ARMN First Anniversary of Barcroft Park Invasive Pull

By Jim Hurley The March invasive pull was the first anniversary of the Arlington Regional Master Naturalist monthly focus work on Barcroft Park.  Having bought coffee and doughnuts (hint, hint), I arrived to the area of Barcoft Park we were going to work on an hour before start time to tag Multiflora Rose stems forContinue reading “ARMN First Anniversary of Barcroft Park Invasive Pull”

Citizen Science: Stream Monitoring in Arlington County

By John Bernard I began my career as a citizen scientist with the Spring 2010 ARMN training class.  Among the volunteer activities approved for service hours, I enjoy participation in one of several Arlington County sponsored stream monitoring volunteer teams.  After I completed a class given by the County, I joined the team volunteers atContinue reading “Citizen Science: Stream Monitoring in Arlington County”

ARMN Volunteers Contribute to Earth Sangha Seed Cleaning

By Julie Speers On February 13, 2012, ARMN and Earth Sangha co-hosted a seed-cleaning activity at Long Branch Nature Center in Arlington.  Puffs of fluff and seed flew through the air as a group of ARMN volunteers threshed dried native-plants stems to release their seeds.  Lisa Bright, Director of Earth Sangha Wild Plant Nursery inContinue reading “ARMN Volunteers Contribute to Earth Sangha Seed Cleaning”

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”

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”