Powhatan Springs Skatepark: An ARMN Community Work-in-Progress

by Bill Browning Bill Browning, an ARMN Board member and dedicated volunteer, recounts how he and fellow ARMN member, Matt Parker, spearheaded an effort to revive the neglected wooded area of Powhatan Springs Skatepark with the help of the community. Following our graduation from the Fall 2013 ARMN Basic Training course, Matt Parker and IContinue reading “Powhatan Springs Skatepark: An ARMN Community Work-in-Progress”

Spring Wonders in Potomac Overlook Regional Park

ARMN volunteer and Master Gardener Joanne Hutton reports on spring’s largesse in the native plant garden at Potomac Overlook Regional Park (with photos by the author unless otherwise indicated). by Joanne Hutton Spring rains yielded floral abundance this year, and the unfolding of spring at Potomac Overlook Regional Park’s Shady Native Plant Demo Garden was glorious—ifContinue reading “Spring Wonders in Potomac Overlook Regional Park”

Many Ways and Many Days to Celebrate Earth Day 2016

The 46th annual commemoration of Earth Day is Friday, April 22. Here are a number of activities, events, and volunteer opportunities on and near Earth Day to honor Mother Earth for all she does for us every day. Pick one or more ways to join the celebration! EVENTS Arlington provides opportunities to “Be Earth-Friendly EveryContinue reading “Many Ways and Many Days to Celebrate Earth Day 2016”

Remembering Jerry Shrepple

  ARMN lost one of its long-term and dedicated members, Jerry Schrepple, on March 15, 2016.  Jerry had been an active volunteer since graduating with the Spring 2009 ARMN Basic Training class. Jerry contributed to so many habitat restoration projects, including invasive removal and plantings in local parks, seed collection, cleaning, and nursery work withContinue reading “Remembering Jerry Shrepple”

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”

ARMN Member Mary McLean Wins Bill Thomas Award

The Arlington Regional Master Naturalists proudly announce that on April 21, 2015, ARMN member Mary McLean was named a recipient of the Bill Thomas Outstanding Park Service Volunteer Award for her work in 2014. McLean is a steward at Tuckahoe Park in Arlington and her specialty is invasive plants. Since the early 2000s, she hasContinue reading “ARMN Member Mary McLean Wins Bill Thomas Award”

Earth Month 2015: Ways to Show You Care

April is Earth Month, and events to commemorate Earth Day’s 45th anniversary are right around the corner! Here are a number of opportunities––open to all––to participate in cleanups, view gardens with native plants that beautify and support local wildlife, learn how to take care for the environment, and celebrate our home on Earth. Spring GardenContinue reading “Earth Month 2015: Ways to Show You Care”

Got CabIn Fever? Try the Invasives-Pull Cure!

Does this grinding winter weather have you feeling cooped up and claustrophobic? Get out and get moving at one of March’s scheduled invasive pulls. Take out your frustrations on plants that don’t belong in our area’s lovely parks. Dress for the weather, wear rugged shoes or boots, and bring your own gloves and drinking water.Continue reading “Got CabIn Fever? Try the Invasives-Pull Cure!”

MLK Day Service Opportunities

The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday is now nationally recognized as a day of service. On January 19, join ARMN volunteers and other like-minded community members at these earth-friendly projects at the times and locations listed. You can also take advantage of upcoming weekend service opportunities listed here in the spirit of Dr. King. WeContinue reading “MLK Day Service Opportunities”

Five Favorite Woody and Perennial Native Plants

Just in time for the fall native plant sales (See sidebar), ARMN volunteer Kasha Helget shares some of her favorites for landscaping. by Kasha Helget I grow a number of native plants in my yard, but there are some real standouts that deserve special recognition. Here are five each of shrubs and perennials and theContinue reading “Five Favorite Woody and Perennial Native Plants”