Green happenings: Charlottesville environmental news and events

Green happenings: Charlottesville environmental news and events

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

Tree town: The Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards have extended their tree voucher program into the spring. Those who live in the city or surrounding counties on a half acre or less can e-mail by March 30 for a $25 voucher toward a plantable tree redeemable at several area nurseries.

Rollin’ down the river: Register now for the Rivanna Conservation Society’s annual Rivanna River Sojourn. Join fellow paddlers April 27-28 for day trips down the river, with all transportation, guies, safety measures, and daily lunches and snacks provided by the RCS and Blue Ridge Mountain Sports. Feel free to bring along a trash bag for collecting garbage, and whoever finds the “most interesting piece of trash” will go home with a prize.

Get the buzz: Calling all beekeepers! The next Central Virginia Beekeepers meeting will take place on Thursday, April 4, in the Education Center at Ivy Creek Natural Area. Marcel Durieux will discuss his experience in Rwanda with the club, sharing his discoveries on how beekeeping can seriously endanger a protected rainforest. The meeting is free, and members encourage beginners to come check it out.

Hoophouse hopes: City Schoolyard Garden, the 3-year-old organization that provides hands-on gardening education to city students, is raising money for a hoophouse at Buford Middle School. The structure allows students to start their own seedlings, and provides an outdoor gathering space protected from the elements. The group launched a Kickstarter campaign in hopes of raising $6,000 to cover the cost of the project.