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What’s New at Bull Run Mountains Conservancy?

What’s New at Bull Run Mountains Conservancy?


With the crispness of fall in the air and the leaves starting to turn crimson and gold, now is the perfect time to visit Bull Run Mountain. Enroll in these offerings to learn something new while you enjoy the beautiful weather and take in the picturesque views. From homeschool field trips to a Halloween Safari, they’ve got some fun and educational opportunities in store for you and your family. Learn what’s new at Bull Run Mountains Conservancy for fall of 2015:

    • Homeschool offerings – There will be a series of classes for homeschoolers taking place this fall. Check out Web of Life (Oct. 8, 2015, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.), Autumn Season Hike (Oct. 29, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.) and Geography & Maps (Nov. 19, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.) The cost is only $5 per student, per session. Web of Life will teach students about the variety of life in the Bull Run Mountains. Students will learn about the forest and stream ecosystems with an activity that stresses what happens when the natural world is altered through pollution, habitat loss and erosion. On the Autumn Season Hike students will learn why and how trees change colors and lose leaves. They will also learn how wildlife prepares for the coming winter months. During Geography & Maps, students will learn how to read a topographic map and use their surroundings to locate themselves on the map. They will also learn how the geography of the mountains has influenced human and natural history. You can register online for any of these sessions.
    • Old Homesites Breakfast – On Nov. 14 from 8 to 11 a.m., learn about the past residences of the Bull Run Mountains as you explore cemeteries, foundations and clearings. Then, enjoy a hot breakfast in the woods with Marcia Markey, a local historian, as she performs a historical reenactment based on diaries, letters and other primary resources. Register online for $25 for members or $30 for non-members.


  • Halloween Safari – Enjoy a nighttime hike through the Bull Run Mountains as a guide leads you. You’ll encounter native “wildlife” that perform natural history skits. Enjoy the new cast of characters. There will also be face painting, Halloween snacks, hot cider, a bonfire and live music. Make sure you bring a flashlight and wear good hiking shoes and warm clothing. You can pre-register for $7 or buy tickets at the door for $10.


  • Hike With a Naturalist On the first Wednesday of every month, from 9 to 11 a.m., you can hike in a group and discover the flora and fauna of the Bull Run Mountains. This program is free and open to the public.
  • Trail Work Saturdays – On the second Saturday of every month, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. you can help improve and maintain the trail system of the mountains. Every month volunteers leave a lasting impression on the preserve while they have fun. This program is free and open to the public.

As local realtors, we like to keep up with community happenings and trends. If you would like to know more about the neighborhoods we serve, contact the Chris Colgan Real Estate Team.

Chris Colgan is the CEO and Team Leader of the Chris Colgan Real Estate Team. Chris was born and raised in Gainesville, Virginia and has been in real estate for 10 years. He is a member of the Re/Max Hall of Fame and is in the top 25 for sales in the state of Virginia out of all Remax agents. 

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