Monday, January 1, 2024 Mason Neck State Park 7301 High Point Rd, Lorton, VA 22079 Join Park Staff on a guided hike this January 1. First Day Hikes are the perfect way to start the year! Each trail is unique, and the leaders will offer information about the park and its plants and […]
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Image Courtesy of The Clifton Institute Saturday, January 13, 2024 1:00 – 3:00 pm Program is Free Registration is required! The Clifton Instutute 6712 Blantyre Road Warrenton, Virginia 20187 Winter is a great time of year to learn how to identify trees and to practice looking at bark and twigs. The program will start with […]
Photos and Article By FMN Susan Laume A group of Fairfax Master Naturalists gathered on Saturday afternoon, December 2nd, to recognize the contributions of retired Virginia forester Dr. Jim McClone. A bench was dedicated in his honor on a Mason Neck State Park trail, where McClone regularly took naturalists in training to learn tree identification. […]
Image: Courtesy of the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District Over the years young people have become more environmentally conscious. More and more Schools are providing educational opportunities for students to learn about environmental issues including sustainability and conservation. One such learning opportunity was brought to my attention by a teacher, Ms. Williams, a […]
Photo by FMN Susan Martel, Geology section National Museum of Natural History with FMN Dr. John Kelmelis. Tuesday, 5 Dec 2023 3:00 to 5:00PM (Tour is approximately 2 hours). Where: National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C. Meet at the information desk in the rotunda beside Henry, the big elephant. Group limit. 6 individuals To register: Login […]
Photo: Courtesy of the VMN Continuing Education Webinar Series Thursday, December 7, 2023 12:00-1:00 pm VMN Continuing Education Webinar Registration: Pre-registration required. As Virginians, we live in a unique, diverse but fragile ecosystem comparable to any area on earth. A realization of this is made obvious when one considers the havoc that an introduced infectious disease […]
Photo: Rock Pigeons, Andrew Birkey/ Audubon Photography Awards Thursday, December 7, 2023 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM This is virtual class. Cost: ASNV Members: $10 (Non-members: $15) Registration is required. The Rock Pigeon is such a familiar sight that you may never have noticed its beautiful iridescent throat plumage. Did you know that this species […]
Photo: Courtesy of Eagle Fest at Mason Neck State Park Sunday, 03 Dec 2023 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Gunston Hall’s Ann Mason Room, 10709 Gunston Road, Lorton VA Registration is required. Get a start on the holiday celebrations with the Friends of Mason Neck State Park’s annual Swanfall event at Gunston Hall’s Ann Mason […]
Article and Photos by FMN Laura Anderko On October 1, 2023, FMN offered a hike to its members to learn about and view bats, with expert Deborah Hammerer. The group met at Dyke Marsh trail in Alexandria, VA to discover the many bats native to the area. Deb used a sonar detector to hear the […]
Photo credit: Kim Young, Southern Flying Squirrels (Glaucomys Volans) Join us as Naturalist and award-winning Interpretive Manager Suzanne Holland presents on Southern Flying Squirrels (Glaucomys volans) – a native of Virginia. Flying squirrels are technically not fliers, but expert gliders, using the membrane between their ribs and ankles to glide. They can cover 150 feet in […]