Saturday, September 29, 2018

GW Parkway Biodiversity Presentation

GW Parkway Biodiversity Presentation

National Park Service biologist Brent Steury will give a presentation summarizing the George Washington Memorial Parkway’s 11-year biodiversity inventory of its 4,580 acres. The Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation is co-sponsoring this event, which is hosted by Friends of Dyke Marsh.

NPS experts have documented 5,563 species: 101 species new to the flora or fauna of Virginia, seven species new to the District of Columbia, three species new to North America, at least 71 species new to science, 106 species state listed for rarity, three federally-threatened species and 58 peer-reviewed journal articles published in the last 11 years.
The meeting will be at 7:30 p.m., Wed, November 14, 2018 at the Huntley Meadows Park, Visitor Center, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria, VA 22306

Saturday, September 8, 2018

4MR Fall Walks

Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation President Kurt Moser will lead a series of walk this Fall exploring different aspects of Four Mile Run stream and park.

The walks will start out from the Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market at 4109 Mt Vernon Avenue on Sunday mornings.

See below for details and how to register for these free walks:


4MR Fall Walk: The Meadow at Four Mile Run Park

Sun, Sep 9, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market

Register for FREE at to explore the restoration meadow at Four Mile Run Park in the first in our fall series of walks. The meadow is bright with Goldenrod, and we will surely see butterflies, dragonflies, grasshoppers, and more! Long pants and close-toed shoes a must, water bottle recommended. Meet at Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market (The event will be canceled in the event of rain.)


4MR Fall Walk: History of Lower Four Mile Run

Sun, Oct 7, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market

Learn about the historical geography of lower Four Mile Run on this 1.7-mile walk, and explore the traces of history concealed in its modern urban landscape. Find out about the mills, attractions, disasters, and more! Meet at the Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market.

Register for free at

Comfortable walking shoes recommended. The event will be canceled in case of rain.


4MR Fall Walk: Hawks at Four Mile Run

Sun, Nov 18, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market

Join us for our November outing in Four Mile Run Park, as we look for migrating hawks and other wild residents of the natural areas of the park. 

Register for free at:

Binoculars/field guides optional, but a sense of wonder & curiosity, as well as warm outerwear, are essential! Meet at the Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market. The event will be canceled in case of rain.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Fall Kayak Cleanups at Four Mile Run

The Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation will continue to deploy its fleet of kayaks to collect litter along the streambank of Four Mile Run this Fall, following on the successful efforts over the Summer of 2018.

The clean-ups will occur on the following dates & times:
  • Thursday, September 6, 5pm-7:30pm
  • Saturday, September 15, 9am-Noon
  • Thursday, September 20, 5pm-7:30pm
  • Sunday, September 30, 9am-Noon
  • Monday, October 8 (Columbus Day), 9am-Noon
  • Saturday, October 27, 9am-Noon
Community members can reserve a limited of kayaks or sign-up to assist with own crafts at: Volunteers will have access to a water refill station, snacks, gloves, trash grabbers and bags, and a limited number of kayaks with life-vests, but are asked to bring their own reusable water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray, and water shoes. Land-based volunteers are also needed to assist the kayaks.

The event starts out at the Four Mile Run Park launch area near the Mount Vernon Avenue bridge. Parking details will be provided to those who RSVP.

The Fall 2018 Kayak Cleanups at Four Mile Run are “4MR Clean Stream Extreme” events made possible through grant funding from Dominion Energy. The cleanups are also a community initiative in PARKnership with the City of Alexandria's Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities. The Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation was established with funding by the Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market and supported by funds raised by Action Alexandria’s Spring2ACTion and Facebook’s Giving Tuesday.

The Fall 2018 Kayak Cleanups at Four Mile Run are a continuation of the work begun over several years by a group of community volunteers in the Arlandria neighborhood who came together to perform various improvement projects in and around Four Mile Run Park to complement the work of the Four Mile Run Restoration Plan and the new Four Mile Run Park Improvement Plan. The projects include: the Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market, the Four Mile Run Park Expansion, Commonwealth Park (the rehabilitation of a former electrical substation at 3550 Commonwealth Avenue) and a number of a large tree plantings, park and stream clean-ups and invasive species removals. All of these activities have been documented in the community blog: The Arlandrian (

“A group of folks in the community have been engaged with stream mitigation work, park improvements and stream cleanups for a number of years and the farmers market we started was an outgrowth of that,” says organizer Kevin Beekman. “Money we raise at the market from t-shirt sales and market vendor fees typically amounts to around $1,000 a year. We always donate all proceeds to the City for the park, but now we’re leveraging the funds to attract more grants and donations.”

While budgets in municipalities across the United States have tightened in recent years, crowdfunding provides an alternative source for projects that municipalities are unable to provide but that citizens are clearly passionate about. Additional Four Mile Run Park projects are in the planning stages. The Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation “Spring2Action” page remains open for additional contributions:

For more details, please visit:

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About the Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation

The Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and volunteer organization formed in 2016 following years of community efforts to foster the preservation, beautification, improvement, maintenance, and enjoyment of Four Mile Run Park.

Their 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. Their vision is a Four Mile Run Park that is fully utilized and appreciated by its neighbors and other stakeholders as an important part of community life, a resource for recreation, and a model for natural lands maintenance in an urban setting.