Friday, April 30, 2021

Kayak Clean-up Season Starts Next Week!

We are pleased to announce kayak clean-up dates for May and June -- you can help keep our waterways clean, while enjoying quality outdoor time and fresh air on the water!

For participants' safety, we are continuing to take precautions to limit potential COVID-19 exposure, including restricting the number of participants to twelve, requiring six-foot social distancing and the use of face masks on shore and while launching/landing, and sanitizing equipment between events.

More clean-up dates will be added, but the current schedule is:

Saturday 8 May, 9am-noon
Thursday 27 May, 4pm-6:30pm
Saturday 5 June, 3pm-6pm
Sunday 13 June, 4pm-6:30pm
Wednesday 30 June, 5pm-7:30pm
Sign-ups are open 2-4 weeks prior to each scheduled event.
Hope to see you out there!
4MR Paddle Power/Clean Stream Extreme events are made possible by grant support from Dominion Energy, the Spring Creek Environmental and Preservation Fund of the Greater Washington Community Foundation, and the Transurban - 395 Express Lanes Community Grant Program

Sunday, April 25, 2021

City Nature Challenge April 30 - May 3

See Ospreys and more!
Explore nature in your neighborhood or park and contribute to scientific understanding of biodiversity during the City Nature Challenge! Using the free iNaturalist app, capture clear photos of wild plants, animals, fungi, and other living organisms, and share them with a worldwide network of hobbyists, naturalists, and scientists to learn about the nature around you. At the same time you'll be adding to a global data set that helps us understand the distribution, movement, and diversity of life on our planet.

During the City Nature Challenge, we are pleased to lead two public walks to support data collection: on Friday evening, April 30, find out what bats live in Four Mile Run Park as we look and listen for frog calls and, using an ultrasonic recorder, identify flying bats by their unique echolocation calls. On Saturday morning, May 1, join us for a bird walk along the different habitat areas of the park. See details and sign up for the Bat & Frog Walk, Bird Walk, or both!

Monday, January 25, 2021

Litter clean-ups continue through winter

We have posted dates for land-based litter clean-ups, this Saturday and every other Saturday through the end of March. We'll collect litter along the trails and streamside at Four Mile Run Park, a great way to explore nature through stewardship. Clean-up locations vary by date, see registration page for details:


Note: as a COVID-19 precaution, we are currently limiting attendance to 10 participants. Face masks and social distancing of a minimum six feet are required.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Dock project proceeds!

Our project to create an ADA-accessible water access point--a floating dock for launching non-motorized watercraft--is underway! The fundraising goal of $16,000 toward the engineering design, to be matched by Alexandria's RPCA Community Matching Fund, has been met, and we have hired the engineering firm RK&K. We anticipate the design and permitting work taking place over the next several months. Once that is completed, we will pursue additional funding opportunities for project construction, and we look forward to posting updates as the project continues.

Wishing you good health, and happy holidays, and we hope to see you out at Four Mile Run in 2021!

Year's End Clean-up December 26

Haven't met your goal for stewardship activities for 2020, or maybe you're looking for a break from the couch, video calls, and binge-watching holiday baking shows? Spread holiday cheer and take in the brisk air at our last litter clean-up event this year at Four Mile Run! We will meet at 11:00 a.m. at the west entrance parking area at Four Mile Run Park, 4131 Mount Vernon Avenue.


Note: as a COVID-19 precaution, event is limited to 10 participants. Face masks and social distancing of a minimum 6 feet are required.