Workshop.  Topics included Comprehensive Coastal Resource Management Plans and other shoreline planning and decision-making tools, legislation from the 2012 General Assembly Session, and the Living Shoreline general permit.  Organized by VIMS’ Center for Coastal Resources Management.  More information: http://ccrm.vims.edu/.

Jun. 2, 2012: 20th Annual Potomac River Swim for the Environment.  Swimmers dive into the Potomac at Hull Neck in Northumberland County, Virginia, and swim 7.5 miles to Point Lookout State Park in Maryland.  Participants raise funds for the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin, the Southern Maryland Sierra Club, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Potomac River Association, the Potomac River Conservancy, the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, the West Virginia Rivers Coalition, and the St. Mary’s Watershed Association.  More information: Cheryl Wagner at (202) 387-2361 or cherylw@crosslink.net; http://www.potomacriverswim.com.

Jun. 12-14, 2012, Suffolk: Ecology and Management of Atlantic White Cedar Symposium.  This symposium is held once every three years to discuss the range of connections between Atlantic White Cedars and land, water, wildlife, and humans.  Organized North Carolina State University and hosted by Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.  More information: http://www.ncsu-feop.org/AWC/index.html; phone (919) 515-9563 or (919) 515-3184; e-mail: forestry_outreach@ncsu.ed.

Jun. 21, 2012, Gainesville: 5th Annual Building Green with Concrete Workshop.  Organized by the Northern Virginia Advisory Council and Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.  More information: http://www.wetlandstudies.com/ (see under “Events”); phone (703) 679.5600; e-mail: contactus@wetlandstudies.com.

Jul., 13-15, 2012, Holiday Lake 4H Education Center in Appomattox: Land Navigation Workshop.  Conducted by Wilderness Discovery.  More information: www.trackingsurvival.com or 877-614-5289.

Jul. 21-23, 2012, Virginia Beach: 57th South Atlantic Well Drillers Jubilee.  More information: http://www.jubileewatershow.com; (540) 754-3329; info@jubileewatershow.com.

Jul. 27-Aug. 12, 2012, 2012, on the New River in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia: New River Expedition. More information: http://www.ncnr.org/expedition.php; (336) 846-6267; info@ncnr.org

August 23, 2012: Aquacultural Engineering Society (AES) Issues Forum.  At the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in Roanoke.  More information: http://www.recircaqua.com; phone (540) 553-1455; e-mail: aquaconf@gmail.com.

Aug. 24-26, 2012, Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center: Ninth International Conference on Recirculating Aquaculture.  More information: http://www.recircaqua.com/icra.html; or contact aquaconf@gmail.com or (540) 553-1455.

Sep. 1-Oct. 31, 2012, statewide: Waterways Cleanup Days, organized by Clean Virginia Waterways.  This is a series of local beach, bay, river, stream, lake, and pond cleanups across the state.  2012 is the 18th year that the organization has coordinated the Virginia cleanup as part of the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by the Ocean Conservancy.  For more information (434) 395-2602 or cleanva@longwood.edu; www.longwood.edu/cleanva/iccva.htm.

Sep. 12, 2012, University of Virginia’s College at Wise (Chapel of All Faiths): Powell River Project Symposium.  Presentations about Virginia Tech research on reclamation and restoration of coal-mining lands and the responses of soils, forest lands, and streams to reclamation projects.  More information: http://www.prp.cses.vt.edu/; Carl Zipper, Director, (540) 231-9782, or czip@vt.edu.

Sep. 12, 2012, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, Richmond: Virginia Biodiesel Workshop.  Organized by Virginia Clean Cities (http://www.vacleancities.org/).  For more information, click here: Virginia Biodiesel Workshop- September 14th or contact Ryan Cornett at (540) 568-5586 or rcornett@vacleancities.org.

Sep. 14-16, 2012, Wyndham Virginia Crossings Conference Center, Glen Allen: “Then and Now Along the James: Changing Landscapes, Changing Plants.”  Annual meeting of the Virginia Native Plant Society.  More information: http://vnps.org/wp/vnps-2012-annual-meeting-september-14-16/; (540) 837-1600; vnpsofc@shentel.net.

Sep. 15, 2012, Montross (Westmoreland County): Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Outdoor Day.  A chance for the public to meet and interact with law enforcement officers, agency employees from the Bureau of Widlife Resources, and DGIF Board members.  More information: Colonel Dabney Watts, (804) 367-9149; dee.watts@dgif.virginia.gov.

Sep. 21, 2012, Waynesboro: Trees: Fifty Shades of Green.  17th annual Plant Health Care for Urban Trees Workshop by the Waynesboro Parks and Recreation Department.  More information: http://treesvirginia.org/joomla/; Dwayne Jones at (540) 942-6735 or parksandrec@ci.waynesboro.va.us.

Sep. 27, 2012, Waterman’s Hall, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point: Blue and Green Infrastructure in Coastal Virginia: Tools and Implementation.  This workshop presented local options for protecting land and water resources and will feature findings of eight regional projects led by Virginia’s Coastal Planning District Commissions.  Hosted by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program and the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia.  More information: Sandra Erdle, syerdle@vims.edu, or phone (804) 684-7144.

Oct. 1-4, 2012, Charlottesville: Eastern Native Grass Symposium.  Organized by Virginia Tech.  More information: http://www.cpe.vt.edu/engs/index.html; Ben Tracy, (540) 231-8259, bftracy@vt.edu.

Oct. 2-4, 2012, Greater Richmond Convention Center: Virginia Governor’s Conference on Energy.  Hosted by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia Alternative and Renewable Energy Association.  For more information, click here: 2012 Governor’s Conference on Energy.

Oct. 5-7, 2012, Cape Charles: Eastern Shore Birding and Wildlife Festival.  Organized by ESVA Festivals.  More information: http://www.esvafestivals.org/; phone (757) 581-1081.

Oct. 9-12, 2012, Norfolk: Keeping Natural Areas Relevant and Resilient-39th Annual Natural Areas Conference.  Organized  by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.  More information: http://www.naturalarea.org/12conference/; Julie Buchanan, Public Relations Specialist, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 203 Governor St., Room 214-B, Richmond, VA 23219; 804-786-2292; Julie.Buchanan@dcr.virginia.gov.

Oct. 25-26, 2012, Hungry Mother State Park, Marion: 2012 Virginia Environmental Education Conference: “Enriching Environmental Education through Heritage and Biodiversity.”  Organized by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.  More information: http://www.deq.state.va.us/ConnectWithDEQ/EnvironmentalInformation/VirginiaNaturally/2012EnvironmentalEducationConference.aspx; e-mail: Sheila Barnett at sheila.barnett@deq.virginia.gov or David Ruble at david.ruble@deq.virginia.gov.

