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.

As of 5/19/17 – only one year back for recurring events, kept for revising the Quick Guide periodically; older than that are only non-recurring events, kept for historical value.

(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, [moved there on May 1, 2013].  The guide is updated frequently.)


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; Web site:

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

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, or (434) 476-2147.

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

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.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;

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

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:

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:; phone (919) 515-9563 or (919) 515-3184; e-mail: forestry_outreach@ncsu.ed.

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

Aug. 24-26, 2012, Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center: Ninth International Conference on Recirculating Aquaculture.  More information:; or contact or (540) 553-1455.

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:; Carl Zipper, Director, (540) 231-9782, or

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

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,, or phone (804) 684-7144.

Oct. 1-4, 2012, Charlottesville: Eastern Native Grass Symposium.  Organized by Virginia Tech.  More information:; Ben Tracy, (540) 231-8259,

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. 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:; Julie Buchanan, Public Relations Specialist, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 203 Governor St., Room 214-B, Richmond, VA 23219; 804-786-2292;

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;

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:; phone (434) 249-2492; e-mail:  Dates and locations:
Nov. 2, John Barton Payne Building, Warrenton (co-sponsored by Fauquier County).
Nov. 29, University of Richmond, Richmond.

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:,93,2947,0,html/Nov-12-Pesticides-and-Our-Health-Best-Management-Practices-and-Alternatives-Richmond; phone (804) 644-0283; e-mail:

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:; Sue Brown, phone (540) 231-5741; e-mail: or

Nov. 29, 2012, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Community Center, Middleburg: Virginia Invasive Plant Symposium.  Organized by Piedmont Environmental Council.  More information:; James Barnes, phone (540) 347-2334; e-mail:

Dec. 5-7, 2012, Vienna: Commonwealth of Virginia Governor’s Transportation Conference.  More information:

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

Jan. 30-31, 2013, Richmond: Virginia Energy and Sustainability Conference.  Organized by Virginia Commonwealth University.  More information:

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:; Shereen Hughes, phone (757) 880-6802; e-mail:

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:; or contact Virginia Witmer, Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program, phone (804) 698-4320.

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:

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:

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:

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

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:

Aug. 21, 2013, St. Paul, Va.: Field Day—Biomass Harvesting Considerations in the Appalachian Hardwood Region.  For more information or to register, visit, or contact Greg Meade at (276) 623.4001 or

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, or contact Stuart Hale at (276) 698-5175 or

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:; Jennifer Wampler, phone (804) 786-9240; e-mail:

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:; or contact Dawn Fleming at (804) 684-7380 or

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:; or contact Karen Rosage, phone (410) 437-0741, e-mail:

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:; Christine May,

Oct. 13-15, 2013, Roanoke: Commonwealth Planning and Zoning Conference.  Organized by the Citizen Planning Education Association of Virginia, Inc.  More information:; or contact Michael Chandler at (804) 794-6236 or

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:;  or contact the Center’s Charlottesville office at (434) 293-5783.

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:; Don Rissmeyer at or (757) 363-6208.

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:; phone (434) 244-0322; e-mail:

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:;  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. (  For more information, contact HalfMoon Seminars at (715) 835-5900  or

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:

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:; (540) 837-1600; e-mail:

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:; or contact

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: or; (757) 962-5398; e-mail:

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, or contact Bob Croonenberghs at the VDH, (804) 864-7477 or

Aug. 22-24, 2014, Roanoke: 10th International Conference on Recirculating Aquaculture.  More information:; phone (540) 553-1455; e-mail:

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; 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:; or contact Jennifer Wampler of the DCR at (804) 786-9240 or

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, or e-mail NAED at

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:; phone (703) 393-4844; e-mail:

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

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:; 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 (, 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:; (703) 792-4066.

