Tri - County / City Soil & Water Conservation District

Tri - County / City Soil & Water Conservation District Focusing action and establishing partnerships to achieve soil and water conservation. Proud to serve King George, Spotsylvania, Stafford & Fredericksburg in the Potomac, Rappahannock & York River watersheds.

Tri-County/City Soil & Water Conservation District is a regional public agency focusing on natural resource problems and solutions. We work to keep our soils in place and healthy and keep our waters clean. We are not a regulatory agency. Rather, we provide education and assistance – technical and financial – across the district. We assist everyone from individual farmers and homeowners to local go

Tri-County/City Soil & Water Conservation District is a regional public agency focusing on natural resource problems and solutions. We work to keep our soils in place and healthy and keep our waters clean. We are not a regulatory agency. Rather, we provide education and assistance – technical and financial – across the district. We assist everyone from individual farmers and homeowners to local go

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Free pollinator garden template! Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia made this design for a 12-by-6-foot pollinator ga...
07/06/2021

Free pollinator garden template! Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia made this design for a 12-by-6-foot pollinator garden available so you can use it to build your own!

The Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia used this design in a bed next to a building at the Glencarlyn Library Community Garden, but you could install it anywhere. Why not remove a 12-by-6-foot section of lawn and replace it with this beautiful bed!?

More info here: https://mgnv.org/.../the-glencarlyn-pollinator-garden.../...

Including PDF versions of the garden plans:
Plant list: https://mgnv.org/.../01-GC_pollinator_plant_photos_05-18...

Plant spreadsheet: https://mgnv.org/.../04-GC_pollinator_plant_spread_sheet...

Garden diagram:https://mgnv.org/.../08/02-GCpollinator_plan_05-18-19.pdf

Summer is here and so are the moths!
07/02/2021

Summer is here and so are the moths!

Have seen many of these more spectacular woodland moth species over the years on the wall behing my deck lights.

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07/01/2021

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Harmful Algae Bloom advisory issued for Upper Pamunkey Branch – Lake Anna In Orange and Spotsylvania Counties. Public advised to avoid water contact within this location of the lake. Read the news release: http://ow.ly/d7Vf50FmChE

Celebrate Safely!!! While legal fireworks and sparklers are a popular part of many celebrations, they can be a danger to...
06/29/2021

Celebrate Safely!!! While legal fireworks and sparklers are a popular part of many celebrations, they can be a danger to users, children, pets, and the environment 🌲 Fireworks can also be a cause of wildfires 🔥 Even when finished burning, they are still hot and can smolder in dry grass or leaves and ignite fires. One spark is all it would take for a wildfire to start 😱

‼ Check out these Fireworks Safety Tips from the Virginia Department of Forestry below and visit their website https://dof.virginia.gov/wildland-prescribed-fire/wildfire-prevention/fireworks-safety/ for more information!

🐻❤️🌲

06/24/2021

It’s #PollinatorWeek! #DYK that pollinators like bees, butterflies, and bats provide 1 out of 3 bites of food we eat?

Say thanks by planting native plants, supporting local farmers, and educating others about the importance of pollinators.

It's #NationalSoilHealthDay! Check out the official launch of "4 the Soil" and join the live event this afternoon with f...
06/23/2021

It's #NationalSoilHealthDay! Check out the official launch of "4 the Soil" and join the live event this afternoon with farmers about soil health principles 👇

Happy #NationalSoilHealthDay! Today's the day for the official launch of "4 the Soil!" Stay tuned here for a live kick-off meeting online with farmers and discussion about the 4 soil health principles. #4theSoil

06/22/2021
Pollinator Week 2021: Meet the Milkweed Beetle

Butterflies aren't out only pollinators! Check out the milkweed beetle just in time for Pollinator Week! 👇🦇🐞🐝🦋

#pollinatorweek #pollinators #pollinatorgarden #pollinatorfriendly

Earth Science Week is in October but it's never too early to schedule an event with Tri-County/City SWCD to book us for ...
06/21/2021

Earth Science Week is in October but it's never too early to schedule an event with Tri-County/City SWCD to book us for your geology festivities! We offer interactive educational programs for students and adults of all ages as we celebrate this year's Earth Science Week theme, "Water Today and for the Future"! Contact Mariya Hudick at [email protected] or call us at (540) 656-2402 to plan your rocking educational program 🏔

#EarthScienceWeek #EarthScienceWeek2021 #earthscience #geology #rocksrock #geologyrocks #geography #waterconservation #watershed #waterscience #watersecurity #geoscience #americangeosciencesinstitute #earthscienceteacher #environmentalscience #americangeologicalsociety