Oct. 27, 2012, Copley Science Center at Randolph-Macon College, Ashland: Virginia Citizens for Water Quality Summit.  Organized by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and York River/Small Coastal Basins Roundtable.  More information: https://allianceforthebay.org/2012/08/virginia-citizens-for-water-quality-summit/; Anna Mathis, amathis@allianceforthebay.org.

Nov. 2-3, 2012, Roanoke Civic Center: Green Living and Energy Expo.  Organized by the Association of Energy Conservation Professionals.  More information: (540) 745-2838 or aecp@swva.net; http://www.aecpes.org/expo/expo.shtml.

Nov. 2 and Nov. 29, 2012: Evaluating and Conserving Natural Assets: Maximizing Conservation Potential in the Developing Landscape.  Conducted by the Green Infrastructure Center (located in Charlottesville).  The workshops are intended to teach practical methods for using the best data to determine when, where, and how to develop or redevelop while conserving the natural environment.  More information: http://www.gicinc.org/events.htm; phone (434) 249-2492; e-mail: gicinfo@gicinc.org.  Dates and locations:
Nov. 2, John Barton Payne Building, Warrenton (co-sponsored by Fauquier County).
Nov. 29, University of Richmond, Richmond.

Nov. 7, 2012: 7th Annual Potomac Watershed Trash Summit. Organized by the Alice Ferguson Foundation. More information: http://www.fergusonfoundation.org/; or http://www.potomacriverkeeper.org/event/7th-annual-trash-summit.

Nov. 12, 2013, Jepson Alumni Center, University of Richmond: Pesticides and Our Health: Best Management Practices and Alternatives.  Organized by the Virginia Conservation Network.  More information: http://vcnva.org/anx/index.cfm/1,93,2947,0,html/Nov-12-Pesticides-and-Our-Health-Best-Management-Practices-and-Alternatives-Richmond; phone (804) 644-0283; e-mail: vcn@vcnva.org.

Nov. 12-13, 2012, Airfield 4H Conference Center, Wakefield: Hydric Soil Indicators: Their History, Use, and Applications.  Organized by the Virginia Association of Professional Soil Scientists.  More information: http://www.vapss.org/MeetingsEvents.html; Sue Brown, phone (540) 231-5741; e-mail: suebrown@vt.edu or vapss@vapss.org.

Nov. 29, 2012, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Community Center, Middleburg: Virginia Invasive Plant Symposium.  Organized by Piedmont Environmental Council.  More information: http://www.pecva.org/index.php/events/virginia-invasive-plant-symposium; James Barnes, phone (540) 347-2334; e-mail: jbarnes@pecva.org.

Dec. 5-7, 2012, Vienna: Commonwealth of Virginia Governor’s Transportation Conference.  More information: http://www.dmv.virginia.gov/vatransportationconference/index.asp.

Dec. 7, 2012, 4 p.m.-7 p.m., Charlottesville: Rivanna Watershed Snapshot Open House.  Organized by the Rivanna River Basin Commission.  More information: phone the Commission at (434) 971-7722 or visit www.rivannariverbasin.org.

Dec. 7-9, 2012, Wallops Island (Accomack County): Winter Birding Colloquium.  Organized by the Marine Science Consortium.  More information: http://www.msconsortium.org; phone (757) 824-5636.

Jan. 9, 2013, James Wood High School, Winchester: Fishing Seminar by Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF).  Free workshop by John Odenkirk, VDGIF fisheries biologist, on Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass biology and management, trout fishing, river and stream access, and Northern Snakehead.  For more information, contact Jake’s Bait and Tackle, phone (540) 723-4621 or e-mail: info@jakesbaitandtackle.com.

January 9-February 23, 2013: Virginia General Assembly at the State Capitol in Richmond.  This will be 45-day “short session,” ending February 23 (unless extended).  For more information on the General Assembly, visit http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/index.php or contact your local member of the House of Delegates or State Senate.  Here are some key dates in the 2013 session:
January 9 – General Assembly convenes.
January 18 – All bills and joint resolutions must be filed with clerk.
January 31 – Committees responsible for revenue bills to complete work.
February 3 – Committees responsible for revenue bills to complete work by midnight.
February 5 – Each house to complete work on its own legislation except for its own Budget Bills.
February 7 – Each house to complete work on its own Budget Bill.
February 12 – Committees considering revenue bills of other house to complete work.
February 13 – Each house to complete work on the other house’s Budget Bill and revenue bills and appoint budget conferees.
February 16 – First conference on revenue bills to complete work.
February 19 – First conference on Budget Bill to complete work.
February 21 – Budget Bill conference report due by noon; last day to put bills in conference.
February 22 – Only conference reports and certain joint resolutions can be considered.
February 23 – Adjournment sine die.
April 3 – Reconvened (“veto”) session.

Jan. 30-31, 2013, Richmond: Virginia Energy and Sustainability Conference.  Organized by Virginia Commonwealth University.  More information: http://www.vsbn.org/vcu-esc2013/index.html.

Feb. 2, 2013, in Virginia Beach, Feb. 16 in Lynchburg, and Mar. 2 in Radford and Dumfries (Prince William County): Polar Plunges for Special Olympics.  Participants raise funds to support Special Olympics and then join in a cold plunge into a local waterway.  More information: http://www.polarplunge.com/, or phone Virginia Special Olympics at (877) 874-7462.

Feb. 4-5, 2013, Inn at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg: 21st Annual Conference of the Virginia Association of Forest Health Professionals.  More information: http://vafhp.org/conference/; Rachel Habig, phone (703) 792-4066.

Feb. 13-14, 2013, Williamsburg Lodge: A Collaborative Summit–Protecting Water Quality through Actions on Urban-Suburban Properties.  Organized by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, the University of Virginia’s Institute for Environmental Negotiation, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science’s Center for Coastal Resources Management, and Wetlands Watch.  More information: http://www.wetlandswatch.org/CitizenAction/WatershedStewardship/WatershedSummit.aspx; Shereen Hughes, phone (757) 880-6802; e-mail: shereen.hughes@wetlandswatch.org.

Feb. 23, 2013, Daniel Technology Center, Germanna Community College, Culpeper: 10th Annual Woods and Wildlife Conference.  Organized by Virginia Cooperative Extension.  Designed both for landowners large or small, new or experienced.  More information: http://www.forestupdate.frec.vt.edu/landownerprograms/workshops/woods-and-wildlife/index.html; Adam Downing, phone (540) 948-6881 or adowning@vt.edu.

Feb. 27-28, 2013, Virginia Aquarium, Virginia Beach: Virginia Marine Debris Summit.  Organized by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program, the Virginia Aquarium, Clean Virginia Waterways, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and Virginia Commonwealth University.  The meeting discussed sources of marine debris; potential solutions education, incentives, and technology; and the formulation of a Virginia Marine Debris Management Plan.  More information: http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/CoastalZoneManagement/VirginiaMarineDebrisSummit.aspx; or contact Virginia Witmer, Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program, phone (804) 698-4320.

