[BSW] MNPS Field Trip: Winter Solstice Walk and Hooley, 18 Dec 2011 (fwd)

Kathy Bilton kathy at fred.net
Sun Dec 4 15:13:21 GMT 2011

>From MNPS:

MNPS Field Trip: Winter Solstice Walk and Hooley
18 Dec 2011 10:00 AM 
Chapman Forest

Leaders: Rod Simmons and Jim Long
Sponsors: MNPS, VNPS Potowmack Chapter, Mattawoman Watershed Society,
Botanical Society of Washington

Celebrate the winter season in Chapman Forest with its spectacular scenery
and remarkable diversity of native trees. We will mainly walk the highland
areas above the deep ravines and bluffs along the Potomac River from the
section near Glymont to historic Mount Aventine. This is a regionally unique
meeting ground for plants with a primary range in the inner piedmont and
mountains and those of the coastal plain. Anticipating the MNPS Year of the
Oak in 2012, we will see as many as 18 species of oaks, including ancient
pagoda, chinquapin, and northern red oaks, plus ancient beech, 3 hickory
species, 2 hackberry species, the National Champion basswood, slippery elm,
white ash, ancient sassafras, Virginia hop-hornbeam, bladdernut, and many
others. Also a variety of birds such as red-headed woodpecker,
yellow-bellied sapsucker, hermit thrush, wood duck, and bald eagle.
Cancelled for heavy-steady snow, sleet, or pouring rain, but not for snow
flurries or drizzling rain.

Registration is not required.
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 on
right.  Park and meet in parking lot at entrance gate.

More information and online registration (optional): MNPS Field Trip: Winter
Solstice Walk and Hooley

Best regards,
Maryland Native Plant Society

Questions? Contact Karyn Molines mnps at chesapeake.net

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