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 government staff and elected officials, businesses as well as community groups. Leading issues include stormwater management, erosion & flooding, pollution reduction. Created by local citizens in 1944, the district is led by a board of publicly elected individuals with a small but dedicated staff.

Operating as usual

Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD)
03/02/2021

Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD)

It has been decided that the 2021 Youth Conservation Camp will be virtual this year. The Virginia Dept. of Forestry (VDOF) and the Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD) are partnering to offer the Virginia Academy of Natural Resources(VANR) for current 9th -12th graders. We know we can’t replicate an in person camp experience virtually but our goal is to put on a virtual program that still get students excited about Natural Resources, learn what type of careers within Natural Resources there are and create a community where students meet other students who are interested in natural resources. google link to apply- https://forms.gle/iyrQ3dyHECqugqXZ9
with Virginia Department of Forestry

Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD)
02/19/2021

Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD)

Today was the 1st ever Virtual Mock Virginia Dominion Energy Envirothon! 12 teams made up of Staff, Directors and Partners from Virginia Soil & Water Conservation Districts tested their knowledge in Aquatics, Forestry, Soils and Wildlife! Congratulations to Team Perdo from the Peter Francisco Soil and Water Conservation District who placed 1st over all! Team Shenandoah Conservation All Stars from the Shenandoah Valley Soil and Water Conservation District placed 2nd overall and Team M&M from John Marshall Soil & Water Conservation District placed 3rd overall! Thanks to everyone who participated! Mountain Castles Soil & Water Conservation District Piedmont Soil & Water Conservation District Tri - County / City Soil & Water Conservation District Eastern Shore Soil & Water Conservation District Northern Neck Soil & Water Conservation District Henricopolis Soil & Water Conservation District Peanut Soil and Water Conservation District Virginia Dare Soil and Water Conservation District Blue Ridge SWCD James River Soil and Water Conservation District Monacan Soil and Water Conservation District Three Rivers Soil and Water Conservation District and Colonial Soil and Water Conservation District

The New York Times's STEM Writing Contest is underway!What questions do you have about how the world works? What science...
02/17/2021
Our 2nd Annual STEM Writing Contest

The New York Times's STEM Writing Contest is underway!

What questions do you have about how the world works? What science, technology, engineering, math, or health questions might be inspired by your own life or experiences? What innovations, processes or problems in any of these areas puzzle or intrigue you? What concepts in STEM — whether from biology, physics, psychology, computer science, algebra or calculus — have you learned about, in or out of school, that might be useful or fun to explain to others?

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/23/learning/our-2nd-annual-stem-writing-contest.html

We invite students to choose an issue or question in science, technology, engineering, math or health, then write an engaging 500-word explanation. Contest Dates: Jan. 19-March 2, 2021.

Chesapeake Bay Trust
02/11/2021

Chesapeake Bay Trust

Howard EcoWorks is concluding their Chesapeake Bay Trust funded project with "Making Suburban Lands Working Lands" event and would like to invite you to join them on 2/18 from 6-7pm to hear about these resiliency projects and learn how you can enhance your yard with native trees and shrubs that produce fruit and nuts for people and wildlife! The first 30 registrants will receive a packet of lupine seeds - an excellent and beautiful nitrogen-fixer! Register at the link below!

https://www.howardecoworks.org/events?fbclid=IwAR0L04VF9Fef61Wws5TjQKUytdsapIo3VUjrvljVmzP3Q4rHRpLw1OLN83I

02/10/2021
LEGO

LEGO

Social media can be a lot. Take a 30-second break to center yourself before you scroll on.

American Geosciences Institute
02/04/2021
American Geosciences Institute

American Geosciences Institute

Join us on February 11 for an NGSS-ESS Working Group Webinar titled “Soil Biology, Chemistry, and Physics... Oh My!” Soil is so much more than what food is grown in, we walk on, or move out of the way to build houses or buildings on. It’s complex, life-giving, and is critical for a balanced ecosystem. Our three presenters will provide a background on each (what it is, why it’s important, and ideas for classroom activities). We’ll wrap-up with additional resources and learn a bit about careers in these three areas. This webinar is presented by members of the Soil Science Society of America.

The webinar will feature Briana Wyatt, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University (Soil Science Society of America K12 Committee Chair); Jenn DeBruyn, Associate Professor, University of Tennessee-Knoxville; Owen Duckworth, Professor, North Carolina State University. The webinar is free, but registration is required. Please visit this link for webinar registration: https://nagt.org/nagt/profdev/workshops/ngss_summit/feb112021/index.html

Friends,It is with a heavy heart that we share the recent passing of a great Virginia environmental educator, Page Hutch...
02/03/2021

Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that we share the recent passing of a great Virginia environmental educator, Page Hutchinson.