Mar. 16, 2013, University of Richmond: Virginia Native Plant  Society Winter Workshop.  The focus is on plants of the Virginia Piedmont.  More information: http://vnps.org/wp/events-2/vnps-2013-winter-workshop/; phone (540) 837-1600.

April 1 through May 31, 2013, statewide: Stewardship Virginia.  A statewide initiative held twice annually to help citizens with projects that enhance and conserve Virginia’s natural and cultural resources.  2013 is the 11th year for the campaign, and April 1-May 31 and September 1-October 31 are the two time periods again this year.  To learn how you can get involved, visit the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Web site at http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/stewardship/index.shtml.  More information is also available from Bonnie Phillips at bonnie.phillips@dcr.virginia.gov or 1-877-42-WATER (877-429-2837).

Apr. 6, 2013, at many locations in the Chesapeake Bay watershed: Project Clean Stream.  Organized by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.  More information: http://allianceforthebay.org/pcs/home/; Dan Brellis at 443-949-0575 or dbrellis@allianceforthebay.org.

Apr. 6, 2013, from Wise County to Prince William County: Trout Heritage Day.  On the first Saturday of April, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries stocks trout in certain waters to create an opening-day kind of event.  The list of waters is available at http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/fishing/trout/trout-heritage-day/.

Apr. 11-13, 2013, The Homestead, Hot Springs: Virginia Forestry Summit.  Organized by the Association of Consulting Foresters, the Virginia Division of the Society of American Foresters, and the Virginia Forestry Association.  More information: http://www.vaforestry.org/; Glenda Parrish, at (804) 278-8733 or gparrish@vaforestry.org.

Apr. 22-24, 2013, Hotel Roanoke: Annual conference of the Virginia Rural Water Association.  More information: http://www.vrwa.org/cms.php?PageID=15; Virginia Rural Water Association, 2138 Sycamore Avenue, Buena Vista, VA  24416; (540) 261-7178; vrwa@vrwa.org.

Apr. 25, 2013, Watermen’s Hall, Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), Gloucester Point:2013 Spring Tidal Wetlands Workshop–Building Capacity for Local Governments.  More information: http://ccrm.vims.edu/; Carl Hershner, Director , VIMS Center for Coastal Resources Management, phone (804) 684-7380, e-mail: carl@vims.edu.

Apr. 25-27, 2013, Chesapeake and Suffolk: Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival.  More information: www.visitchesapeake.com/gds-birding-festival; phone (757) 986-3705.

Apr. 26-28, 2013, Holiday Inn at Carradoc Hall, Leesburg: Annual meeting of the Virginia Society of Ornithology.  More information: http://www.virginiabirds.net/VSO-2013-Annual-Meeting.html; Joe Coleman at 540-554-2542 or jcoleman_AT_loudounwildlife.org.

May 3, 2013, Roanoke: “Water is Life” Conference and Luncheon.  Organized by the Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project (SE-RCAP).  More information: http://www.cvent.com/events/water-is-life-conference-luncheon/event-summary-19bcefaa3cc8489ea33260dd37fb6b02.aspx; or contact Lauren Mason, phone (540) 345-1184, ext. 125; e-mail: lmason@sercap.org.

May 10, 2013, Wakefield: Virginia Association of Wetland Professionals (VAWP) Spring Meeting.  To learn more about VAWP and their work, visit http://www.vawp.org/.  For more information about the spring meeting, contact Tara Fisher at tfisher@CityOfChesapeake.Net.

May 11 , 2013, Morven Park Equestrian Center, Leesburg: Walking for Water. This is the 10th annual walk to raise funds for water wells, medicine, and education in the African country of Burkina Faso. More information: http://www.wisdomspringinc.org/walkingforwater.html.

May 22, 2013, Verizon Auditorium, George Mason University-Prince William Campus, Manassas: Financial Benefits of Conservation Easements–An Advanced Seminar on Conservation Easements, Tax Planning, and Financial Strategies for Landowners and Their Advisors.  Organized by the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust.  More information: http://workshop.nvct.org.

May, 29, 2013, 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Bowling Green: Lost in the Woods.  A program to educate new landowners on the basics of forest management and the resources available to help them make sound decisions.  Organized by Virginia Cooperative Extension.  More information: Michael Broaddus, phone (804) 633-6550; e-mail: broaddus@vt.edu.

May 31, 2013, Virginia Western Community College, Greenfield Education & Training Center, Daleville: Stormwater Management Challenges and Opportunities.  Organized by the Cabell Brand Center for Global Poverty and Resource Sustainability Studies.  More information: www.cabellbrandcenter.org.

Jun. 1, 2013, Riverfront Park, Fredericksburg: Celebrate the Rappahannock-”Paddle Green.”  Organized by the American Canoe Association (which is headquartered in Fredericksburg).  More information: http://www.americancanoe.org/?CelebratetheRapp; phone: (540) 907-4460; e-mail: aca@americancanoe.org.

Jun. 8-9, 2013, Dick Cross (Elm Hill) Wildlife Management Area, Baskerville (Mecklenburg County): 2013 Herp Blitz.  Organized by the Virginia Herpetological Society.  More information: http://www.virginiaherpetologicalsociety.com/index.html; Jason Gibson, frogman31@gmail.com.

Jun. 25, 2013, Henrico County Training Center, Henrico: Virginia Water Monitoring Council annual meeting.  More information: http://vwrrc.vt.edu/vwmc/default.asp; Jane Walker, phone (540) 231-4159; e-mail: janewalk@vt.edu.

Jul. 10-12, 2013, Virginia State University, Petersburg:  Fish School.  This annual event from Virginia Cooperative Extension  at Virginia State provides educational sessions on growing fish or shellfish for a hobby or as a commercial enterprise.  Participants may register for single days or for the whole event.  More information: http://www.extension.org/pages/68310/virginia-state-university-to-hold-3-day-fish-school-july-10-12; or contact Brian Nerrie, VSU aquaculture extension specialist, at (804) 524-5496 or bnerrie@vsu.edu.

Aug. 10, 2013, Shenandoah River Raymond R. “Andy” Guest, Jr. State Park, Bentonville (Warren County): Shenandoah Riverfest.  Organized by the Shenandoah Riverkeeper and the state park.  On the South Fork of the Shenandoah River, the event includes family activities, music, and food to celebrate the recreational, historical, and natural aspects of the river.  More information: http://potomacriverkeeper.org/shenandoah-riverfest-2013.

Aug. 13 and 20, 2013, 12:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Fredericksburg:  Focusing on Land Transfer to Generation NEXT.  A 2-part workshop on intergenerational land transfer.  $60/person or couple* (family participation encouraged).  Organized by Virginia Cooperative Extension.  More information: Adam Downing, phone (540) 948-6881; e-mail: adowning@vt.edu.

