October 2020 Update

At the bottom of this page, please see the short article on­­­­­ butterflies, and share it as widely as possible.

Are you on Facebook? Please share our posts! Our volunteers post very interesting material daily. We appreciate the “likes,” but if you want to help spread the word, please make a habit of sharing the posts to your timeline regularly.

Mini grants available for pollinator gardens and for bee-friendly farming in Loudoun and Prince William Counties! (Despite the program’s title, this is for both counties.) Act fast - the program opened 10/14/2020.

Microsoft is sponsoring this short term grant program. You need to gather a team of interested people and demonstrate that you have a plan, at which point they will give you the money (assuming they didn't spend it all on other people's projects already). Get started here. Details here.

Ask the Experts We continue our series of interactive videoconferences in which you can ask landscape designers for advice on improving your native plantings. Submit your questions and photos ahead of time if you can. Register on our website.

· Wednesday, October 21, 7:00 pm – Ana Ka’ahanui, Capital Nature

o Topic: Using iNaturalist as an engagement tool

· Thursday, October 22, 11:00 am – Barbara Ryan, Chain Bridge Native Landscapes

o Topic: Planning a pollinator landscape

· Wednesday, November 11, Noon – Adele Kuo, Deco Footprint

o Topic: Foundation plantings

Recordings of seven previous “Ask the Expert” events can be viewed on this YouTube playlist.

Create self-guided tours of your community or park – Mobile-friendly StoryMap tours can help you engage your neighbors in the native plant movement by showing them the life that surrounds them. Here is an example using Chapel Road Park. Email plantnovanatives@gmail.com if you would like a volunteer to help you make one for your community.

Volunteers needed to help with the above project. J The software is quite user-friendly. Email plantnovanatives@gmail.com.