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Explore the Trees and Forests of Virginia

Saturday, 10 March 2018

9.15 am to 3.30 pm

University of Richmond
Ryland Circle
Richmond, VA 23173
Building Number: Jepson Hall (Website Campus Map #17)

Please join the Virginia Native Plant Society for a one-day workshop that celebrates Virginia’s trees and woodlands.

The workshop will begin with a review of tree biology and ecology and a review of some of the recent research on what trees are doing. It will move on to the topic of interactions with other organisms, specifically birds and insects. Finally it will explore two Virginia forests – the longleaf pine of the coastal areas, and an old age mountain forest.

For more information and to register, click here.

Register for a Week of Wildflower Viewing

 8-14 April 2018
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

 10-16 June 2018
Southwest Virginia’s Balsam Mountains

The Virginia Native Plant Society is planning two extended field trips for your wildflower viewing. Sign up for a heavenly week-long excursion – either in April, for a trip to the Great Smokies; or in June for a trip to Virginia’s Balsam Mountains. See details and register here.

Winter Greens at Fred Crabtree Park

A Walk with Jan Meyer

Fred Crabtree Park, 2801 Fox Mill Road, Herndon VA 20171

Saturday, February 10, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Come to Fred Crabtree Park, a lovely park in Herndon, Virginia, with Jan Meyer to find out what grows there and what is green in winter. Jan will point out a variety of green plant life, including a lichen, a few mosses, a couple of ferns, three clubmosses, a little seep plant, and some forbs, shrubs, and trees. Learn to distinguish between Pitch Pine and Virginia Pine, which are side by side at the park.

Jan Meyer is a Fairfax Master Naturalist, member of VNPS, and also the VNPS Grass Bunch. Over the years she has adopted Fred Crabtree Park and has led invasive species removal efforts there in addition to naturalist walks.

Sponsored by the Potowmack Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society. Program is free and open to the public, but space on the walk is limited. Register here. To cancel your registration or ask a question, email vnps.pot@gmail.com.

Learning Opportunity: Scientific Collections in Conservation Research

A Talk by Dr. Gary Kupnick
Thursday, February 8, 7:30 to 9 pm
Green Spring Gardens
4603 Green Spring Road
Alexandria, VA 22312

Museum collections are remarkable and irreplaceable sources of information about biodiversity and the history of life on Earth. In addition to playing a critical role in scientific studies, they serve an important role in conservation biology, including documenting occurrences of invasive species; providing data on locality change due to habitat destruction and climate change; providing material for DNA analysis and conservation genetics; providing material for pollution documentation; and, serving as a means of locating possibly extinct species  This presentation describes several case studies to illustrate and explore the way scientific collections have and will continue to contribute to conservation research.

Sponsored by the Potowmack Chapter of the  Virginia Native Plant Society, this program is free and open to the public.