Monthly Nature Walks


The Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board hosts a series of monthly nature walks the last Sunday of each month. The walks are led by local experts and are free!

Start a Nature Journal on November 27 at the Chapman DeMary Trail!

image for fb eventCome to the Chapman DeMary Trail at 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 27 to start your own nature journal.  The Purcellville Arts Council is co-hosting this nature activity with the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. In addition to supplying the notebooks and colored pencils, members of the Purcellville Arts Council will share tips about how to start a nature journal and how to sketch some items found in nature. Those who already received journaling supplies during the October nature walk or at Hail to the Trail are encouraged to attend this and future nature walks to get a sticker in their journals. Those with six or more stickers from the monthly nature walks through November 2023 will get a prize. Bringing the journal to each nature walk encourages participants to observe, write, draw, and capture the seasonal changes at the Chapman DeMary Trail.

Register online to attend this walk!

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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