NEW BLOG POST: Where are the Trees?

If you are a Friends of the Rappahannock, you likely have seen our many tree planting posts and photos. But many of these are only a field of volunteers and green tubes.

WHAT ARE THE GREEN TUBES? Find out what they are and why they are so important to our stream restoration projects.

11th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Join us for a series of inspirational films that feature adventure, conservation and calls to action you can make possible in your community. There will be ways for you to get involved locally, a bake sale and popcorn, raffle prizes and some amazing films! FREE FOR ALL PRE – K  through COLLEGE STUDENTS!

Become a River Friend!

Support the Rappahannock by becoming a Friend of the Rappahannock. Join as a member today to discounts on interpretive trips, gear and support the work FOR does on behalf of the river.

River Safety

Check out our blog post that helps you SAFELY plan and prepare for your next river excursion!


To be the voice and active force for a healthy and scenic Rappahannock River.

Our Vision

A Rappahannock River… that is clean and safe for fish consumption and recreation from its Headwaters to its confluence with the Chesapeake.
A Rappahannock River… that supports a healthy and diverse aquatic ecosystem, with submerged grasses, oysters, crabs and other species returned to their historic levels and productivity.
A Rappahannock River Watershed… where land use and runoff is managed to protect and enhance our riparian habitats, downstream waters, scenic viewsheds and historical resources.
A Rappahannock River Community… where the citizens and local governments are educated about river stewardship, where they take a sense of personal stewardship over the river resource, and where they take action in their own backyards and communities to protect it.


General Assembly 2022

General Assembly 2022

Join us as a strong voice for the Rappahannock River at the state level. The 2021 General Assembly session starts January 13th. We are prioritizing these issues and will regularly update this page. We will include info on bill progress and how you can make a...

A Rising Tide of Capacity: Expanding our Tidal Region Programming

A Rising Tide of Capacity: Expanding our Tidal Region Programming

This year has brought significant growth in staff and project capacity for the tidal office based in Tappahannock. For years the office was staffed by a Lower River Steward and periodically by an educator from the education staff. With minimal support, our staff did...

Investing in Education Across the Watershed

Investing in Education Across the Watershed

Do you remember your “Ah ha!” moment? That moment when you understood your connection to the natural world? That moment when you knew you were going to start the lifelong journey of making sound decisions for the benefit of the environment? That is the goal of our...

Safety on the Rappahannock River

Safety on the Rappahannock River

It’s that time of year when the weather and water starts getting warmer and everyone is itching to get outside! Many of you will even spend times along the Rappahannock or on the Rappahannock in the coming months, so it's important to remember a few key river safety...

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Our Riverwatch map provides geographic data on the Rappahannock and helps you understand how FOR is helping keep our river healthy.

Impaired Rappahannock River Waterways

Learn more about how your local waterways are doing in pollutant reduction.

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