PROJECTS at LEOPOLD'S PRESERVE
The variety of successional stages, moisture regimes, elevations, and species assemblages present at Leopold's Preserve allows us to showcase a wonderful diversity of Piedmont habitats, from meadows to wetlands to old-growth forests. To provide further educational opportunities about this area's habitats, we are working to transform this former farm field into a representative oak-hickory savanna. Watch this space as we continue making progress towards this long-term goal!
We are working to restore several meadows in the Preserve, with the ultimate goal of increasing habitat for birds and pollinators. These meadows also offer an excellent teaching opportunity about succession, habitat connectivity, and ecological restoration. Through careful application of prescribed fire, mechanical and chemical treatments, and native seeding, we are moving away from invasive and nuisance species in these meadows and fostering conditions for native plants and wildlife to thrive.
HIKE WITH A NATURALIST
We love working alongside our partners to accomplish shared goals. Hike With a Naturalist at Leopold's Preserve is a long-running program that stems from a partnership between the White House Farm Foundation and the Bull Run Mountains Conservancy. Our partners at the BRMC lead themed naturalist hikes each month that focus on seasonal themes throughout the Preserve, helping to educate visitors about Piedmont wildlife and ecosystems. Every hike is free and open to the public. To view our schedule and register for upcoming events, click here.