The Tunnel

“Explore the creation and the re-creation of the Blue Ridge Railroad Tunnel in Virginia. Located at Rockfish Gap, 25 miles west of Charlottesville, the tunnel was designed by Claudius Crozet and built by Irish immigrants in the 1850s. When completed in 1858, at nearly a mile long, it was the longest railroad tunnel in America. It was reopened as a historic site in November of 2020.”

Become a Master Naturalist

Applications are now being accepted for the 2022 training course offered by the Central Blue Ridge chapter for new Virginia Master Naturalist volunteers. Classes and field trips will cover subjects such as ecology, insects, birds, trees, streams, citizen science, conservation, climate change, and geology. If you like nature study, hiking, birding, fishing, forestry, and educating others, this program is for you. Training begins January 2022.

Meet The Author!

We’re planning a fun evening at The Nature Foundation. We are so looking forward to having Morgan lead a discussion about his new book. We’ll play a little trivia, eat a little food and delve into the writer’s mind. Bring a dish to share (or a snack) and whatever you want to drink. 

Join us at The Nature Foundation
December 10, 2021
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Learn about our vision for the future of The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen – Join Us

What's New at The Nature Foundation

The Nature Foundation 2021 Gift Guide. Last year Santa was busy here at The Nature Foundation. He’s back at it this year! We’ve got tons of new merchandise just in time for the holidays. It’s hard to pick our favorites, but we’ve highlighted a few hereHere’s more good news. We will be offering free delivery to your Wintergreen or Stoney Creek homes. If you prefer, we can ship your purchase. Free Shipping for orders over $100 and just $5.99 for all others. Learn more.
Our winter activities. The January-March 2022 Calendar of Events events is now available online on The Nature Foundation website under “Events & Event Registration” in the top menu bar.
November/December Astronomy Tidbits. Steve Layman of the Charlottesville Astronomical Society shares upcoming celestial activities with Kathie Driscoll of The Nature Foundation. Website references:
Exciting news from the Endowment Campaign. With your support, The Nature Foundation’s Endowment 2025 Campaign achieved a significant milestone by raising half a million dollars before October 2021 to secure the generous Smyth Foundation’s Challenge Grant. We met our first milestone with a total of $1.5 million! Thank you for your wonderful contributions to TNFW Endowment 2025. Here is a short video to convey our gratitude.
The Nine Minute Naturalist. The ecosystem you grow up in will always trigger nostalgia. I can walk through an oak forest anywhere and feel at home. A walk through the high desert of Oregon, as entrancing as it is, feels foreign. When biologists from the United States first studied forests of central Asia many felt right at home. The ecosystem mirrored much of our eastern US forests biologically. This affinity for home is at the heart of the invasive species problem at Wintergreen and throughout much of the United States. Follow this link to read Home Sweet Home.
Living with Nature at Wintergreen. Join a Foundation Naturalist on Saturday morning for a moderate to strenuous interpretive hike and explore Wintergreen’s natural environment! TNFW members hike free! Visit our Event Registration page to sign up.
Trail map. A detailed map of all of the trails within Wintergreen, maintained by TNFW, is available at Trillium House and the front desk of Wintergreen Resort’s Mountain Inn.

Our programs are open to anyone who wishes to take part and enjoy nature.

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Go outside & play

Our trail system covers an assortment of terrain throughout its 35 miles. There are both rugged, steep slopes as well as beautiful, short strolls most anyone can enjoy.

Grow native plants

Preserving while enhancing the natural beauty of the land is a goal of those who garden using native plants. The Nature Foundation is a leader in making it easier and fun.


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