January 2019
Watershed Calendar
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The date originally listed for the EQAC Public was incorrect, and has been corrected below. We also heard about some more opportunities you're sure to love, so here's an extra addition to our most recent Watershed Calendar!
Community Events
Environmental Quality Advisory Council (EQAC) Public Hearing
When: Wednesday, January 9, 7:30pm
Where : Fairfax County Government Center, Fairfax
EQAC provides advice to the Board of Supervisors through its Annual Report on the Environment and through resolutions and positions resulting from discussions at EQAC's monthly meetings. EQAC recommendations typically focus on improvement of the County's efforts in environmental protection and enhancement; they also can address legislative issues as well as state, regional, and federal matters. Environmental issues considered by EQAC include water quality, air quality, noise, hazardous materials, solid waste, stream valley protection, deer management, light pollution, visual pollution, and the use and preservation of ecological resources.
Each year EQAC holds a public hearing to obtain input on issues of environmental concern. The public is encouraged to attend and share views on the state of the environment and to identify any environmental issues applicable to Fairfax County. To learn about the upcoming EQAC meeting, or to submit a video testimony, please visit the EQAC website .

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
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
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.

Prince William Balancing Natives and Ornamentals in Your Garden
When: Saturday,  February 23, 1:00-3:00pm
Where : Old Historic Manassas Courthouse, Manassas
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.
Jobs, Grants, and More!
Join Fairfax Master Naturalists
Deadline: Friday, January 18, 2019
You can make a difference in our community by becoming a Master Naturalist volunteer! The Virginia Master Naturalist program trains volunteers to provide education, citizen science and outreach to help conserve and steward natural resources and public lands. Master Naturalist volunteers gain certification through state-approved natural history courses. Recognized experts in a wide range of disciplines such as ecology, botany, herpetology, ornithology, forest and aquatic ecosystems and much more provide fun and interactive training. Volunteers must commit to at least 40 hours of service and an additional 8 hours of continuing education annually to become certified. Fairfax Master Naturalists (FMN) will be holding training this spring, beginning February 21 to May 16, 2019 on Thursday evenings, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Fairfax County Government Center. Four Saturday field trips (March 9, April 20, April 27 and May 4) are scheduled at parks around the area. Applications are due Friday, January 18, 2019. Learn more and complete an application here .