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Education & Outreach

Natural Bridge SWCD staff attended the 2023 Virginia No-Till Alliance (VANTAGE) Conference in Rockingham, VA on February 21, 2023. 

Congratulations to James Alexander of Cherry Grove Farm, recipient of the 2023 No-Till Champion Award! Tom Stanley, Rockbridge County Extension Agent, presented the award to Mr. Alexander at this year's VANTAGE Conference. 

Cherry Grove Farm, located on the northern end of Rockbridge County, has been an active participant in Agriculture Best Management Practices to improve the quality of the land and we are proud of his efforts!

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VASWCD 2023 Scholarship Opportunity

~For Virginia Resident High School Seniors & College Freshman~

For information about the VASWCD 2023 Scholarship qualifications, requirements and application, please call the NBSWCD at (540) 319-6453 or click the link below. All eligible applicants residing in or attending school in the County of Rockbridge, City of Lexington, or City of Buena Vista must submit their application and required supporting documentation to Jennifer Huffman at the Natural Bridge Soil & Water Conservation District by: April 1, 2023.

2023-Scholarship-Guidline-and-Application-2023-2.pdf (vaswcd.org)  

Palmer Community Center Event 

  • On June 11, 2022, Natural Bridge SWCD co-sponsored with Trout Unlimited a stream water quality and fish habitat event informing attendees about strategies to enhance healthy fish populations in local streams. Information about important land use practices was provided as well as Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (VDWR) fishery biologists to conduct the event and answer attendee’s questions. The event was held at Palmer Community Center and had an excellent turnout.  

 
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Envirothon partnership with Boxerwood Education Association

The SWCD formed a partnership in the fall of 2021 to recruit high school students for an Envirothon team. The students met at Boxerwood Nature Center on Wednesday afternoons aided by two coaches. During their sessions, team members learned about the five Envirothon topics of study: forestry, soils, aquatics, wildlife and the special topic of waste management. A guest expert forester was asked to help in the training by teaching the students to identify and measure trees. Three students faithfully attended these after-school training sessions; however, five team members were needed in order to compete. Despite early challenges, the pilot team of three students represented Rockbridge at the Area I competition on April 28, 2022. While not able to officially compete, the students participated in all aspects of the Area competition as another training opportunity. 

As a result of this year's pilot program, many resources and contacts have been made that will be helpful in future Envirothon cycles. The district looks forward to working with Boxerwood and these dedicated students during the coming school year. 

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