Fall Fun For All Along the Appomattox River!

FALL 2019
Everyone welcome for a FREE canoe ride on the amazing Appomattox River!
Wednesday, Oct. 9th, 4 - 6:30pm
at Hopewell City Park and Riverwalk

For the seventh year more than 300 students from elementary schools in Hopewell will experience learning on the Appomattox River. CANOEMOBILE is a roving fleet of six 24 foot long  travels across America to bring environmental outdoor learning experiences to urban youth.
The two day outreach event on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 8th & 9th, 2019 in Hopewell is provided by Wilderness Inquiry, a non-profit outdoor recreation and education organization from  and sponsored by the National Parks Conservation Association in coordination with FOLAR.

This year's free community program is Wednesday, October 9th from 4 - 6:30PM at Hopewell City Park, 205 Appomattox St, Hopewell, VA 23860 on the beautiful Appomattox River. See the new Riverwalk from the waterside!

CLICK HERE to pre-register to let us know you are coming. Walk-ups are welcome! This activity is totally family-kid-friendly!! Contact Wendy Austin at or 804-543-0325.

Hopewell Recreation & Parks will provide information about their activities and NEW Riverwalk!
Public Input Sought on Ashland to Petersburg Trail Study 

Comments and feedback must be 
received by October 11, 2019

VDOT is seeking public input on the proposed Ashland to Petersburg Trail corridor which is expected to intersect with the planned Appomattox River Trail.   A virtual presentation, interactive mapping tool, and comment form are available online at
Paddle-or-Battle 2019
Paddlers takeoff from the Hopewell Marina at the start of the 12TH Annual FOLAR Paddle-or-Battle
An Amazing Day on the River
Water enthusiasts from around the region gathered to make the 12TH Annual FOLAR Paddle-or-Battle an amazing river event according to participants and volunteers. The Hopewell Marina was buzzing with activity and excitement with 80 paddlers putting boats in the water to benefit FOLAR's mission to conserve and protect the Appomattox River for all to enjoy. And enjoy they did! Thanks to the help of more than two dozen hard working FOLAR volunteers and event partners, the Hopewell Recreation and Parks Department, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the Prince George County Police Marine Division.

Volunteers at the Hopewell Marina prepare to go out on kayaks to collect trash from the riverbank.
800 Volunteers Participated in 
20TH James River Regional Clean-up
The annual event held every September is organized by the James River Advisory Council and its many partners, including nonprofit organizations, friends groups, businesses, local governments, state agencies and individuals. FOLAR hosted two sites - Petersburg Patton Park and Hopewell Marina which had 75 volunteers who were part of the nearly 800 who came out regionally to 17 sites to remove 823 bags of trash and recyclables! READ MORE.
I ncreasing FOLAR Impact

FOLAR Welcomes Two New Board Members

Betty Estes, is a representative from Colonial Heights. Betty has been a Colonial Heights resident for 25+ years. She has practiced as a licensed Central Virginia Realtor for 18 years, currently as Broker/Owner of Rockwater Realty. Betty has experience in business management, accounting, and legislative affairs. She served on Colonial Heights Citizens' Comprehensive Plan Committee, Stormwater Committee, National Night Out Host, and currently, the Architectural Review Board. Betty is passionate about land, water, nature conservation and enjoyment, leisure bicycling on trails, travel and her amazing Grandsons.

Ed Pappas, is the Hopewell City appointee.  Ed is a retiree from DuPont Teijin Films, and earned his certification as a Virginia Master Naturalist in 2015.  He enjoys nature and the outdoors, including primitive camping & hiking in which he is usually accompanied by his dog.  Ed has helped with FOLAR clean-ups for many years. He fills the seat previously held by Johnny Parton and comes to us with a recommendation by one of our founders, Wayne Walton.Ed is especially fortunate to live right along the Appomattox River Trail in Hopewell!     
Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation  Environmental Grant
FOLAR is pleased to announce that we have received a $16,000 environmental grant from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation to help complete a central section of the Appomattox River Trail in Petersburg. Pictured right: Earnest Green, External Affairs Manager
at Dominion Energy presents grant check to Wendy Austin, FOLAR.

Volunteers  have been the strength of FOLAR throughout our 16 year history delivering amazing results all along the Lower Appomattox River. From building trails, to river clean-ups, to delivering special events for enjoying the river, our volunteers embody the dedication, enthusiasm and care for our environment.   Learn how you can get involved!  THANK YOU!
Thank you to our many sponsors who help support   FOLAR's work!
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Support FOLAR when you shop
When you shop with Amazon, use  AmazonSmile  for your purchases. When you do, you'll be able to  select FOLAR  as your charity and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to support FOLAR's work to conserve and protect the beautiful Appomattox River!  It's easy to participate.  Just go to  instead of and use your same Amazon login information and password. You'll be prompted to select your favorite charity, FOLAR, we hope. It's simple and it's helpful! Thank you for your support.