Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Giving Tuesday 2020

Today is Giving Tuesday, a worldwide celebration of generosity, and an opportunity to support the work of the non-profits that strengthen our communities and improve our world. Make sure part of your giving today supports an organization that you feel makes a difference in the local community. If you choose to support the Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation's mission, you can donate directly via the link above, or shop/dine at local businesses participating in the Old Town Business Association's Giving Tuesday, through which a percentage of today's sales goes toward our work.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Reflecting with Gratitude

River NEAR exploring the marsh
As Thanksgiving approaches, I would like to take a moment to acknowledge and thank those who have made our program year a success, even in the face of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Thank you to the many volunteers that have removed litter from the park and the water, planted native plants, and helped lead youth programs and community outreach. In particular, we appreciated the volunteer efforts put forth by Arlington Regional Master Naturalists and the Tree Stewards of Arlington and Alexandria.

Volunteers plant native shrubs
Thank you also to the grant funders who supported our work this year: to the Greater Washington Community Foundation and its Spring Creek Environmental and Preservation Fund for operating support that boosted our summer internship program and upcoming field station project; to Virginia American Water for enabling the weekly pop-up nature center earlier this fall; to Dominion Energy for robust support of our Nature Explorers And Restorers (NEAR) program providing neighborhood youth with opportunities to learn and live in their nearby nature; and to River Network and the National Park Service for providing the resources needed for us to offer youth on-water programming (River NEAR).

Summer interns at work
We are grateful for the positive working relationships we enjoy with the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities, with Arlington County's Parks and Natural Resources Division, and we were pleased to work with the Alexandria Workforce Development Center and Georgetown Day School  to host a talented cohort of high school summer interns.

Pop-up nature center visitors
All that we've accomplished during the pandemic has been possible thanks to the broad community support we have received through your time, donations, likes/shares on social media, and word of mouth. And we are honored to have been chosen as one of five local organizations being supported by the Old Town Business Association on Giving Tuesday--see details here on how you can support the Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation while you shop and dine in Old Town Alexandria on Tuesday, December 1!

Happy Thanksgiving, and I hope to see you out along the Run this winter.

Kurt Moser, President

Above right: River NEAR participants explore the interior marsh; volunteers plant native shrubs; summer interns at work; pop-up nature center visitors learn about microplastics. Below: catching a bluegill with NEAR.

Catching a bluegill with NEAR

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

November Wildlife Events

Join us for two upcoming opportunities to learn about the wildlife of Four Mile Run. 

White-tailed Deer in Northern Virginia, 7pm Monday, November 9: In this presentation, learn about the impact of a growing deer population, and what it means for our parks, forests, and neighborhood. Master naturalist co-presenters Bill Browning and Marion Jordan will talk about the implications of continuing to ignore the increase in number of deer in Northern Virginia, and about how some of our neighboring jurisdictions have chosen to approach the problem. Register here for this free event.

Fall Hawk Walk, 10am Sunday, November 22: Join us for an 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! RSVP appreciated, though not required. Walk starts at the Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market (next to 4109 Mount Vernon Avenue).

White-tailed Deer and Cooper's Hawk photos by David Howell.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

October Kayak Clean-up Dates Added

Likely the last kayak clean-ups of the season, so sign up soon! We are still limiting the number of volunteers to keep group size small, maintaining six-foot social distance, and requiring face masks on shore. Equipment is sanitized between clean-ups. Sign up for one of the following dates:

     4pm Tuesday, October 13
     2pm Sunday, October 25