Cacapon Institute - From the Cacapon to the Potomac to the Chesapeake Bay, we protect rivers and watersheds using science and education. 

As Fact Finders, we conduct research to gain insight into watershed issues of local and regional importance.

As Educators,  we work to create a future where a stream without a buffer looks as out of place as a smoker in a conference room looks today.  To foster that vision, our environmental education efforts focus on students first and, through them, the larger community.

As Problem Solvers, we seek innovative solutions to environmental problems.


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Coming soon: What's Your BMP?  Submit information on best management practices you or your group have installed to beautify your property, protect your local stream, and help restore the Chesapeake Bay. 



Stream Scholars is CI's hands-on exploration of stream ecology and conservation for middle and high school students.  2016 will be our 14th year.  Campers will explore rivers in the Potomac Headwaters, spend a day in Washington DC, and camp two nights on the Chesapeake Bay.  Download a brochure for all the details and, if you are ready, you can apply now.  Early applicants get a holiday surprise and a reduced fee. 

Stream Scholars Summer Camp 2014 was amazing. 

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Potomac Headwaters Leaders of Watersheds (PHLOW) teaches students that hands-on conservation of local watersheds can provide real environmental benefits for the Chesapeake Bay watershed. PHLOW has three main sub-programs: Grow-a-Garden, Growing Native, and Plant-a-Tree. Through these programs the distinct PHLOW model educates students with background knowledge that leads to academically rich and environmentally meaningful hands-on conservation projects at their school.   


Cacapon Institute has long been engaged in forestry for the purpose of improving watershed health.  We now have a forestry section on our website.  As one component of our forestry program, we are working with the WVDOF, WVCA, and WVDOH on the WV CommuniTree Program.  See maps of current and completed CTree projects.  Check out reports on CTree and other forestry projects.  F


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*Explore real-time data from throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed *Farmers as Producers of Clean Water Project.

10/8/2015 by N. Gillies

Cacapon Institute - From the Cacapon to the Potomac to the Chesapeake Bay, we protect rivers and watersheds using science and education.

Cacapon Institute
#10 Rock Ford Road
Great Cacapon, WV 25422
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Frank Rodgers,  Executive Director

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