Come with us to visit the "Wild Places" of Prince William County. We are helping scientists and researchers by recording the biodiversity of species of plants, animals and fungi in our community.
We will teach you how to use the iNaturalist App, if you don't know how already and also utilize the "Seek" App to scavenger hunt. These will be mini "bioblitzes". Bio blitzes are short period of intensive recording of all living things in an area.
This is a great activity for kids and adults. Kids are amazing at spotting wildlife.
Come join us, become a citizen scientist, help scientists and researchers and enjoy the outdoors.
Cameras, Phone, Action!
Join us 1-2:20ish for Prince William Forest Park's Open Day. Later, 2:30-3:30pm, the park is hosting a commemorative event (https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?id=0C04C3F1-F92F-098F-0E6713866DAEC9F7) at the Nature Center.
Prince William Forest Park is a beautiful jewel in Northern Virginia with a rich history and rich biodiversity. Our plan is to make observations on the trails around Turkey Run Education Center. Last week, we observed twin fawns, magnificent mushrooms and beguiling wildflowers in the park.
We will start by showing you how to use the iNaturalist app and the Seek app and then we will pick a trail, explore and make observations. Come join us and lets see what amazing wildlife we can find!
Bring your fully charged mobile phone and external batteries if you have them. Please make sure that you have loaded iNaturalist and the "Seek" App (by iNaturalist) onto your phone. We will teach you how to use the apps when you arrive.
Bring water, bug spray, hats, sunscreen, snacks with you. Check in to see if the event is cancelled due to inclimate weather.
Address for Park Entrance:
18170 Park Entrance Road, Triangle, VA[masked]https://www.nps.gov/prwi/planyourvisit/directions.htm
Then follow signs to Turkey Run Education Center-
Left onto Scenic Dr. Follow for quite awhile. Turn left onto Turkey Run Rd (right where Scenic Dr. becomes one way (AVOID getting on Scenic Dr. at that point or you will have to go all the way around!)
Turkey Run Rd will go to the right when it meets up with Scenic Dr. again (Scenic Drive is a loop).
Learn more about our Virginia Master Naturalist chapter at https://merrimacfarmvmn.wixsite.com/mysite