Free Conservation workshop for Loudoun residents – learn to collaborate with hoas

Get inspired on Nov 17th @ 12pm: Make your neighborhood a better home for butterflies and birds!

Butterflies will be back next spring – will your community be ready for them?
Take 30 min. to learn about a free program from the Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS) called “Greening Your Neighborhood”. Made specifically for Loudoun County HOAs and Condo Associations, learn how ANS can help you, residents, and Board members, enhance your community to be even more ecologically sustainable. This FREE program can give you the resources and skills you need to plan and lead a conservation project. ANS will be a resource for you as you complete a project in your community before June 2022 and drive real change right at home.

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Enter the VMN Photo Contest by Friday, July 21, 2017 Last Chance!

FacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailWe’ve extended the deadline for photo submission to the 2017 Statewide VMN Photo Contest, to this Friday, July 21! We’re looking for interesting and creative pictures to represent the Banshee Reeks Chapter in the upcoming contest at the VMN Statewide Conference.

Chapters may submit one photo each to three separate categories:

  • Virginia flora, fauna and other species
  • Virginia landscapes and habitats
  • Virginia Master Naturalists in Action

If you think you have what it takes to represent the Banshee Reeks Chapter, please submit your digital photos to and include the following:

  • Date of photo
  • Species in the photo, if applicable
  • Location of photo taken

The VMN Board will choose one photo for each category, and those photos will go on to represent Banshee Reeks Chapter in the contest.

Due Date Extended to Friday, July 21!  Submit your photos Today!Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Journey Through Hallowed Ground Native Plant Trail Dedication Ceremony at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve


Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017

Time: 11 am

Join community members and volunteers to celebrate the dedication of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Living Legacy Project native tree planting at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve in Leesburg, VA. The Living Legacy Project commemorates the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. Dedication will feature comments from local dignitaries, patriotic music, and time to tour the Living Legacy planting.

Ninety-five trees were planted at Banshee Reeks, through a partnership with Loudoun County and the Virginia Master Naturalist Program. All trees are native species and include white oak, sassafras, black gum, and Virginia’s state tree – flowering dogwood.

Through this program, one tree will be planted for each of the 620,000 soldiers who died during one of the most defining moments in American history. Upon completion, the Project will create the first 180-mile landscaped allée in the world, and the only one dedicated to memorializing the American Civil War.

For more information about the preserve, visit