Dear River Friend..

A Letter from Friends of the Rappahannock’s Executive Director

We’re serving the Rappahannock River from the mountains to the bay.

Be inspired by some of our favorite stories across the watershed.

Rappahannock Partnerships that Impact

Rappahannock Partnerships that Impact

“I fell in love with the [Chesapeake] Bay - its ecosystem intricacies, the species that inhabit it, and the projects being done to save it, they fascinate me,” Ecologist Will Smiley explained. For years, FOR has played matchmaker - connecting partners with their love...

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Building the Rappahannock Conservation Nursery

Building the Rappahannock Conservation Nursery

FOR and our partners of the Rappahannock River Roundtable work together to provide technical assistance and cost-share programs that leverage state, federal, and private grant funding to help install a variety conservation projects to help clean water. These projects...

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Community Efforts for Mountain Run

Community Efforts for Mountain Run

Mountain Run is a stream that flows through downtown Culpeper. It begins in agricultural fields before it feeds two drinking water reservoirs, flows through several popular park spaces, under bridges and highways, through backyards, and into the Rappahannock River. In...

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A Head Start for Students

A Head Start for Students

Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) educators are excited to continue our nature-based science discovery program with local Head Start and Virginia Preschool Initiative classes this year.  This program serves students in the City of Fredericksburg Fredericksburg, King...

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Expanding Headwater Education Programming

Expanding Headwater Education Programming

Wow! Friends of the Rappahannock have accomplished so much at our Headwaters office this past year! In 2021, the office gained an Education Manager and a Restoration Technician. If you know anything about FOR you know that we have been active in advocacy and...

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Advocating for Coastal Resilience

Advocating for Coastal Resilience

In the last few years coastal flood resilience and climate change adaptation has become an advocacy priority of Friends of the Rappahannock. In Virginia flooding resilience has become a topic of great debate and modest positive action.  Coastal areas, both urban and...

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Growing the Next Generation of River Stewards

Growing the Next Generation of River Stewards

This year has been a whirlwind! As schools and teachers were figuring out a new way of life, the education team at FOR has been anxiously waiting for the opportunity to get back to the students! Robin Didlake, a 9th grade environmental science teacher at Caroline High...

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Gathering the Minds: The Rappahannock Symposium

Gathering the Minds: The Rappahannock Symposium

One hundred and eighty-six miles, that’s how far the Rappahannock flows across Virginia, emptying  into the Chesapeake Bay. Running through eighteen counties and municipalities, the Rappahannock River boasts healthy habitats, scenic views, recreation opportunities,...

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Testimonials from Partners

Laura Loveday // Culpeper Parks and Recreation // Restoration Partner

“I am grateful for the opportunity to work with Friends of the Rappahannock on multiple developing projects in Culpeper County. Working with Friends of the Rappahannock has given us access to technical expertise that we would otherwise need to outsource.”

Carolyn Reiner // Rappahannock High School // Education Partner

“FOR has helped me become the teacher I am today. Over the last nine years I’ve had the opportunity to partner with them on so many different watershed projects. They’ve given me the opportunity to show my students parts of the Rappahannock watershed they may never have seen otherwise.”

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