by Micaela Williamson
To celebrate its 5th birthday, The Nature Generation and trail partners invite the community to the Chapman DeMary Trail Birthday Bash on Saturday, October 25 from noon to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Plus, the annual Painting Purceville Green event will be held at the trail at the same time, offering opportunities for families to meet many “green” organizations and businesses in Northern Virginia.
Family-friendly activities include self guided and expert led nature exploration hikes, making pinecone bird feeders, face painting, live music, food, and more!
“We are thrilled to be able to host nature events on the trail for the community. After 5 years, we’ve turned this this 10 acres of old growth forest into an outdoor classroom that we hope will inspire youth and the community to be active stewards of our environment, both now and in the future,” said Amy Marasco Newton, president and founder of The Nature Generation.
The Chapman DeMary Trail is part of a sustainable education partnership among The Nature Generation, Loudoun Valley High School, The Piedmont Environmental Council, and the Town of Purcellville. The 1-mile trail is located in what is considered to be the last stand of old-growth forest in the Town of Purcellville, and runs along the South Fork Catoctin Creek. Throughout the year, the trail hosts hands-on field trips for students, scouts, and community events. Before the trail officially opened 5 years ago, Loudoun Valley High School teachers and students cleared hundreds of pounds of trash and debris from the area, laid mulch to mark the path, and planted trees.
Moving forward, The Nature Generation will continue its efforts to engage youth and the community in enhancing this area, protecting the habitat, educating about the environment, and encouraging the enjoyment of nature. Come out and enjoy a great time! More information about the event can be found here.
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