Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection

Preserving the natural resources and rural character of Rappahannock

An interview about Rappahannock
(YouTube link)



Kaye Kohler is working on a project with Tracy and Mathieu Mazza to film local residents, their stories of Rappahannock, what the county means to them, thoughts on the past and the future and whatever they want to say!  First filming was Monday, Nov 13.  There will be a second opportunity some time after the New Year.  Our intent is to work with The Historical Society and other groups to further this endeavor.

Call for details if you know someone who might be interested or interesting!  The Mazzas filmed our interview with founder Phil Irwin top left of page.  The new films will include images as a backdrop.


RAPPAHANNOCK GOES SOLAR.  An RLEP committee chaired by Larry Wohlers represented 39 Rappahannock residents to form a cooperative for 20% savings on top of the 30% Federal Tax Credit for solar installations. Read More




A Hard Working 2016 Trash Free Crew
cleaned Rudasill Mill & Rock Mills Rds

April is EARTH MONTH every year:  RLEP revived TRASH FREE RAPPAHANNOCK in 2016. Orange Vests and Bags were available all over the county for roadside cleanup, plus free pickup by VDOT.  READ MORE



    Native Plants = Native Insects
      = Native Birds
     Broaden YOUR native plant species!

The Ghost Ship Spider

What's Up
 Rose Breasted Grosbeak

Ruffed Grouse

 RLEP supports

Rappahannock Nature Camp


Scholarships to Camp Vesuvius



 Tiger & Son

Pileated Woodpecker

Wild Turkey


NASA Solar System Ambassador Greg Redfern and RLEP will present a second blockbuster event at Castleton Theatre on MAY 5, 2018.  Greg’s lively and colorful power point tours of the Universe and our Milky Way Galaxy are not to be missed!  A packed house of nearly 300 people attended the 2017 event.  This is in support of RLEP’s efforts to preserve the starry skies over Rappahannock and the Shenandoah National Park’s desire to be designated a “Dark Skies Certified Park”.

These events are FREE. Contact Kaye@KohlerRealtors.com for upcoming items. 

RLEP will help you down-shield your lights for FREE to maintain our Starry Nights, an extremely rare view east of the Mississippi.  We are in that tiny dark spot to the left of the bright strip from Boston to DC in the upper right.  THIS IS A VOLUNTARY PROGRAM INTENDED TO BECOME A COMMUNITY EFFORT ALL WILL ENJOY AND APPRECIATE.

You can see the Milky Way from Rappahannock, let’s keep it that way! Perhaps we can use it as a tourist attraction? RLEP is currently working on down-shielding pole lights in the county, and will help homeowners change their private lights (if desired, all of this is totally voluntary and FREE).  Contact Torney Van Acker, RLEP Facilitator.

Fee free to follow this brief power point on the benefits of Dark Skies. POWER POINT


April 14: Dark Skies presentation at the County Park across Rte 211 from Town of Washington.  Astronomers, telescopes, night star photographers and more will be there.  Check with us nearer the date!  Rick@RLEP.org

May 5Greg Redfern, NASA Solar System Ambassador, returns for a new fantastic power point display of the universe…you don’t want to miss this.  Greg’s presentations are fantastic. The 2017 event was full with nearly 300 people.  Greg will also provide two exciting presentations to Rappahannock High School Students on May 4.

A Stroll for the Soul began in 2017 with a walk through the grounds of Hillhouse Native Pant Nursery.  2018 will explore Native Plant venues and other inspiring natural elements, possibly to include a picnic. Watch for scheduling!  These will be fun with great information on how you support native plants, butterflies, bees and the native insects the native song birds depend on to feed their young!

2017-2018 Down-shielding outdoor lights (voluntarily) is a current project to preserve everyone’s view of the stars so beautiful over Rappahannock.  RLEP and REC (Rappahannock Electric Cooperative) have teamed and RLEP will financially assist those desirous of making their REC pole lights more “Star Friendly”.

May 27, 2017: : NASA Solar Ambassador Greg Redfern presented a lively and colorful tour of the Universe in the Castleton Theatre Festival Building in support of Rappahannock’s night skies and the Shenandoah National Park’s desire to be designated a “Dark Skies Certified Park”. FREE to the public.  280 people attended this amazing event.

2016 Solar Cooperative: RLEP took 39 local homes solar by contracting in bulk and soliciting low cost bids to augment the 30% federal tax credit. A new cooperative has formed to continue the project in 2017-18.  Call for details.

2016 Starry Nights kicked off last October with three astronomers, two large telescopes, night star photography lessons and other exhibits. 

The Andromeda Galaxy, the Boy Scout star (actually two stars, one blue and one gold which make up the head of the Swan in the constellation Cignus), many constellations and millions of stars were on fine display.

2015: Butterfly Trail Bridge was built for the Town of Washington in support of native plants, insects and birds.


RLEP provides Scholarships for local children to Camp Vesuvius (A two week Garden Clubs of VA project)

RLEP supports Rappahannock Nature Camp.

Science News Magazine is supplied to the High School

Seminars and Forums on everything from Native Plants to Invasive Species to Night Skies to Ticks!

Monitoring of the State Legislature and local Board of Supervisors with Actions taken as may be appropriate for Environmental concerns.

RLEP Representation is always present at the Board of Supervisor and Planning Commission Meetings.

 We invite you to join us in the preservation of Rappahannock County, a special place, … not achieved by accident!  We owe it to ourselves and future generations to be proper stewards of our beautiful environment.