Purcellville, VA, October 5, 2021—Bring your family and friends to the Chapman DeMary Trail from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 17 for the annual Purcellville Green Expo called Hail to the Trail. This event is free and open to the public, and fun for families, students, and scouts. Come explore this 10-acre area which is considered to be the last stand of old-growth forest in the Town, meet local environmental experts, participate in fun hands-on activities to learn about nature and the environment, help plant trees, bring acorns and other seeds you have collected, make nature art projects, bring plastic shopping bags to be recycled, listen to live music, bring used sneakers and cleats to be reused or recycled, learn about native plants and wildlife, go on a walk to a new pollinator garden, and participate in the Town’s annual Arbor Day Celebration with recognition from the Virginia Department of Forestry for the 14th annual Tree City USA designation. The Town of Purcellville will also recognize five members of Girl Scout Troop 70018 for planning and installing a pollinator garden at the Suzanne R. Kane Nature Preserve.
Below is a current list of the organizations participating in this year’s Hail to the Trail. Check the Hail to the Trail Facebook page for updates.
The Chapman DeMary Trail is a 10-acre area in the Town of Purcellville that 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. It is managed through a partnership among Loudoun Valley High School, The Nature Generation, the Piedmont Environmental Council, and the Town of Purcellville. The entrance for the Chapman DeMary Trail is behind the building at 205 East Hirst Road in Purcellville. Get more information at www.PurcellvilleVa.gov and follow the Hail to the Trail Facebook page for updates.
The Purcellville Green Expo/Hail to the Trail is hosted by the Purcellville Tree and Environment Sustainability Committee, a standing committee of the Town of Purcellville that focuses on environmental programs, sustainability, enhancement of the tree canopy, and continuation of the Town's Tree City USA designation.