PURCELLVILLE, Va. January 22, 2020— The 2020 series of free nature walks hosted by the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board kicks off Sunday, January 26 with a walk and activities all about birds. The Purcellville Library will start the walk at 1:00 p.m. with a story about birds, then lead participants in creating natural bird feeders. Once the bird feeders are complete, participants will be able to place them along the trail while testing their senses and powers of observation with three different activities: I Spy for Trees, Explore with Your Senses, and Bird Search. Information about many of the birds that have been spotted at the Chapman DeMary Trail will be provided during the 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.
The Discover Nature’s Secrets guided nature walks are held the last Sunday of each month and hosted by the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. During 2020, the walks will include stream monitoring, eco-printing and dye making, storybook trails, using iNaturalist and other apps, making seed pots for plants that pollinators need, nature journaling, identifying and adopting tree, and preparing the pollinator meadow.
Learn more and register online on the Monthly Nature Walks page in the Events and Activities section of the Town of Purcellville’s website at www.PurcellvilleVa.gov.