Chesapeake Bay String of Pearls Project

Celebrating Conservation in Northern Virginia

The Northern Virginia Conservation Trust and the Chesapeake Bay String of Pearls Project celebrated conservation landowners who have preserved their land forever.

The String of Pearls ceremony was held Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 in Great Falls.


Seven conserved properties–treasured private lands in our community–were named the newest Pearls. They are being added to the String of Pearls in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, 63 pearls and their landowners that have been honored to date. The seven newest pearls are in Great Falls, McLean, and Oakton, and are the first conserved lands to be honored in Virginia.

Plein Air Painter by Cheryl Sutton

Beautiful Plein Air paintings of the pearls by artists from the Washington society of Landscape Painters were created that morning and were on display.

Read more about the String of Pearls Project at