TNFW believes that offering broad-based environmental education programs coupled with robust scientific research are vital for successful conservation efforts. This legacy continues to inspire everything TNFW does, from the programs we offer to our service to our area communities.
Conservation – TNFW conserves 6000 acres of open space and mountain forests located along the spine of one of the narrowest points of the Blue Ridge. The surrounding mountain ecosystem includes some of the most unique and diverse plant communities on the planet and is home to abundantly diverse wildlife, billions-year old geologic formations and archaeological sites and artifacts left by Native Americans thousands of years ago. See representative Conservation projects and programs here.
Research – Together with Virginia universities, the Smithsonian Institution, and environmental organizations, TNFW supports research that informs best practices for managing Wintergreen’s ecosystem and contributes more broadly to the scientific community’s body of knowledge. Additionally, much of this research is used in education programs TNFW offers to local school students and adults.
Education – TNFW offers a wide range of education programs helping participants appreciate the area’s natural and cultural heritage. Thanks to generous contributions from area foundations and TNFW members, our school-focused programs reach pre-K through 12th grade students across Nelson and surrounding counties through site-based learning opportunities at TNFW and through in-school visits by TNFW naturalists. Life-long learners of all ages can access a variety of programs and educational experiences including naturalist-led hikes, environmentally themed lectures, field trips, and workshops that promote enjoyment and understanding of the Blue Ridge’s unique ecosystem. See representative Education projects and programs here.
TNFW programs are open to the public with no eligibility requirements. We welcome membership and support from all who share our interest in preserving this Blue Ridge legacy.