Monday, June 4, 2018

Summer Kayak Cleanups at Four Mile Run

The Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation will deploy its fleet of kayaks to collect litter along the streambank of Four Mile Run. 


RSVP to the link for the following dates & times: 4MRKayakCleanup.eventbrite.com

Saturday, June 16, 9am-Noon
Saturday, July 14, 9am-Noon
Saturday, August 25, 9am-Noon

Bring your own kayak (and life-vest), if you can.

Location: The Conservatory Center at Four Mile Run Park, 4109 Mt Vernon Avenue. Parking details will be provided to those who RSVP.

-We provide: water refill station, snacks, gloves, trash grabbers and bags, and a limited number of kayaks with life-vests

-Please bring your own: reusable water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray, and water shoes
-A limited number of boats may be reserved, or you can bring your own

A 4MR Clean Stream Extreme event through grant funding from Dominion Energy

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Spring2Action and lend us a hand.

Spring2Action is Alexandria's day of giving for nonprofit organizations working across our community. We encourage all Alexandria residents to participate through April 25, in support of the many great organizations serving our community.

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. https://www.spring2action.org/organizations/four-mile-run-conservatory-foundation

Lend your support at: https://www.spring2action.org/organizations/four-mile-run-conservatory-foundation

The Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation formed in 2016 to foster the preservation, beautification, improvement, maintenance, and enjoyment of Four Mile Run Park. Our mission is to engage and educate the public, and to maintain the trail system and natural lands around lower Four Mile Run to improve Four Mile Run Park, and to foster respect and stewardship for this unique urban ecosystem and its natural, historic, and recreational resources.

Our efforts have included:
  • Frequent nature and history walks/tours in Four Mile Run Park
  • Stream clean-ups and invasive vine removal
  • Citizen science: bird counts, frog call surveys, wildlife photography
  • Tree planting


Our next big project idea is a kayak/canoe launch on Four Mile Run. Improved access for non-motorized watercraft supports healthy active recreation in the remarkable ‘nearby nature’ of Four Mile Run. Your support during Spring2Action will help support this and other Four Mile Run Conservatory projects to enhance Four Mile Run and its value to city residents.


Monday, April 23, 2018

Join in the City Nature Challenge!

Do you love observing nature? Share your observations as a citizen scientist!
The 2018 City Nature Challenge is a great way to get involved. From April 27-30, the DC metro area competes with more than 60 cities worldwide to observe and identify nearby nature. It’s easy to participate: take a picture of a wild plant or animal in your neighborhood, park, or school and share it with the free iNaturalist app. Even if you don’t know what it is you’ve found, the app will help you identify it.

Participate on your own or in a group outing with other nature lovers. And once you’ve learned how fun it is, you’ll be able to make and share new observations anytime, anywhere. In support of the City Nature Challenge, we are hosting several group walks in Four Mile Run Park this weekend to observe and document what is living there: frogs, bats, birds, plants, anything we can find! See our events calendar for details.

You can help document the nature that lives in Four Mile Run Park, add to a global biodiversity research, and help the Washington DC metro area win!