Aug. 17, 2013, Staunton View Public Recreation Area, Mecklenburg County: 2013 Virginia State Catfish Championship.  Organized by The Catfish Showdown.  More information: http://www.thecatfishshowdown.com/august-17th-2013-state-championship/; phone 434-735-8106; e-mail: admin@thecatfishshowdown.com.

Aug. 21, 2013, St. Paul, Va.: Field Day—Biomass Harvesting Considerations in the Appalachian Hardwood Region.  For more information or to register, visit http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=7ymsovcab&oeidk=a07e7vuju6zdaf47348, or contact Greg Meade at (276) 623.4001 or gmeade@tnc.org.

Aug. 22, 2013, Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center, Abingdon: The Nuts and Bolts of Carbon Sequestration Projects in Appalachian Forests.  For more information or to register, visit http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=7ymsovcab&oeidk=a07e7voytz2349b70c1, or contact Stuart Hale at (276) 698-5175 or shale@fmcllc.net.

Sept. 1-Oct. 31, 2013: Stewardship Virginia.  Statewide initiative held twice annually (Apr. 1-May 31 is the other time) to help citizens with projects that enhance and conserve Virginia’s natural and cultural resources.  The program seeks to promote waterway adoption, trail improvement, riparian buffers, invasive species control, habitat improvement, landscaping for conservation, environmental education activities, and other projects.  More information: Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Web site at http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/stewardship/index.shtml; or contact Bonnie Phillips at bonnie.phillips@dcr.virginia.gov or 1-877-42-WATER (877-429-2837).  See also: April kicks off Spring Stewardship Virginia Campaign, Virginia Governor’s Office News Release, 3/22/12.

Sep. 10-11, 2013, Smithfield Center, Smithfield: Universal Design for Water Access.  Organized by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and the National Park Service.  More information: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/recreational_planning/documents/uni-design-wkshp-20130709.pdf; Jennifer Wampler, phone (804) 786-9240; e-mail: jennnifer.wampler@dcr.virginia.gov.

Sep. 13, 2013, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg: Adaptive Planning for Flooding and Coastal Change in Virginia–Legal and Policy Issues for Local Government.  Organized by the William and Mary Law School, Virginia Environmental Endowment, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.  More information: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=5knx77cab&oeidk=a07e7vmzi4wb14caa97&oseq=a021ychku1qfc5; or contact Dawn Fleming at (804) 684-7380 or dawnf@vims.edu.

Sep. 20-21, 2013, Virginia Beach Convention Center, Virginia Beach: Virginia Environmental Assembly.  Organized by the Virginia Conservation Network.  More information: phone (804) 644-0283; e-mail: vcn@vcnva.org.

Sep. 20-21, 2013, around the Chesapeake Bay: 2013 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge.  This event is mostly in Maryland’s portion of the Bay, but it has Virginia connections: it includes the Jones Point Lighthouse in Alexandria and four other stops just across the Potomac River from Virginia; and it’s organized by the Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society, which is headquartered in Annandale.  The 2013 challenge is to visit (by driving) 10 lighthouses in two days, with the chance to visit three  other “bonus” stops (including the Alexandria lighthouse).  More information: http://cheslights.org/maryland-lighthouse-challenge/; or contact Karen Rosage, phone (410) 437-0741, e-mail: challenge@cheslights.org.

Sep. 21, 2013, James Madison University, Harrisonburg: Mountain Stream Symposium II–Continuing Challenges for Critical Ecosystems. Organized by 4-VA (a collaboration among George Mason University, James Madison University, the University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech).  More information: http://www.jmu.edu/4-va/MSS2.shtml; Christine May, maycl_at_jmu.edu.

Sep. 27, 2013, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond: Virginia Association of Wetland Professionals Annual Meeting.  More information: Tara Fisher, phone (757) 382-6206, e-mail: tfisher@cityofchesapeake.net.

Oct. 3, 2013, in Northampton County, Oct. 11 in Roanoke County, Oct. 15 in Patrick County, and Oct. 18 in Culpeper County: Annual Fall Forestry and Wildlife Field Tours.   Organized by the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program and Virginia Cooperative Extension.  More information: Jennifer Gagnon, (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu; Web site: http://forestupdate.frec.vt.edu/landownerprograms/field-tours/index.html.

Oct. 13-15, 2013, Roanoke: Commonwealth Planning and Zoning Conference.  Organized by the Citizen Planning Education Association of Virginia, Inc.  More information: http://www.planvirginia.com/component/civicrm/?task=civicrm/event/info&reset=1&id=36; or contact Michael Chandler at (804) 794-6236 or rmchan@vt.edu.

Oct. 16, 2013, noon-2 p.m.: “Stormwater Trading–Markets or Mayhem.” Part of the Center for Watershed Protection’s Watershed and Stormwater Webcast Series for 2013.  More information: http://www.cwp.org/webcasts;  or contact the Center’s Charlottesville office at (434) 293-5783.

Oct. 16-18, 2013, Shrine Mont, Orkney Springs (Shenandoah County): Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation Environmental Education Conference.  This year’s theme is “The Flora and Fauna of Virginia.  More information: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/virginia_naturally/events/virginia-environmental-education-conference.shtml; phone: Sheila Barnett at (804) 786-1815 or David Ruble at (804) 371-4918.

Oct. 17, 2013, Fredericksburg: Workshop on Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) re-mapping for coastal storm surges.  The workshop will also include information on recent changes in Virginia at the departments of Environmental Quality and of Conservation and Recreation affecting flooplain management, dam safety, erosion and sediment control, and stormwater management.  Organized by the Virginia Floodplain Management Association.  More information: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e7yg6e6fc67612e2&llr=nixricdab; Don Rissmeyer at drissmeyer@amtengineering.com or (757) 363-6208.

Oct. 18-21, 2013, Glen Allen and Pocahontas State Park, Chesterfield: Virginia Master Naturalist Conference.  More information: http://www.virginiamasternaturalist.org/;  phone: (434) 872-4580; e-mail: masternaturalist@vt.edu.

Oct. 23, 2013, Charlottesville: Dam Owner Training Workshop. Organized by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Dam Safety Program.  The workshop will cover topics for keeping abreast of dam-related regulations.  More information: Amanda Pennington, e-mail Amanda.Pennington@dcr.virginia.gov.

October 26, 2013: National Prescription Drug Take-back Day.  [last one was 9/27/14; after that, new federal rules were in place for expanded take backs at pharmacies, etc.] Conducted by law-enforcement agencies nationwide.  The event is designed to help people properly dispose of unused drugs in order to help prevent improper drug use and to keep chemicals out of waterways.  To see if a take-back day is happening near you,  call your local police or sheriff’s department, or visit the U.S. Department of Justice “National Take Back Initiative” Web site, http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html, where you can search for the take-back location nearest you.

