Virginia Bluebells will be stars of an upcoming event.
The annual Bluebell Festival is taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 14.
Held at Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Nokesville, the free program will show off the bluebells that grow along the Cedar Run shore.
Participants will also have an opportunity to meet with area organizations. They are encouraged to wear long pants and sturdy shoes.
Tours will be offered, starting at 10:20 a.m. and continuing until 3 p.m.
Below, is the tour schedule:
- 10:20 a.m.: Dave Larson; PWCA – Birding the Bluebell Trail
- 10:40 a.m.: Anna Ritter; Bull Run Mountain Conservancy – Plant communities in the floodplain
- 11 a.m.: Kevin Parker; PWCA – A Home for Every Bird
- 11:20 a.m.: Bill Olson, Jannell Bryant; PWCA and Historic PW – History and habitats in the woods at Green Level Cemetry
- 11:40 a.m.: Julie Flanagan; New Earth Photography – Native trees, forest ecosystems
- 12:00 p.m.: Rachel Habig-Myers; PWCA – Easy Winter Tree ID
- 12:20 p.m.: Valerie Huelsman; PWC Forest Pest Management – How do bugs affect forest health?
- 12:40 p.m.: Eli Hosen; PWCA – People and Nature
- 1 p.m.: Charlie Grymes; PWCA – Floodplain ecology
- 1:20 p.m.: Larry Meade; NoVA Bird Club – Things that fly: Birds, butterflies and dragonflies
- 1:40 p.m.: Nancy Vehrs; Prince William Wildflower Society – Woodland wildflowers and other native plants
- 2 p.m.: Jim Klackowicz; Friends of Leesylvania State Park – Riparian Ecosystems
- 2:20 p.m.: Jim McGlone; VA Dept. of Forestry – Forest Ecosystems
- 3 p.m.: Judy Gallagher; PWCA/VA Master Naturalists – Wildflowers, bees and other pollinators
Marine Corps Base Quantico, Prince William Conservation Alliance and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries are supporting the festival.