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Help Make it Happen

We need your help to meet the challenge

FOLAR receives $100,000 challenge grant

The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation supports Appomattox River Trail by encouraging others to donate – will match donations and gift increases

The good news is we are over half-way there. But we still need your help. Please make a DONATION and spread the word about the vision of the A.R.T.! 

Scholarship Applications Open Nov 15

FOLAR and the John Randolph Foundation encourage students in pursuit of post-secondary education to complete the Foundation’s online application to apply for scholarships. FOLAR is proud to offer the FOLAR Environmental Stewardship Scholarship through the Foundation.

The vision that drives FOLAR’s Environmental Stewardship award is that service and commitment to natural resources conservation are vital to the complete education of our future leaders. Through the establishment of the environmental stewardship scholarship, we will enable talented and committed students to develop as community leaders with the skills necessary to make positive changes to their future communities. FOLAR scholarships are awarded to individuals who demonstrate academic achievement and commitment to community service.

The John Randolph Foundation  offers a number of scholarships for a variety of academic pursuits to local students residing in Hopewell, Prince George, Enon, Chester, Petersburg, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Sussex, Surry, Charles City and Varina. Click here for more information on the John Randolph Foundation Scholarship program.

Online scholarship applications for the 2019-2020 academic year will be accepted November 15, 2018 through 4 p.m. February 15, 2018.

FOLAR Welcomes Canoemobile Dynamic Outdoor Education

Start the weekend with a FREE ride on the beautiful Appomattox River!

Community Invited on Friday, Oct. 26th, 4 – 6pm, Hopewell City Park

Everyone is welcome to come experience Canoemobile in Hopewell! 

For the sixth  year more than 200 students from elementary schools in Hopewell will experience the learning, health benefits, and inspiration that can be derived from a paddle on the river. Many for the first time. Canoemobile is a roving fleet of six hand-made, 24 foot long Voyageur canoes, that travels across America to bring environmental literacy and dynamic outdoor learning experiences to urban youth.

The two day outreach event on Thursday and Friday, October 25th & 26th in Hopewell is provided by Wilderness Inquiry, a non-profit outdoor recreation and education organization from Minneapolis, MN, and sponsored by the National Parks Conservation Association in coordination with the Petersburg National Battlefield.

FOLAR has coordinated additional programming to be provided by volunteers from Virginia American Water and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

This year’s free community program is Friday, October 26th from 4 – 6PM at Hopewell City Park, 205 Appomattox St, Hopewell, VA 23860 on the beautiful Appomattox River.

Pre-register to let us know you are coming

Walk-ups are welcome too!  This activity is totally kid-friendly!!

Come by the park and be ready for fun!


Hopewell ART Riverwalk Groundbreaking


Good news! The pre-construction phase – final engineering design, environmental testing, and permitting – of the Hopewell Riverwalk section of the Appomattox River Trail is complete! John K. George & Company will begin construction.

The Hopewell Department of Recreation and Parks hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the Riverwalk on Friday, September 28, 2018 at City Park located at 205 Appomattox Street on the bank of the beautiful Appomattox River. Elected officials, City leaders and FOLAR representatives provided comments before officially breaking ground for the project. Staff was available to answer project questions following the ceremony.

At the ceremony, City leaders thanked the many contributors who helped to make the project possible, including project partner, Friends of the Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR) and state contributor, Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation, as well as these generous corporate contributors:

Columbia Gas – NiSource Charitable Foundation

Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation

Hopewell Co-Generation

Hopewell Manufacturer Association

James River Genco

Virginia American Water Company


View additional photos at the FOLAR Facebook Page

USGS Water Data

Pulling the canoe or kayak out this weekend? Get Real Time Water Data for the Appomattox River and other local bodies of water with USGS Water Data for the Nation.


Sponsor FOLAR

We’ve accomplished many of our goals over the last few years but could not have done it without the help from our sponsors.  FOLAR is a non-profit organization founded on support and contributions from local and national businesses.

Become a sponsor and help support the Appomattox River.