Chesapeake Bay Trust Mini Grants (up to $5,000) – Apply by June 12

Chesapeake Bay Trust LogoThe Chesapeake Bay Trust Mini Grant Program was established to provide accessible funds to schools, organizations and agencies to educate students about their local watersheds and how they can become environmental stewards and make a difference in watershed health. To accomplish this goal, the program supports meaningful outdoor learning experiences around a watershed issue investigation, including field trips, fieldwork, student-led action projects and schoolyard habitat projects, as well as building teacher capacity to implement environmental education, including professional development trainings and programs to advance environmental literacy in the Chesapeake Bay region. The deadline is June 12 at 5 p.m. Get the scoop»

Crozet Elementary School Recognized for Environmental Excellence

Crozet Rain Garden Ribbon CeremonyCongratulations to Crozet Elementary for being named a Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, one of only four K-12 schools in Virginia this year! Out of more than 135,000 schools and universities in the nation, Crozet joins only 57 others in receiving this distinction. Way to be stewards of our environment! Read our news release »

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Virginia Cooperative Extension: Latest News & Upcoming Events – December 2013

VCE LogoThe Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) is offering resources and a host of free or low-cost classes to community members! Learn how to plant a natural garden; check out the Winter Wildlife Festival; access the Piedmont Environmental Council’s Go Native Go Local guide; learn how to prepare for winter weather; stay safe during hunting season; and more! For more information, check out VCE’s Latest News & Upcoming Events.

Virginia Cooperative Extension: Latest News & Upcoming Events – October 2013

VCE LogoThe Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) is offering resources and a host of free or low-cost classes to community members! Get your gardening questions answered; become a Master Gardener; get your Food Safety Certification through the National Restaurant Association; learn how you can help protect groundwater; access progressive mobile apps that are changing the food system; protect your plants from infestation and disease; brush up on your bookkeeping; be a Chesapeake Bay steward; participate in farm safety or edible forest gardening workshops; and more! For more information, check out VCE’s Latest News & Upcoming Events.

Support the VCE Food Drive through November 1! Donations of canned and packaged goods to benefit Charlottesville’s Local Food Pantry are being accepted at our local VCE office at 460 Stagecoach Road in Charlottesville.