Green happenings: Charlottesville environmental news and events

Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. File photo.

Each week, C-VILLE’s Green Scene page takes a look at local environmental news. The section’s bulletin board has information on local green events and keeps you up to date on statewide happenings. Got an event or a tip you’d like to see here and in the paper? Write us at

Kids on wheels: To honor National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, the Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club is inviting kids of all ages and skill levels to join chaperoned bike rides at Preddy Creek Park at 1pm Saturday, September 29. Helmets and two-wheelers are required (no training wheels), and bottled water is recommended.

Grass gathering: This year’s Eastern Native Grass Symposium, hosted by Virginia Tech’s Crop & Soil Environmental Science Department, will be held at Charlottesville’s DoubleTree Hotel October 1-4. Join environmental experts to discuss the role native grasses can play in climate change, with topics ranging from biofuels and ecosystem resto-
rations to wildlife management, seed production and landscaping.

Pitch in at the park: Celebrate National Public Lands Day on September 29 by volunteering at Big Meadows in Shenandoah National Park. Head to mile 51.2 on the Skyline Drive at 8:30am, pick up park-provided gloves and tools, and help cut back overgrowth.Dress appropriately—long pants, closed-toed shoes—and bring your own food and water. Visit for more info.