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Calendar of Upcoming Events

Unless otherwise noted, all events start at the Bull Run Mountains Conservancy (BRMC) Mountain House (See the Area Map for directions.)

Call (703) 753-2631 for more information about the events listed below.


MONTHLY PUBLIC PROGRAMS

HIKE WITH A NATURALIST

1st Wednesday of Every Month
9 a.m.–11a.m.

Our first Wednesday of the month hike for those members and nonmembers who prefer to hike in a group. Come and discover some of the flora and fauna of the Bull Run Mountains.
This program is free; all are welcome; donations accepted.
January: Geology
February: Winter Tree Identification
March: Amphibians
April: Spring Ephemerals
May: Ferns and their Allies

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TRAIL WORK SATURDAYS

2nd Saturday of Every Month
9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Join us in our efforts to improve and maintain the trail system on the Mountains. Every month volunteers leave a lasting impression on the Preserve and have fun doing it
This program is free; all are welcome.

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PUBLIC PROGRAMS


HOMESCHOOL OFFERINGS

This autumn and winter BRMC will be hosting a series of classes for homeschoolers.

Birdhouse Workshop   (10 a.m.—12 p.m. Wednesday, February 11, 2015)
Spring Emergence Hike   (10 a.m.—12 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2015)
Birds   (10 a.m.—12 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2015)

 
Pre-registration is required. $5 per attendee per session.
Register online at www.brmconservancy.org or by mail with checks payable to BRMC.

Birdhouse Workshop (10 a.m.—12 p.m. Wednesday, February 11, 2015)

Learn about cavity-nesting birds including bluebirds, tree swallows, house wrens, chickadees, owls, and woodpeckers. We will discuss cavity-nesters’ habits and habitats and learn why they are an important part of the ecosystem. It has become harder for these birds to find suitable nest sites because of loss of habitat—build a birdhouse and help increase their populations while attracting these beautiful creatures to your backyard for a close-up look. Participants will also learn how to sight and monitor their birdhouse including how to become part of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Nestwatch citizen science program. All supplies will be provided to build cedar bluebird boxes. (There is an additional charge of $20 per participant for this program to cover supplies and preparation.) Best for 3rd grade and up.

Spring Emergence Hike (10 a.m.—12 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2015)

Come and see the emergence of the spring amphibians on the mountain: upland chorus frogs, wood frogs, spotted salamanders, eastern newts, and maybe even some early sprouting wildflowers. All ages.

Birds (10 a.m.—12 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2015)

You\’ve built the birdhouses, now come out on the trails and see the birds! We will learn about their anatomy, songs and calls, while enjoying peak spring migration. Bring a pair of binoculars! All ages.


OLD HOME SITES EXPLORATION HIKE

Saturday,     February 7th,     9:00am—1:00pm
BRMC is excited to expand our Old Home Site Program with a winter hike to cemeteries and old home sites well off the beaten path. If you ever wanted to explore more of the preserve beyond the trails this is your chance.
Pre-registration is required.
BRMC Members: $20/ Non-members: $25.

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ORIENTEERING WORKSHOP

Saturday,     February 21st,     10:00am—12:00pm
Ever looked at a compass and wondered how this thing could you get home? Come out and learn how to actually find your way with map and compass! We will learn basic map and compass skills, and find our way across the Preserve from Chapmans’ Cemetery to a hidden cemetery off the trails. If you don’t have a compass, don’t worry, we can provide one.
Pre-registration is required.
BRMC Members: $10/ Non-members: $15.

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ANNUAL FUNDRAISING EVENT

Tuesday,     February 24th,     6:30pm—8:30pm
Join us for drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and lively conversation as we celebrate another year as educators, researchers, and stewards of the Bull Run Mountains. We are fortunate this year to have Tom Smith, Natural Heritage Director of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Division of Natural Heritage, as our keynote speaker. Grace Episcopal Church, The Plains, VA
Pre-registration is required.
BRMC Members: $50/ Non-members: $50.

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AMPHIBIANS OF SPRING

Wednesday,     March 4th,     7:00pm—9:00pm
Last year we found hundreds of spring peepers, upland chorus frogs, wood frogs, and spotted salamanders along with lots of egg masses. Grab your red lights and boots. Let’s see what we can find this year!
Pre-registration is required.
BRMC Members: $10/ Non-members: $15.

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WOODCOCK WATCH

Saturday,     March 7th,     5:00pm—9:00pm
Join BRMC and Environmental Studies on the Piedmont for an evening stroll and sit to enjoy the American woodcocks’ spring territorial and courtship flights. We will meet at Clifton Farm at 5 p.m. to watch American woodcocks perform flight displays that would amaze any world traveling birder.
Pre-registration is required.
BRMC Members: $10/ Non-members: $15.

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OLD HOMESITES BREAKFAST

Saturday,     April 25th,     8:30am—11:00am
BRMC is thrilled to continue our exploration of old home sites with an extra treat. Go beyond the trails as we explore cemeteries, foundations, and clearings that mark past residences. Then enjoy a hot breakfast in the woods as Marcia Markey, a local historian, performs an historical reenactment based on diaries, letters, and other primary sources.
Space is limited and spots fill early.
Pre-registration is required.
BRMC Members: $25/ Non-members: $30.

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