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Save the Date: Nature Visions Expo is Nov. 8-10 in Manassas

Save the Date: Nature Visions Expo is Nov. 8-10 in Manassas

Three-day photo expo features free admission, free vendor demos and free classes for beginning photographers, as well as 15+ reasonably-priced advanced seminars, classes and lectures with experts like Bryan Peterson. Hands-on learning includes iPhone photography and shooting raptors (live hawks, owls and falcons) in a natural setting.

The 2013 Nature Visions Expo, organized by seven photography clubs of the Mid Atlantic Photography Association, comes to the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Virginia  on November 8-10, 2013 (8 minutes from I-66 Exit 44 at the Prince William campus of George Mason University).

Save the Date: Nature Visions Expo is Nov. 8-10 in Manassas

Save the Date: Nature Visions Expo is Nov. 8-10 in Manassas

Three-day photo expo features free admission, free vendor demos and free classes for beginning photographers, as well as 15+ reasonably-priced advanced seminars, classes and lectures with experts like Bryan Peterson. Hands-on learning includes iPhone photography and shooting raptors (live hawks, owls and falcons) in a natural setting.

The 2013 Nature Visions Expo, organized by seven photography clubs of the Mid Atlantic Photography Association, comes to the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Virginia  on November 8-10, 2013 (8 minutes from I-66 Exit 44 at the Prince William campus of George Mason University).

Public Invited to Make Room for Trees Conference

Public Invited to Make Room for Trees Conference

From Fairfax County:

On Friday, Nov. 18, the public is invited to attend a conference on incorporating trees into the urban landscape. The event will take place at the Algonkian Regional Park Conference Center, 47001 Fairway Drive, Sterling.

  Register online or at the conference. The cost is $100.

“Make Room for Trees: the Urban Forest Continuum” is the conference’s topic, and the event will focus on how to ensure that trees are a part of urban and redeveloping areas.

Riverbend Park’s Night Sky Festival Focuses on Jupiter

From Fairfax County Park Authority:

On Saturday, November 19, 2011, from 6 to 8 p.m., visitors will gaze through a 10-inch telescope at our solar system’s largest planet, Jupiter, during Riverbend Park’s annual Night Sky Festival. Due to the dark, moonless night, Jupiter’s colors and banding should be visible. The planet’s four Galilean moons (Ganymede, Io, Europa, Callisto) are also expected to be seen. The festival occurs near the peak of the Leonid meteor shower and, although rare, participants may occasionally see shooting stars while listening to stories by a warm campfire.

Right Plant, Right Place

Right Plant, Right Place

Lion Tree Planting Project Scheduled for Saturday, October 15 from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

What if there were species of trees that could grow near power lines but never get tall enough to interfere or need to be cut back?  The answer is that there are native Virginia trees that will do just that.  On Saturday, October 15, volunteers will work with Reston Association environmental staff to install the trees under the powerlines along a stretch of Lawyers Road in Reston.  

The project is an example of Right Plant, Right Place.  It is sponsored by the Reston Lions Club.

According to Reston Association environmental staff, choosing an appropriate planting based on space and use is a big factor in the overall health and environmental well-being of the plant. 

Do Not Transport Firewood When Camping

Do Not Transport Firewood When Camping

From Fairfax County:

 

The warm days of summer are an excellent time for pitching a tent at Fairfax County Park Authority campsites in Lake Fairfax and Burke Lake Parks. While you’re there, remember the request that’s being made by park agencies throughout the region. Please don’t transport firewood out of Northern Virginia and, when camping outside this region, please use firewood from local sources rather than carrying it with you from Northern Virginia.

Hit the Trail

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.