A beautiful day. Kayaks await and the water is calling.
The group is ready to set out!
Steve Bunker, director of conservation programs for the Maryland/DC Chapter, shows the group a map of protected areas around Nanjemoy Creek.
Nanjemoy Creek has been called the Potomac River's "green thumb” — about 80 percent of the Nanjemoy watershed remains forested.
Since establishing Nanjemoy Creek Preserve in 1978, The Nature Conservancy has worked to assemble a jig-saw of forested areas, helping conserve more than 3,510 acres to date.
The preserve was established to protect a large breeding colony of great blue herons that returns here every February. On this day on the water, herons were in evidence, along with bald eagles and red tailed hawks.
Kate Arion is the Conservancy's community engagement specialist for Maryland/DC. Not a bad day at the office.
Our Nanjemoy project area covers more than 48,000, offering a rare opportunity to save and restore an enormous block of intact forest.
A fallen log blocked the path, but a little heave-ho team work kept everyone on the move.
Local farmer and naturalist Calvert R. Posey, Nanjemoy's site manager for many years, kept a detailed — though by no means complete — field journal listing 48 tree species, 86 wildflowers (including rare Virginia wild ginger), and numerous creatures: snakes, skinks and salamanders, to name a few.
The Conservancy’s ultimate goal is to protect a forested ecosystem large enough to function as nature intended, encompassing most, if not all, of the area's common and rare species.
Raccoons, bobcats, skunks, squirrels and migratory songbirds inhabit Nanjemoy's woods; otters swim the creek; and the rare dwarf wedgemussel (found in only 20 sites worldwide) thrives in the sandy-mud bottom of stream banks.
The preserve is just one special feature of the Nanjemoy Project Area, a recreational dream.
A perfect way to spend a summer Saturday - learning more about the natural world while moving through it.
Kayaking Nanjemoy Creek
A day on the water connects people to nature and each other.