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Annual Walton Tract Clean-Up
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Annual Walton Tract Clean-Up

It’s that time of year again when we collect litter along the Cowpasture River at our adopted site in the national forest. We will meet at the Walton Tract lower public access point (“rope swing”). To sign up, send an email to director@cowpastureriver.org or call 540-620-7795. Further details will be provided upon your RSVP. We hope to see you there!
Millboro Elementary School Nature Trail Hike
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Millboro Elementary School Nature Trail Hike

Join Us For Our Upcoming Field Trip Registration is Now Open Nature Trail Hike Saturday, September 16, 2023 Meet up…
2023 CRPA Annual Summer Picnic and Family Fun Day
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2023 CRPA Annual Summer Picnic and Family Fun Day

SAVE THE DATE! SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, 2023 2023 CRPA Annual Summer Picnic and Family Fun Day
CRPA Field Trip: Assessing Your Farmland Soils
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CRPA Field Trip: Assessing Your Farmland Soils

Join us for our upcoming field trip, Assessing your Farmland Soils. Registration is now open. Saturday, June 3, 2023, 9:00…
2023 CRPA Annual Meeting and Dinner
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2023 CRPA Annual Meeting and Dinner

SAVE THE DATE! SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2023 Join us for good company and excellent food at our Annual Meeting and…
Third Annual Artist Retreat at Fort Lewis Lodge
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Third Annual Artist Retreat at Fort Lewis Lodge

THE CRPA ANNUAL ARTIST RETREAT AT FORT LEWIS: Find your inspiration along the Cowpasture River at Fort Lewis Lodge &…
The Wonder of Vernal Pools
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The Wonder of Vernal Pools

(Photo courtesy of Virginia DWR website) Join Arne Peterson for the sights and sounds of a vernal pool in springtime.…
2022 CRPA Annual Summer Picnic and Family Fun Day
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2022 CRPA Annual Summer Picnic and Family Fun Day

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 2022 SAVE THE DATE!

3:30—5:00 p.m. Come early if you would like to swim or canoe 5:00— 6:00 p.m. Happy Hour (self serve) 6:00—7:30 p.m. Picnic dinner WHERE: Camp Mont Shenandoah, 218 Mont Shenandoah Lane, Millboro, VA 24460. (We will be gathering down by the riverfront.) COST: • $12 per person; children 12 and under are free. Click here to register and prepay online. • You will be assigned a covered side dish to bring with you after you register. • Please bring your own lawn chairs. Registration Deadline: August 22, 2022 Questions?: Email directorcrpa@gmail.com or call 540-620-7795.
Forest Bathing: A Guided Walk through Emerald Mountain Sanctuary’s Forest Trails
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Forest Bathing: A Guided Walk through Emerald Mountain Sanctuary’s Forest Trails

Led by Dr. Annette Naber. Immerse yourself in the sensory experiences and healing scents of the mosses, ferns, shrubs and trees that make up the forest eco-system. Shinrin-yoku, the Japanese custom of walking in the forest, has been scientifically proven to lower blood pressure and heart rate and increase your feelings of well being. Annette will lead you through a series of mindful and sensory exercises that will enhance your forest walk and deepen your experience of being in nature. Participants will enjoy a refreshing home-made lemonade or herbal tea at the end of the walk. We will meet in Highland County, near Monterrey. (Limited to 12 participants).
2022 CRPA Annual Meeting & Dinner
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2022 CRPA Annual Meeting & Dinner

Join us for good company and excellent food at our Annual Meeting and Dinner. 5:00—6:00 pm Social Hour with 50th Anniversary Slide Show and Raffle 6:00—7:00 pm Catered Dinner by Chef Josh Elliott (from Garth Newel) 7:00—8:00 pm Presentation and Business Meeting - Voting for New Directors WHERE: Camp Mont Shenandoah 218 Mont Shenandoah Lane Millboro, VA 24460 COST: $25 per person (must pay in advance) $15 for children ages 12 and under No refunds after May 14, 2022 RSVP: Click here to sign-up online. If you have any problems, email Lynne Griffith at directorcrpa@gmail.com or call 540-620-7795. Registration deadline is May 14, 2022 (or, AT LEAST email your intentions by that date — we have to guarantee the number attending to the caterer).

Second Annual CRPA Artist Retreat at Fort Lewis Lodge & Farm

Update: Registration is closed. Please email directorcrpa@gmail.com to be added to the wait list. The Cowpasture River Preservation Association and Fort Lewis Lodge & Farm invite artists of any medium to join us for The Second Annual CRPA Artist Retreat at Fort Lewis. Offering over 3,300 acres of open fields, mountains, forests, wildflowers, and birds, and featuring 3-miles of the scenic Cowpasture River, Fort Lewis is the perfect place to gather with fellow artists and create in a beautiful outdoor setting. This year we have added an extra day, making this a 3-day event, and included a nightly social hour which will offer participants an opportunity to mingle and discuss their art. The event is non-juried and open to the first 30 artists who register. 
Backyard Foraging Led by CRPA Member Dr. Annette Naber
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Backyard Foraging Led by CRPA Member Dr. Annette Naber

Discover the abundance of edible and medicinal plants that grow in the lush bio-diverse region of the Virginia Western Highlands. Begin by exploring edible weeds in the garden, then meander through the picturesque fields, hedgerows and forest edges. The group will identify wildflowers, berries, nuts, greens, leaves and barks. You will learn about ethical foraging ground rules and plants that should never be picked because they are endangered or poisonous to humans. We will meet in Highland County, near Monterey. (Limited to 12 participants.)