ARMN: Getting to Know Caroline Haynes

From time-to-time, ARMN’s Membership Committee posts profiles of our members including how they came to be master naturalists, which parts of nature they most enjoy, and how they have an impact on the environment around them. The latest biography is for ARMN’s founding member, Caroline Haynes, who established and graduated from our first training classContinue reading “ARMN: Getting to Know Caroline Haynes”

Joan Gottlieb and Toni Genberg nominated for 2017 Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards

Fairfax County annually recognizes individuals, groups, and organizations in a community-wide celebration of volunteerism. Among the 2017 nominees for awards were ARMN members Joan Gottlieb and Toni Genberg for their outstanding service at Earth Sangha’s Wild Plant Nursery. While they were not chosen for awards in their categories, ARMN is pleased to recognize their workContinue reading “Joan Gottlieb and Toni Genberg nominated for 2017 Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards”

ARMN: Getting To Know You

From time-to-time, ARMN’s Membership Committee posts profiles of our members including how they came to be master naturalists, which parts of nature they most enjoy, and how they work to impact the environment around them. Here is the latest biography of ARMN volunteer Honora Dent who graduated in the Spring 2014 ARMN training class. ARMNContinue reading “ARMN: Getting To Know You”

Chestnut Planting Update

In December 2013, Arlington County Forester Vincent Verweij supervised the planting of 20 American Chestnut (Castanea dentata) saplings in a number of locations in the county. The saplings, which had been grown at the Earth Sangha nursery in Springfield, were planted in small groups at Benjamin Banneker Park, Bluemont Park, Fort C.F. Smith, Fort Scott, GlencarlynContinue reading “Chestnut Planting Update”

Seed Cleaning Begins

By Rodney Olsen On Monday, Feb. 4, master naturalists and sundry others gathered at Long Branch Nature Center for the first Earth Sangha seed cleaning of the winter season. Fourteen people in all enjoyed conversing while preparing Common milkweed, Deertongue grass, and Virginia wild rye seeds for spring planting. For those of you who wishContinue reading “Seed Cleaning Begins”

ARMN sponsors third annual seed-cleaning extravaganza

By Rodney Olsen On Feb. 4, Feb. 11, and Feb. 25, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, at Long Branch Nature Center, ARMN will sponsor the equivalent of a quilting bee or a barn-raising. THE EXTRAORDINARY THIRD ANNUAL EARTH SANGHA SEED-CLEANING EXTRAVAGANZA Please join the Monday gatherings of Master Naturalists for this vital service inContinue reading “ARMN sponsors third annual seed-cleaning extravaganza”

Rod Simmons on ecological restoration

By Monique Wong How useful is the idea of planting on public lands as a part of ecological restoration? How do we create a solid conservation agenda for a natural area that is degraded in various ways? How do we know that we are getting it right? What are the pitfalls of using cultivars? What are theContinue reading “Rod Simmons on ecological restoration”

Earth Sangha Spring Native Plant Sale Success

By Rodney Olsen The Earth Sangha Native Plant Sale, co-sponsored by Arlington Regional Master Naturalists, occurred on May 6 and was a great success.  Following the dictum that “good news is never old news,” here is account of the sale by Lisa Bright, Executive Director of Earth Sangha. “Our spring plant sale, on Sunday, MayContinue reading “Earth Sangha Spring Native Plant Sale Success”

ARMN Volunteers Contribute to Earth Sangha Seed Cleaning

By Julie Speers On February 13, 2012, ARMN and Earth Sangha co-hosted a seed-cleaning activity at Long Branch Nature Center in Arlington.  Puffs of fluff and seed flew through the air as a group of ARMN volunteers threshed dried native-plants stems to release their seeds.  Lisa Bright, Director of Earth Sangha Wild Plant Nursery inContinue reading “ARMN Volunteers Contribute to Earth Sangha Seed Cleaning”

Native Plant Sales

Spring is almost here which means it is the perfect time to enrich your garden and support the environment by planting some native plants in your garden!  There are many native plant sales in the region to check out: Long Branch Nature Center Native Plant Sale Saturday, April 21, 1-3pm (rain date Sunday, 4/22) 625Continue reading “Native Plant Sales”