Page was the State Coordinator for Project Learning Tree - a program run by the Virginia Department of Forestry that provides hands-on activities for students K-12 on forest conservation. In addition, Page was a vital member of the Virginia Association for Environmental Education (VAEE) community since the organization's formation in 2015 and has served on the VAEE board in numerous capacities.

Her work with the Soil & Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) was instrumental in bridging education efforts with watershed conservation and trees as she provided training & workshops for various SWCD staff, partnered on community projects with districts, and provided guidance as a statewide environmental educator.

Page spent her life sharing her passion for nature to inspire a new generation of conservationists. Virginia environmental educators and friends will dearly miss this conservation champion.

Virginia Department of Forestry Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD)

Compost Power is an initiative to educate the community on sustainability and compost in underserved neighborhoods in Ne...
01/27/2021
NYC Initiative Gets Composting Into Underserved Communities

Compost Power is an initiative to educate the community on sustainability and compost in underserved neighborhoods in New York. Such an inspiration! If you are in the Fredericksburg or Stafford area, check out Downtown Greens or the R-Board to learn more about composting!

https://youtu.be/TcrHN1PEFQk

NYC put a pause on curbside compost collection when COVID-19 hit — now, this org is teaching residents of underserved areas about composting while making the...

A little last minute for update - here is a fascinating discussion for TODAY at 1 PM from Dr. J. Drew Lanham on his expe...
01/27/2021

A little last minute for update - here is a fascinating discussion for TODAY at 1 PM from Dr. J. Drew Lanham on his experiences with nature. Dr. Lanham is an author, poet, and wildlife biologist. In 2019, he was awarded the National Audubon Society's Dan W. Lufkin Prize for Environmental Leadership, recognizing "individuals who have dedicated their entire lives to the environment".

Our Education Coordinator had the privilege to see him live before the COVID-19 lockdowns early last year. She said, "He is an insightful speaker that everyone should have an opportunity to hear at least once!"

On Wednesday, January 27 at 1:00 p.m. (ET), join our livestream as NCTC hosts author, naturalist and Clemson University Wildlife Ecology Professor J. Drew Lanham will present “The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature.”

Read here for more information: http://ow.ly/mcIG50DhmM7
To watch live on Jan 27: http://ow.ly/sRuW50DhmEL
America's Wild Read Graphics: Richard DeVries/USFWS

ATTENTION FARMERS! Virginia is embarking on a survey to help us learn more about voluntary conservation practices on Vir...
01/26/2021

ATTENTION FARMERS! Virginia is embarking on a survey to help us learn more about voluntary conservation practices on Virginia farms in the Chesapeake Bay watershed…like yours! The information you provide in response to the survey will help Virginia tell the story of what farmers are doing to conserve soil and improve water quality. This is incredibly important information that can help agriculture achieve its water quality goals for the Watershed Implementation Plan for the Chesapeake Bay.

WHAT: Virginia Farmer Survey of
Best Management Practices Application
WHERE: https://tinyurl.com/VAfarmersurvey
DEADLINE: March 12, 2021

Congratulations to members of the Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professionals 2020 Level 2 seminar cohort who successfully co...
01/17/2021

Congratulations to members of the Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professionals 2020 Level 2 seminar cohort who successfully completed the requirements for Level 2 certification! Registration is open now for CBLP's next Level 2 class (late March-early April). They will again be teaching mainly online via Zoom, with one day in the field. https://cblpro.org/

We finally got this beautiful scanned copy frammed of last year's conservation post middle school winner! So much talent...
01/06/2021

We finally got this beautiful scanned copy frammed of last year's conservation post middle school winner! So much talent and we're so lucky to have had this submission last year.

Stay tuned for an update on the 2021 poster contest announcement!

01/01/2021
Farmers, food bank workers, market vendors and grocery store workers have been working tirelessly throughout the #COVID1...
12/30/2020

Farmers, food bank workers, market vendors and grocery store workers have been working tirelessly throughout the #COVID19 pandemic to make sure we have food on our tables. Don't forget to show them gratitude. ❤️❤️❤️

Farmers, food bank workers, market vendors and grocery store workers have been working tirelessly throughout the #COVID19 pandemic to make sure we have food on our tables. Don't forget to show them gratitude.

World Wetlands Day is coming up quick (February 2, 2021). Here are some facts you should know about this fascinating eco...
12/30/2020
5 things you should know about wetlands

World Wetlands Day is coming up quick (February 2, 2021). Here are some facts you should know about this fascinating ecosystem! 👇

#worldwetlandsday #wetlands #wetlandsconservation #conservation #environmentaleducation #environmentalscience

On World Wetlands day, here are five facts you should know.

Soil Science Society of America
12/29/2020

Soil Science Society of America

If you're looking for a place to discuss various agricultural topics with other scientists and professionals, look no further!