Earth Science Week is in October but it's never too early to schedule an event with Tri-County/City SWCD to book us for your geology festivities! We offer interactive educational programs for students and adults of all ages as we celebrate this year's Earth Science Week theme, "Water Today and for the Future"! Contact Mariya Hudick at [email protected] or call us at (540) 656-2402 to plan your rocking educational program 🏔

#EarthScienceWeek #EarthScienceWeek2021 #earthscience #geology #rocksrock #geologyrocks #geography #waterconservation #watershed #waterscience #watersecurity #geoscience #americangeosciencesinstitute #earthscienceteacher #environmentalscience #americangeologicalsociety

06/17/2021
Last Friday was a bit rainny and a little blurry... but that didn't stop these Spotsylvania Parks Recreation adventure e...
06/14/2021

Last Friday was a bit rainny and a little blurry... but that didn't stop these Spotsylvania Parks Recreation adventure explorers from discovering the wonderful world of Virginia gold panning!

#virginiageology #geology #earthscience #geologyrocks #goldpanning #virginiagold #lakeannastatepark #virginiastateparks

Happy Monday! 🐄
06/14/2021

Happy Monday! 🐄

Yesterday, our friends joined us at Downtown Greens Inc. to discover the wonderful world of soil science and geology! Di...
06/10/2021

Yesterday, our friends joined us at Downtown Greens Inc. to discover the wonderful world of soil science and geology! Did you know that geologists will sometimes lick a rock to identify it? 🤯 Our young explorers tried their hand at geology by identifying halite - commonly known as rock salt! And their reaction couldn't be more picture perfect 📸

#DowntownGreens #communitygarden #soilconservation #geology #geologyrocks #geologist #rocksandminerals #minerals #halite #rocksalt #environmentaleducation #outdooreducation #optoutside #environmentalawareness #mineralcollector

Yesterday, our friends joined us at Downtown Greens Inc. to discover the wonderful world of soil science and geology! Did you know that geologists will sometimes lick a rock to identify it? 🤯 Our young explorers tried their hand at geology by identifying halite - commonly known as rock salt! And their reaction couldn't be more picture perfect 📸

#DowntownGreens #communitygarden #soilconservation #geology #geologyrocks #geologist #rocksandminerals #minerals #halite #rocksalt #environmentaleducation #outdooreducation #optoutside #environmentalawareness #mineralcollector

06/10/2021

We finished off the 3-part educational series with an impromptu interview by Downtown Greens Inc. 💚 We loved working with the kiddos this week and can't wait to return in the Fall for more programs! In the meantime, check out Downtown Greens for more events and volunteer opportunities to help out in the community garden 🍅🥦🫐

#DowntownGreens #communitygarden #communitygardening #gardening #garden #gardenlife #gardendesign #communitysupport #themoreyouknowthemoreyougrow #soilscience #soilconservation #waterconservation #ecofriendly #ecoconscious #sustainability #sustainabilitymatters

Day 1 of 3 for our Soil & Water educational series with Downtown Greens Inc. 💚 The kiddos were magically transformed int...
06/08/2021

Day 1 of 3 for our Soil & Water educational series with Downtown Greens Inc. 💚 The kiddos were magically transformed into a water droplet to experience the water cycle today! Soil exploration is coming up tomorrow!

#soilconservation #waterconservation #watershed #chesapeakebay #themoreyouknowthemoreyougrow #optoutside #fredericksburg #fredericksburgva #fxbgva

Day 1 of 3 for our Soil & Water educational series with Downtown Greens Inc. 💚 The kiddos were magically transformed into a water droplet to experience the water cycle today! Soil exploration is coming up tomorrow!

#soilconservation #waterconservation #watershed #chesapeakebay #themoreyouknowthemoreyougrow #optoutside #fredericksburg #fredericksburgva #fxbgva

We had an awesome day with the Spotsylvania Parks & Rec camp group to kick off Summer 2021! Can't wait to see these kidd...
06/07/2021

We had an awesome day with the Spotsylvania Parks & Rec camp group to kick off Summer 2021! Can't wait to see these kiddos again soon!

We are all set and ready to go to kick off the Summer 2021 camp season! This week, we're excited to partner with Spotsyl...
06/07/2021

We are all set and ready to go to kick off the Summer 2021 camp season! This week, we're excited to partner with Spotsylvania Parks and Rec and Lake Anna State Park for their campers 💚

We are all set and ready to go to kick off the Summer 2021 camp season! This week, we're excited to partner with Spotsylvania Parks and Rec and Lake Anna State Park for their campers 💚

06/04/2021

VASWCD leadership this week was excited to finally meet in person Dr. Edwin Martinez, our new Virginia NRCS State Conservationist. Your VASWCD had a great conversation on many topics including enhancing collaborative partnerships. Welcome to Virginia Dr. Martinez! We look forward to working with you.

