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Hit the Trail

What would you expect a four-and-three-quarter-year-old to say at the end of a four-and-a-half-mile hike that she just finished using her own two feet? “What a wonderful day,” Sofi announced when we walked past the old Tavern (that I was wishing was still a tavern) at Great Falls National Park.

Riverbend Family Adventure Offers Nearby Overnight Camping

Riverbend Family Adventure Offers Nearby Overnight Camping

From Fairfax County:

If you’ve been postponing that overnight trip to the woods because gas is so expensive or your schedule is full, consider an adventure closer to home. Families can enjoy a blazing campfire and night hike at Riverbend Park located in Great Falls, VA. Get away from it all right here with the Fairfax County Park Authority!

NoVA Preschoolers Take Part in Earth Day by Releasing Thousands of Ladybugs

NoVA Preschoolers Take Part in Earth Day by Releasing Thousands of Ladybugs

Today 153 preschoolers at Chesterbrook Academy in Fairfax released 3,000 ladybugs into the environment for an Earth Day activity.

Why release ladybugs? "Lady bugs basically kill the bad insects that harm our trees, and our plants and our flowers. They eat those and the children have learned that for the week," said Maria Murphy, the Principal of the school. Murphy has been Principal of Chesterbrook Academy since 2007 and this is the school's second time doing the ladybug release. 

"It has been a week filled with Earth Day events, so they have been excited for this all week," said Murphy. Watch the reaction of the children as the ladybugs tickled their palms and crawled around their arms. Priceless! 

Chesterbrook Academy in Chantilly and Sterling also participated in today's ladybug release. 

 

Local Preschoolers to Release Thousands of Ladybugs on Earth Day

Local Preschoolers to Release Thousands of Ladybugs on Earth Day

From Kathleen Shaffer:

 Chesterbrook Academy locations throughout Northern Virginia will host ladybug releases in celebration of Earth Day on Friday, April 22, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. Pre-kindergarten students at each school will release approximately 3,000 ladybugs into the environment. During the ladybug releases, students will wear ladybug antennas created as part of their Earth Day studies.

Throughout the week, students learned that ladybugs feed on aphids (plant lice) and other insects that are harmful to gardens, trees and shrubs. Chesterbrook Academy teaches the importance of community and exploring nature at a young age.

 

WHERE:                   Chesterbrook Academy in Fairfax

Volunteers Needs for Geese Management Program

Volunteers Needs for Geese Management Program

From Fairfax County:

        Help control our growing resident Canada geese population in Fairfax County!  Do you have nesting geese on your private or public property?  Would you like to manage these geese due to public safety, human health, or environmental impact concerns?

            Volunteers are needed for the Geese Management Program in April and May. Come join the Fairfax County Wildlife Biologist and participating stakeholders. Volunteers will learn to use a safe and humane technique (addling) to manage resident geese populations. Addling is a simple process applying corn oil on eggs to prevent embryo development.

Please help WHS win $100,000 to save more animals lives!

Please vote for WHS in the ASPCA's $100K Challenge to save lives. The money would be used to help WHS save more animals in DC

Volunteers Sought for Park Authority’s Watershed Cleanup Day

Volunteers Sought for Park Authority’s Watershed Cleanup Day

From Fairfax County:

From 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, 2011 help clean up streams in your community's parks during the 23rd Annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup Day. Individuals, students, families, scouts and other groups can help remove tires, bed springs, bottles, cans, and other myriad debris from local waterways. Boots with sturdy soles are recommended. Wear old clothes and bring gloves. Trash bags and appreciation will be provided.

To reserve a section of the watershed, please contact a park from the list below.