ANNUAL EVENTS

Annual Member Meeting and Social

Our Annual Member Meeting and Social is held on the first Saturday in November at Earth Dog Café in Berkeley Springs. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn about our achievements and upcoming plans, meet our dedicated Board members, and mingle with like-minded river enthusiasts. Each year, a different keynote speaker presents on a Cacapon River–related topic. An Earth Dog Café buffet lunch is provided with a donation. The winner of our annual raffle fundraiser is also selected.


Apple Butter Festival

The annual Berkeley Springs Apple Butter Festival draws thousands of people and hundreds of vendors to the town on Columbus Day weekend. The Friends of the Cacapon River set up a booth to share information about the Cacapon Watershed, answer questions about our organization, and chat with fellow river enthusiasts. Our Members sell merchandise and hold a raffle to raise funds for our activities. Our booth is located at the corner of Washington Street and Independence Street. For more details on the Apple Butter Festival, visit: http://www.berkeleysprings.com/newtbs/apple-butter-festival.


Summer Fish-and-Float Picnic

The Friends of the Cacapon River will hold our first annual Fish-and-Float Picnic in the summer of 2016. Bring a kayak, canoe, tube, or fishing pole to join us on the water or simply enjoy lunch on the river bank. We look forward to sharing stories about the river and hope to make some new ones along the way.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

LITTER REMOVAL

River Cleanups. The Friends of the Cacapon River holds its annual Cacapon River Cleanup in April, as part of the statewide West Virginia Make It Shine Campaign. This is a wonderful volunteer opportunity to help clean the beautiful Cacapon River. We select a different section of the Cacapon River for each cleanup. You can nominate sections of the river that are in need of a cleanup! Email us at info@cacaponriver.org.

Road Cleanups. We remove trash and debris on our sponsored two-mile section of Route 9 West along the Cacapon River as part of the West Virginia Adopt-a-Highway Program. This is another wonderful opportunity to volunteer with us.

River Monitoring. In past years, the Friends of the Cacapon River has monitored the health of the Cacapon River as part of the West Virginia Save Our Streams Program. The program uses a bio-survey approach to stream study, which includes the collection and evaluation of aquatic invertebrates and an assessment of the river’s physiochemical conditions. We are currently seeking new volunteers to revive this important activity. Email us today if you want to help monitor the river: info@cacaponriver.org.


COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Homeowners within the Cacapon River Watershed. The Friends of the Cacapon River has a long history of working with and supporting homeowners who live along the Cacapon River and within the watershed. We created a detailed resource packet for homeowners, which includes recommendations and tips for living in harmony with the Cacapon River. See Resources, Homeowners Along the Cacapon River.

Youth Programs. Over the years, we have funded, participated in, and led an array of youth programs in Morgan County, including college scholarships, watershed education programs, and summer camps. Most recently, we were one of the lead organizations in the innovative, youth-focused OneWatershed project—a pilot project to engage young people as digital storytellers for the watersheds of West Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay tributaries. A video of this amazing project can be viewed at: http://www.wvrivers.org/news/onewatershed.

Collaboration with Partners. To increase our reach, we collaborate with and support larger, local environmental nonprofits and state agencies that are working to protect the Cacapon River and its watershed. Among our many partners are: The Cacapon Institute, The Cacapon and Lost River Land Trust, Sleepy Creek Watershed Association, Warm Springs Run Water Association, West Virginia Rivers Coalition, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, and the West Virginia Department of Highways.

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