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 (, 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 (, 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:, or contact Anne Dunckel at (434) 249-5306 or

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

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:; Dawn Fleming, (804) 684-7380 or

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; or contact Susan Jones at 804-443-3803 or

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:; phone (571) 858-3338; e-mail:

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:; Erin Ling,, or Karen Kline,

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:, e-mail, or phone the Center at (434) 244-0322.

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:; or contact Shannon Cundiff at

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: ; or contact Katie Register at

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:, or contact Richard Groover at (804) 523- 5594, or

Apr. 14, 2016, Gainesville: Piedmont Wetland Research Symposium.  Organized by Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.  More information:; or contact Susanna Headly at or (703) 679-5600.

Not recurrring – Jun. 1-2, 2016, Williamsburg: Chesapeake Modeling Symposium 2016.  Organized by the Chesapeake Community Modeling Program.  More information:

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  Direct questions to Sandra Erdle at

NOT RECURRING – Sept.-Oct. 2016, 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:

ANNUAL BUT NOT ALWAYS IN VA – Sep. 10-15, 2016, Norfolk: National Weather Association (NWA) Annual Meeting and Weather Workshop for K-12 Teachers.  This year’s theme is “Better Science, Better Communication, Better Results.”  A Teacher Weather Workshop will be held September 13; teachers are invited to bring meteorology/climate lessons to share with grade-level peers.  More information:; or contact the NWA in Norman, OK at phone (405) 701-5167, or e-mail:

NOT RECURRING – Oct. 27-28, 2016, Blacksburg: “Women in Natural Resources: Leading, Mentoring, and Connecting.”  Organized by the Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources and Environment.  More information:; (540) 231-5481; e-mail:

NOT RECURRING – Nov. 30, 2016, Shenandoah University, Winchester: Regional Stormwater Practitioner Forum – From the Mountains to the Sea.  Organized by the Chesapeake Stormwater Network.  More information:; or contact the Chesapeake Stormwater Network at 8030 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Ellicott City, MD 21043; phone: (410) 750-7635; e-mail: Tom Schueler,; or Cecilia Lane:

NOT IN 2017? Dec. 2, 2016, Williamsburg: Annual conference of the Virginia Coastal Policy Center at the College of William and Mary.  This year’s theme is “Living with the Water – Too Much and Too Little.”  The morning session will be held jointly with the second annual Working Waterfronts Summit; the afternoon session will focus on the groundwater injection project proposed by the Hampton Roads Sanitation District.  More information:; phone (757) 221-3780.

Dec. 1, 2016, Fredericksburg: Erosion/Sediment Control and Stormwater Inspectors Course.  Organized by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.   Register by emailing

NOTHING FOR 2017 AS OF 6-8-17 Dec. 10, 2016, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland: Virginia Citizens for Water Quality Summit.  More information:

Virginia General Assembly for 2017

Jan.-Feb. 2017: Virginia General Assembly, Richmond.  The 2017 General Assembly convenes on January 11 and is scheduled for 45 days; this is a so-called “short session,” which is held in all odd-numbered years.  General Assembly session information is available online at this link.  Live video streams of floor sessions are available at for the House and 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 as of June 2016—including membership, meeting times, and legislation being considered—is available online at  For more information on the General Assembly, visit or contact your local member of the House of Delegates or State Senate.

Jan. 20-22, 2017, Virginia Beach: Winter Wildlife Festival.  Organized by the City of Virginia Beach and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.  More information:; (757) 385-2990; e-mail:

January 30-31, 2017, Glen Allen (Henrico County): Virginia Association of Forest Health Professionals 25th Annual Conference.  More information:

Feb. 25, 2017, Germanna Community College, Culpeper: Annual Woods and Wildlife Conference.  Organized by the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program at Virginia Tech.  More information:; or contact Jen Gagnon at (540) 231-6391, or e-mail:

EVIDENTLY NO LONGER HAPPENING – Bonnie Phillips no longer at DCR, as of 2-6-17 – Maybe will happen in fall.  Apr. 1-May 31 and Sept. 1-Oct. 31 (recurs every year): Stewardship Virginia.  Statewide initiative held twice annually 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:; Bonnie Phillips, (877) 429-2837 or

Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 2017, Virginia Beach: Virginia Turfgrass Council’s Come to the Bay Conference.  More information:; (757) 464-1004  (Virginia Beach); e-mail:

Mar. 5-7, 2017, Richmond: Virginia Water Conference 2017.  Organized by the Virginia Lakes and Watersheds Association.  More information:

March 15-November 1, 2017, 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 in 2016 was $52.  A list of upcoming clinics in 2017 had not been announced as of 1/5/17; keep an eye on this Web site:  For more information, contact Erin James Ling, at (540) 231-9058 or

March 18-19, 2017,  Volunteer Fire Department, White Stone (Lancaster County): 38th 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:; phone (804) 435-6355; e-mail:

Mar. 21, 2017, 9:45 a.m., statewide: Annual Tornado Drill.  Coordinated by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service.  More information on the drill is available online at  Learn more about tornado safety and how to hold a drill at

Last was March 22, 2016 – : Potomac Watershed Trash Summit. Organized by the Alice Ferguson Foundation. More information:

Mar. 22, 2017, Henrico: Virginia Water Monitoring Council Annual Conference.  This year’s theme is “Exploring Emerging Water Issues.”  More information:

Mar. 22, 2017 (recurs 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: March 22 also starts the annual World Water Monitoring Challenge period, running through the officially observed day of September 18 and ending December 31.  More information on the World Water Monitoring Challenge is available at SEE EarthEcho Water Challenge Web site, as of 6/8/17.

Mar.30-31, 2017, Richmond: Annual meeting of the Geological Society of America’s Southeastern Section.  More information:

Check for April 2018: April 19-25, 2015: in Virginia’s limestone-bedrock (or karst) areas: Virginia Cave Week.  Organized by the Virginia Cave Board.  More information:

April 4-6, 2017, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington: 28th Annual Environment Virginia Symposium.  Organized by the VMI Center for Leadership and Ethics.  More information:

Apr. 9-11, 2017, Norfolk:  Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 73rd Annual Conference.  This year’s theme is “Relevancy and Agility: The Rising Tide of Conservation.”  More information:; phone (802) 865-5202; e-mail:

Apr. 14, 2017, Gainesville: Wetland Hydrology and Water Budgeting Symposium.  Organized by Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc..  More information:; or contact Stefanie Dryden at

Apr. 19, 2017, Roanoke: Annual “Water is Life” Conference.  Organized by the Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project (SERCAP).  More information:; or e-mail

Apr. 20-22, 2017, Chesapeake and Suffolk: Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival.  More information:; phone (757) 986-3705.

April 21, 2016, Wakefield (Sussex County): 69th Annual Shad Planking as part of the Shad, Grapes, and Grains Festival.  Organized by the Wakefield Ruritan Club.  More information:;

Apr. 29, 2017: 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 1,2017) at, where you can search for the take-back location nearest you.

May 2, 2017, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg: Annual Spring Tidal Wetlands Workshop.  Registration Deadline: April 26, 2017 (11 p.m.).  Organized by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) Center for Coastal Resources Management.  This spring’s topic is “Sustainable Shorelines in Action: Successful Applications & Incentive Programs.”  More information:

May 3-5, 2017, Roanoke: Virginia Forestry Summit.  Organized by the Virginia Forestry Association.  More information:; (804) 278-8733;

May 12-14, 2017, Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center, Appomattox: Women’s Outdoor Weekend (for ages 10 and up).  Organized by Virginia Cooperative Extension.  More information:; phone (434) 248-5444; e-mail:

May 12-14, 2017, Konnarock: Mount Rogers Spring Naturalist Rally.  Organized by the Blue Ridge Discovery Center.  Events include a featured speaker, field trips, and nighttime programs.  More information:

May 13, 2017, 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:; phone Cheri Faley at (703) 201-9709, or Susan Hough at (703) 505-5152; or e-mail:

May 16, 2017, Radford University’s Selu Conservancy, near Radford: New River Symposium.  Organized by Friends of the New River, the New River Conservancy, and the Radford University Environmental Center.  More information:; or contact Rick Roth at; Rick Van Noy at; or George Santucci at

May 16-18, 2017, Richmond: 2017 Virginia Junior Academy of Science Research Symposium.  More information:

May 17-19, 2017, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond: Spring Meeting of the Virginia Academy of Science.  More information:; (804) 864-1450; e-mail:

May 20, 2017, Gloucester Point: Marine Science Day.  Organized by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. More information:

May 23-24, 2017, Charlottesville: 8th Annual Conference of the Choose Clean Water Coalition.  More information:

May 23-24, 2017, Harrisonburg:  Virginia Turfgrass Council’s Come to the Valley Conference.  More information:; (757) 464-1004  (Virginia Beach); e-mail:

Jun. 2-4, 2017, 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:

Canceled in 2017; check for June 2018 – 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;

Jul. 5-7, 2017, Virginia State University, Petersburg:  Fish School.  Organized by Virginia Cooperative Extension.  More information:; or contact Brian Nerrie,, phone (804) 524-5903; e-mail:  [Also separate Gropuper post on 6/8/17.]

NOT RECURRING? NO INFO AS FO 6/8/17 – Nov. 16, 2016, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond: Virginia Association of Wetland Professionals Fall Meeting.  More information:, or ore information, contact Brian Breissinger at
Jun. 10, 2017, Mason Neck State Park, Lorton: Back to the Bay.  This is an event to raise public awareness of and increase public engagement regarding the Chesapeake Bay and Virginia’s rivers and streams.  Organized by the Virginia Conservation Network.  More information:; (804) 644-0283 (Richmond).

Jun. 13-15, 2017, Reston: 21st Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference.  Organized by the American Chemical Society.  More information:; (202) 872-6102.

Jun. 17-24, 2017, on the James River, starting at Percival’s Island in Lynchburg: 32nd Annual James River Batteau Festival.  Organized by the Virginia Canals and Navigation Society.  More information:

Jun. 25-28, 2017, Tysons Corner: 2017 Summer American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Conference.  This year’s theme is “Climate Change Solutions: Collaborative Science, Policy and Planning for Sustainable Water Management.”  More information: ; or contact the AWRA (headquartered in Middleburg, Va.) at (540) 687-8390 or

Jun. 27-29, 2017, Blacksburg: 15th North American Agroforestry Conference.  Organized by Virginia Tech.  More information:; (540) 231-0790.

Jul. 5-7, 2017, Virginia State University, Petersburg:  Fish School.  Organized by Virginia Cooperative Extension.  More information:; or contact Brian Nerrie,, phone (804) 524-5903; e-mail:

Jul. 8, 2017, Low Water Bridge Campground in Bentonville (Warren County): Shenandoah River Rodeo.  Organized by Potomac Riverkeeper Network.  More information:;  Mark Frondorf at

Jul. 15, 2017, Richmond: James River Splash & Dash.  Organized by the James River Association.  More information:; phone (804) 788-8811.

Jul. 19-20, 2017, Charlottesville: Teaching Trees (a teacher-training workshop on forest ecology, management, and utilization).  Organized by the Skyline Chapter of Society of American Foresters, Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Virginia Department of Forestry, and other partners.  More information:; or contact Ellen Powell, (434) 220-9083 or

Jul. 21, 2017, Glen Allen (Henrico County): Land Development Design Initiative Summer Meeting.  Organized by Virginia Tech’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  More information:; Randy Dymond, phone (540) 231-9023 (Blacksburg); e-mail:

Sep. 17, 2017, Virginia Beach: Elizabeth River RIVERFest. This year’s theme is “Discover the Lost Eastern Branch.”  Organized by the Elizabeth River Project. More information:; or contact Susan Smith at (757) 399-7487 or

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