Our ASA/CSSA/SSSA Discussion Boards connect our Communities and Specialty Groups giving all members a voice. Join the conversation today: http://ow.ly/7WhH50CTgtH

UN Environment Programme
12/26/2020

UN Environment Programme

Season’s greetings to all of our followers and friends, and we wish a Merry Christmas to all those who are celebrating.

Let us know what you love about nature 🥰
12/26/2020

Let us know what you love about nature 🥰

💚 Do you agree? Tell us why you love the natural world and want to protect it in the comments below 👇

12/24/2020
Snake Buddies

Turn on the sound 🔊👇

No matter how big you are (or how many legs you have) we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Original footage by Jürgen Otto (Peacock Spider Man)
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Educate. Inspire. Conserve.
Snake Buddies

Timeline Photos
12/24/2020

Timeline Photos

The holidays look different this year, but at least one thing has remained the same: the arrival of the ubiquitous “ugly...
12/23/2020
Tis the SEAson for Ugly Sweaters - Ocean Conservancy

The holidays look different this year, but at least one thing has remained the same: the arrival of the ubiquitous “ugly holiday sweater.” There’s nothing that cheers up a Zoom holiday party than watching your friends, coworkers and families decked out in holiday gear.

Unfortunately, these sweaters aren’t just hard to look at—they’re also hard on our ocean.

#oceanconservancy #oceanconservation #waterconservation #refusereducereuserecyclerot

https://oceanconservancy.org/blog/2020/12/16/tis-season-ugly-sweaters/

We’re making homemade holiday sweaters that our ocean will love

"Like most, McKeller thought everything with the pandemic would be cleared up in two weeks. Once the two weeks came and ...
12/22/2020
Glen Allen woman brings tropical oases home with houseplant business GreenVibesRVA

"Like most, McKeller thought everything with the pandemic would be cleared up in two weeks. Once the two weeks came and went and the possibility of returning to normal launched itself further away, she looked for other things to do."

https://www.google.com/amp/s/richmond.com/business/local/glen-allen-woman-brings-tropical-oases-home-with-houseplant-business-greenvibesrva/article_1abeb94b-2301-5138-b5c4-4d65d4f149f1.amp.html

At Ariane McKeller’s, the plants sprawl everywhere.

Happy Friday! 💚
12/18/2020

Happy Friday! 💚

12/17/2020
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

It's the last week for Holi-Rays at the Virginia Aquarium!

Holi-Rays at the Aquarium - Fri. & Sat. Dec. 4 - Dec. 19 starting at 6 pm ❄️🎄🐠Come dressed in your holiday best or festive pjs, for an evening of family fun. Walk through our winter wonderland of lights & holiday magic under the sea. Stop by the all-new holiday Aquarium train exhibit, snap a selfie with our holiday-outfitted Speckles & Sandy, wave hello to the jolly elf himself (Santa), and don't forget to bring your own stocking to fill with sweets and treats along the way. Buy tickets online at https://www.virginiaaquarium.com/visit/Pages/holidays-at-the-aquarium.aspx

"It's raining ice outside. That's disappointing - it's like Walmart brand snow." - a former student of ours 🤣Stay safe a...
12/16/2020

"It's raining ice outside. That's disappointing - it's like Walmart brand snow." - a former student of ours 🤣

Stay safe and warm, everyone!

Recycling over the holidays? Sign us up!
12/16/2020

Recycling over the holidays? Sign us up!

🎶"You better watch out, you better not cry…you better not put wrapping paper in your recycling bin."

🎄This year we're giving you our version of the "naughty & nice list". Be sure to check it twice before placing your holiday items into the recycling bin.

If you have any questions about what to place in your curbside recycling, ask below.

Happy Holidays, and thank you for recycling right!

12/10/2020
Shenandoah National Park

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From all of us here in Shenandoah (including these fabulous Rangers at Crescent Rock Overlook), we hope you enjoy the holiday season. We look forward to seeing you all in the new year!

Sing-a-long, National Parks edition!
12/10/2020

Sing-a-long, National Parks edition!

Sing-A-Long!

Parks across the country are hosting special events, like virtual musical performances, solstice observances, craft-making, caroling, resolution hikes, and more. Be sure to review safety requirements before attending any event in person. Come to an event or create your own holiday traditions of visiting a national park. Find more tips to recreate responsibly for a fun, safe visit at https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/holiday-happenings.htm

#FindYourPark #RecreateResponsibly

Image: 12 things to see in a park with text:
“On my twelfth trip to a park
my best friend showed to me:
12 wolves A-Howlin’
Eleven pointy Sea Stars
Ten dolphins jumping
Nine happy trees
Eight eagles soaring
Seven cacti waving
Six moose A-Grunting
Five ranger hats
Four hikers hiking
Three stoic bison
Two hungry bears
And a selfie going very badly.”

12/10/2020
National Geographic

Woah! 🐞

A ladybug's wings are flexible enough to fold intricately—yet strong enough to fly.

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