Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Four Mile Run Nature Challenge

Join us in a fun, nationwide challenge to see which city can document the most species during April 14-18. It is easy to participate by joining an event, or making observations on your own using the iNaturalist app.

With the iNaturalist app, you just take a picture of a plant or animal, and the community will help identify which species it is. Any observation in the greater metropolitan area during the five day challenge will count toward the Washington DC Metro area totals. But while you're in Four Mile Run park, add your observations to our Four Mile Run Conservatory Project as well.

The City Nature Challenge 2017 is just in time for National Citizen Science Day (April 15) and Earth Day (April 22), 16 U.S. cities are asking residents of and visitors to these urban areas to explore nature all around them and document the species they find.

iNaturalist is a place where you can record what you see in nature, meet other nature lovers, and learn about the natural world. Help the Four Mile Run Conservatory explore our neighborhood park and at the same time join folks from around the country in the great experiment in citizen science!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

2016-2017 Annual Report just released

We are pleased to share our first annual report, a quick summary of the Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation's work in our first year as a formal organization. See it here!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring2Action with us!

Spring2Action is Alexandria's day of giving for nonprofit organizations working across our community. We encourage all Alexandria residents to participate from now through April 5, in support of the many great organizations serving our community.

The online Spring2Action giving platform is available starting Monday, March 20. Please consider a small contribution to the Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation as part of your Spring2Action giving. We have a participation goal of 100 donors, giving at any level.

Our focus this year is on litter removal and abatement. Our 'Kick the Habit' project will help reduce the too-common practice of disposable plastic bottle use, and we have applied for grant support for recycling bins and equipment to aid in removing larger trash items from lower Four Mile Run and the Park. We will have numerous opportunities for volunteers. There are already several stream clean-up days scheduled for spring--see the events calendar for details.

Thank you for taking part in Spring2Action!