Nov. 4, 2013, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Charlottesville: “Planning for Green Infrastructure in the Developing and Urban Landscape. “  Organized by the Green Infrastructure Center, located in Charlottesville.  More information: http://www.gicinc.org/events.htm; phone (434) 244-0322; e-mail: kline@gicinc.org.

Nov. 20, noon-2 p.m., 2013: “Stormwater Utilities: Reckoning the Cost Side of the Equation.“  Part of the Center for Watershed Protection’s Watershed and Stormwater Webcast Series for 2013.  More information: http://www.cwp.org/webcasts;  or contact the Center’s Charlottesville office at (434) 293-5783.

Nov. 21, 2013, Doubletree by Hilton, Richmond: Virginia Water Laws and Regulations.  Organized by HalfMoon Seminars of Altoona, Wisc. (https://www.halfmoonseminars.com/).  For more information, contact HalfMoon Seminars at (715) 835-5900  or custserv2@halfmoonseminars.com.

Feb. 11-12, 2014, Richmond: Energy and Sustainability Conference—Advancing Business with Leadership in Sustainability.  Organized by Virginia Commonwealth University and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.  Topics include manufacturing, health care, local and state government, K–12 education, higher education, commercial real estate, biomass infrastructure, and creative financing.  More information: http://www.esc-east.org/.

Mar. 1, 2014, 9:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Jepson Hall Auditorium, University of Richmond: Taking the Heat–A Look at Plants and Climate Change.  2014 Workshop by the Virginia Native Plant Society.  More information: http://www.vnps.org; (540) 837-1600; e-mail: vnpsofc@shentel.net.

Mar. 11-14, 2014: Westmoreland State Park, Montross: National Association for Interpretation Region 2 Chesapeake Workshop.  Organized by the National Association of Interpreters.  This year’s theme is “Westmoreland, Watermen, and Wildlife: Bay Stories—Interpreting Our Shared Heritage,” and the workshop will focus on the Bay’s scenic beauty, nature, history, and culture.  Registration deadline is February 18.  More information: http://nairegion2.weebly.com/; or contact dodie.lewis@loudoun.gov.

Mar. 13, 2014, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Virginia Beach: Virginia Beach Watersheds Forum.  Organized by Lynnhaven River NOW and Back Bay Restoration Foundation; sponsored by the City of Virginia Beach and the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program.  More information: http://www.lynnhavenrivernow.org/ or http://www.bbrf.org/; (757) 962-5398; e-mail: trista@lrnow.org.

Apr. 10-11, 2014, Virginia Tech Inn and Conference Center, Blacksburg: 63rd Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America’s Southeastern Section.  This year’s theme is “Elevating Geosciences in the Southeastern U.S.–New Ideas about Old Terranes.  More information: http://www.geosociety.org/sections/se/2014mtg/index.htm; Bob Trach at rtracy@vt.edu or Ken Erikkson at kaeson@vt.edu.

Apr. 16-18, 2014, Virginia Beach: 66th Annual Interstate Seafood SeminarOrganized by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the Central Atlantic States Association of Food and Drug Officials, and the Food and Drug Administration.   More information: PDF available at http://www.issc.org/client_resources/iss%20info%20for%20website.pdf, or contact Bob Croonenberghs at the VDH, (804) 864-7477 or bob.croonenberghs@vdh.virginia.gov.

Apr. 25-27, 2014, Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center, Appomattox: 5th Annual Landowner Weekend Retreat–Spring.  Organized by the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program (Virginia Cooperative Extension).  A summer retreat will be held Jun. 28-29 at Mathews State Forest in Galax, and a fall retreat will be held Sep. 5-7 at Airfield Conference Center in Wakefield.  More information: http://www.forestupdate.frec.vt.edu/landownerprograms/retreats/index.html; Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu.

April 26, 2014: National Prescription Drug Take-back Day.  Conducted by law-enforcement agencies nationwide.  The event is designed to help people properly dispose of unused drugs in order to help prevent improper drug use and to keep chemicals out of waterways.  To see if a take-back day is happening near you,  call your local police or sheriff’s department, or visit the U.S. Department of Justice “National Take Back Initiative” Web site, http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html, where you can search for the take-back location nearest you.

May 16-18, 2014, James River State Park, Buckingham County: 2014 Annual Herpetology Survey.  Organized by the Virginia Herpetological Society.  More information: http://www.virginiaherpetologicalsociety.com/2014-events/2014events.htm; president@vaherpsociety.com.

May 22, 2014, Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), Gloucester Point: Tidal Wetlands in Virginia Workshop.  More information: http://ccrm.vimms.edu/Spring2014.html.

Jul. 22 and Jul. 31, 2014, on the James River at Pony Pasture in Richmond: Flatout Catfish Workshops I and II.  Organized by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.  More information: http://www3.dgif.virginia.gov/web/events/; Chris Dunnavant, chris.dunnavant@dgif.virginia.gov or (804) 283-7327.

Aug. 22-24, 2014, Roanoke: 10th International Conference on Recirculating Aquaculture.  More information: http://www.recircaqua.com/index.html; phone (540) 553-1455; e-mail: aquaconf@gmail.com.

Sep. 3, 2014, 2 p.m., Rappahannock Community College, Warwaw campus: Panel discussion on fracking (hydraulic fracturing) for natural gas.  Organized by the Northern Neck–Chesapeake Bay Region Partnership.  The discussion will focus on the region underlain by the Taylorsville basin, a geologic feature where overlying  land has been leased for possible gas drilling.  More information: Region Partnership at (804) 333-1900 or business@northernneck.us; Rappahannock Community College at (800) 836-9379.

Sep. 17-18, 2014, South Hill (9/17) and Clarksville (9/18): River Recreation Workshop.  Organized by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and several other partners.  More information: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e9g9a8sd80d1b223&llr=bmfhuxcab&showPage=true; or contact Jennifer Wampler of the DCR at (804) 786-9240 or jennifer.wampler@dcr.virginia.gov.

Sep. 22-23, 2014, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond: A New Paradigm of Flows: Water and Design in the Greater Chesapeake Watershed Region.  2014 annual workshop of the National Academy of Environmental Design.  More information: check the NAED “Workshops” Web page at http://www.naedonline.org/workshops.html, or e-mail NAED at info@naedonline.org.

Sep. 25, 2014, Woodbridge: Stream Restoration Conference. Organized by Angler Environmental, headquartered in Warrenton, Va., and the Prince William County Department of Environmental Services.  More information: http://www.anglerenvironmental.com; phone (703) 393-4844; e-mail: Info.man@anglerenvironmental.com.

Oct. 16-18, 2014, Richmond: National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and Virginia Environmental Educators Joint Conference.  This year’s theme is “Celebrate Science Inside & Out!”  and the three conference strands are watershed science, partnerships and collaborations, and integrating Science with other disciplines. More information: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/virginia_naturally/celebrate-science.shtml; or contact the NSTA in Arlington, Va., at (703) 243-7100, or e-mail: conferences@nsta.org.

