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”

Join ARMN for MLK National Day of Service events

Throughout the year, ARMN volunteers contribute to a myriad of service activities that benefit our neighborhoods and communities. For Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, ARMN inivites you to join our dedicated volunteers to honor Dr. King’s legacy by participating in two of our focus service projects to restore habitat in Barcroft Park and in Tuckahoe Park. Barcroft Park January 19th at 9:30 am Our main focus will be to clear ivy off the trees so that IPC (Invasive Plant Control), Arlington County’s contractor, willContinue reading “Join ARMN for MLK National Day of Service events”

ARMN celebrates successes in 2012

By John Bernard and Jim Hurley The Arlington Regional Master Naturalists (ARMN) had our monthly Board meeting and end-of-year Chapter meeting on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at the Fairlington Community Center. The Chapter meeting also included an art show and party. Over 60 people attended, including at least 54 ARMN members. ARMN members brought and displayed their artwork which included photograph porfolios and other creations. After the businessContinue reading “ARMN celebrates successes in 2012”

Happenings in Tuckahoe Park

By Mary McLean Thanks to four volunteers, we cleared invasive plants from the edge of the Sycamore and Lee Highway on Nov. 17. This project is part of Arlington County sponsored Habitat Restoration. Master Naturalist, Melanie La Force, is working on her own to remove porcelain berry and English Ivy on the Sycamore Road sideContinue reading “Happenings in Tuckahoe Park”

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”

Virginia Master Naturalist Photo Contest – 9/4/12 Update

9/4/12 Contest update – Voting is closed. The winners are: Flora – Chelone turtlehead flower with bumble bee by Catherine Howell Fauna – Dragonfly by Christine Friedel Thanks to our photographers and to everyone who voted!                                                                                                                                   The annual 2012 Virginia Master Naturalist Volunteer Conference and Training is just around the corner. From September 7-9,Continue reading “Virginia Master Naturalist Photo Contest – 9/4/12 Update”

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”

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”

Pollinator Garden at Gulf Branch Nature Center

By Sue Dingwell “If you are just growing nectar plants, you are borrowing somebody else’s butterflies,” says Jennifer Soles, “If you grow host plants, you are making your own butterflies!” This message was conveyed with verve and passion to visitors to Gulf Branch Nature Center’s Pollinator Garden last Sunday. The garden, filled with native plants, wasContinue reading “Pollinator Garden at Gulf Branch Nature Center”