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"This was an extremely well organized workshop; we were kept busy with meaningful lectures and activities from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Saturday and from 8 - 1:00 on Sunday. The topics were pertinent and the presenters outstanding. We are very glad we attended!" 2011 Retreat Participant.

The Annual Landowner Weekend Retreats:

  • are hosted by the Virginia Department of Forestry and Virginia Cooperative Extension
  • are geared towards landowners who are new to forest management
  • provide information on both hardwood and pine forest management
  • offer chances for interaction with natural resource professionals from various agencies in Virginia, as well as with other landowners
  • provide information on estate planning, management planning and certification
  • provide hands-on experience with tree identification, forestry equipment, and more...

2016 Retreats:

See previous Retreat agendas:

Central 2015

Southeast 2015

Here's what past participants said about the experience:

"I think the program was excellent, and conducted in a professional and relaxed, enjoyable way. It was fun and very informative."
"Excellent program! Thoroughly enjoyed listening to all of the speakers and other participants' comments and questions. We learned a lot this weekend!"
    Reclaimed marsh habitat.

Upcoming Retreats

2016 Retreats

Central Virginia Retreat 

  • When: March 25-27
  • Time: Program begins Saturday morning and concludes Sunday after lunch
  • Where: Bear Creek Lake State Park, Cumberland
  • Cost: Individual- No lodging: $40
     Individual - Lodging Fri. & Sat. - $75
     Couple, No Lodging - $80
     Couple- Lodging Fri. & Sat.: $150
  • Registration will open in January

Southwest Virginia Retreat 

  • When: April 30 - May 1
  • Time: Program begins Saturday morning and concludes Sunday after lunch
  • Where: Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center, Abingdon
  • Cost: Coming soon
  • Registration will open in February

Southeast Virginia Retreat 

  • When: August 26-28
  • Time: Program begins Saturday morning and concludes Sunday after lunch
  • Where: Airfield Conference Center, Wakefield
  • Cost: Coming soon
  • Registration will open in June

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