Tuesday, November 12, 2019

4MR Nature Walk: Hawks of Four Mile Run / Sun, Nov 17, 10:00AM - 11:00 AM

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.

Binoculars/field guides optional, but a sense of wonder & curiosity, as well as warm outerwear, are essential!

Meet this Sun, Nov 17, 10:00AM - 11:00 AM at the Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market.

RSVP at: 4MRHawkWalk.eventbrite.com

Event will be canceled in case of rain.

Please consider donating to help fund park improvements.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

POSTPONED: Opening Ceremony for Four Mile Run Park Wetlands Bridge

UPDATE: Due to a scheduling conflict, the opening ceremony has been postponed. A new date is pending. However, the bridge will be open to the public sometime this week.

The City of Alexandria invites the public to celebrate the opening of the Four Mile Run Park Wetlands Bridge on Saturday, November 16, at 8:30 a.m. The ceremony will include remarks by City officials and partners, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and an overview of park improvements by City staff. The event will occur rain or shine at the east side of the bridge, closest to the parking lot at 3700 Commonwealth Ave.

 The 120-foot long bridge spans over a tributary in Four Mile Run Park, connecting the eastern ballfield area to the wetlands and completing a one-kilometer loop through the park. The installation of the bridge is a significant element of the Four Mile Run Restoration Plan, which improves connectivity throughout the park. The bridge provides access to the wetlands, which were restored in 2016 for walking, passive enjoyment, and ecological education programming.
For more information about the project, visit the Four Mile Run Restoration project webpage. For reasonable disability accommodation, contact dana.wedeles@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.5491, Virginia Relay 711.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Our Nature Program Receives Dominion Funding

The Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation is pleased to be one of 135 organizations statewide to receive funding through Dominion Energy’s environmental stewardship grant program. The grant of $10,000 toward the Nature Explorers And Restorers (NEAR) project makes it possible for students who live near lower Four Mile Run to learn about their nearby nature. '

Local youth to experience nearby nature
and improve the environment
at Four Mile Run.
NEAR program mainly serves elementary and middle school-age youth in Arlandria, Chirilagua, Hume Springs, and Lynhaven, with youth program provider partners including Community Lodgings and Casa Chirilagua.

“Exploring nature up close and improving things by hand, kids build a personal relationship to land, water, and community that makes them happier, healthier, and stronger in their environmental stewardship,” says Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation President Kurt Moser. “Dominion’s support allows us to provide quality programming where kids make scientific observations, protect natural lands, and discover the miraculous urban ecosystem here at Four Mile Run.”

Dominion Energy spokesperson Peggy Fox adds, “At Dominion Energy, we love the great outdoors and are going to great lengths to protect the environment by lowering greenhouse gas emissions, preserving wildlife habitats and protecting our natural resources. For the future of our planet, its essential our youth learn about the environment and conservation. There’s no better way to do that than by exploring the streams and parks around us. We’re so pleased to support the NEAR program which, no doubt, gives young people a life-long appreciation of nature.”

As program participants visit different areas of Four Mile Run Park, they learn about various facets of Four Mile Run’s ecosystem using equipment such as binoculars, microscopes, magnifiers, and field identification guides, recording their observations and experiences in journals. Providing them with mud boots and gloves for fieldwork opens areas of the park to them that they might not otherwise find accessible.

NEAR is offered in partnership with the Arlington Regional Master Naturalists (ARMN), whose volunteers share their local expertise in biology, ecology, and natural history. ARMN volunteers took part in the inaugural summer pilot of the program, which received funding through a grant from Virginia American Water. For master naturalist volunteers, it has been an opportunity to connect with young people and nature at Four Mile Run.

Commenting on the success of the pilot program, Fifer Learning Center Coordinator Gwen Spitzhoff said, “students at Community Lodgings learned about animal habitats, our local watershed, and the importance of taking care of our environment. We are so grateful for our partnership with the Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation and the work they are doing to educate our kids.”