Conservation in the Classroom
A 350–acre property on Deep Bottom Road was donated to CRLC in 2021. Located adjacent to the James River, Four Mile Creek, and Deep Bottom Park, the property is already protected by a CRLC-held conservation easement. The property has dedicated public access, which will be used in the future for the construction of trails throughout the property. Deep Bottom will be open to the public for hiking, birding, and camping soon.
CRLC is also helping to create a new environmental education facility with the Henrico Education Foundation (HEF). CRLC, HEF, and Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) have agreed in concept to transfer approximately 50 acres for the development of an education center to serve K-12 students in environmental education with a focus on natural resource management such as forests and wetlands on the surrounding property. CRLC will work with HEF and HCPS to envision a center similar to the Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach.