February 2019
Watershed Calendar
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February is the last month for winter stream monitoring, so you can look forward to plenty of stream monitoring events this month! We also have a large number of stream cleanups (with many more to follow in the spring), community events, and the highly anticipated 2019 Native Seedling Sale! We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming outreach event or stream monitoring workshop!
Stream Monitoring Events
Reston Association Stream Monitoring Workshop
When: Saturday, February 2, 1:00pm
Where: Reston VA
Assist in important winter stream monitoring by getting your feet wet in one of Reston’s streams! RA welcomes new volunteers to assist with stream monitoring at several locations. Get involved with a small team to collect data and identify insects with the goal of assessing the health of Reston’s stream. Not only do you get to learn about streams, it also provides an opportunity to make new friends.  Learn more and register .

Prince William (Hooes Run) Water Quality Monitoring Workshop
When: Saturday, February 9, 10:00am-12:30pm
Where: Castle Ct., Woodbridge VA
Join Veronica Tangiri of Prince William SWCD in monitoring this beautiful site of Hooes Run as it enters the Occoquan Reservior/River area. Chemical and biological data will be collected. Visitors parking lot and curb parking available. Contact Veronica for more information or to register.

Holmes Run Stream Monitoring Workshop
When: Saturday, February 16, 10:00am-12:30pm
Where: Roundtree Park, Falls Church VA
Join NVSWCD as we discover aquatic life in Holmes Run! This official NVSWCD stream monitoring workshop covers watershed health, what macroinvertebrates tell us about stream quality, and what you can do to prevent pollution in your local stream. This workshop will also help to prepare you to become a certified stream monitor. Registration is limited. Send questions to Ashley Palmer and RSVP here .

Pohick Creek Stream Monitoring Session
When: Saturday, February 16, 1:00-4:00pm
Where: Hidden Pond Nature Center, Springfield VA
Join certified stream monitor Susan Demsko in her winter stream monitoring at her site at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Registration is limited. Contact Susan for more information or to register.

Little Difficult Run Stream Monitoring Workshop
When: Saturday, February 23, 10:00am-12:30pm
Where: Fred Crabtree Park, Herndon VA
Join NVSWCD as we discover aquatic life in Little Difficult Run! This official NVSWCD stream monitoring workshop covers watershed health, what macroinvertebrates tell us about stream quality, and what you can do to prevent pollution in your local stream. This workshop will also help to prepare you to become a certified stream monitor. Registration is limited. Send questions to Ashley Palmer  and RSVP here .

Bryan Branch Stream Monitoring Session
When: Saturday, February 23, 1:00-3:00pm
Where: McLean VA
Join a certified stream monitor at this adopted stream to help make a difference in our environment. We will check on the health of one local stream in McLean. County and state officials will use the data you collect to assess the overall condition of our streams and help determine watershed management initiatives. Come learn more and help. Registration is limited. RSVP to Elizabeth Winston .

Holmes Run Stream Monitoring Session
When: Sunday, February 24, 9:00am-12:00pm
Where: Near Annandale Road, Falls Church VA
Join certified stream monitor Valerie Bertha in her winter stream monitoring at her site in Holmes Run. Registration is limited. Contact Valerie for more information or to register.

Friends of Accotink Creek Stream Monitoring Session
When: Saturday, March 9, 9:30-11:30am
Where: Lake Accotink Park, Springfield VA
Join Friends of Accotink Creek volunteers as they assess ecological conditions in a stream, based on the presence and absence of bottom-dwelling invertebrates. Meet at the parking lot behind Lake Accotink Park Administrative Building. See Friends of Accotink Creek for additional stream monitoring information.

Cub Run Stream Monitoring Workshop
When: Sunday, March 10, 10:00am-12:30pm
Where: Cub Run Stream Valley Park, Centreville VA
Join NVSWCD as we discover aquatic life in Cub Run! This official NVSWCD stream monitoring workshop covers watershed health, what macroinvertebrates tell us about stream quality, and what you can do to prevent pollution in your local stream. This workshop will also help to prepare you to become a certified stream monitor. Registration is limited. Send questions to Ashley Palmer  and RSVP here .

Prince William (Cedar Run) Stream Monitoring Workshop
When: Saturday, March 16, 10:00am-12:30pm
Where: Evergreen Acres Farm, Hazelwood Dr., Nokesville VA
Join Veronica Tangiri of Prince William SWCD for citizen science monitoring. Come and learn more about the health of this stream and how it interacts with agriculture as it joins the Occoquan River. Contact Veronica for more information or to register.
Spring Stream Cleanup Events
Americana Drive Stream Cleanup
When: Monday, February 18, 10:00am-2:00pm
Where: Americana Drive, Annandale VA
Join the Fairfax County Restoration Project in their efforts to clean up Americana Drive! Gloves, vests, and trash bags will be provided. Student community service hours are available through the Friends of Accotink Creek. Please sign up at www.fcrpp3.org so the organizers can prepare enough supplies.

Quantico Creek Stream Cleanup
When: Saturday, February 23, 9:00am-12:00pm
Where: Dumfries Elementary School, Dumfries VA
Join Prince William SWCD for a Quantico Creek cleanup in the Town of Dumfries in support of water quality awareness and plastic prevention. This event has been organized as part of the commemoration of the history of the Town of Dumfries. Cleanup supplies will be provided. Dress well for the weather and put on boots. Register with Sonnie Coffey .

