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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Cacapon Institute was honored to receive the 2018 Arbor Day Foundation's Headwaters Award, the first time they have issued an award in this category.  Learn more.


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. 


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.  Applications available now


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 Carla Hardy WV CommuniTree Program.  See maps of current and completed CTree projects.  Check out reports on CTree and other forestry projects. 



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Potomac Highlands Watershed eSchool



School Projects Webpage Also accessible from eSchool classrooms.


Stream Scholars Summer Camp







Cacapon Institute is the Coordinator of the Potomac Watershed Partnership.

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

9/26/2018 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
304-258-8013 (tele)

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Frank Rodgers,  Executive Director

Website  made possible by funding from The Norcross Wildlife Foundation,  the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Virginia Environmental Endowment, NOAA-BWET, USEPA, The MARPAT Foundation, and our generous members.