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The site of Lord Fairfax’s Belvoir Manor near Fairfax Village. Inset: an artist’s rendering of the manor.

Since 1994, National Public Lands Day has been celebrated as the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands. National Public Lands Day falls on Sept. 26 this year, but many events have been upended by the pandemic and social distancing requirements. Although how we celebrate National Public Lands Day must be different this year, it is important we continue to celebrate and improve outdoor space, so many of us have relied on, during quarantine.

This year, DPW Environmental is adapting. For the first time, DPW Environmental will host a virtual event, a series of weekly talks on our Facebook page, found at FortBelvoirEnvironmental.

These talks will discuss a recent National Public Lands Day project funded by the National Environmental Education Foundation and includes natural and cultural resources topics. Tune in later in the week for an at-home activity that relates to the information we shared.

Monday-Sept. 18 Pollinators, Pollinator Gardens

A natural resources specialist discusses the importance of pollinators and how pollinator gardens support their conservation. Learn more about the pollination process and how flowers attract pollinators.

Sept. 21-25 Belvoir Manor, Fairfax family history

A cultural resources specialist discusses the history of Belvoir’s namesake, Belvoir Manor. Match the artifact fragments with the artifact they came from to learn more about the objects that would have been on site.

Sept. 28-Oct. 2 A complete, Fort Belvoir history

A cultural resources specialist discusses the history of Belvoir before and after the Fairfax family. Look at stratigraphy to learn how archaeologists decipher the order of historical events and artifacts.

Oct. 5-9 Erosion, cultural resources preservation

A natural resources specialist discusses erosion; how trail misuse accelerates erosion; and how erosion prevention protects cultural resources. Try a home experiment to see how erosion moves soil and rocks across the landscape.

Other opportunities

Looking for more virtual National Public Lands Day opportunities? Visit neefusa.org for event examples and volunteer opportunities.