2019 Big County Spring Stream Cleanup Launching
When: Saturday, March 2, 9:00am-12:00pm
Where: Eagles Park, Woodbridge VA
Promote water quality and plastic pollution awareness around the newly constructed Woodbridge Boardwalk. Join the water quality awareness campaign and give a treat to this scenic site of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. Prince William County residents are invited to come out en mass at Eagle Park in Woodbridge. To register, please visit www.pwtsc.org .

Bull Run Tributary Stream Cleanup
When: Saturday, March 16, 9:00am-12:00pm
Where: Manassas VA
Join the Merrimac Farm Master Naturalists, Friends of the Square, Keep Prince William Beautiful, and other Prince William County partners to keep the stream corridor near the Bull Run Shopping Center clean under Prince William SWCD's Adopt-A-Stream program. Great for student community service hours. Light refreshment will be provided. Volunteers should come dressed for the weather, with boots and clothes they don't mind getting dirty. Learn more and RSVP to Prince William SWCD .
Community Events
Soak It Up: Stormwater Solutions for Homeowners Workshop 
When: Saturday, February 2, 10:00am-12:00pm
Where: Mason District Governmental Center, Annandale VA
This workshop will include an overview of many practices to help manage runoff on your property, including rain gardens, dry wells, conservation landscaping, and pervious pavers. Information on local incentive programs will be provided as well. Free. Learn more about the program and register here .

How Recycling Works in Fairfax County
When: Tuesday, February 12, 7:30pm
Where: Thompson Center, Alexandria VA
This lecture hosted by the Kingstowne Cares Conservation Club features Erica Carter, Fairfax County Recycling Coordinator and discusses how recycling works in Fairfax County. Free event. Send questions to Jessica Bowser and visit Kingstowne Cares Conservation Club on facebook .

Butterflies and Blossoms: Larval Host Plants and the Lepidoptera that Eat Them
When: Thursday, February 14, 7:30-9:00pm
Where: Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria VA
Join the Potowmack Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society in learning about native butterflies and what to plant to feed them. Expert field botanist and VNPS Potowmack Chapter member Margaret Chatham will present. Learn more about the event from the Virginia Native Plant Society .

Plant Pollinators 
When: Sunday, February 17, 3:30-6:30pm
Where: Manassas Community Park Center, Manassas VA
Join the Prince William Wildflower Society and guest speaker Heather Holm, award-winning author of a variety of native plant topics in discussing plant pollinators. Learn more about the event from the Virginia Native Plant Society .

PWC Native Plant Symposium for Beginners
When: Saturday, February 23, 9:00am-2:00pm
Where: Mc Coart Administration Building, Woodbridge VA
Whether you are new to native plants and what they can do for your property or looking for alternative landscaping ideas, this event is for you! Let us help you stop mowing and get going on your dream landscape. The cost of the event is $15 and covers coffee and donuts, lunch, and materials. Learn more and register for the event here .

Prince William Balancing Natives and Ornamentals in Your Garden
When: Saturday, February 23, 1:00-3:00pm
Where: Old Historic Manassas Courthouse, Manassas VA
This lecture from the Master Gardeners of Prince William Education Committee discusses the benefits of native plants and features 25 specimen plants. The lecture is led by Keith Tomlinson of Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. This is a free program, but please register by  email  or call 703-792-7747.

Rain Gardens for Homeowners Workshop 
When: Saturday, March 2, 10:00am-12:00pm
Where: Mason District Governmental Center, Annandale VA
Come to this workshop to learn about designing and planting a rain garden at your home! Free. Learn more about the program and register here .

Vernal Pools 
When: Sunday, March 3, 2:00pm
Where: Mount Vernon Government Center, Alexandria VA
Join us and learn about vernal pools, what they are, and why they are important. Our guest speaker is Karen Sheffield, Manager at Huntley Meadows Park. Hosted by the Friends of Dyke Marsh . View the event flyer for more information.

Helping Your Stream Through Citizen Science
When: Sunday, March 10, 2:00-5:00pm
Where: Chapman DeMary Trail, Purcellville VA
Join Loudoun Wildlife for a stream-side demonstration and discussion examining how citizen science surveys can be used to assess local stream quality. You will see how biomonitoring surveys are conducted. You will have a chance to look at the data and at aquatic macroinvertebrates. We will discuss how the data is analyzed and how it can be used to improve our streams. At the end, you will have the opportunity to sign up for a spring survey, led by one of Loudoun Wildlife’s citizen science stream monitoring teams. Registration is limited, RSVP to Loudoun Wildlife .

Prince William Master Gardener Basics of Gardening Series
When: Saturdays, 1:00-4:00pm (Jan 12, Feb 16, Mar 9)
Where: Chinn Park Regional Library, Woodbridge VA
This series of three individual classes will allow you to discover the science behind gardening. Topics will focus on research-based knowledge of plant and soil health, right plant, right place, plant profiles, pest management and best practices for sustainable landscapes. Taught by Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers and Staff. Offered in partnership with Chinn Park Regional Library staff. We greatly appreciate their support. This is a free program, but please register by  email or call 703-792-7747. Space is limited.

Prince William Master Gardener Vegetable Gardening Series
When: Saturdays, 10:15am-1:15pm (Feb 16, Feb 23, Mar 2)
Where: Haymarket-Gainesville Library, Haymarket VA
Growing our own food, using nature as a guide and incorporating sustainable practices is good for our bodies and good for the earth. This series of 3 classes cover the essential topics — planning the garden, using organic sustainable techniques to develop healthy productive gardens, and growing good garden soil. These practices are on display at our Teaching Garden in Bristow and showcased in our Saturday in the Garden programs. Taught by the Master Gardener Cook’s Garden Team. This is a free program, but please register by  email  or call 703-792-7747.
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