Mason Neck State Park: Visit with Lisa Bright

posted Aug 15, 2014, 1:20 PM by Marty Nielsen

Mason Neck State Park:

Visit with Lisa Bright to one of her favorite places


VNPS programs are free and open to the public, but space on field trips is strictly limited.  


Located on the Mason Neck peninsula, surrounded by Pohick BayBelmont Bay and the Potomac River, this is an especially good place to witness many interesting Coastal wetland plants. We will walk through the trail along the wetland to the pond and to the marsh area to see an amazing variety of Coastal species, including some great patches of  lowbush and highbush blueberry, black huckleberry, swamp doghobble, serviceberry, possumhaw, and VA sweetspire. We will also find pickerel weed, arrow arum, three squares,  rose mallow, cardinal flower, smooth beggarticks, fringed and shallow sedge, sneezeweed, and many others. 

Note: At the entrance to the park, the state charges a parking fee of $5.00 per car. 

Bring a lunch if you would like to join us after the walk for a picnic near the parking lot while we review the list of plants we discovered.

Lisa Bright is co-founder, Executive Director and Dharma Teacher of the Earth Sangha. She has been studying and propagating the native plants of the mid-Atlantic since 2000 and has spent many years collecting seeds from local forests and meadows for the Wild Plant Nursery.  She has covered Mason Neck and many natural areas in our region repeatedly in different seasons over the years, but says she always finds new species overlooked in previous seasons.  

For more information about the Earth Sangha, visit