Explore the Woods in the Winter at Nature Walk Planned Dec. 30 at Chapman DeMary Trail

Explore the Woods in the Winter at Nature Walk Planned Dec. 30 at Chapman DeMary Trail

The Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is sponsoring a nature walk, Exploring the Woods in the Winter,  at the Chapman DeMary Trail at 1 p.m. on Dec. 30.

The guide for this month’s walk is Paul Miller, who is a lifetime member of the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, a Virginia Master Naturalist and a retired Loudoun County Public Schools administrator. The free walk will start at the Chapman DeMary Trail, then cross Hatcher Avenue to the Sue Kane Nature Preserve. Miller will compare and contrast the two natural areas during the walk.

The Chapman DeMary Trail is a 10-acre area considered to be the last stand of old-growth forest in the Town of Purcellville. It runs along the South Fork Catoctin Creek, part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

The area is open to the public for environmental recreation, exploration, and education. The Town of Purcellville holds the conservation easement for this privately-owned property. Parking for the Chapman DeMary Trail is behind the building at 205 E. Hirst Road in Purcellville.

The Discover Nature’s Secrets guided nature walks are held the last Sunday of each month. Topics will include water quality, pollinators and monarchs, wildflowers, birds, water quality, tree identification, and more. The Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board plans to continue these walks in 2019.

Walks are scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m., rain or shine. The whole family is invited.

For more information, visit purcellvilleva.gov.

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