Winter Solstice Walk

posted Nov 18, 2013, 11:36 AM by Marty Nielsen

Sunday December 15, 2013

 10:00am - 3:00pm  

Field trip co-sponsored by the Maryland Native Plant Society, Potowmack Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society, Botanical Society of Washington, and Mattawoman Watershed Society

 Leaders: Rod Simmons, Jim Long, John Burke, Alan Ford, Richard Murray, Carole Bergmann, and Greg Zell

Celebrate the winter season at Chapman Forest (Chapman State Park) with its spectacular scenery and remarkable diversity of native plants, wildlife, and natural communities. 

Field trip is free and open to non-members.  Registration is not required.

For ARMN members, this event will apply towards advanced training hours in botany, dendrology, forest ecology, and geology.

Bring: Wear sturdy shoes and bring lunch or snacks and water.  Most of the walk traverses rolling, fairly open forest along trails, though some steep grades will occasionally be encountered.

Directions: Take Indian Head Highway (Rt. 210) south from Capital Beltway (495).  Proceed south on Rt. 210 for app. 15 miles.  Continue on Rt. 210 past the Rt. 227 intersection at Bryans Road (McDonald's, Burger King, and shopping center on right and a builders supply will be on left) and start looking for Chapman Landing Road on right.  Take half right on Chapman Landing Road and proceed a couple of miles to entrance to Mount Aventine (Chapman State Park) on right.  Park and meet in parking lot at entrance gate (additional parking is available along the shoulder of Chapman Landing Road, though please be mindful of the neighboring residents and careful not to damage the road edges when parking).

*Field trip cancelled for heavy-steady snow, sleet, or pouring rain, but not for snow flurries or drizzling rain.