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2014 Fall Annual Gathering Promises Nature, Music, Food, Fun & Education

Every year Virginia Sierra Club members join together for a weekend of hiking, music, fun and, of course, learning about how to protect our natural environment in Virginia. This 3 day, 2 night gathering includes nature hikes, Virginia Sierra Club happenings, great music and fellowship. If you’ve never been this is the year to try it out and for those veterans this is a year you won’t want to miss!

Details & Registration

Date: September 26-28, 2014

Location: Caroline Furnace Lutheran Church Camp and Retreat Center, 2239 Camp Roosevelt Road, Fort Valley, VA 22652 (For more info, visit their website at www.carolinefurnace.org.)

Cabin Lodging: The gathering is 3 days and 2 nights. We reserve a campground in the park with cabins or tent camping.

Registration: Registration is required. Click Here to Register Today!

Learn More About the Gathering

Fun, Relaxed, Family Friendly Atmosphere! This weekend is a great chance to meet new people, learn about the Virginia’s natural landscape and have fun. While we structure the time with hikes, discussions and more you are never required to attend any of the sections. If you would like to sleep-in, start your own discussion group or just relax for an afternoon we encourage everyone to enjoy the weekend their own way. As long as you are respectful of the other campers.

Keynote Speakers:

Saturday evening – ROBERT K. MUSIL, President and CEO of The Rachel Carson Council, Inc., senior fellow at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, American University, and author of Hope for a Heated Planet. He is the former CEO of the Nobel Peace Prize–winning Physicians for Social Responsibility and an award-winning journalist.

Saturday afternoon – LT. GOVERNOR RALPH NORTHAM. An Eastern Shore native, Ralph Northam as a Senator carried numerous bills to protect the treasure that is the Chesapeake Bay. He stands strong as an opponent of offshore oil drilling and cast the deciding vote preventing the ban on uranium mining from being lifted. Now as Lt. Governor, he will continue his strong advocacy for developing Virginia’s renewable energy resources.

Hiking: This year, our hikes will include a trek to Buzzard Rock learn about the natural flora and fauna in the George Washington National Forest, and for early risers, join a crew for bird watching. Hikes will be led by trained Sierra Club guides. They are open to beginners and experts alike. Outings leader training 101 will be offered on Saturday and First Aid class schedule for Sunday morning. (note: additional cost applies to these trainings – see registration page for details).

Campaign Briefings: Learn about hot topics in Virginia and what you can do to help.

Music: Friday evening everyone is invited to participate in a special “sing-a-long.” Please bring your instruments, songs, and enthusiasm. Saturday night will feature the Gabby Haze Band in the main lodge.

Price: Cabin and tent lodging amenities available. Cost varies for adults, students and children as well as for overnight and day passes. Go to our registration page for more information. Price covers lodging, meals and weekend activities (unless otherwise noted).

Registration: Registration is required.  Click Here to Register Today!

We can’t wait to see you at this years annual gathering.

About the Author

Eileen is the Virginia Conservation Program Manager with the Virginia Chapter Sierra Club.