Oct. 17-19, 2014, Virginia Beach: Virginia Native Plant Society Annual Meeting.  Hosted by the South Hampton Roads Chapter.  More information: http://www.vnps.org; (540) 837-1600; vnpsofc@shentel.net.

Oct. 20-24, 2014, Fairfax: International Symposium on Weather and Climate Extremes, Food Security, and Biodiversity.  Organized by George Mason University.  More information: http://iscefs.org; John J. Qu, phone (703) 993-3958, e-mail: jqu@gmu.edu.

Nov. 3-6, 2014, Tyson’s Corner: 2014 American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Annual Conference.  More information: http://www.awra.org/meetings/Annual2014/; or send e-mail for Gerry Galloway or Betsy Cody to 2014AnnualSpecialSessions@awra.org.

Nov. 8, 2014, Randolph Macon College, Ashland, Va.: Virginia Citizens for Water Quality Summit.  More information: http://vcwq.wordpress.com/.

Dec. 5-8, 2014, Wallops Island (Accomack County): Winter Birding Colloquium.  Organized by the Chincoteague Bay Field Station.  More information:  http://www.cbfieldstation.org/calendar.html; phone (757) 824-5636.

Jan. 13-14, 2015, Frederick, Md.: Growth and the Future of the Chesapeake Bay.  Organized by Bay Journal, the Chesapeake Research Consortium, and Hood College.  More information: http://www.bayjournal.com/growthconference; phone (Bay Journal) (717) 428-2819.

Jan. 27-28, 2015, Nauticus, Norfolk: “Weather-Ready Hampton Roads”–Part 1 of Weather and Climate Workshop Series.  Session 2, “Climate Change in Virginia,” will be February 24 at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) in Gloucester Point.  Organized by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Chesapeake Bay Office’s Environmental Science Training Center (http://chesapeakebay.noaa.gov/environmental-science-training-center), along with the National Weather Service, Nauticus, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (CBNERR), and VIMS.  More information and registration are available at this link.

Feb. 2-3, 2015, Staunton: Virginia Association of Forest Health Professionals 23rd Annual Conference.  More information: http://vafhp.org/conference/; (703) 792-4066.

Feb. 18 through Nov. 4, 2015, statewide: Virginia Household Water Quality Program drinking-water clinics.  People who rely on private wells, springs, or cisterns can get  their water tested inexpensively for key constituents and receive a report interpreting the results.  The cost to participate is $49.  The clinics in 2015 will be held in about 40 locations and will offer the service to residents in 59 Virginia counties plus the cities of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.  A list of upcoming clinics in 2015 is available at this Web site: http://www.wellwater.bse.vt.edu/events.php.  For more information, contact Erin James Ling, at (540) 231-9058 or wellwater@vt.edu.

Feb. 24, 2015, Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) in Gloucester Point: “Climate Change in Virginia”–Part 2 of Weather and Climate Workshop Series.  Part 1, “Weather-Ready Hampton Roads,” is Jan. 27-28, 2015, at Nauticus in NorfolkOrganized by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Chesapeake Bay Office’s Environmental Science Training Center (http://chesapeakebay.noaa.gov/environmental-science-training-center), along with the National Weather Service, Nauticus, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (CBNERR), and VIMS.  More information and registration are available at this link.

Feb. 28, 2015, Charlottesville; Mar. 28, 2015, Palmyra; and Apr. 11, 2015, Charlottesville (all 10 a.m.-3 p.m.): Volunteer Citizen Science Stream Monitor Trainings.  Organized by StreamWatch (http://streamwatch.org/), a volunteer monitoring group in the Rivanna River wastershed.  Sessions will focus on catching and identifying aquatic invertebrates for the purpose of evaluating water quality and stream health.  Free, but class size is limited.   More information: http://streamwatch.org/volunteers, or contact Anne Dunckel at (434) 249-5306 or anne@streamwatch.org.

Mar. 9, 2015, Roanoke: Natural Gas Pipeline Forum.  Organized by the Cabell Brand Center.  More information: http://www.cabellbrandcenter.org/#!CBC-will-Convene-Expert-Natural-Gas-Pipeline-Forum-on-March-9th/c19rc/09A62F4F-8E76-41C1-A85D-544C922885D3.

March 14, 2015, Daniel Technology Center, Germanna Community College, Culpeper: 12th Annual Woods and Wildlife Conference.  Organized by Virginia Cooperative Extension.  Designed both for landowners large or small, new or experienced.  More information: http://forestupdate.frec.vt.edu/landownerprograms/workshops/woods-and-wildlife/index.html; Adam Downing, phone (540) 948-6881 or adowning@vt.edu.

April 19-25, 2015: in Virginia’s limestone-bedrock (or karst) areas: Virginia Cave Week.  Organized by the Virginia Cave Board.  More information: http://www.vacaveweek.com.

May 19, 2015, at Radford University’s Selu Conservancy: New River Symposium.  Biennial conference organized by Friends of the New River, the New River Conservancy, and the Radford University Environmental Center.  More information: https://www.123signup.com/event?id=ykxcj; Rick Roth at rroth@radford.edu; George Santucci at george@newriverconservancy.org.

May 20, 2015, Henrico County: Middle James Roundtable Annual Meeting.  No cost for the meeting, but registration is required, and registration closes May 13, 2015.  More information: click here; or contact Lindy Durham at dur24@henrico.us.

Jun. 5, 2015, Gloucester Point: “Looking Backward and Forward: Adaptive Management for Virginia’s Tidal Shorelines.”  Organized by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS).  More information: http://ccrm.vims.edu/Spring2015; Dawn Fleming, (804) 684-7380 or dawnf@vims.edu.

Jun. 23-24 and Jun. 29-Jul. 1, 2015, Staunton: Nutrient Management School.  Offered by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.  The first session will cover soil science, soil fertility, and crop production.  The second session will cover writing a nutrient-management plan.  More information www.dcr.virginia.gov/soil_and_water/nmtrain.shtml/; or contact Susan Jones at 804-443-3803 or susan.jones@dcr.virginia.gov.

Jul. 11-12, 2015, Abingdon; Aug. 28-30, 2015, Wakefield; and Oct. 3-4, 2015, Cumberland: Annual Landowner Weekend Retreats (summer and fall sessions).  Organized by the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program (Virginia Cooperative Extension).  More information: http://www.forestupdate.frec.vt.edu/landownerprograms/retreats/index.html; Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or jgagnon@vt.edu.

Jul. 13-16, 2015, Gainesville: Wetland Boot Camp, a summer institute in Virginia for K-12 teachers and environmental educators.  Organized by Environmental Concern of St. Michaels, Md.  Four day-long workshops on wetlands.  More information: http://www.wetland.org/education_schedule.htm, or contact Environmental Concern at (410) 745-9620.

