Entries by Marilyn Kupetz

The Evolution of the National Wildlife Refuge System: One Manager’s Perspective

Imagining “wild” spaces in and around a busy metropolitan area like Fairfax County might feel like an exercise in futility, but we are actually have several wildlife refuges within driving distance: Mason Neck and Patuxent Research Refuge, for example. How did these areas become protected and what’s next for the National Wildlife Refuge System that […]

Dragonfly training workshop at Riverbend, May 18

Riverbend Park 8700 Potomac Hills St. Great Falls , VA 22066 Saturday, May 18 2-4 PM Instructors: Jerry Peters & Rita Peralta Participate in a long-term citizen science project that is monitoring dragonfly species in and around the Potomac River above Great Falls. Learn the protocols for collecting exuviae (shed skins) that dragonfly larvae leave […]

Beetles of Virginia, with Dr. Art Evans, June 15

Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road Warrenton, Virginia 20187-7106 Saturday, June 15 7:30PM – 9:30PM Join the Institute for a program about beetles presented by entomologist and author Dr. Art Evans. After his presentation, Dr. Evans will take everyone outside  to set up several black light sheets to attract nocturnal beetles and other insects. Dr. Evans […]

Natural history and conservation of Virginia moths, with Dr. Steve Roble, June 29

Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road Warrenton, Virginia 20187-7106 Saturday, June 29 8:00PM – 10:30PM Dr. Steve Roble will give a presentation on the natural history about moths and a summary of his agency’s efforts during the past 30 years to study the moths of Virginia. Then we will go outside and use ultraviolet lights to […]

How to start a school garden

Quander Road School, 6400 Quander Road, Alexandria, VA 22307 Tuesday, May 14, 2019 7:00 pm-8:30 pm Are you thinking about starting a school garden?  Would you like to tour a school grounds  with a fenced vegetable garden, courtyard herb garden, pollinator gardens, and a native meadow? Please come join the fun with other gardeners, teachers, and […]

Fairfax County’s Environmental Excellence Awards

Fairfax County’s Environmental Excellence Awards nomination process is under way. You are encouraged to submit one or more nominations to recognize the efforts of deserving individuals, organizations, businesses and/or county employees. Nominations are being accepted until May 31, 2019. Please contact Joe Gorney  or Kambiz Agazi  if you have any questions. Learn more.

NVSWD’s Sustainable Garden Tour, June 9

One of the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District’s most exciting gardening events of the summer is coming up in just one month, on Sunday, June 9! The Sustainable Garden Tour allows folks from all around Fairfax County to show off their innovative and sustainable gardens to interested visitors. This year’s Sustainable Garden Tour […]