Green happenings: Charlottesville environmental news and events

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Join your fellow nature enthusiasts at the Ivy Creek Natural Center this weekend for a butterfly ID walk through the woods. File photo. Join your fellow nature enthusiasts at the Ivy Creek Natural Center this weekend for a butterfly ID walk through the woods. File photo.

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. 

Winged beauties: The Ivy Creek Foundation’s Mike Scott will lead a butterfly walk at 1pm Sunday, July 28. Meet in the Ivy Creek Foundation’s Education Center to learn butterfly ID skills before heading out on the Natural Area’s trails to spot brilliant butterflies in the wild. 

Day tripping: Wild Virginia is gearing up for another of its outings, this time to the Massanutten area of the George Washington National Forest on Sunday, July 28. Potomac Appalachian Trail Club hike leader Michael Seth will lead the trip, a six-mile out-and-back hike starting from Cub Run Road that will see about 1,300′ of elevation gain, and take hikers through native-tree forests, up to Kaylor Knob, across some streams, and to a swimming hole. Register at www.wildvirginia.org.

More mushrooms: The Restoring our Local Food System Seminar Series, a partnership of the Piedmont Environmental Council and several local farms, continues Tuesday, August 6 with a talk at Rebecca’s Natural Foods by mushroom growing expert Mark Jones of Sharondale Farm who will discuss ways to incorporate mushrooms and fungi into gardens and small farms using ecological design principles.

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