Power of Passion and Persistence

By Sue Dingwell The power of passion and persistence brought to life a new wetland last Saturday at Campbell Elementary School, a Title One, alternative school bordering Long Branch Park in Arlington. Two and a half years in the planning and fund-raising stage, the garden was installed by an all-volunteer crew at an event they calledContinue reading “Power of Passion and Persistence”

Flowers Come to Tuckahoe Park

By Mary McLean Thanks to Eagle Scout Jacob Heidig, Tuckahoe Park now has beautiful blue, red, and yellow flowers to admire. These plants (listed below) provide the best natural source of food and nectar for beautiful butterflies, goldfinch, and hummingbirds. In June, guided by a plan he developed, Jacob led a team of high schoolContinue reading “Flowers Come to Tuckahoe Park”

“The City Dark” Movie and Stargazing

Come view “The City Dark” at: Long Branch Nature Center 625 S. Carlin Springs Arlington, VA  22204 On this Wednesday, 7/18, 7:30-9pm, with stargazing after the film, weather permitting. “Is darkness becoming extinct? When filmmaker Ian Cheney moves from rural Maine to New York City and discovers streets awash in light and skies devoid ofContinue reading ““The City Dark” Movie and Stargazing”

Second Graders Create Bird Habitat Outside Classroom Windows

By Christine Payack Bird Watching It was subtle at first. “I think I saw a bird!” I was sure I heard a child chirp, as he fluttered to the classroom windows. Do my eyes and ears deceive me? A flock of children swoop swiftly by. I blink as other fledglings fly toward the window panes,Continue reading “Second Graders Create Bird Habitat Outside Classroom Windows”

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”

Everyday is Earth Day for ARMN Volunteers

By Monique Wong “Everyday is Earth Day for ARMN volunteers,” Robin Davis, ARMN Outreach Committee Chair, remarked at the April ARMN Board Meeting. How right she is! Since ARMN’s mission is to provide environmental education, research, citizen science, outreach, and stewardship of Virginia natural resources and public lands, everyday is indeed Earth Day for all ARMN members. Wherever youContinue reading “Everyday is Earth Day for ARMN Volunteers”

Alexandria Neighborhood Presentation on Choking Hazard Campaign

By Christine Matthews My neighborhood in Alexandria (Beverley Hills), which borders Monticello Park, is known for its beautiful mature trees. Unfortunately, storms, age, and construction have claimed many of them and English ivy threatens to overtake many that remain. So, I was happy to be able to put my training from the Choking Hazard campaign to good useContinue reading “Alexandria Neighborhood Presentation on Choking Hazard Campaign”

Meet Me On A Sunday At Potomac Overlook Park

By John Bernard Arlington Regional Master Naturalists (ARMN) partners with regional parks for great volunteer outreach opportunities.  One such weekly outreach is Meet Me on a Sunday at the Potomac Overlook Park in North Arlington run by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.  Among numerous activities on this beautiful Easter Sunday, I joined fellow Master Naturalist NancyContinue reading “Meet Me On A Sunday At Potomac Overlook Park”

Gulf Branch Welcomes Mr., errr…Ms. Owl

By Catherine Howell The guest of honor didn’t have much to say, but that didn’t bother any of the Friends of Gulf Branch Nature Center who came out on the evening of March 10 to celebrate ”Mr.” Owl and the handsome house the barred owl occupies on the center’s upper terrace.  The ecologically friendly wood-and-meshContinue reading “Gulf Branch Welcomes Mr., errr…Ms. Owl”