The Blue Ridge Land Conservancy is working towards preparing the next generation to not only appreciate our beautiful environment and natural resources, but to also become good future stewards of the land.
Our Chesapeake Bay Day Program and our two elementary school garden clubs do just that.
The Chesapeake Bay Day Program invites all fourth grade students in Botetourt County to a local conservation easement property to learn about water quality and watersheds, and how their actions at the headwaters of the James River – a tributary to the Chesapeake Bay – can impact water quality and the livelihoods of many in the Bay.
Our “Green Thumbs Garden Clubs” are currently up and running at Grandin Court Elementary and Westside Elementary Schools. The goal of these clubs is to expose children to where our food comes from and to teach them how our food goes from seed to plate, while providing an outdoor exercise and education. This club also provides an opportunity to get kids who live in more developed areas to spend time in the outdoors to appreciate nature.
“In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand and we will understand only what we are taught”