Saturday, June 25, 2011

Thank you Dan River Basin Association!

Three BRFAL Chapter Members (2 en-training) and my teenage daughter went to the Dan River Basin Association (DRBA) Rivers and Bugs Summit in Patrick Springs Virginia!

Sugar Glider
We had an action packed day filled with snakes, bugs, woodchucks and even a live sugar glider! (and those were just the animals).  We learned much about this valuable natural resource called The Dan River Basin and packed our brains with valuable knowledge.  

Thank you to all of our presenters: Jason McGee (Forestry & Smokey the Bear), Infinity Acres (Green Tourism), Nguzo Saba (African Rhythms and Rivers), Brian Williams (Long-bellied Friends), Scott Martin (Primland Environmental Stewardship), Wayne Kirkpatrick (Teaching with Bugs & Trout in the Classroom), Minnie Moore (Organic Gardening in Schools), Melissa Coe and Sue Fields (Wildlife Rehabilitation), Lynn Pritchett  (Treasure Chests of the Dan), Dr David Jones (Keynote speaker).


  • Visit the DRBA website and learn more about this awesome organisation here
  • Learn about Trout in the Classroom program here "Connecting Students with their watersheds"
  • Visit Primland  - a Blue Ridge Mountain resort click here
  • Learn more about our Virginia State Forests here
  • Infinity Acres Ranch - Green Virginia Tourism here
  • Learn more about Streamside Buffer Zones "Like Money in the Bank" here
  • Piedmont Wildlife Rehab website here
Thank you Jenny Edwards for inviting us and allowing us to participate! We will be back next year and hope to bring a few more BRFAL Chapter Members with us. Thanks to Tiffany Haworth and all of the DRBA volunteers for making this day a success.


DRBA has a really cool online store where you can purchase: 

An Insiders Guide to the 
 in North Carolina
and Virginia.
125 miles of nature and history.

Canoeing, Kayaking, Fishing, Hiking River Heritage, Parks and Trails 

The Dan River crosses the North Carolina-Virginia state line eight times on its way from the Blue Ridge Mountains to John H. Kerr Reservoir. The 3300-square-mile Dan River Basin comprises approximately one-third of the Roanoke River Basin. Major tributaries of the Dan River are the Mayo, Smith, Sandy, Banister, and Hyco rivers.

The Dan River Basin includes all or most of eight counties: Patrick, Henry, Pittsylvania, and Halifax in Virginia, and Stokes, Rockingham, Caswell and Person in North Carolina. Smaller portions of eight more counties lie in the Dan River Basin: Floyd, Franklin, and Mecklenburg in Virginia, and Surry, Forsyth, Guilford, Orange, and Granville in North Carolina.

Download the Dan River Basin Association Brochure (pdf file)

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