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Banshee Reeks, located in Leesburg, Virginia, was established as a nature preserve in 1999. The preserve is 725-acres with a variety of nature trails that are great for birding or just observing nature. It has a great diversity of habitats ranging from wetlands and ponds to mixed hardwood forests of oak and hickory to wonderful meadows laden with milkweed, goldenrod and thistle. Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and its members played an important role in establishing Banshee as a passive preserve, home to wildlife and refuge for all. Learn more.
Loudoun County hosts a nonprofit grant program annually. The County’s Parks, Recreation, and Community Services department manages over 1,700 acres of open space, more than 60 miles of trails and 27 parks (including three regional parks) throughout Loudoun County. The Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Advisory Board and Linear Parks and Trails Subcommittee engage the public for comments and feedback on many projects that include conservation considerations.
Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) is the third largest school division in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Established in 1870, LCPS is located in the rapidly growing Washington metro-area. LCPS serves more than 83,000 students in 94 facilities.
In the late 1950’s, the Northern Virginia Planning District Commission and a group of citizens from several local jurisdictions came together to protect Northern Virginia’s rich heritage of woods, meadows, lakes and streams from the threat of suburban sprawl. These citizens, working with their local governments–Fairfax County, Arlington County and the City of Falls Church–organized under the Virginia Park Authorities Act in 1959 as the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NVRPA). They came together to plan, acquire develop and operate a system of regional parks for all Northern Virginians to enjoy. Today, NOVA Parks (as the organization came to be known in 2014) represents three counties and three cities — Arlington County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, the City of Alexandria, the City of Falls Church and the City of Fairfax. NOVA Parks staff, volunteer board members appointed from each jurisdiction and many friends of the regional parks working together have preserved over 12,000 acres of the rolling and wooded Virginia countryside.
The Parks and Recreation Division hosts a series of monthly nature walks, held the last Sunday of each month primarily at the Chapman DeMary Trail and the Sue Kane Nature Preserve. The walks and other activities are posted on their Facebook page.
“If my first glance of the morning was for the sun, my first thought was for the butterflies it would engender.”