Welcome to the Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District!

The Shenandoah Valley District is one of 47 Soil and Water Conservation Districts in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The Shenandoah Valley District was founded in 1940 and served Augusta, Page, and Rockingham Counties and the Cities of Harrisonburg, Staunton, and Waynesboro. In 1975, the Headwaters District was created and began serving Augusta County and the Cities of Staunton and Waynesboro.

The Shenandoah Valley District serves the citizens of Page and Rockingham Counties and the City of Harrisonburg. The District is governed by a board of directors formed of local citizens who are either elected or appointed and serve voluntarily.

Native Warm Season Grasses for Grazing & Forage Evening Workshop

Friday, June 24, 2016, 4:00-7:00 PM

White House Farm 1917 Kauffmans Mill Road, Luray, VA, 22835.

Event is FREE and dinner will be provided!
Please sign up for this FREE event by phone at 540.635.0038 OR online at vaworkinglandscapes.org/get-involved/events.


Join us for an informal workshop where you can connect with both farmers and researchers about incorporating native warm season grasses (NWSG) into your grazing system. Conservation will focus on how and why to add NWSG to a range of grazing styles and the economic benefits for the farmer and health benefits for livestock.


Pat Keyser a Professor and Director for the Center for Native Grasslands Management at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Ben Tracy an Associate Professor of Grassland Ecosystem Management at Virginia Tech


2016 Poster Contest Winners

The SVSWCD had a total of 91 posters submitted to our 2016 poster contest!  Those posters spanned 5 categories based on the grade of the students.  Click here to visit our poster contest page to view the winning posters in each category!  Thank you to all of the teachers, parents, and girl scout leaders for getting your students involved.


Celebrating Virginia Volunteers: Keith Thomas

We have volunteer opportunities here at SVSWCD/NRCS and our volunteers make a positive influence on the community and environment. We are celebrating a former Earth Team Volunteer, now staff member, Keith Thomas.

Celebrating Virginia Volunteers: Keith Thomas


Rain Barrels

The SVSWCD is currently selling pre-made rain barrels!

Click here for more information


 Check out our cover crop displays!

Our 2015 Fall/Winter cover crops are coming up nicely. Check back through out the season for updates!