Rappahannock News - - NATURE -

“Look­ing for Signs of Spring” (March 13, 1-3 p.m.): The Vir­ginia Na­tive Plant So­ci­ety’s Se­cond Sun­day Walk this month is with El­lie and Phil Da­ley at the 900-acre Blue Ridge Cen­ter for En­vi­ron­men­tal Ste­ward­ship. At 11661 Harpers Ferry Rd. (Rt. 671), Pur­cel­lville, VA. Search for rem­nants of skunk cab­bage blooms that flow­ered in Jan­uary, bulging blos­soms of spice bush and maples, wood frogs and sala­man­der egg masses, and more. Wear sturdy hik­ing shoes and dress for the weather. The two-mile walk is free and open to the pub­lic, but space is lim­ited, so RSVP and send ques­tions to pied­[email protected]

Schol­ar­ships Avail­able for Sum­mer Camps and Col­lege. The Culpeper Soil and Wa­ter Con­ser­va­tion District is of­fer­ing col­lege schol­ar­ships as well as schol­ar­ships to Youth Con­ser­va­tion Camp and Hol­i­day Lake Forestry Camp. Ap­pli­ca­tions are due April 1 for camps, and April 12 for col­lege schol­ar­ships. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit culpeper­ or con­tact Stephanie DeNi­cola at [email protected]­ or 540825-8591.

Tree Seedling Sale: The Culpeper Soil & Wa­ter Con­ser­va­tion District has re­vived its tree-seedling sale. The CSWCD is tak­ing or­ders through­out the win­ter, with April de­liv­ery ex­pected. Species that are avail­able are red­bud, dog­wood, red maple, per­sim­mon, north­ern red oak and east­ern white pine. Seedlings are $5.50 for five trees (one species). Tree tubes and rain bar­rels are also avail­able. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Stephanie DeNi­cola-Turner at 540825-8591 or [email protected]­

FONZ Na­ture Camp: Reg­is­tra­tion is open for this Friends of the Na­tional Zoo camp, which “strength­ens the bond be­tween youth and na­ture by pro­vid­ing stu­dents in grades 5-10 the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore the great out­doors, while con­nect­ing them to con­ser­va­tion ini­tia­tives through ex­po­sure to cut­ting edge re­search.” In July and Au­gust at the Smithsonia­n Con­ser­va­tion Bi­ol­ogy In­sti­tute in Front Royal. For more in­for­ma­tion: http://fonz­na­ture­

SCBI Spring Lecture Se­ries ( Wed­nes­days, 7 p.m.): The Smithsonia­n Con­ser­va­tion Bi­ol­ogy In­sti­tute kicks off its spring lecture se­ries with Cop­per Aitken-Palmer speak­ing on SCBI’s role in the Zoo’s gi­ant panda cub Bei Bei’s birth and other gi­ant panda con­ser­va­tion ef­forts (Apr. 6). Other lec­tures: An­nie-Page Kar­jian, on wildlife dis­ease in marine tur­tles (Apr. 13); Jen­nifer Na­gashima, on a re­cent mile­stone in canid re­pro­duc­tion re­search (Apr. 20); Jared Stabach, on the rein­tro­duc­tion ef­forts of the scim­i­tarhorned oryx (Apr. 27). At SMSC Din­ing Hall, SCBI, Front Royal. Din­ing hall open for din­ner be­fore­hand, 5-6:30. For more in­for­ma­tion go to na­tion­al­ or con­tact 540-635-6540 or [email protected]

Rap­pa­han­nock Plant Sale (Apr. 30, 9–3): This is the per­fect time to start plan­ning for your gar­den. As in past 14 years, this sale has a wide se­lec­tion of na­tive and cul­ti­vated plants of­fered by lo­cal grow­ers. But some great plants, dis­cuss plants with ex­perts and your plant-lov­ing neigh­bors, swap gar­den­ing sto­ries and en­joy some re­fresh­ments. At Water­penny Farm, U.S. Route 211, Sper­ryville, rain or shine.

© 2016 Pam Owen

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