(BSW) April 11 fieldtrip to Turkey Run
- April 5, 2009
This is my plan for 11 April 2009 for Turkey Run Park, weather willing.
Meet in parking lot C1 at 9:30 a.m. If there are not enough parking spots
in C1, park in C2. You can walk from C2 to C1 through the picnic area.
There are restrooms in the picnic area.
As a group, we'll pool our knowledge, stop at 11 designated stops, discuss
each stop, and update Park worksheets.
We'll need people to be in charge of lists for Invertebrates, Vertebrates,
Dicots 1, Dicots 2, Dicots 3, Dicots 4, Monocots, Nonflowering Plants,
etc. I'll put the worksheets (lists) and the vegetation map online later
this week. This is an active-learning exercise.
Green cheers, Edd Barrows
Stop 1. Orientation. Successional Tuliptree Forest (Circumneutral Type)
(Community 25), parking lot and picnic area.
Stop 2. Dry Mesic Chestnut Oak Northern Red Oak Forest (Community 3).
Stop 3. An Embarrassment of Riches. Rich Boulderfield Forest (Community
Stop 4. Go West People! Community 10, slope east of Turkey Run.
Stop 5. Moss Madness (Community 10).
Stop 6. Repeated Richness. Rich Cove Mesic Slope Forest (Twinleaf Blue
Cohosh Type) (Community 7)
Stop 7. Slopes Revisited (Community 10).
Stop 8. Community 7, small stream.
Stop 9. Thrilling Trillum Treat (Community 7).
Stop 10. Pink Perfection (Rich Floodplain Forest) (Community 13).
Stop 11. Colonists near Long Island (Silver Maple Floodplain Forest, many
rock chairs, a lunch site) (Community 14)
On your own, hike west across Dead Run to the American Legion Bridge
wonderful cliffs, even some caves.
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Map of Turkey Run Park showing trails and parking:
(Not as clear as would be nice as it is from a picture taken of the map
behind glass at the C-1 parking area.)
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Turkey Run Park is located in McLean, Virginia, two miles off the Capital
Beltway (Interstate 495) on the George Washington Memorial Parkway (GWMP).
* From I-495 (The Beltway) - Take exit 43. Follow GWMP for 2 miles to
the Turkey Run Park exit on the right. Follow signs into the park.
* From Washington, D.C. and Old Town Alexandria: Take the GWMP
northbound. Take a right-hand exit at the Turkey Run Park sign just after
the Parkway Headquarters/U.S. Park Police Substation. Make first right
turn into the park.
From Chain Bridge; Right onto Rt. 123. Right onto the GWMP. Take a
right-hand exit at the Turkey Run Park sign just after the Parkway
Headquarters/U.S. Park Police Substation, which is just beyond the exit
for the CIA. Make first right turn into the park. Parking area C-1 will
be the first parking area on the left.