Entries by Marilyn Kupetz

Diversity Inclusion in Environmental Education webinar

The United States prides itself as a melting pot and with the current overall demographic shifting, we are seeing more nonnative- English-speaking students engage in both the traditional and outdoor classrooms. However, various stereotypes and misconceptions tend to follow this multicultural student, and it is our job as educators to evolve to meet the needs […]

Native plants for beginners symposium: Save the date

Photo by Barbara J. Saffir (c) Create a beautiful yard Save time so you can enjoy other activities Create habitat for birds & pollinators Save money on fertilizer Improve water quality Reduce erosion Stop mowing, Start growing! Learn more at the Prince William Native Plant Symposium on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the McCoart County Administrative Building 1 County […]

VMN webinar: Mason Bee Project update

Are you interested in learning about mason bees? Master Naturalists across the state and mason bee researchers at the University of Virginia’s Blandy Experimental Farm were able to monitor spring-emerging mason bee populations. Over 150 Master Naturalists all over Virginia were involved by deploying bee “hotels” (nest boxes) in 2017 and 2018 and bee bowls […]

Nature’s Best Photography on display at Museum of Natural History

The 23rd Annual Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards exhibition opened on October 29 at the National Museum of Natural History. Named for nature photographer and conservationist Windland Smith Rice, Nature’s Best presents breathtaking fine art prints and short videos that highlight the best of nature photography—and our spectacular planet. The “23rd Annual Windland Smith Rice International Awards […]

Spotted Skunk Survey

Photo by Emily Thorne, VT. Eastern spotted skunk (Spilogale putorius) populations are believed to have declined throughout much of their range in the eastern United States since the 1940s. Hypothesized declines have been attributed to habitat loss or change, increased competition with sympatric carnivore species, or diseases. Lack of information regarding the spatial distribution and […]

Fall service opportunities at Riverbend Park 

For questions or to volunteer, contact Valeria Espinoza at valeria.espinoza@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703-759-9018. Record your hours as S109: FCPA Habitat and Parkland Management. Thursday, Nov. 8, 1pm-TBD  Grass Seed Collection Training Learn how to collect native grass seeds.  Once trained, you can do this at your convenience.  Other training dates/times available.  Saturday, Nov. 10, 9-11am   Trail […]

Check out science communications workshops at AGU Fall Meeting

Photo: Barbara J. Saffir (c) We all know that science matters, but sometimes it’s hard to figure out exactly how, and with whom, to share it. Sharpen your ability to share research with the world. Join the American Geophysical Union science communication sessions to learn how to tell good stories, become a science advocate, and […]