Photo: by Susan Martel, FMN Volunteers at Earth Day Fairfax 2023
Article by Fairfax Master Naturalists Jo Doubmia and Susan Martel
The FMN hosted a table at the 2023 Earth Day Fairfax on April 22 at Sully Historic Site. Attendees were drawn to their table to learn about the FMN training program, invasive plants, native plants, the numerous nature-related volunteer programs available in the county, and bear awareness, among others. Many expressed appreciations for the FMN volunteer work and several attendees wanted specifically to learn about the application process to the FMN program.
The children had a blast. These budding naturalists were very involved with magnifying glasses examining detailed resin-encased insects. They also enjoyed coloring, talking about insects, and wondering about which insect figure to pick from the treasure chest. Despite the afternoon rain which closed the event earlier than planned, the FMN volunteers had plenty of time and curious visitors to share their interest, experience, and knowledge as nature stewards. What better way to celebrate Earth Day than enjoying the camaraderie of wonderful FMN volunteers supporting a meaningful outreach event. For FMN, Earth Day 2023 was a great success!