Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

Cacapon Institute

aka CI

Great Cacapon, WV


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

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Frank F. Rodgers

Director of Science & Education

William Neil Gillies

Main Address

#10 Rock Ford Road

Great Cacapon, WV 25422 USA


Potomac, Chesapeake Bay, Mid-Atlantic





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

Management & Technical Assistance (C02)

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West Virginia Chesapeake Bay Tributary Team

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Cacapon Institute's goal is to protect rivers and watersheds. We envision a day when an unprotected stream is as out of place as a smoker would be on a school campus today.

Our strategic plan (available on GuideStar or at www.cacaponinstitute.org) is three-fold.
Science: We will produce a body of scientific knowledge on water quality and quantity used throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed; and, continue and expand our unique research for understanding land use.
Education: We forster an educated and engaged public capable to make sound land use and water management decisions; we educate to increase public knowledge about watershed issues; and, we encourage the public to change behaviors and take actions to protect water resources.
Institution: We are developing the operational capacity to pursue our programmatic goals; we conduct outreach to increase public awarness of our programs; we strengthen our adminstration and financial support of our core programs; and, we innovate approaches to diversify our base.

Cacapon Institute is a WV DEP certified surface water laboratory.
We have the capacity to provided urban forestry management and landscaping services and won the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Chapter Gold Leaf Award from the International Society of Arobists. Frank Rodgers is a Certified Arborist (MA-4468A).
We have provided watershed education since 1985 and annually engage youth in real-world conservation.

Cacapon Institute's overarching goal is healthy streams and rivers with adequate water quality and quantity to sustain natural and human needs into the future. We are making this happen by using science and education to inform the public and possitively change peoples behaviors to protect water resources. We are a certified WV DEP water testing laboratory and perform short and long-term river monitoring; our online education program (www.cacaponinstitute.org/high.htm) reaches tens of thousands of students and our hands-on environmental education reaches more than 2,000 students annualy. We provide volunteer opportunities and educational programs for adults across the Shenandoah Valley and Potomac Highlands. We offer municipalities and local governments expert technical advise on urban forestry programing and methods to increase tree canopy and spread the benefits of trees to the broad public. Success, for Cacapon Institute, is seeing youth and adults take positive action to protect and conserve river resources by reducing pollution entering local streams. We have engaged tens of thoursands of youth and adults in tree plantings and river-friendly landscaping that reduces strowmwater runoff pollution. It is our goal that one day all streams and rivers will have a protection plan in action. On day, a stream without a buffer will be as out of place as a smoker would be today on a school campus.

Cacapon Institute, founded in 1985, has grown from a two-person, local river protection organization to a five-person, regional leader in watershed education and river protection.

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