Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

March 14, 2018

The New River Land Trust is excited to present the 2018 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour on Wednesday March 14, 2018 at Moss Arts Center in Blacksburg.  Films start at 7pm, doors open at 6.  The World Tour, featuring the most breathtaking and moving outdoor films from the 9-day Banff Mountain Film Festival, is only in Blacksburg for one evening.

Here’s a preview…

Hope to see you there!  Get your tickets online from Moss Arts Center, or in person at Walkabout Outfitter in Blacksburg. General Admission regular tickets (orchestra and mezzanine levels) are $16, General Admission “VIP” tickets (prime orchestra seats, center) are $20.



Outdoor Family Class – Winter Survival Skills

December 2, 2017

How do animals survive in winter?  What can people do to stay warm on outdoor adventures?  Join us for a family workshop to learn about winter survival and how to enjoy yourself in nature even when the temperature drops.  Mike Stein, Outdoor Educator, National Outdoor Leadership School, P.E. teacher and father of two will teach us strategies and games for making the most of the winter weather.

The class is for ages 3 to 8+ and their families on December 2nd from 9:30-11:30 at Heritage Park in Blacksburg. The class is FREE, but registration is required. To save your spot, email



Green Fire Film – Wytheville Community College

October 24, 2017

The New River Land Trust is bringing an exciting film to the New River region. Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time is the first full-length, high-definition documentary film ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold and his environmental legacy. Green Fire shares highlights from his extraordinary career, explaining how he shaped conservation and the modern environmental movement. It also illustrates Leopold’s continuing influence by exploring current projects that connect people and land at the local level.

Viewers will meet urban children in Chicago learning about local foods and ecological restoration. They’ll learn about ranchers in Arizona and New Mexico who maintain healthy landscapes by working on their own properties and with their neighbors, in cooperative community conservation efforts. They’ll meet wildlife biologists who are bringing back threatened and endangered species, from cranes to Mexican wolves, to the landscapes where they once thrived. The Green Fire film portrays how Leopold’s vision of a community that cares about both people and land—his call for a land ethic—ties all of these modern conservation stories together and offers inspiration and insight for the future.

This event is FREE.

When: Tuesday October 24
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Location:  Wytheville Community College, Bland Hall Room 104



Trip to Historic McDonalds Mill

September 29, 2017
Join the New River Land Trust on a trip to the scenic Catawba Valley and the privately-owned Yost property. This 289-acre conserved farm contains the historic McDonalds Mill, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register. It also contains the headwaters of the North Fork of the Roanoke River, a local waterway that is home to two endangered species of fish (the Roanoke Logperch and the Orange Mad Tom Catfish). The farm grazes cows that produce milk for Homestead Creamery Ice Cream. Take a guided tour of the old mill, then join a hands-on demonstration of stream critters and discuss stream restoration on the property with Mike Pinder from the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. John Eustis, Executive Director of the New River Land Trust, will give an overview of conservation in the Catawba Valley, a state-designated area for conservation.

This trip is offered by the Lifelong Learning Institute. Please register for this event at the Lifelong Learning Institute website.


Outdoor Family Class – The Art of Autumn

September 23, 2017

Why do leaves turn beautiful colors in the fall? What does it feel like to be a leaf spinning in the wind? Join us for an art and nature workshop inspired by autumn.

Adam Short, Virginia Master Naturalist trainee, will teach us about local trees and reveal the secrets of their fall colors. Then, we’ll whirl & twirl like leaves and make watercolor prints with local artist and art teacher, Alyssa Holland Short.

We will gather at the Glade Road parking lot. The class is FREE, but registration is required. To save your spot, email

For further reading, we recommend:

The Little Yellow Leaf, Carin Berger
Leaf Man, Lois Ehlert
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf, Lois Ehlert
Awesome Autumn, Bruce Goldstone
Wonderfall, Michael Hall
Fletcher and the Falling Leaves, Julia Rawlinson
Autumn Leaves, Ken Robbins
Leaves, David Ezra Stein