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25th Anniversary

Celebrating 25 Years

The year 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the College of Natural Resources and Environment, although the college’s roots date back to the 1930s. Below is the schedule of events for our signature celebration to mark this milestone as well as to honor the college’s history and evolution.

Join us September 15-16 to visit campus and reconnect with alumni, faculty, staff, and friends.

Events include tours and field trips, family-friendly activities at the Duck Pond, a memorabilia display at Cheatham Hall, and social events on Friday and Saturday evening.

Friday, September 15

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Check in/Registration (Cheatham Hall)

Pick up your registration packet, view memorabilia from former classmates, bring your own memorabilia for display, and get additional information on other activities to enjoy while you are in town for the weekend.

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Fiddles and Vittles (Smithfield Plantation)
Cost includes one drink ticket (alcoholic or non-alcoholic):
Adults $10, children $5, VT students free

This family-friendly event, which takes place outdoors at the Smithfield Plantation site on campus, includes tours of the historic home, lawn games, music, and food and beverage vendors. Visit with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends.

5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Check in/registration: pick up your registration packet and nametag

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Tours of the Smithfield house, first come-first served

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Lawn games (feel free to bring your own to share)

5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Food trucks (Till and Grill and The Cellar) for attendees to purchase their choice of entrees and sides, plus beer and wine vendors (one drink ticket included in cost, cash bar available)

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Music by the bluegrass band New Standard

Saturday, September 16

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Check In/Registration (Cheatham Hall)

Pick up your registration packet, view memorabilia from former classmates, bring your own memorabilia for display, and get additional information on other activities to enjoy while you are in town for the weekend.

10:00 a.m. – noon Share Fair by the Duck Pond
Free: no registration required

Come mingle with our students and faculty as they demonstrate some of the research going on in the college and share their club activities.

  • Fishing with the Student Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (all gear provided or bring your own)
  • Storm chase van outfitted with weather-monitoring equipment
  • Timbersports demonstration by the Forestry Club
  • Drone demonstrations
  • Wood Magic activities
  • Student club booths
  • Other activities

Lunch On-campus or off-campus dining options on your own

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Stadium Woods Walk (meet at Cheatham Hall) Sold Out

Join Forestry Professor John Seiler on a tour of Virginia Tech’s Stadium Woods, the rare old-growth forest near Lane Stadium. Learn about the ecology of this unique forest right on campus. This walk is about 2 miles over varied terrain. Space is limited, so sign up early. Please wear comfortable clothing and closed-toed shoes.

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Scheduled Tours (meet at Cheatham Hall)
Cost: adults and VT students $5, children free

Tours depart from Cheatham Hall; transportation is provided. Space is limited, so sign up early. Each stop includes a 30-minute tour of the facility and then departs for the next location.

  • Center Woods: Research Aviary and Aquaculture Center
  • Brooks Forest Products Center: Pallet testing and wood engineering labs
  • Moss Arts Center: Tornado demonstration in The Cube

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Pandapas Pond Naturalist Walk (meet at Cheatham Hall)
Cost: adult and VT students $5, children free
Sold Out

Join Forestry Specialist John Peterson to learn about geology, Appalachian history, folks and lore, fire, critters, and plants. The 1-mile paved trail is on mostly flat terrain. Van transportation is provided from Cheatham Hall. Space is limited, so sign up early. Please wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes.

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Poster Session (Cheatham Hall)
Free: no registration required

Stop by room 317 in Cheatham Hall to learn about the research our amazing graduate and undergraduate students are working on. See projects ranging from tigers to tornadoes to trees. There will be something for everyone.

3:30 p.m. VT vs. ECU Game Watching (Sharkey’s Blacksburg)
Free: no registration required

Congregate with former classmates and friends at Sharkey’s Blacksburg location at 220 North Main Street as our unofficial game watching location. All food and beverage purchases are on your own. Catch the end of the game at the 25th Anniversary Jubilee (see below).

5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 25th Anniversary Jubilee
(Squires Commonwealth Ballroom)
Cost: adults $50, children $25

Join CNRE Dean Paul Winistorfer, alumni, and friends for the culmination of our weekend celebration. This will be an evening to remember as we reflect on how far we’ve come and look forward to the future. Be inspired by our students, reminisce with fellow alumni, reconnect with faculty, and enjoy an incredible evening. Musical entertainment will be provided by John and Kathie Hollandsworth.

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Reception (hors d’oeuvres, open bar, TVs with the VT vs. ECU game)

7:15 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Program and sit-down dinner (duo entrée and wine service)

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Corrine Woods at (540) 231-5484 or during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Event details are subject to change as plans are finalized. All events are free unless indicated otherwise.


Events Parking Map

Parking for attendees will be available in the Engel Lot next to Cheatham Hall throughout the weekend beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 15. Special event parking passes will be available at check in/registration for any campus parking on Friday, September 15.

On Friday evening, limited parking will be available at Smithfield Plantation. Overflow parking is located at the Smithfield Road Lot located at the corner of Duck Pond Drive and Smithfield Road. A shuttle will be provided to transport guests between overflow parking and Smithfield. Local hotels often have shuttles that will transport guests to locations on campus; please consider this as another option.

On Saturday, parking across campus is open to all visitors; no pass is required. For the Saturday evening event in Squires Student Center, limited parking will be available in the Squires Lot. Suggested parking lots include the North End Center Garage located on Turner Street and the Architecture Annex/Media Lot located at the corner of Roanoke Street and Otey Street. Consider using hotel shuttles if offered to campus locations.


We would love for you to bring any memorabilia or photos you have from your time in the College of Natural Resources and Environment. All items will be displayed in Cheatham Hall on Friday and Saturday. From copies of The Forester to axes and hardhats, we’d love to see it all. Items will be tagged with your name and a contact number, and should be picked up no later than 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 16 in Cheatham Hall.

Electronic copies of photos can be shared online. When you name the photo, please include the names of the subjects, class year, and activity (for example, Alumni 1 & Alumni 2 at Fisburn Forest 1976). Upload your photos to the corresponding decades folder.

Submitted photos may be selected for a Throwback Thursday post on college social media outlets and will be displayed on the screens at the 25th Jubilee on Saturday.


Most events are casual. We encourage you to wear your 25th anniversary t-shirt to any of the events. Dress for the Saturday evening jubilee is business causal.


If you signed up for a tour or the naturalist walk at Pandapas Pond, the buses/vans will depart from the Engel Lot next to Cheatham Hall at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16. All participants should wear shoes and clothing suitable for walking. The tour stops at Center Woods, the Brooks Forest Products Center, and the Moss Arts Center; each stop lasts about 30 minutes each, and then the bus will depart for the next location. Participants in the Stadium Woods walk will meet at Cheatham Hall and walk to Stadium Woods.

Babysitting Services

The Virginia Tech Women’s Center provides a list of suggested babysitting services if you should need them while you are in Blacksburg.

Other Activities

We have a full slate of activities lined up to celebrate our 25th anniversary, but if you would like some other options to relive your favorite memories in Blacksburg, please see the Step into Blacksburg website for more information.

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