Entries by Jerry Nissley

FMN Joe Gorney Environmental Excellence 2023

On September 13th, the Fairfax County Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination (OEEC) announced the recipients of the 2023 Environmental Excellence Awards. The September Board of Supervisor’s newsletter referenced that since 2000, Fairfax County has issued the Environmental Excellence Awards to recognize county residents, county employees, businesses, and organizations who demonstrate extraordinary leadership within the […]

Afternoon at the Smithsonian – Time Well Spent

Cover photo: Susan Martel The first ‘Afternoon at the Smithsonian’ CE tour was a big success. This tour identifies the relationship of some Natural History Museum exhibits to the natural environment of Virginia including the geologic history, mineralogy, entomology, osteology, evolution, mammalogy, and many other topics.  Some of the take-aways include an introduction of how […]

Plan Pollination

Cover photo Jerry Nissley The pollinator garden redux at the Potomac River Occoquan National Wildlife Refuge is certainly not a complete success story yet but the story behind how it got started and kicked off is a complement to success. Let’s rewind … FMN set up an outreach table the Mason Neck Eagle Festival a […]

Kayak Adventure

On 30 July, 2023 FMN offered its first of (hopefully) several CE Kayak Adventures. Everything worked out to a T and what a nice evening it was too. Perfect weather, full moon, eagles, herons, frogs in our boats, high tide, and Tom (the lead guide) managed to navigate the group through the hydrilla to observe […]

CE event at the Smithsonian

CE announcement at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum – What: Interpretive Tour of the National Museum of Natural History for Virginia Master Naturalists When: August 16, 2023 at 3:00pm Where: National Museum of Natural History Meet in the rotunda at the information desk beside the big elephant. How long: Approximately 2 hours. Group limit. 6 […]

NovaSci VMN Article

Cover Photo: FMN Jerry Nissley Virginia Master Naturalists (VMN) attended a community event at the Kincora complex in Dulles on March 23rd 2023 to preview final plans for the Northern Virginia Science Center (NovaSci) project.  FMN was then asked to contribute to the inaugural Northern Virginia Science Center’s newsletter to be published in the May […]

One Hundred Thousand Welcomes

Banner Photo courtesy NoVA Science Center FMN attended a community event at the Kincora complex in Dulles on March 23rd to preview final plans for the Northern Virginia Science Center project. The event was designed to connect like minded organizations in and around NoVA that would have potential interest in the new science center. Attendees […]

Landscaping With A Conscience

Photos courtesy of Steph Johnson I do not recall ever writing a success story about an FMN volunteer before their training class even graduates but there always seems to be a first time for everything. VMN trainee (Fairfax Chapter) Stephanie Johnson was recently featured in a newsletter article published by the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust. […]