2016 Annual Winter Solstice Field Trip and Hooley

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Sunday, December 18, 2016
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Chapman Forest State Park


Celebrate the Solstice in style on this field trip co-sponsored by the Potowmack Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society, the Maryland Native Plant Society, the Botanical Society of Washington, and the Mattawoman Watershed Society.

Talented and knowledgeable trip leaders Rod Simmons, Alan Ford, Jim Long and Ken Bawer will bring the delights of the spectacular scenery and remarkable diversity of native plants, wildlife, and natural communities of Chapman Forest to life during this special walk; an event looked forward to with great anticipation by those who have participated in past years.

This trip is free and open to all, including non-members. Registration is not required. Please go to  the blog for a detailed description of what we will see: Winter Solstice Walk and Hooley, 2016

For Arlington Regional Master Naturalists (ARMN) members, this event will apply towards advanced training hours in botany, dendrology, forest ecology, and geology.

Directions: Directions: Take Indian Head Highway (Rt. 210) south from Capital Beltway (495). Proceed south on Rt. 210 for app. 15 miles. Continue on Rt. 210 past the Rt. 227 intersection at Bryans Road (McDonald’s, Burger King, and shopping center on right and large CVS and builders supply will be on left) and start looking for Chapman Landing Road on right. Take half right on Chapman Landing Road and proceed a couple of miles to entrance to Mount Aventine (Chapman State Park) on right. Park and meet in small parking lot at entrance gate (additional parking is available along the shoulder of Chapman Landing Road, though please be extra mindful of the neighboring residents and careful not to damage the road edges when parking).

Carpooling: For those interested in carpooling to the field trip – or has room to provide a ride – please email Kathy Bilton at kathy@fred.net closer to the time and she will send out a list of names, general location, and contact info which she has received so that folks wishing transportation to the field trip can arrange something. A number of folks in the Alexandria-Arlington-D.C. area will likely be looking for a ride to the site.

For folks who aren’t able to stay the full time, there will be numerous points throughout the field trip to depart from and easily get back to the parking area.

 *In the event of heavy-steady snow, sleet, pouring rain, or icy, dangerous conditions of roads, the field trip will be cancelled. 

Contact: Liz Jones at elksjones@aol.com or http://mdflora.org/events.html if needed.

 Maryland State Champion Cherrybark Oak (Quercus pagoda) at Chapman Forest. Photo by Rod Simmons

Maryland State Champion Cherrybark Oak (Quercus pagoda) at Chapman Forest. Photo by Rod Simmons