Love the outdoors + good competition? The Capital Region Land Conservancy is kicking off this year’s “Conservation Games” in two weeks.
From Fri., Sept. 30-Sun., Oct. 16, registered members of three teams — Fields, Forests, and Streams — will try and top each other in three different categories: volunteer hours, learning hours + donations raised for park conservation.
The winners will be announced (and awarded a cool t-shirt) on the last day of the games.
Here’s a look at what each team’s main focus will be.
🍃 Team Fields | Conserving the region’s open lands, including farms, parks, historic sites, battlefields, trails, and gardens.
🌲 Team Forests | Supporting woodland habitats that provide a home for local plants and animals.
🌊 Team Streams | Protecting and cleaning waterways, including aquifers, wetlands, rivers + all the Chesapeake Bay’s wildlife
Last year’s numbers
- 260 participants
- 2000+ trees and shrubs planted, including a wildflower reseeding effort.
- 370+ acres from Meadow Hill Park transferred to National Park Service
- $30,000 raised for park conservation
CRLC leaders say last year’s efforts equaled ~90 football fields of protected wildlife, where Richmonders can soon explore. Got your game face on? Register now.
The CRLC has been a part of several major projects this year, including the development of the new Huguenot Flatwater Universal Access Launch, the expansion of Bottom Church Battlefield + controlling invasive plant species using local goats.
Curious about conservation? The CRLC website has multiple volunteer opportunities available all year.