AUGUST, 2018
Washington Nationals Game to Support NVCT
What better way to spend a summer evening than cheering on Northern Virginia’s favorite baseball team? Join us on Tuesday, August 21 at Nationals Park for a Washington Nationals v. Philadelphia Phillies match-up to support the first-ever GreenSlam Fundraiser. GreenSlam will allow game attendees to support their favorite local environmental organization. For this initiative, tickets will be discounted up to 20 percent, with multiple seating areas to choose from. When you purchase your discounted tickets, NVCT will receive four dollars per ticket when you select our nonprofit at checkout.

Nationals Park is the first MLB stadium to be awarded LEED certification, and we think that’s something to celebrate. The ticket purchase deadline is August 20 so be sure to secure your seats. Spread the word to friends and family and we hope to see you on August 21! To purchase tickets, click here.
Arlington County Fair
NVCT will be tabling at the Arlington County Fair from Friday, August 17 - Sunday, August 19 at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center. The Arlington County Fair is a nonprofit volunteer-driven organization that embraces a diverse community by educating, entertaining, and showcasing the best of Arlington. It's one of the largest free events on the East Coast and has been providing quality entertainment for more than 40 years. Be on the lookout for our table and come say hi to our team!

Admission is free, and shuttle service is provided from locations throughout Arlington. The fair begins today and will end this Sunday, August 19. For more information about the Arlington County Fair, visit their website.
Leopold's 5k
NVCT is a sponsor for the upcoming Leopold's Trail Run 10K, 5K or 1-Miler on October 20, 2018. Explore Leopold's Preserve on a beautiful fall evening at the fifth annual pet-friendly trail run! Grab your running buddies and come out to the event complete with family-friendly activities including games, face painting, a photo booth, and local vendors. Race proceeds will benefit Friends of Homeless Animals (FOHA), a local charity that focuses on the rescue and placement of homeless dogs and cats in Northern Virginia and the Washington, DC area. Stay tuned for more information in our next newsletter and visit the event website to learn more and register!
Marc Leepson and his wife, Janna, were living with their two young children on her family’s farm as fifth generation residents in Woodbridge, Virginia. Janna’s grandfather, G.C. Russell, bought the 219-acre farm in 1916 and it remained relatively isolated for many years – until Prince William County exploded with development in the 1960s. Once a quiet and serene location, the area turned loud and bustling in a matter of a few years. In fact, by the early 1980s, some 30,000 cars a day passed right in front of the Leepsons’ front yard.

So the Leepsons reluctantly looked elsewhere to raise their family. Before they left, though, they ensured that the historic farmhouse on the property would stand forever. The farmhouse, which dates from before the Civil War, remains today and now serves as the home of Georgees Grill restaurant. 

Marc and Janna landed on their current 65-acre property in Middleburg, Virginia in 1988. While the Leepsons felt that zoning in Loudoun County was relatively permanent, they understood that it could quickly change. Therefore, a conservation easement was something they investigated to help prevent the same type of development pressure they had experienced at their previous home... Click here to read Marc and Janna's full spotlight.
Earlier this month, our Land Stewardship Team attended the launch of the National Capital Region Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) at the National Arboretum in Washington, DC. A primary goal of the regional collaborative will be “Early Detection, Rapid Response” for invasive species. This early detection will give the best chance to eradicate new invasives from the DC area prior to the species becoming extremely difficult to control.

Invasive species are a threat to healthy ecosystems, human and animal health, infrastructure, the economy, and cultural resources. If you have any questions about invasive species in your neighborhood let us know. NVCT is proud to take part in this work and looks forward to being a part of the PRISM moving forward.
This summer, we welcomed two new board members to the NVCT family. Bridget Lowell and Nancy Parachini bring years of incredible experience in the conservation and land trust field to the team and we couldn't be more thrilled. Visit our website to read their full bios and to learn more.
Check out our new Flickr account to view all of our latest photographs! From wildlife to homes, gardens, and conserved landscapes, we will be sharing our favorite shots for you to see. Click here to view our page.
Our fifth annual Nearby Nature photo contest will be launching in September and we're excited to announce this year's photo categories! The three photo groups will allow both adult and youth submissions. Full details including submission guidelines, first place prizes, and guest judges will be announced in an email coming your way soon! Please find this year's photo categories below.

NVCT's Fifth Annual Nearby Nature Photo Contest
  1. Local Land and Water
  2. Wildlife in Northern Virginia
  3. People Recreating in Nature
1st Place Photo from 2017 Nearby Nature Photo Contest
Photo by Allen Melson
As the summer rolls on, we bid a fond farewell to our amazing summer intern, Elizabeth Lundy. We sat down with Elizabeth to get the full scoop on her experience working at our headquarters in Annandale and out in the field at several of our local properties.

To read more about Elizabeth's summer internship experience, visit our website.
NVCT relies on your support. Since our founding in 1994, we have conserved nearly 7,000 acres in both urban and rural areas across the region. With your help, we can save even more land and protect our natural environments. Land protection begins with you. Please donate today.