Green happenings: Charlottesville environmental news and events

Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. File photo. 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

Solo safe: Whatever the season, safety training is an essential accessory for hikers. Blue Ridge Mountain Sports is offering several two-day wilderness first aid courses
in Virginia this winter, giving adults and teens the know-how needed to save life and limb in case of an accident far from help. Participants will receive a certification good for two years. Visit for details on local offerings, which include a single-topic lecture December 12 and a full course January 12-13.

Paths to parks: The City of Charlottesville announced this month that it’s opened up several new stretches of paved bike and pedestrian trails into and around city parks, the latest step toward implementing its long-term trail plan. The Parks Department has tapped grant funds to help pay for a number of projects, including paved access to Azalea Park from several residential streets, a multi-use trail through Greenbrier Park that serves as a route for schoolkids, and a walkable off-street entrance to Pen Park.

Meat movie: UVA is hosting a free screening of the documentary American Meat at 6pm Monday, December 3 at Newcomb Hall. The movie examines the history of industrial farming in the U.S., and focuses on several farmers—including Joel Salatin of nearby Polyface Farm­—who are working to change the system. A panel discussion with Salatin and others will follow.