Jul. 18, 2015, New River in Giles, Montgomery, and Pulaski counties: Annual New River Paddle Fishing Tournament.  Organized by Back Country Ski and Sports.  More information: http://www.bcski.com/new-river-paddle-fishing-tournament/; (540) 552-6400.

Aug. 5-7, 2015, Reston: Watershed Management Symposium. Organized by the American Society of Civil Engineers. More information: http://www.watershedmanagementconference.org/; phone (800) 548-2723; e-mail: registrations@asce.org.

Aug. 6-8, 2015, Winchester: Mid-Atlantic Volunteer Monitoring Conference.  The Virginia Citizens for Water Quality will have a track of the conference.  More information: http://goo.gl/u7j43n or More information: http://vcwq.wordpress.com/.

Sep. 9, 2015, Virginia Beach: Hampton Roads Sustainable Living Expo and Lynnhaven River NOW Fall Festival. Organized by the City of Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach Public Schools, and Lynnhaven River Now. More information: www.hrsustainablelivingexpo.com/; (757) 263-1090.

September 12, 2015, Norfolk: Elizabeth River RIVERFest 2015. Organized by the Elizabeth River Project. More information: www.elizabethriverfest.org; or contact Casey Shaw at (757) 399-7487 or cshaw@elizabethriver.org.

Sept. 18, every year, everywhere: World Water Monitoring Challenge.  Sep. 18 is the annual official “day” highlighting an initiative to promote water monitoring throughout the year (March 22 through December 31; see Mar. 22 notice above on World Water Day).    More information on the World Water Monitoring Challenge is available at http://www.worldwatermonitoringday.org/About.aspx.

Sep. 24-26, 2015, National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, W. Va.: Chesapeake Watershed Forum[Not in Virginia, but close and relevant.]  Organized by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.  More information: https://allianceforthebay.org/our-work/engaging-local-communities/chesapeake-watershed-forum/; (804) 775-0951 (Virginia office) or contact@allianceforthebay.org.

Oct. 7-9, 2015, Natural Bridge: Environmental Education Conference. This year’s theme is “What Lies Under Nature’s Bridge: Connecting The Classroom to the Outdoors.” More information: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/environmental_education/conference.shtml; or contact Sheila Barnett at (804) 786-1815 or sheila.barnett@dcr.virginia.gov.

Oct. 8-10, 2015, Arlington: Climate Exploratorium–Innovative Approaches to Wicked Problems.  Organized by Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability and the university’s National Capital Region.  More information: http://climate2015.ncr.vt.edu/; phone (571) 858-3338; e-mail: ncr_web@vt.edu.

Oct. 11-18, 2015, on the Chesapeake Bay between Baltimore, Md., and Portsmouth Virginia: 26th annual Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race.  More information: http://www.schoonerrace.org; phone (757) 393-2220; e-mail: race@schoonerrace.org.

Oct. 14-15, 2015, Fredericksburg: Virginia Association of Wetland Professionals (VAWP) Annual Meeting and Wetland Research Symposium. Organized by VAWP; Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.; and Virginia Tech. More information: Tara Fisher at (757) 382-6206 or tfisher@cityofchesapeake.net.

Oct. 15, 2015, 10:15 a.m., across the southeastern United States: Great SouthEast ShakeOut earthquake drill.  Organized by the Central US Earthquake Consortium and several other partners.  More information: http://www.shakeout.org/southeast/; or e-mail: shakeout@cusec.org.

Continuing through Oct. 30, 2015 (started Sept. 26), at various locations: Virginia Science Festival.  Organized by the Science Museum of Western Virginia (in Roanoke) and Virginia Tech. The Festival seeks to have organizations schedule science events across the Commonwealth during this period.  More information: http://virginiasciencefestival.org/.

Oct. 28, 2015, Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond: The State of Virignia’s Water Resources: Sharing a Finite Supply.  Annual meeting of the Virginia Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society.  More information: http://ww2.bse.vt.edu/swcs/; Erin Ling, ejling@vt.edu, or Karen Kline, kline@vt.edu.

Continuing through Nov. 18, 2015, statewide (began Feb. 18): 2015 Virginia Household Water Quality Program drinking-water clinics.  People who rely on private wells, springs, or cisterns can get  their water tested inexpensively for key constituents and receive a report interpreting the results.  The cost to participate is $49.  The clinics in 2015 will be held in about 40 locations and will offer the service to residents in 59 Virginia counties plus the cities of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.  A list of upcoming clinics in 2015 is available at this Web site: http://www.wellwater.bse.vt.edu/events.php.  For more information, contact Erin James Ling, at (540) 231-9058 or wellwater@vt.edu.

Nov. 13-15, 2015, Wildlife Center of Virginia, Waynesboro: 20th Annual Call of the Wild Conference on wildlife rehabilitation.  Organized by the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.  More information: http://wildlifecenter.org/call-wild-conference; phone: (540) 942-9453; e-mail: wildlife@wildlifecenter.org.

Nov. 19, 2015, Charlottesville: Evaluating and Conserving Natural Assets: Planning for Green Infrastructure in the Developing and Urban Landscape.  Organized by the Green Infrastructure Center, a non-profit organization located in Charlottesville.  More information and registration: http://www.gicinc.org/events.htm, e-mail gicworkshop@gmail.com, or phone the Center at (434) 244-0322.

Nov. 19, 2015, Henrico: Virginia Water Monitoring Council Annual Conference.  The theme for this year’s conference is “Exploring Emerging Water Issues.”  More information: http://www.vwmc.vwrrc.vt.edu/conference/, or contact Katie Register at (434) 395-2602 or registerkm@Longwood.edu.

Nov. 19-21, 2015, Chantilly: Virginia Association of Science Teachers Annual Professional Development Institute.  More information: http://www.vast.org/annual-pdi.html.

Nov. 19-22, 2015, Wallops Island (Accomack County): 3rd Annual Delmarva Nature and Wildlife Photography Summit.  Organized by the Chincoteague Bay Field Station (http://www.cbfieldstation.org/).  More information:  http://delmarvaphotosummit.weebly.com/; or contact Parker McMullen-Bushman, phone (757) 824-5636; e-mail: parker@cbfieldstation.org.

Virginia General Assembly for 2016
Jan. 13–March 12, 2016: Virginia General Assembly, Richmond.  The 2016 General Assembly convenes on January 13 and is scheduled for 60 days; this is a so-called “long session,” which is held in all even-numbered years.  General Assembly session information is available online at this link.  Live video streams of floor sessions are available at http://virginia-house.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3 for the House and http://virginia-senate.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3 for the Senate.  Committees are key parts of the General Assembly process. Legislation about water or about activities that can affect water may be assigned to any of several standing committees, most of which meet weekly during the General Assembly session. Information about all standing committees—including membership, meeting times, and legislation being considered—is available online at http://lis.virginia.gov/151/com/COM.HTM.  For more information on the General Assembly, visit http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/index.php or contact your local member of the House of Delegates or State Senate.

