Green happenings: Charlottesville environmental news and events

Clouds roll in behind the gardens at Monticello. Photo: Ashley Twiggs Clouds roll in behind the gardens at Monticello. Photo: Ashley Twiggs

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

Garden games: On Saturday, October 6, Monticello staff will lead 90-minute hands-on tours of Thomas Jefferson’s historical gardens for the Garden Explorers Family Program. Families with kids (recommended ages 5-10) are invited to play games, learn the history of the garden, plant seeds, and enjoy freshly picked snacks. The program begins at 9am and is $15 for adults, $8 for children.

Green screen: The Piedmont Environmental Center is hosting a free screening of Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time at 4pm Sunday, October 7 at the Dickinson Fine and Performing Arts Center at Piedmont Virginia Community College. The documentary unearths the life of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold and the legacy he left behind in America, from the conservation efforts of Arizona ranchers to the studies of inner-city Chigaco students.

Eat your veggies: From now through October 13, children visiting the Saturday Charlottesville City Market can participate in a UVA-funded “Power of Produce” program that lets them sample fruits and veggies and get $2 in “fun bucks” to spend on produce of their choosing. E-mail to get the necessary consent form.