Category: Environment

Connect with Your Inner Lorax: Become a Tree Steward

Connect with Your Inner Lorax: Become a Tree Steward

If you live in northern Virignia, here’s a fabulous opportunity to get the knowledge you need to be an impactful advocate  for the trees … The TreeStewards of Arlington and Alexandria are volunteers dedicated to improving the health of our urban trees through educational programs, tree planting and care, demonstrations and tree maintenance throughout the community. New [...]

National Day of Service: Where will you be?

National Day of Service: Where will you be?

Want to keep that fresh-start feeling that comes as you launch into a new year … the excitement of embarking on new adventures, striving to attain new goals,  living out carefully deliberated intentions, or jumpstarting the year with ideas that sprang up as quickly as the new year? For many, the novelty fades within the [...]

Let Your Fall Leaves Lie

Let Your Fall Leaves Lie

It starts in late August. That’s when I usually spot the first few dry, brown leaves cascading to the ground. They are an early cue of the changes afoot that eventually will cause some birds to depart for warmer climates, insects and animals to seek shelter for hibernation, and many trees to shed their leaves. [...]

8 Great Ways to Green Your Thanksgiving

8 Great Ways to Green Your Thanksgiving

8 Great Ways to Green Your Thanksgiving Being green is about more than being eco-friendly; it’s about being a good citizen of the earth in ways that go far beyond the environment. When I think about being green, eco-friendly or earth-minded, I don’t just think about being kind to the environment. Sure, I think about [...]

Arlington Community Garden Grants Available. Apply Soon!

Arlington Community Garden Grants Available. Apply Soon!

Are you part of a condominium, place of worship, or non-profit that might be interested in starting a community garden in Arlington? Grant funds are available to get you started, but you must act quickly. A maximum of three $800 grants for use between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013 will be issued. Here [...]

Fall Native Plant Sales

Fall Native Plant Sales

With the kids’ back-to-school transitions in the fall and changes in routines that come as a result, I’ve never been able to get into a fall gardening routine. But, for those of you who do have such a fall gardening routine, be sure to check out the following native plant sales in Northern Virginia. I’ve [...]

Creating a Wildlife Habitat in Your Backyard

Creating a Wildlife Habitat in Your Backyard

When I first heard about the concept of establishing a backyard wildlife habitat, I thought, “Yeah, right. Nice for the folks who live down the in areas where trees and woodlands are an integral part of the landscape, but not for those of us living in more urban settings.” Sure, there are pockets of wildlife-friendly [...]

Volunteer Stream Monitor Training

Volunteer Stream Monitor Training

If you are in the DC metro area, here is a great opportunity to connect with nature through this citizen science program in Arlington County this Saturday. Volunteer Stream Monitor Training Saturday, September 15th. 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Location: Arlington. The exact location will be provided with your confirmation e-mail. Are you interested in [...]

Arlington Bat Festival & Save Lucy the Bat Campaign

Arlington Bat Festival & Save Lucy the Bat Campaign

Last month I recommended the Annual Bat Festival at Gulf Branch Nature Center in Arlington, Virginia as an event to attend. I had never attended the festival before (I simply was unaware of it) and had planned to attend for the first time this year. Unfortunately, my husband and oldest kid were out of town [...]

Monarch Butterfly Watch and Tagging

Monarch Butterfly Watch and Tagging

The number of butterflies visiting my neighbor’s butterfly bush, which extends into our front yard, has been increasing steadily over the past couple of weeks. Especially the number of monarchs, which is particularly exciting. Somewhere along the way, I learned about the great migration of the monarchs, but I didn’t have a full appreciation of [...]

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