Entries by Marilyn Kupetz

Permaculture Design Certification Course

72-Hour Permaculture Design Certification Course with Wayne Weiseman August 31-September 8, 2019 at Heartwood Farm in Louisa, VA. About this event A Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course offers a comprehensive introduction to Permaculture principles, applications & design practices and meets the international standard as the 72+ hour foundational course for Permaculture practitioners and teachers. You […]

A regional request for volunteer help with a study on the Bradford pear 

Question 1: What is the most recent invasive tree added to Director of Conservation & Recreation’s invasive plant list? Answer: Callery Pear, aka, Bradford Pear: Pyrus calleryana Decne Question 2: What can we do about it? Answer: Support a regional research project by collecting leaf samples. Callery pear is one of the most rapidly-spreading invasive plants in the eastern […]

Earth Sangha workdays all summer

Join Earth Sangha on Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays for regular nursery workdays. Volunteers can help with weeding, preparing pots, sowing seeds, and transplanting. Please wear shoes that can get muddy and bring your own water. Contact Matt Bright if you have questions about the schedule: For safety reasons, we may have to cancel volunteer workdays […]

Explore a working landscape at Manassas National Battlefield Park

You’re invited! A coalition led by Master Naturalists from both the Merrimac Farm and Fairfax chapters, called Heritage Habitat, is crafting nature tours for the public at Manassas National Battlefield Park and Conway Robinson State Forest.  The theme is “Heritage Habitat – A Working Educational Landscape”.  The National Park Service, Virginia Department of Forestry, and […]

From homo sapiens to geo sapiens: The quest for the earthwise human

Thursday, June 6 6:30-9 p.m. Yorktown High School, 5200 Yorktown Blvd, Patriot Hall, Arlington Please join EcoAction Arlington for a special evening featuring Martin Ogle, the former chief naturalist for NOVA Parks. Ogle’s presentation will combine the concepts of the Gaia Theory, the idea that living organisms and inorganic components of Earth form a single living […]

Virginia Master Naturalist Statewide Conference and Volunteer Training

The 2019 conference will be Friday, September 20-Sunday, September 22.  Pre-conference field trips and activities will take place during the day on Friday, and the main event will run Friday evening through Sunday mid-day. In 2019, the VMN-Headwaters Chapter welcomes VMN volunteers from across Virginia to the Shenandoah Valley. The event will be based at the […]

Volunteer Reston honors Doug Britt for community service

Doug Britt was honored as one of two 2019 Volunteers of the Year, for his efforts to guide Reston into becoming a member of the Biophilic Cities Network. In 2018, Reston officially became the 13th partner community, joining such biophilic cities as Singapore;  Sydney, Australia; Wellington, New Zealand; Oslo, Norway; Edmonton, Canada;  Portland, San Francisco, Austin,  and Washington, DC. The successful […]

Fairfax County farmers markets now open

Local farmers and artisans are excited to provide you with the freshest produce, meats, cheese, baked breads, honey, ice cream, sweets, and cut flowers the region has to offer. All of Fairfax County’s 10 farmers markets are open for the season. The farmers markets offers the best quality produce around, with everything harvested hours before sale […]

Volunteer needed to staff Hidden Oaks table at family festival, June 15

Hidden Oaks seeks a volunteer to staff the Hidden Oaks table at a family festival featuring local environmental and nature groups and displays.  When? June 15, 11:30am – 2:15 pm Where? First Christian Church of Alexandria, 2723 King Street Alexandria What? Parents and children stop by the Hidden Oaks table to see insects, toad, and […]