Best of 2017

Some of our favorite stories from this past year, from the mountains to the bay.

As we reflect on the accomplishments of 2017, we see everyone who helped make it possible.

Be a friend and advocate for the river.

Here we grow again!

The education department at FOR is always looking for ways to expand our reach. Most recently we have had our eyes on reaching more students upstream, specifically in Fauquier, Culpeper and Rappahannock Counties. The PATH Foundation supported this effort with funding...

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Raising brook trout, just like Mother Nature

 Trout in the Classroom is a self-contained, fun lesson in ecology When I talk to students about the Trout in the Classroom (TIC), I use words like connectivity, mimicry, nature, experiment, life, and death. These are important words, underscoring much of what we do...

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Girl Power Weekend

It has been a long time goal for Friends of the Rappahannock to include more girls in recreation events. During summer months, the Friends of the Rappahannock/Virginia Outdoors Center nature preserve is often occupied by boy scouts and eagle scouts, leaving little...

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Taking E-STEM across the watershed

Design a solution. Create a prototype. Test for results. Revise for effectiveness. Refine for performance. Learn about renewable energy. All accomplished while discovering ways to improve our environment. If you did all this, you would be participating in Friends of...

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Federal Funding Brings the Rappahannock River a $91K Grant

Virginia Governor Terry McAullife and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced an award of $91,925.00 to Friends of the Rappahannock to support the Headwater Stream Initiative (HSI). This is a part of NFWF's Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund and Small...

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By the Numbers in 2017

14 school districts engaged in FOR’s environmental education programs

119 teachers participated in environmental professional development

2,300 trees planted in fenced riparian buffers by 380 volunteers

6,653 students prepared to become the next generation of river stewards

15,800 lbs of trash removed from the river by 570 volunteers