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Open Farm Day


A group of people ride in a covered, open-sided wagon during a tour of Brownsville Preserve. Two little girls sit with their parents and wave at the camera.
Open Farm Day 2018 Young visitors enjoy a wagon ride during Brownsville Preserve's annual Open Farm Day. © Jennifer Davis / TNC


Celebrate Earth Day at the Volgenau Virginia Coast Reserve (VVCR)! You're invited to the 6th Open Farm Day at Brownsville Preserve. Join VVCR staff and volunteers for one of our favorite spring activities!

This free, all-ages event features guided nature walks, wagon rides, family activities and more! A midday picnic lunch will be served (available while supplies last).

Two guided naturalist hikes will be offered (no need to RSVP). Join us for a family nature walk at 11:00 a.m. or a birding and habitat walk at 12:30 p.m. 

There's something for everyone to enjoy during Open Farm Day. Take in the beauty of the 1,250-acre preserve from your seat on a guided wagon ride. Do a little bird watching from our docks on Upshur and Phillips Creeks. Or search for geocaches along the public birding and wildlife trail. Enjoy the many benefits of time spent together in the great outdoors!

Want to be a part of the fun? We are currently recruiting for volunteers to assist with family activities, parking, lunch, musicians and photography.

For more information about the event, or to volunteer, please contact Outreach and Education Coordinator Margaret Van Clief at or 757-414-9227.