Each Virginia State Park held special earth day events for the public on the weekend of April 21-22, 2012, here is a recap from some of the day's events!
Caledon Natural Area held a Trash to Art Event
Carol a Caledon Natural Area Volunteer shares these images and recipe from the Trash to Art Earth Day-weekend.
The giraffe was the "Best in Show" winner!
Mason Neck State Parkheld their annual Eagle Festival this weekend. Among those festivities were programs presented by Reptiles Alive, The Raptor Conservancy of Virginia and The Wildlife Ambassadors. Van Trips to the Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge, hay wagon rides, canoe trips and pony rides were also among the activities. 21 organizations were on hand with informational displays. Among them were Ducks Unlimited, Virginia Game and Inland Fisheries, Bureau of Land Management, Quantico Orienteering Club, Fairfax County Urban Forest Management Division, Virginia Master Naturalists, Audubon Society of Northern Virginia, Virginia Blue Bird Society and The Izaac Walton League. Musical entertainment provided by Anthony James Band.
Mason Neck’s annual Eagle Festival was held on Saturday April 21st.
Mason Neck State Park with an estimated 3,300 visitors attending the festivities!
Douthat State Park reported they made recycled flower pots from newspaper, and we also had a program for nature printing and fish printing. Sunday the weather turned bad and they had a low turnout for the scheduled events.
Blue Ridge Foothills and Lakes Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists!
Kids enjoying fun with the Master Naturalists at Fairy Stone State Park
Natural Tunnel State Park Earth day event
The plans for Earth Day at Grayson Highlands were shaping up nicely. Chief Ranger Kevin Kelley had a full day of work in the high country planned for 15 – 20 area volunteers. However, things don’t always turn out as planned. Despite warmer than normal temperatures for much of the spring, the weekend forecast was bleak, with rain showers and freezing temperatures expected. The volunteers decided that the weather was going to be too harsh, and called the park to cancel.
Meanwhile, Boy Scouts of America Troop 68 out of Jamestown, North Carolina was visiting Grayson Highlands State Park for their annual April camping trip and hike into the high country. As Kevin was checking the troop into the campground on Friday evening, he mentioned his volunteer dilemma. The scouts jumped at the chance to help, and chose to push their hike back into the afternoon in order to have time to work on the planned projects.