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Native Grasslands Conservancy Volunteering

Come learn about a rare ecosystem and help out at the Native Grasslands Conservancy. Randy Pheobus, director of the Conservancy, will provide us with an introduction to his rare and beautiful meadow restoration work. Native grasses abound in this gorgeous and imperiled habitat.

Tasks will vary based on the site's needs that day but will probably include planting and watering native plants. Randy has an interesting nucleus-style of grouping the plantings.

Bring gloves and water. Tools provided. Head-nets and gloves will be available.

It will be hot and buggy. Dress for ticks. This is not a high-tick environment but they do exist here. It is recommended that you wear pants tucked into light colored socks.

The Conservancy is located next to Button Farm Living History Center.

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  • Janette

    It was an excellent day! The seven of us hummed like bees as we each willingly and gratefully did a job to give back to Mother nature. In the end, we established 13 new plots -- which amounts to getting over 40 plants in the ground! Thanks to Richard and Maria, we had plenty of water to give our young underlings a strong start.

    September 9, 2012

  • Janette

    Hi! Our schedule will be:
    9:30 AM -- arrive
    10:00 AM -- begin work on a new planting site
    12:00 -- snack / lunch / debrief / depart

    I suggest sturdy work boots, long socks for ticks (as noted), long sleeves, gloves, sunglasses and / or sunhat. We'll provide a head net for gnats. Please bring water to drink and a snack for yourself. Sometimes we cool down @ McDonald's afterwards and get drinks and / or ice cream. So bring some $ if you'd like to do that. There are many types of bees present in the field, so please refrain from joining us if you're allergic.

    September 7, 2012

    • Joel I. C.

      do you have a web site, and how long will we work, Joel

      September 7, 2012

    • Janette

      Hi Joel, There's a site -- I think you can find it w. google. It has a couple of pictures but little else. As far as the schedule, I'm hoping we can work for two hours, from 10 - 12:00. See above for more detail. Thanks!

      September 7, 2012

  • Janette

    Parking is on the grass, and there's a gravel road as well. Perfectly doable, just wanted drivers to be prepared! Please call or text if you need help finding us: [masked]-0211. We should have a white sign out which says "Native Grassland Conservancy."

    September 7, 2012

  • Janette

    Hi Jules, I'll be leaving from Arlington early, so providing you a ride would be dicey. Others, please note here or contact Jules if you're willing to offer a ride from DC. Jules, thank you for your interest!

    September 7, 2012

  • Jules

    Anyone driving there from the D.C. area. If so, might I be able to catch a ride?

    September 7, 2012

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