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Nature Journaling Mondays, Oct. 22 , 3:00pm
Join us for Nature Journaling to fully enjoy Fall as it slowly embraces our woodlands. It’s that time of year when even the leaves become colorful flowers. Sketching and coloring one leaf or a cluster, with colored pencils or paint, is so fun. You can learn about the plant or tree the leaf comes from too. Goldenrods and Asters are still blooming, and feeding local and migrating birds and pollinators. Unexpected guests visit too. On Sept 30, we had a Northern Leopard Frog visit and pose for quite a while. One of the stars of the Fall migration, of course, are the Monarch butterflies. They migrate South from late August to late October. We’ve already been seeing some of these beauties on our Nature Journaling outings and look forward to seeing them through October. Lake Accotink’s pollinator garden is still active so we’ll check it out for Monarch caterpillars, other insects and birds It’s “The Year of the Bird” (, marking the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. So we will keep our eyes and ears open for bird sightings and calls. Bring binoculars along with your art supplies, something to sit on, camera & smart phone. We will meet by the park’s marina and venture forth from there. Please text or call me—Elaine Sevy,[masked], if you can’t find us or have questions (email address is [masked]). Nature Journaling improves your observation skills, helps you become comfortable sketching and painting outdoors, and doing studies that inspire future paintings. Directions to Lake Accotink Park (Don't use GPS devices): Take Springfield/644W exit from I-95, which puts you on Old Keene Mill Road. At 3rd stoplight, turn right on Hanover Rd. Continue on Hanover (through residential section) to Highland Ave. Turn Left. Turn right on Accotink Park Rd. The park entrance is on the left (an industrial area is on the right). Accotink Park Rd. continues here. Take it until you reach the small parking lot past the dam and railroad trestle.

Lake Accotink Park

7500 Accotink Park Road · Springfield, VA

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Let's get together to enjoy plein air (outdoors) painting/sketching and photography, and nature journaling in Lake Accotink Park (Springfield, Virginia) and along Accotink Creek (meandering throughout Northern Virginia). Plein air outings are scheduled throughout the year to allow members the chance to explore creatively the beauty each season offers. Nature Journaling outings are scheduled every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month so members can get up close and personal with Accotink's native plants and animals. The Springfield Art Guild, Friends of Lake Accotink Park and Friends of Accotink Creek formed this partnership to support the visual arts in our community while educating the public about these beautiful local parklands.

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