Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service: “A Day On, Not a Day Off” in Potomac Overlook Regional Park

Text and photos Leslie Cameron unless otherwise noted. Created in 1994 through federal legislation sponsored by U.S. Senator Harris Wolford and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, the National Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is observed across the country each year and is referred to as “A Day On, Not a Day Off.”   The ArlingtonContinue reading “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service: “A Day On, Not a Day Off” in Potomac Overlook Regional Park”

On-going LDS Volunteering Having a Huge Impact in Five Arlington Parks

By Tina Dudley  Since October 2020, Cindy Lund has been assigning young men and women from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) to work with ARMN Park Stewards for on-going, weekly volunteer service. Master Naturalist Glenn Tobin first met the LDS missionaries and Cindy, an LDS coordinator, through Trudy Roth of NationalContinue reading “On-going LDS Volunteering Having a Huge Impact in Five Arlington Parks”

ARMN Member Joanne Hutton Receives Bill Thomas Outstanding Park Service Volunteer Award

(Based on article in Arlington County’s Environment webpage.) Photos courtesy of Bill Browning.  On April 24, 2018, ARMN member, Joanne Hutton, was honored with a Bill Thomas Outstanding Park Service Volunteer Award for her volunteer work in Arlington last year. This award was established to pay tribute to lifelong parks volunteer Bill Thomas and toContinue reading “ARMN Member Joanne Hutton Receives Bill Thomas Outstanding Park Service Volunteer Award”

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”

Potomac Overlook Park Native Shade Garden’s Second Spring

By Sue Dingwell The Potomac Overlook Park Native Shade Garden is growing up! ARMN members have been carefully tending this little niche, encouraging the natives, discouraging the weeds, and doing battle royale with the deer. This is the garden’s second spring. Volunteers were greeted on Tuesday, April 23 with colorful blooms and  vigorous green shootsContinue reading “Potomac Overlook Park Native Shade Garden’s Second Spring”

Woodfrogs at Potomac Overlook Regional Park

By Joanne Hutton If you had been out volunteering with Meet Me on a Sunday on this glorious afternoon, you too might have enjoyed the chorus of woodfrogs spawning at the pond and in vernal pools. Thanks to Sherry McDonald for the great shot and for throwing herself into the Master Naturalist enterprise with wholeContinue reading “Woodfrogs at Potomac Overlook Regional Park”

ARMN Invasive Plant Species Education Volunteer Opportunities Intersect at PORP

By John Bernard Several endeavors by Arlington Regional Master Naturalist (ARMN) on education of invasive plant species and alternatives converge at Potomac Overlook Regional Park (PORP). One is the ARMN Audubon at Home (AAH) focus summer project which had its kick off meeting on June 24 at ARMN’s native plant garden after “Meet Me OnContinue reading “ARMN Invasive Plant Species Education Volunteer Opportunities Intersect at PORP”

A Walk in the Woods; Separate or A Part?

By Kelly Brown We urban humans are “of nature,” but our cities and suburbs can feel disembodied from the very natural resources we use to create our living spaces.  As a child I watched fields and wetlands bulldozed, replaced by stately homes and treeless sidewalks.  So much greenery vanished as the inevitable roads were added. Continue reading “A Walk in the Woods; Separate or A Part?”

Demonstration Native Plant Garden for Shady Backyards

By Kathy Landis and Joanne Hutton On Sunday May 6, 2012, Potomac Overlook Regional Park (PORP) held a dedication ceremony that marked the official opening of the new demonstration native plant garden for shady backyards. The garden is adjacent to the Master Gardeners’ demonstration vegetable garden, across the driveway from the Native American garden. NextContinue reading “Demonstration Native Plant Garden for Shady Backyards”

Native Plants Demonstration Garden Dedication

By Joanne Hutton We look forward to seeing as many of you who can come to the dedication of our new demonstration garden showing off native plants suitable for backyards on Sunday, May 6th, at the annual May Day Fair at Potomac Overlook Regional Park.  The dedication will take place tentatively at 2:30 p.m. with Mary Hynes, ChairContinue reading “Native Plants Demonstration Garden Dedication”