February Invasive Pull at Barcroft Park

By Jim Hurley We had another strong turnout on February 18 in Barcroft Park, as 15 volunteers, including Tree Stewards, Americorps, Master Naturalists and Wingate residents answered the call of native plants needing to be rescued from exotic invaders.  As has become customary, we began and ended the work with coffee and donuts, and inContinue reading “February Invasive Pull at Barcroft Park”

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”

Remove Ivy Campaign Kickoff – March 12 & 13, 2012

Tired of seeing lovely mature trees tortured by hideous vines?  Come learn how to use impactful messages, material, and strategies for inspiring our neighbors to remove English ivy from their trees! Through a grant from the Tree Canopy Fund, TreeStewards and Master Naturalists hired the nonprofit environmental communications firm Biodiversity Project to create and testContinue reading “Remove Ivy Campaign Kickoff – March 12 & 13, 2012”

1/12/12 Barcroft Sunny Workday Report

By Jim Hurley Last Thursday, January 12, Master Naturalist (and current ARMN Treasurer) Josh Schnell enticed some 15 of his USDA OLC (Office of Legal Counsel) colleagues to Barcroft Park for a couple of hours cutting and digging Multiflora Rose, English Ivy and Japanese Honeysuckle.  Five Americorps volunteers supported the effort, as well as fourContinue reading “1/12/12 Barcroft Sunny Workday Report”

Earth Sangha

By Rodney Olsen Arlington Regional Master Naturalists (ARMN) trains and certifies volunteers for stewardship of the environment.  Earth Sangha brings volunteers together to restore native forests and meadows, stabilize streams, and control invasive plant species.  The compatibility of purpose between the two organizations could not be closer.  In 2011, ARMN designated supporting Earth Sangha asContinue reading “Earth Sangha”

Sharing Local Natural History Informally

“Meet Me on a Sunday . . . every Sunday afternoon at Potomac Overlook Regional Park!” Almost everyone needs more time in the great outdoors – time to take a walk, enjoy each others’ company, or to just sit and do nothing!  So, come make a “natural connection” at Potomac Overlook Regional Park. Every SundayContinue reading “Sharing Local Natural History Informally”

12/17/2011 Barcroft Park Work Day Report

By Jim Hurley We had another inspiring turnout December 17, with 26 volunteers (Master Naturalists, Tree Stewards, Americorps, Windgate residents, hikers, spouses and friends of the above) reluctantly ending the invasive work after almost two hours, in order to turn our attention to Deep Time.  We began the morning again with coffee, cider, and donuts on aContinue reading “12/17/2011 Barcroft Park Work Day Report”

11/19/11 Barcroft Park Work Day Report

By Jim Hurley We began Saturday morning with coffee and donuts, which fueled 23 volunteers for more than two hours of intense, and intensely satisfying, invasive removal in sunny brisk weather.  The Master Naturalists, Tree Stewards, and Native Plant Society were well represented, and we had residents from Claremont and Windgate too.  We worked in theContinue reading “11/19/11 Barcroft Park Work Day Report”