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Posted on: February 18, 2020

[ARCHIVED] News Release - Nature Walk on Sunday, Feb. 23 - Learn How Plants and Wildlife Adapt to Winter

PURCELLVILLE, Va. February 18, 2020 —Join the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board at the Chapman DeMary Trail on Sunday, February 23 to find out how plants, animals, and insects in our area adapt to winter. The walk will be led by Paul Miller, a lifetime member of the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, a Virginia Master Naturalist, and a retired Loudoun County Public Schools administrator.

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

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