Jan. 25-26, 2016, Blacksburg: Virginia Association of Forest Health Professionals 24rd Annual Conference.  More information: http://vafhp.org/conference/.

Feb. 9-10, 2016, Norfolk: Engineering, Design, and Implementation of Natural Coastal Infrastructure Solutions in Hampton Roads, Va.  Organized by Old Dominion University, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association the Association of State Floodplain Managers, and the Environmental Defense Fund.  More information: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/workshop-designing-natural-infrastructure-for-coastal-virginia-registration-19554540156?aff=ebrowse; or contact Shannon Cundiff at scunniff@edf.org.

Mar. 7-9, 2016, Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), Gloucester Point: 2nd Virginia Marine Debris Summit.  Organized by Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program.  More information: http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/CoastalZoneManagement/CZMIssuesInitiatives/MarineDebris.aspx ; or contact Katie Register at registerkm@longwood.edu.

Mar. 13-15, 2016, Richmond: Virginia Water Conference 2016.  Organized by the Virginia Lakes and Watersheds Association.  More information: http://www.vlwa.org/VirginiaWaterConference.aspx.

Mar. 19-20, 2016, Volunteer Fire Department, White Stone (Lancaster County): 37th Annual Rappahannock River Waterfowl Art Show.  The show includes paintings, prints, sculpture, carvings, photography, jewelry, and taxidermy, and a decoy-carving contest is one of the featured events.  More information: http://www.rrws.org/; phone (804) 435-6355; e-mail: info@rrws.org.

Mar. 22, 2016, 9:45 a.m., statewide: Tornado Drill.  Coordinated by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service.  Learn more about tornado safety and how to hold a drill at http://www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/stayinformed/tornadoes.

Mar. 22, every year, everywhere: World Water Day. The annual worldwide event designated by the United Nations since 1993.  More information on the history of the event and the observances and activities for this year is available at the World Water Day Web site: http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/about/en/. March 22 also starts the annual World Water Monitoring Day period, running through the officially observed day of September 18 and ending December 31.

Mar. 23, 2016, 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond: Science Behind the Law Seminar.  The seminar will focus on the science and legal requirements behind the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority for implementation of Presidential Executive Order 13508 on Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration.  Organized by Virginia Academy of Science and the Virginia Coastal Policy Center of the William and Mary Law School.  More information: http://www.vacadsci.org/, or contact Richard Groover at (804) 523- 5594, or rgroover@reynolds.edu.

Apr. 5-7, 2016, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington: 27th Annual Environment Virginia Symposium.  Organized by the VMI Center for Leadership and Ethics.  More information: http://www.vmi.edu/Conferences/EV/Environment_Virginia/.

Apr. 14, 2016, Gainesville: Piedmont Wetland Research Symposium.  Organized by Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.  More information: http://www.landrehab.org/content.aspx?ContentID=1514; or contact Susanna Headly at sheadly@wetlandstudies.com or (703) 679-5600.

Apr. 20, 2016, Roanoke: Annual “Water is Life” Conference.  Organized by the Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project (SERCAP).  More information: http://www.sercap.org; or e-mail swatts@sercap.org.

Apr. 20-22, 2016, Virginia Beach: Virginia Forestry Summit.  Organized by the Virginia Forestry Association.  More information: http://www.vaforestry.org/; (804) 278-8733; vfa@vaforestry.org.

Apr. 21-23, 2016, Chesapeake and Suffolk: Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival.  More information: www.visitchesapeake.com/gds-birding-festival; phone (757) 986-3705.

April 22, 2016, Wakefield (Sussex County): 68th Annual Shad Planking.  Organized by the Wakefield Ruritan Club.  More information: http://www.shadplanking.com/; info@shadplanking.com.

Apr. 30, 2016: National Prescription Drug Take-back Day.  Coordinated by the U.S. Department of Justice/Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and conducted by law-enforcement agencies nationwide.  The event is designed to help people properly dispose of unused drugs in order to help prevent improper drug use and to keep chemicals out of waterways.  To see if a take-back day is happening near you, call your local police or sheriff’s department, or visit the U.S. Department of Justice “National Take Back Initiative” Web site (after April 1,2016) at http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html, where you can search for the take-back location nearest you.

May 5, 2016, Gloucester Point: Tidal Wetlands Workshop – Legal Authority, Roles & Responsibilities of Local Wetlands Boards.  Organized by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science/Center for Coastal Resource Management.  More information: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eceaxs9q08748511&llr=5knx77cab; e-mail: dawnf@vims.edu.

May 7, 2016, Leesburg: Walking for Water.  An annual walk in to raise funds for water wells, medicine, and education in the African country of Burkina Faso.  More information: http://www.wisdomspring.org/events/4/walking-for-water-fundraiser-we-are-walking/; or contact Wisdom Spring, Inc., 5960 South Land Park Drive #200, Sacramento, CA 95822; phone (703) 505-5152.

May 17-20, 2016, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg: Annual Meeting of the Virginia Academy of Science.  The full Academy meeting is May 18-20; on May 17-19, the annual meeting of the Virginia Junior Academy of Science will be held.  More information: http://www.vacadsci.org/meetings.htm; (804) 864-1450; e-mail: vas@smv.org.

Jun. 1-2, 2016, Williamsburg: Chesapeake Modeling Symposium 2016.  Organized by the Chesapeake Community Modeling Program.  More information: http://www.chesapeakemeetings.com/ChesMS2016/HTML/index.php.

Jun. 3-5, 2016, statewide: Free Fishing Days.  Organized by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.  No state fishing license needed during this period, except when fishing on stocked trout waters.  More information: http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/fishing/free-fishing-days/.

Jun. 7-8, 2016, Gloucester Point: Workshop on Project Design & Evaluation for Coastal RestorationRegistration Deadline: May 19, 2016.  Organized by the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.  To register, send your name, phone number, and professional affiliation to syerdle@vims.edu.  Direct questions to Sandra Erdle at syerdle@vims.edu.

Jun. 18-25, 2016, James River starting at Percival’s Island in Lynchburg: Annual James River Batteau Festival.  Organized by the Virginia Canals and Navigation Society.  More information: http://www.vacanals.org/batteau/.

Jul. 9, 2016, Low Water Bridge Campground in Bentonville (Warren County): Shenandoah River Rodeo.  Organized by Potomac Riverkeeper Network.  More information:http://www.potomacriverkeepernetwork.org/potomac-riverkeeper-network-events/2016/7/9/shenandoah-river-rodeo; Mark Frondorf at mark@shenandoahriverkeeper.org.

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