Get in Touch With Nature Via the Bull Run Mountains Conservancy
Now that we’ve officially thawed out, it’s time to get outdoors and start enjoying some of the great natural wonders right in our backyards. The Bull Run Mountains Conservancy offers a variety of outdoor activities, so there’s something for everyone in your family to enjoy. Get some fresh air and sunshine while you enjoy the plethora of plants and wildlife this area has to offer.
On the first Wednesday of each month (from 9 to 11 a.m.), you can “Hike With a Naturalist.” The group hike is open to the public and is free. Every month has a different theme like geology, winter tree identification, amphibians, spring ephemerals and ferns and their allies.
On the second Saturday of every month (from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) you can help improve and maintain the trail system in the Bull Run Mountains by participating in Trail Work Saturdays. Give back to the conservancy while you have fun and hike.
In June, your child (ages 7 to 12) can learn all about reptiles and amphibians in Herpetology Camp. Your child will spend two days hiking and looking for salamanders, frogs, lizards, snakes and turtles on the preserve. This camp costs $100 for members and $150 for non-members.
On Saturday, June 27 (from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) you can be a part of the Blue Ridge Day Hike with staff vegetation ecologist Gary Fleming. Learn about the greenstone outcrops, high elevation red oak forests, seepage swamps and boulder fields of the Blue Ridge. Learn all about the ecological communities from an expert. This hike costs $20 for members and non-members.
On June 29 (from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and July 10th (from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) there is A Day in the Watershed 2-session teacher workshop. It costs $20 for members and non-members.
Teens (ages 13 to 18) can learn about rivers and streams that flow into the Chesapeake Bay in the Chesapeake Watershed Workshop, from July 6 through July 9 (from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) They will explore headwater streams in the Bull Run Mountains, go downstream on Little Bull Run and visit Turkey Run National Park. Students will get a hands-on learning experience when they perform stream monitoring, vegetation analyses and stream habitat and riparian buffer evaluations. Members will pay $200, while non-members will pay $250.
Children (ages 4 to 6) can enjoy the beauty of the mountains and learn about local wildlife in the week long Budding Naturalist Camp. From July 20 to 24 (from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.) your kids can participate in discovery hikes, search for frogs and salamanders, look at snakes, explore streams, create nature crafts and play games. If you’re a member, you’ll pay $125 and $175 if you’re a non-member
Children (ages 7 to 12) can join one of two sessions for Summer Nature Camp. Camps run from July 20 to 24 (from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and July 27 to 31 (from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Your kids can learn about natural systems on hikes, participate in stream walks, handle snakes (this is optional) catch frogs and salamanders, watch birds, collect butterflies and insects, make crafts and play games. The cost for members is $250 and for non-members.
We encourage everyone to take advantage of these opportunities to learn about and experience the nature we have in our own backyards here in Western Prince William County.