Upcoming Field Trip to Black Bear Composting

For those of you who have been hesitant to get back into the social swing of things, now that many pandemic restrictions have been eased, come meet your favorite aerobic bacteria at Black Bear Composting at 4:00PM on Thursday, September 23. This will be our first tour to the Black Bear site in Crimora since…

Teasel Cutting at Cowbane

Surrounded by industrial plants, farm fields, and encroaching subdivisions, Cowbane Prairie Natural Area Preserve in Stuarts Draft is an oasis for wetland loving wildflowers. It is one of 65 protected Natural Area Preserves which are scattered around Virginia and managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Natural Heritage Program. The program’s South…

Got an Idea for a New Project?

Nothing’s changed (well except for the conversion to Better Impact), so this is mainly for newer HMN members. The procedure for proposing a new project is really pretty simple. Prior to submitting a new project proposal, the member should refer to the VMN Volunteer Policy Handbook (“Volunteer Service Requirements,” pages 12-17). Reviewing the handbook will…

Fridley Gap Geology Field Trip for Cohort VII

On July 2, 2021, Matt Heller from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, Division of Geology and Mineral Resources and John Bauman, HMN Field Trips Coordinator, led Cohort VII on a hike to Fridley Gap. After introductions, Matt brought out his cool maps showing the geologic features of the region and described how…

Mushroom and Lichen Outing for HMNs

Once again, we are being treated to the wealth of knowledge and generosity of local fungi experts Jack Wilson and Chris & Vicki Vacher on a walk/talk and more, on Sunday, September 12, starting at 9:30AM. Jack shares this “draft plan” for our outing: “To avoid hot weather, we should start at MoonDance Camp (Braley Pond…