Monthly Nature Walks


The Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board hosts a series of monthly nature walks the last Sunday of each month. The walks are led by local experts and are free!

Learn Different Ways to Identify Trees!

September 2022 Nature Walk ImageJoin the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the Tree and Environment Sustainability Committee for a free nature walk about trees and the various ways to identify them. This walk will be held at the Chapman DeMary Trail on Sunday, September 25 starting at 1 p.m. The guide for this walk is Carol Ivory, a Loudoun County Master Gardener and Loudoun County Tree Steward. As she guides attendees along the Chapman DeMary Trail, Ms. Ivory will show how to use leaves, bark, branches, and fruit to identify trees and other woody plants, then share information about the trees. Ms. Ivory was part of a volunteer team that identified trees in this 10-acre area, then researched and provided information about them to share with all who visit the trail.

Register online to attend this walk. 

The Chapman DeMary Trail is a 10-acre area considered to be the last stand of old-growth forest in the Town of Purcellville. It runs along the South Fork Catoctin Creek, part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The area is open to the public for environmental recreation, exploration, and education. The Town of Purcellville holds the conservation easement for this privately-owned property. The entrance and parking for the Chapman DeMary Trail is behind the building at 205 East Hirst Road in Purcellville.

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