Protecting and Restoring Our Waters

December 1, 2018, 1-4 p.m.

Grab your boots, binoculars, and sense of wonder for a free guided walk along a permanently protected perennial stream.

This 1.5-2 mile walk will take you into the woods to discuss the positive impacts of conservation and vegetated buffers on water quality. Please bring snacks and water. Wear appropriate footwear and long pants.

Please RSVP to or (757) 442-5885.

Jacobus Farm is near Machipongo, VA. Directions will be provided upon registration.

Good Forestry

December 7, 2018, 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Are you a landowner interested in knowing more about how to best care for your forest? Or have you found yourself wondering why certain forest practices are best? Robbie Lewis, Senior Area Forester, and VES Land Trust staff will lead a tour of the phases of forest management. Participants will see what it looks like after a forest has been burned, thinned, cleared, and reforested.

Please RSVP to or (757) 442-5885.

This workshop will take place at multiple locations. We will meet at the VES Land Trust office in Belle Haven. Transportation between sites will be provided.

Playing outside fosters a love for nature

“This is the best field trip. I never want to leave!” Metompkin Elementary second graders explore nature close to home... full article

Conservation is a good investment

"The Eastern Shore is embedded in our hearts and in our souls. Fortunately, the heart and soul of our home remain remarkably intact and healthy, thanks to conservation," writes Lucius J. Kellam, III conservation easement donor and former board member in a recent op-ed for the Virginia Pilot. The op-ed also highlights a study by George Mason University's Center for Regional Analysis and Urban Analytics that  found conservation has a positive economic impact on the Eastern Shore.