Since 1976, The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen has fostered understanding and respect for the wilderness of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Our Mission

The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, encourages understanding, appreciation, and conservation of the natural and cultural resources of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

“The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen is how all of the major conservation goals here get accomplished. The membership inspires everyone to care for this very special place on the planet.”

— Doug Coleman, Executive Director

What We Do

The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen functions as a center for research and education.

To that end, we are engaged in an array of activities, including the following:

  • offering educational programs through guided hikes, scientific conferences, programs for local schools, and on-site youth and adult programs.
  • maintaining more than 30 miles of trails.
  • conducting research in native plant germination and propagation.
  • participating in gypsy moth surveys, area wildlife population studies, and bear management.
  • offering vegetation surveys of building sites.
  • advising Wintergreen property owners.
  • managing approximately 6,000 acres of wilderness areas within the Wintergreen community.
  • monitoring water quality of mountain streams.
  • hosting researchers working on regional and national conservation efforts.
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