The Name of the Game is Maintenance

The restoration of the Rappahannock River watershed and Chesapeake Bay requires a wide range of infrastructure and restoration projects designed to reduce pollutants like nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediments from entering our local waterways. These projects are often...

Headwater Stream Initiative

Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) and the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC)are pleased to announce a new Headwater Stream Initiative designed to provide FREE technical assistance, project design, materials, and labor for the planting of native trees and shrubs in...

Brook Trout Released in Rappahannock Headwaters

In the fall of 2016, Friends of the Rappahannock kicked off the second year of our Trout in the Classroom (TIC) program thanks to an Environmental Education grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). TIC is a nationwide program run by our partners at Trout...

New Grant Awards to Help Support Restoration Efforts

Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) is pleased to announce the recent award of two new grants to support our restoration program which works to protect and restore the Rappahannock River and its tributaries throughout the 18 county region which makes up the larger...

Friends of the Rappahannock’s Student Stream Team program began in 2007 as a partnership between Stafford County schools and several local soil and water conservation districts. FOR has a long history of implementing successful education programs as well as restoration projects and this great program brings them together to maximize impacts and results.

We work with high school students from across the 18 counties of the Rappahannock River watershed to provide high quality environmental education both in the classroom and in the field. This program introduces students to watershed science, the Rappahannock River watershed, the Chesapeake Bay watershed, stressors to the environment, total maximum daily loads (TMDL), and a variety of practices and solutions that are used to protect and restore our natural resources.

The Student Stream Team (SST) program includes two in class presentations by FOR educators and our partners at the Soil and Water Conservation Districts to provide information to students and engage them in several STEM based activities derived from ProjectWET and field inquiry and assessment activitie
s. In addition to visiting the students in their classroom, we invite students to our classroom or a nearby stream. Our classroom is a 12 acre nature preserve in perpetual conservation easement located right on the Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  Here our education staff works with students outside on a variety of STEM based activities including sampling for benthic macroinvertebrates, plant identification, chemical water quality testing, stream surveying, data collection and analysis, and other measurements using probeware.

Photo by Paula Combs, Piedmont Environmental Council

After students have completed all of there classroom based activities, FOR and our partners at the Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Virginia Department of Forestry, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and more work together to engage the students in an on the ground restoration project. These projects include:

  • Riparian Buffer Restoration
  • Water Quality Monitoring
  • Stream Surveying
  • Streambank Stabilization
  • Native Plant and Pollinator Gardens
  • Living Shoreline Planting
  • Oyster Reef Restoration
  • Floating Treatment Wetland Construction
  • Rain Garden Construction, and more

All projects are designed to have a measurable impact on water quality and the health of the Rappahannock River and Chesapeake Bay. Any project installation must be within the boundaries of the Rappahannock River watershed unless 100% of the funding is provided by the school or student group.
FOR is currently working with over 10 schools in the  install projects across the watershed.

This program is available to all high schools that are located in or serve students in the Rappahannock River watershed.  All projects occur in the Rappahannock River watershed.

For additional information about this program please contact FOR Programs Manager Bryan Hofmann at bryan.hofmann[at] 540-373-3448 x112

This program is made possible through funding provided by the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund, the environmental protection agency, the Virginia Department of Forestry, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.