Photo by Kenneth Garrett, Oak Hill, former home to President James Monroe
It is with great sadness that we announce the cancelation of Ridges to Rivers, the successor event to the popular Summer Safari. Originally scheduled for June 6, 2020, The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC), The Shenandoah National Park Trust (SNPT), and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) – the three beneficiaries of the proceeds from this event – have decided, following Governor Northam’s announcement of a temporary Stay-at-Home order, that it would be best to cancel this year’s event. Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 , we feel that this difficult decision was the safest option for the health and wellbeing of our friends like you.
We will miss the opportunity to celebrate Virginia’s working landscapes in the beautiful setting of Oak Hill – former home to President James Monroe – and to share with supporters the exciting work of the three organizations. We hope that the many supporters of the Summer Safari over the past 10 years are already aware of the important collaborative work of PEC, SNPT, and SCBI. From the ridges of the Shenandoah National Park to the rivers and surrounding landscapes that flow out to the Chesapeake Bay, the results of your past support is evident.
Despite the festivities at Oak Hill being canceled this year, we ask you to consider still making a tax-deductible gift to this partnership to help PEC, SNPT, and SCBI continue their great work in 2020. No one can predict with certainty what the full impact of the COVID-19 virus will be on our economy, but it is reasonable to expect that nonprofit organizations along with every other sector will suffer revenue losses.
Thank you for your ongoing support. We hope you plan on joining us next year at Oak Hill, when we will celebrate once again! In the meantime, please consider a gift to help SNPT, PEC and SCBI continue the regional efforts to protect this beautiful region.