06/03/2021

Looking for something new and fun for your teen to do this summer? Sign them up for the Teen Campout 🏕! Teens will spend three days and two nights at Motts Run Reservoir, camping out, hiking, canoeing, and much more. All food and activities are provided but campers must provide their own tent. A supply list will be available once you register. Space is limited so sign up soon to reserve your spot.
Ages: 13-17
Location: Motts Run Reservoir
Dates: June 28-July 1
Fee: $200/$215 (city resident/non-resident)
To register: Visit parks.fxbg.com and click register online.

Summer is almost here! Let's plan like a park ranger to enjoy the outdoors safely!#nationalparks #virginiastateparks #fr...
06/01/2021

Summer is almost here! Let's plan like a park ranger to enjoy the outdoors safely!

#nationalparks #virginiastateparks #fredericksburgva #spotsylvania #kinggeorgeva #staffordva #summervibes #optoutside

Have a plan...and a backup plan…Check ✔️

Pack your patience…Working on it. ✔️

Don’t pet the fluffy cows…✔️

Summer is here and a little trip planning can ensure that your only surprises when visiting a park are happy ones. To help everyone have a great experience, National Park Service rangers have shared their top 10 insider tips to #PlanLikeAParkRanger.

Find more top ten tips put together from parks across the country at https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/news/plan-like-a-park-ranger.htm

1. Have a plan...and a backup plan

For us, a park visit begins at home with a trip to NPS.gov. Park websites have ideas about where to go, what to see, and what to do, and most important, what we need to include in our planning. Flexibility and a backup plan are key, too, in case of changing weather conditions, road closures, etc.

2. Pack Your Patience

We always remember to allow ourselves extra time to get from one place to another and enjoy the experience. This season, national parks are already bustling. Like lots of places you go this year, we may not yet be able to offer the past level of service as we emerge from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. And keep in mind that people who are not fully vaccinated must wear masks inside park buildings and in crowded outdoor areas.

3. Travel off the beaten path

There are more than 400 national parks across the country. We love exploring the lesser-known ones. They can be a great option for travelers looking for all the beauty of nature, hiking trails, and rich history, with fewer crowds and lines.

4. Reservations may be needed

We love reservations. Many campgrounds and lodges in and around well-known parks are already fully booked. Having a reservation guarantees you won’t arrive at a park only to find that you need an entrance reservation, there’s no place to sleep, or a popular trail is closed.

5. Ask a ranger

Have a question? Ask a ranger. (Yep, we ask other rangers about visiting their parks.) We’re always here to help. We can answer questions, share park stories (we’re always happy to point you to the nearest restroom), and we can let you know what activities are available.

6. Explore the new NPS app

We nerded out over our own app—it’s very cool. You can even access it offline if you plan ahead! The new NPS App offers tools to explore more than 400 national parks...interactive maps, tours, accessibility information, and more. And we’re adding new content every day!

7. Keep safety in the picture

We love to take photos. (Have you seen our Instagram?) But we like surviving the process, too—so we’re careful to take them where it is safe. Some popular trails and views may be especially crowded this year, so an unobstructed photo might require a bit of a wait.

8. Don’t pet the fluffy cows

JK, but bison can weigh up to 2,000 lbs and run up to 35 mph—and they can really hurt you. We can’t run that fast and are pretty sure you can’t either. Keep your distance from wild animals, never feed the wildlife, and when taking pictures, use your zoom and give them room. #SafeSelfie

9. Leave only footprints

We know that each of us—rangers, volunteers, visitors, everyone—plays a vital role in protecting YOUR national parks. Whether it’s carrying out what we brought in (including our pooch’s...well...you know), leaving the spots we visit as we found them, or staying on the trail, we’re careful to respect these incredible places.

10. Ruffing it?

This one’s for the dogs. Many parks allow pets on leashes and in campgrounds, some even have kennels. But sometimes these furry friends are best left at home. Discover what you can (and can’t) do with your pet and follow the B.A.R.K. principles.

We made a boo boo... May 31 is our deadline for the conservation poster contest but we're not open on Monday! Uh oh, spa...
05/28/2021

We made a boo boo... May 31 is our deadline for the conservation poster contest but we're not open on Monday! Uh oh, spaghetti-os! The deadline has been extended to end up working day at 4:30 PM Tuesday, June 1st!

