PURCELLVILLE, Va. March 6, 2020 —Join the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board at the Chapman DeMary Trail on Sunday, March 29 at 1 p.m. to make a biodegradable seed pot, plant seeds of native plants that attract pollinators, and take it home to put in your garden while learning about the value of pollinators. This activity will be led by Nancy Reaves, a member of the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, a Virginia Master Naturalist, and long-time volunteer at the Chapman DeMary Trail. There will be seeds for goldenrod, golden Alexander, bee balm, smooth blue aster, New York aster, swamp milkweed, common milkweed, butterfly weed, cardinal flower, orange coneflower, and mountain mint. Any seeds left after the activity will be spread throughout the pollinator meadow of the Chapman DeMary Trail.
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 and activities are held the last Sunday of each month and hosted by the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. During 2020, topics will include stream monitoring, eco-printing and dye making, storybook trails, using iNaturalist, 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.