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Habitat Workshop
Habitat Training for Plant NOVA Natives Campaign

FREE--Space is Limited

September 7, 2016, Wednesday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at  Hidden Oaks Nature Center (Room TBA) 7701 Royce Street, Annandale, VA 22003

This workshop is being offered to Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners, VA Native Plant Society members and other volunteer associated with the PLANT NOVA NATIVES Campaign (www.plantnovanatives.org) who agree to help plan and participate in a new habitat project that will be installed at the Hidden Oaks Nature Center (7701 Royce St., Annandale, VA 22003) on Thursday, October 13, 2016 (Rain Date Thursday, October 20).


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The VALUE of a Native Plant Habitat Demonstration Project

There’s a great need to educate urban and suburban residents about planting good habitat that will support pollinators and other wildlife species.  As you’ve likely discovered in your interactions with the public, most people are unaware of the difference between native and non-native plants, and they also do not typically know which native plants are most important to wildlife diversity and ecological health.  A “demonstration” habitat is a living example of the types of native plants that will grow well in a particular area and that will provide food and cover for insects, birds, amphibians and other wildlife.  Once the habitat is established, it is an invaluable tool where you can lead walks and do presentations on a wide variety of topics to many different audiences.  Because the habitat changes throughout the seasons, it is also very effective at illustrating how a native plant landscape can be an attractive feature over the course of a year while providing multiple benefits.

Workshop TOPICS

  • Habitat Overview—the needs of wildlife and primary elements that will support greater species diversity.
  • Field Exercise – site assessment of existing habitat features, to include brainstorming potential improvements for people and wildlife.
  • Drawing Exercise – conceptual mapping of landscape elements that will improve/restore habitat on the site and can be used to facilitate educational objectives.  The class will ‘vote’ on a design and associated plant list that can be used after the training to make the final plant purchase for the project.
  • Group Planning— we’ll include time for discussion of implementation timeline and associated education programming.


The Plant NOVA Natives Campaign and the DGIF Habitat Partners© Program are collaborating to implement a permanent native plant demonstration garden at Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Fairfax County.  The DGIF Habitat Partners© Program expects to purchase the plants for this project, pending completion of an MOU.

The workshop is open to volunteers who are part of the Plant NOVA Natives Campaign who will commit to assisting with installation of the habitat and conducting education programs in the habitat after its implementation.    Participants can include Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners, Virginia Native Plant Society members, Audubon at Home Ambassadors, Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy members, and other members of the Plant NOVA Natives partnership.

There is NO FEE to attend, but we ask that in exchange for the training, you agree to assist with the October 13 planting project (rain date October 20) at Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Annandale, VA and subsequently provide assistance (at least once a year) with programming at the Center that supports the Plant NOVA Natives Campaign objectives.

Workshop will be held RAIN OR SHINE.

Participants will receive the following:

1)                Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping—USFWS booklet;
2)                Pollinator Habitat Fact Sheets from Xerces Society;
3)                Other Habitat Planning materials from DGIF;
4)                Certificate of Completion.

You must attend the FULL DAY to receive all materials.

Morning coffee will be provided.  Please BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH; there will not be enough time on the agenda to leave the site for lunch.

Questions?  Contact Carol Heiser at 804-367-6989


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