We can't wait to see everyone's beautiful conservation poster submissions this year! 💚

#nacd #conservation #postercontest #WorldEnvironmentDay2021 #forestry #forestryfriday #environment #futureenvironmentalist

We made a boo boo... May 31 is our deadline for the conservation poster contest but we're not open on Monday! Uh oh, spaghetti-os! The deadline has been extended to end up working day at 4:30 PM Tuesday, June 1st!

We can't wait to see everyone's beautiful conservation poster submissions this year! 💚

#nacd #conservation #postercontest #WorldEnvironmentDay2021 #forestry #forestryfriday #environment #futureenvironmentalist

Congratulations, Louisa County High School, for placing FIRST at the Dominion Envirothon!!!! They are going onto nationa...
05/27/2021

Congratulations, Louisa County High School, for placing FIRST at the Dominion Envirothon!!!! They are going onto nationals to represent Virginia 🎉🎉🎉

Congratulations to the Louisa County High School Envirothon Team for placing 1st Overall at the 2021 Virtual Virginia Dominion Energy Envirothon State Competition! 15 teams from across Virginia competed in this year's Virtual Envirothon State Competition! Louisa County High School Envirothon Team will represent Virginia at the 2021 NCF-Envirothon Competition in July. Thank you to all the Students, Coaches, VA SWCD Staff, Station Judges, Oral Presentation Judges, Station Trainers, and Volunteers for all that you did to make this year's Envirothon Program a SUCCESS even in a virtual setting! It's amazing to see how committed students are to learning about on Aquatics, Forestry, Soils, Wildlife, and Water Resource Management: Local Control and Local Solutions and testing their knowledge! The students adapted, persevered and were innovative with all they challenges of a virtual competition! Louisa County High School is from the Thomas Jefferson Soil & Water Conservation District
#VADominionEnergyEnvirothon

World Environment Day is just around the corner!#worldenvironmentday2021 #WorldEnvironmentDay #cleanthebayday #chesapeak...
05/25/2021

World Environment Day is just around the corner!

#worldenvironmentday2021 #WorldEnvironmentDay #cleanthebayday #chesapeakebay #soilscience #soil

Restoration through agroforestry alone has the potential to increase food security for 1️⃣.3️⃣ billion people. Raise your voice this #WorldEnvironmentDay with us – register your #GenerationRestoration event or find a virtual one to join ➡️ https://bit.ly/2T2L7Ct

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05/21/2021

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Just like every other living thing, honeybees need water to survive. During the summer, a hive needs at least a liter of water per day. Happy World Bee Day!

Dive deep into the rabbit hole that is Bear scientific names for Bear Awareness Week!Though his "Antarctica" definition ...
05/19/2021
disclaimer: facts might not be facts cuz it's the internet #bear #arctic #science #mindblown #mylifeisalie #deepthought

Dive deep into the rabbit hole that is Bear scientific names for Bear Awareness Week!

Though his "Antarctica" definition of "Circle Without Bears" isn't exactly accurate since "antarctica" comes from the Latin "antarktike" which means the "Opposite of Arctic" where "artic" is defined from the Greek "arktos" meaning "bear". You could technically conclude that Antarctica is the opposite or lack of bears, though linguistics isn't always as cut and dry as we'd like it to be. Still - this is a pretty funny and informative tiktok video to brush up on your bear terminology!

#BearAwareness #BearAwarenessWeek #BeBearAware #BearAwarenessWeek2021 #AmericanBlackBear #GrizzlyBear #AmericanBrownBear #BrownBear #BlackBear

ZekeStryker (@zekestryker) has created a short video on TikTok with music Aesthetic. | disclaimer: facts might not be facts cuz it's the internet #bear #arctic #science #mindblown #mylifeisalie #deepthought | My favorite thing in the world right now is probably the scientific name of the grizzly bea...

It's the most wonderful time of the year! 🎶 Conservation Poster Contest Season is here! There is still time to submit yo...
05/18/2021

It's the most wonderful time of the year! 🎶 Conservation Poster Contest Season is here! There is still time to submit your entry for the 2021 Theme, "Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities". If you are working on a poster and need an extension, we can accommodate to get that creativity to shine. Let us know before the May 31 deadline though!

#conservation #conservationposter #postercontest #NACD #NACDPosterContest #VASWCD #treeconservation #forestry #treesaretheanswer

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4811 Carr Dr
Fredericksburg, VA
22408

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Tuesday 8am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8am - 4:30pm
Friday 8am - 4:30pm

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