Guided Hike at Brown & Williamson Conservation Area                              Tuesday, February 20th, 2018                        10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Limit 20 participants.  This program is free of charge, but space is limited.  See regisgtration link below. Meet at the Henricus Visitor Center at 10 a.m. 


Another opportunity to join CRLC staff and Chesterfield County naturalist Mark Battista as we explore the Brown and Williamson Conservation Area and CRLC conducts our annual stewardship monitoring of the property to ensure compliance with the terms of our conservation easement. We will trek to the vernal pool along the southern border and follow the stream as we drop down into Big Hollow before ascending the bluff above the James River, following the entire length of the bluff back to our starting point. This hike will travel almost the entire boundary of the Conservation Area and will be approximately 4 miles long. 


Questions? Contact Laura Greenleaf at or 804-629-1229.   


*Please include your best contact phone number. If weather is questionable the day of the hike, check our website and/or our Facebook page for a cancellation notice. 


Guided Hike at Atkins Acres                            Tuesday, February 13th, 2018                       10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Limit 10 participants.  This program is free of charge, but space is limited.  See registration link below. 
Join Capital Region Land Conservancy staff  and Chesterfield County naturalist Mark Battista for a guided hike into the Atkins Acres Community Park. Battista will lead participants on a "bushwhack" and exploration of the 109-acre property owned by Chesterfield County but not yet developed or open to the public.  This property is primarily a mixed pine/hardwood forest bisected by two nice drainages. The leisurely 2.5 mile hike will traverse almost the entire property. 

CRLC staff will also be conducting our annual stewardship monitoring of Atkins Acres (we are responsible for ensuring the restrictions placed by the owner are being maintained by the County).  We will be confirming locations of vernal pools and identifying locations of concrete markers that have been installed to permanently delimit the "no-build" area of the park. We will take care of any litter we encounter and have opportunities to observe and identify flora and fauna.  We will share excerpts from Anna Atkins' journal and learn more about the remarkable life and legacy of Mrs. Atkins and her husband Paul. 


Participants will meet at the parking lot of Rockwood Nature Center at 3401 Courthouse Road at 10:00 a.m., then van-pool to the site.  Questions?  Contact Laura Greenleaf at or 804-629-1229.


*Please include your best contact phone number. If weather is questionable the day of the hike, check our website and/or our Facebook page for a cancellation notice.



Sunday, October 29, 2017

2:00 to 5:00 pm


This fall CRLC will again host guests at historic Tuckahoe Plantation in Goochland County for our signature annual fundraising event FIELDS FORESTS + STREAMS on Sunday, October 29, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.


Featuring local food & beverages and great music overlooking the James River, this family-friendly event is our chance to celebrate the year's conservation accomplishments and honor those who made them happen. Join us to learn about the significant accomplisments of CRLC to protect land and water quality in the past year. Come enjoy the sounds of Haze & Dacey and enjoy wine and beer from Stone Brewing as well as children's activities provided by L.L. Bean Outdoor Adventure School.


Tickets are $40 per person or $75 per couple. All proceeds benefit CRLC’s work to educate landowners on the benefits of land conservation and specifically easements.


A silent auction at the event will feature the following items:


  • 2-Night stay at a cabin in a Virginia State Park
  • Polar Cap Equalizer Cooler from Cabela's
  • $100 gift card to Southbound restaurant
  • Women's sleeping bag and mat from REI
  • Selection of books from Chop Suey Books
  • Private duck hunt at Chastain Farms
  • The Flora of Virginia and illustration class with Lara Call Gastinger
  • 1-year membership to Outdoor Access
  • Paddle boarding class for 5 from LL Bean
  • $50 gift card to Sedona Taphouse
  • Guided kayak tour of the James River & Kanawha Canal
  • and many more...


Order tickets online at For mobile devices, please order tickets at

Join the conversation

"Land, People, and Community: 

A Sand County Almanac Revisited" 

film screening, reading,

& discussion



(events are FREE, but require registration)


Sunday, September 17th  2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

REI Community Room

2020 Old Brick Road 

Glen Allen, VA  23060


Sunday, September 24th  2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (co-sponsor)

1800 Lakeside Avenue

Henrico, VA  23228

(attendance includes admission to the gardens!)


"All ethics so far evolved rest upon a single premise: that the individual is a member of a community of interdependent parts. The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants and animals, or collectively the land."  Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac


Forester. Ecologist. Educator. Conservationist. Writer. Philosopher.

Next year will mark the 70th anniversary of the completion of Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac--the seminal work by one of our nation's most influential conservation leaders, widely regarded as the father of the United States wilderness system and of wildlife ecology---and of Leopold's death that same year.  In A Sand County Almanac  Leopold articulated the idea of "the land ethic":  that we are called to live responsibly in a caring relationship with the natural world.   


As a member of Virginia's United Land Trusts (VaULT) and in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Forestry and the Aldo Leopold Foundation, CRLC is participating in a statewide series of programs hosted by local land trusts to inspire a return to Leopold's work for guidance as we foster a conservation ethic within our communities. 


Join CRLC and community members for a screening of the documentary 

Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time. In small groups we'll then read aloud a selection from A Sand County Almanac and, through facilitator-led conversation, reflect on our own values, the enduring wisdom of Leopold's land ethic, and how both can be a wellspring for our commitment to the future of our region. 


Contact Laura Greenleaf at or 804-629-1229 with any questions. 


So we can know how many people to expect and plan accordingly, please register here. Thank you! 



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