[BSW] BSW/MNPS Field Trip: Winter Solstice Walk & Hooley at Chapman Forest, 15 Dec 2013

Kathy Bilton kathy at fred.net
Thu Dec 12 16:58:53 GMT 2013

MNPS Field Trip: Winter Solstice Walk & Hooley at Chapman Forest
15 Dec 2013 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Chapman Forest, Charles County

In the event of heavy-steady snow, sleet, or pouring rain this Sunday or
icy, dangerous conditions of roads, the December 15, 2013 Winter Solstice
Field Trip will be cancelled. 

The rain date for the field trip will be January 19, 2014 at the same time
(details and directions below).  In the event of a rain date for the walk,
the description and route will follow as planned, with the inclusion of
winter evergreens.

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

Sponsors: MNPS, VNPS Potowmack Chapter, Botanical Society of Washington,
Mattawoman Watershed Society

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

This year, we will visit the old-age forest section from the extensive 
Water-willow Shrublands along the Potomac River to the marl cliffs and 
ravines near Glymont.  This section of the park is a fascinating and 
regionally unique meeting ground for plants with a primary range in the 
inner piedmont and mountains and those of the coastal plain.  


Most of the walk traverses rolling, fairly open forest along trails, though
some steep grades will occasionally be encountered.

Cancelled for heavy-steady snow, sleet, or pouring rain, but not for snow
flurries or drizzling rain.

Free field trip.  Registration is not required. 

Bring: Wear sturdy shoes and bring lunch or snacks and water.     
Directions: Take Indian Head Highway (Rt. 210) south fromCapital 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 toentrance 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).

Contact:  Liz Jones, elksjones at aol.com

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