The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) will be an exhibitor at our 2023 Festival! They will have lots of hands on children's activities including fish printing and crafts. Young and old alike will enjoy this exhibit.
To learn more visit their website, click here.
Mike Callahan, Chief Ornithologist, Caledon State Park
Live Raptors Ambassadors!
Mike Callahan, Chief Ornithologist at Caledon State Park, will give participants the opportunity to be up close and personal with his live raptor ambassadors! We thank Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Education Center for providing these beautiful raptors for all of us to enjoy.
Ken Smith-Federally Licensed Raptor Bander
Ken banded three osprey chicks last Summer in Colonial Beach and he is looking to band many more this Summer.
He will explain the importance of bird banding! Please visit his booth!
Karen will bring along one of her opossum ambassadors. You will have the opportunity to be up close and personal! We welcome Karen to our festival!
My name is Karen Brace. I have been a licensed wildlife rehabilitator in Virginia since 2012. I started off working only with squirrels and groundhogs and then, in 2016, someone brought me a box containing 11 of the cutest little opossum joeys ever. It was love at first sight. Since then I have been on a mission to rid the world (or at least Virginia) of the misconceptions and misinformation that surround the only only native marsupial in the U.S and Canada. I started Awesome 'Possumz in early 2019 when it was determined that Stuart, one of my former rehab animals, could not be released back into the wild (see Stuart's Story). The mission of Awesome 'Possumz is to educate the public about the awesomeness of Virginia opossums.
The Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce is an active and vibrant part of our small community. We are committed to and advocate for our member businesses. We work with governmental and other non-governmental entities to enhance the future and well-being of the citizens of Colonial Beach. We educate ourselves and our community on issues related to tourism, public policy and economics to enhance our efficiency and effectiveness.
We are grateful to live in the “Playground on the Potomac”; therefore, we strive to create an environment that will honor our watermen ancestry and foster fiscal security for our families now and in the future. Learn More.
The Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) is responsible for the management of inland fisheries, wildlife, and recreational boating for the Commonwealth of Virginia. We are leading wildlife conservation and inspiring people to value the outdoors and their role in nature. Learn More.
CONSERVE. CONNECT. PROTECT.
The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources’ mission is to:
Conserve and manage wildlife populations and habitat for the benefit of present and future generations.
Connect people to Virginia’s outdoors through boating, education, fishing, hunting, trapping, wildlife viewing, and other wildlife-related activities.
Protect people and property by promoting safe outdoor experiences and managing human-wildlife conflicts.
Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1996, is the youngest member of the Eastern Virginia Rivers National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The refuge was established to protect and conserve important wildlife habitats along the river and its major tributaries.
The refuge is made up of multiple units, five of which are open to the public. These public access units are open year-round from sunrise to sunset! The public access units and their addresses are located below in the table. Please be reminded that pets are prohibited on the refuge!
Visitors are welcome to stop by the Wilna Unit Administrative Office Monday-Friday from 8 AM- 4:30 PM. Learn More.
Potomac Riverkeeper, Inc. was founded in 2000 by a group of local community members who saw the need for stronger enforcement of federal, state, and local clean water protections in local rivers through grassroots advocacy and legal action. Riverkeepers are the eyes and ears of the rivers, the voice of the rivers, and the experts in the rivers, , protecting the public’s rights to clean water. Encompassing the skills of scientists, teachers, law officers, fishermen, and paddlers, Riverkeepers combine a profound knowledge of their waterway, matched with a relentless commitment to protecting clean water and the rule of law. Learn More.
The Northern Neck Chapter of the National Audubon Society (NNAS) holds monthly meetings in Kilmarnock, VA on the first Monday of October thru December and February thru June. The meetings feature speakers who are experts on some aspect of birds or other related animal species. Please join us at an upcoming NNAS meeting. Learn More.
The International Osprey Foundation (TIOF), was founded on Sanibel Island, Florida, USA, in 1981, it's founding principle, the protection and preservation of Ospreys worldwide. To that end, TIOF strives to educate the world community and offer research grants on raptor-related projects internationally. TIOF also recruits and coordinates teams of volunteers who build and maintain osprey nesting platforms and monitor osprey nests locally during breeding season. The information gathered provides research data to Osprey Watch, a central database for Osprey research. TIOF is committed to working with like-minded individuals, agencies and groups to achieve its goals. Learn More.
A National Historic Landmark, Stratford Hall preserves the legacy of the Lee family and its surrounding community, inspires an appreciation of America’s past, and encourages commitment to the ideals of leadership, honor, independent thought, and civic responsibility. Nestled along the Potomac River, Stratford Hall’s nearly 2,000 acres comes to life through the presentation and preservation of the 18th-century Great House, vibrant gardens, natural trails revealing breathtaking river views, and the stories of all who lived here. Learn More.
George Washington Birthplace National Monument
George Washington Birthplace National Monument is located in the Northern Neck of Virginia. It encompasses 551 acres of the former Popes Creek Plantation, the American ancestral home of the Washington Family where George Washington was born. In addition to a Colonial Revival farm, burial ground, visitor center, and historic structures, the park also has picnic grounds and a public beach. Learn More.
Kate Garchinsky is a children’s book illustrator and an Eckelberry Artist Fellow at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Her children’s book debut, The Secret Life of the Red Fox, written by Laurence Pringle, is a 2017 NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book, a Eureka! Silver Award Winner by the California Reading Association, and was nominated for the Ezra Jack Keats Award. Kate’s growing list of award-winning narrative nonfiction also includes a chapter book, Belle’s Journey: An Osprey Takes Flight, and five additional picture books in the Secret Life series, with more to come.
Kate does her best work late at night, eating dark chocolate and listening to music by The Cure. When she’s not busy at her easel, Kate and her husband, Brian, take long bird walks with their rambunctious rescue mutt, Ruby Roo. Their two cats, Julia and Spenser, watch birds responsibly through the windows of their little woodland home in Delaware County, Pennsylvania.
Kate will be doing book signings of Belle’s Journey at our festival and demonstrating illustration techniques to our children! Please be sure to stop by and see Kate and purchase a copy of her book!
Ainsley inspired the the Ainsley's Angels of America Foundation, the writing of a children’s book by her sister ( Born An Angel by Briley Rossiter ), and the Ainsley's Angels Race Series.
In addition to ensuring everyone can experience endurance events, Ainsley's Angels of America aims to build awareness about America's special needs community through inclusion in all aspects of life. Serving as advocates to providing education and participating as active members in local communities, we believe everyone deserves to be included. Learn More.
Dominion employs over 17,000 people in 15 states, providing reliable, affordable, clean energy to nearly 7 million customers. We are a leader in the clean energy transition, with a clear strategy to achieve Net Zero carbon and methane emissions. Headquartered in Richmond, VA, we're creating a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects the communities we serve. We invest in communities where we live and work, and protect our natural resources.
We believe Actions Speak Louder. Learn More.
Northern Neck Land Conservancy
Accredited conservation nonprofit serving Essex, Lancaster, King George, Northumberland, Richmond and Westmoreland.
We preserve working farms, woodlands, wetlands and more. We help people create conservation easements to permanently protect their land.