A family enjoys a boat tour during Brownsville Preserve's annual Open Farm Day
Engaging our Communities A family enjoys a boat tour during Brownsville Preserve's annual Open Farm Day © Jennifer Davis / TNC

Stories in Virginia

Community Outreach at the Virginia Coast Reserve

Connecting with the community we call home.

All 11 members of the Virginia Coast Reserve's (VCR) staff live on the Eastern Shore. We’re passionate about the place and the community we call home.

We believe that strong partnerships and connections with our neighbors in Accomack and Northampton counties are crucial to the success of our conservation, restoration, and educational goals.

Public events at Brownsville Preserve such as our annual Open Farm Day and Holiday Open House, “Stroll with the Staff” nature walk series, and evening lectures at historic Brownsville house provide opportunities for staff, locals, and visitors alike to gather, have a conversation, and together enjoy this beautiful place.

VCR relies on an outstanding and ever-growing team of volunteers who help with local conservation projects ranging from eelgrass and oyster restoration, barrier island stewardship and shoreline clean-ups to assisting with field trips to TNC properties and representing the organization at local fairs and festivals.

By making these connections, we believe we can contribute to a vital Shore community, further a sense of stewardship of our natural resources, and inspire new champions for conservation.


Margaret Van Clief
Outreach and Education Coordinator
phone: (757) 442-3049
email: margaret.vanclief@tnc.org