Nature Walks

Monthly Nature Walks - Discover Nature's Secrets

The Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board hosts a series of monthly nature walks the last Sunday of every month (unless otherwise noted). The walks at held at the Chapman DeMary Trail and start at 1 p.m. The Purcellville Arts Council and the Tree and Environment Sustainability Committee support many of these activities. 

DISCOVER CREEK CRITTERS OF THE CATOCTIN ON SUNDAY, MARCH 24 AT THE CHAPMAN DEMARY TRAIL!

Creek Critters of the Catoctin imageCome to the Chapman DeMary Trail at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 24 to discover creek critters of the Catoctin Creek with the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s Stream Team! Learn about creek critters, help find and identify them, and find out how they help determine the health of the stream. This event, co-hosted by the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the Tree and Environment Sustainability Committee, is free and open to the public. 

Please register online in advance! 

The South Fork of the Catoctin Creek, part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, runs along the Chapman DeMary Trail. Some of the critters that live in the creek include water penny larvae, dragonfly nymphs, mayfly nymphs, crayfish, hellgrammites, and clams. Some of these can tolerate polluted waters, and some cannot. 

Before you join us, be sure to go on the Winter Trivia Walk at the Chapman DeMary Trail and get all the answers. Bring your completed answer sheet with you on March 24 to get a drawstring backpack. Copies of the trivia walk sheet are at the trail. 

The Chapman DeMary Trail is a 10-acre area considered to be the last stand of old-growth forest in the Town of Purcellville. It runs along the South Fork Catoctin Creek, part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The area is open to the public for environmental recreation, exploration, and education. The Town of Purcellville holds the conservation easement for this privately-owned property. The entrance and parking for the Chapman DeMary Trail is behind the building at 205 East Hirst Road in Purcellville.

Discover Natures Secrets 2024 Schedule (1)

Nature Trivia Walks

Each season, walk the Chapman DeMary Trail to find seasonal markers with trivia questions about nature.  Follow the instructions below to win a prize!

  • Winter Nature Trivia Walk 2024Go to the Chapman DeMary Trail
  • Pick up the Winter Nature Trivia Walk sheet at the kiosk (or use the version on this page)
  • Walk the trail to find the 10 markers with a nature trivia question; from January - March, the questions relate to winter 
  • Write the answers to the 10 questions in the spaces 
  • Bring this sheet to the nature walks held at the Chapman DeMary Trail on January 28, February 25, or March  24 to win a prize
  • Walks start at 1 p.m.
  • One prize per person

About the Chapman DeMary Trail

The Chapman DeMary Trail is a 10-acre area considered to be the last stand of old-growth forest in the Town of Purcellville. It runs along the South Fork Catoctin Creek, part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The area is open to the public for environmental recreation, exploration, and education. The Town of Purcellville holds the conservation easement for this privately-owned property. The entrance and parking for the Chapman DeMary Trail is behind the building at 205 East Hirst Road in Purcellville.

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