Green happenings: Charlottesville environmental news and events

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David Via inspects a mushroom found on a foraging outing in the George Washington National Forest. Photo: Graelyn Brashear David Via inspects a mushroom found on a foraging outing in the George Washington National Forest. Photo: Graelyn Brashear

Each week, C-VILLE’s Green Scene page takes a look at local environmental news. The section’s bulletin board has information on local green events and keeps you up to date on statewide happenings. Got an event or a tip you’d like to see here and in the paper? Write us at news@c-ville.com. 

Fun guys: Love mushrooms? Want to learn how to forage for your own? Join Mark Jones of Sharondale Farm for an expedition on Saturday, June 29. Meet at 8:30am at Piedmont Virginia Community College for an introduction to the area’s seasonal wild mushrooms, and then pile into a few cars to find your own in the woods. Don’t forget a knife, magnifying glass, and field guide. For more information, contact PVCC at (434) 961-5354.

Good night: If catching lightning bugs is at the top of your list of favorite summer activities, check out next Tuesday’s event at the Ivy Creek Foundation Natural Area. Join your fellow insect lovers (children included) at 8:30pm on Tuesday, July 2 for a night-time talk about the biologies of fireflies and moths. Don’t forget a flashlight, so you can try your hand at luring the bugs in.

No artificial colors: On Saturday, June 29, join Pat Brodowski for a two-hour workshop on how to create and use natural dyes. Bring a t-shirt or piece of wool and learn how to make dyes from plants like indigo, goldenrod, and onion. Crafters of all ages are welcome. For more information check out http://www.monticello.org/site/visit/events/natural-plant-dyes-workshop.

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