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MNPS Field Trip (Sunday): Winter Solstice Field Trip & Hooley

  • 12/23/2018
  • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Chapman State Park, Charles County, MD

Sponsoring Organizations: Maryland Native Plant Society, Virginia Native Plant Society Potowmack Chapter, Botanical Society of Washington, Mattawoman Watershed Society

Celebrate the start of the winter season at Chapman State Park with its spectacular scenery and remarkable diversity of native plants, wildlife, and natural communities. This year’s Solstice Field Trip is in memory of Philip Blair, Tom Hollowell, and Gaylan Meyer.

We will visit the old-age forest section from the low river terrace and extensive water-willow shrublands along the Potomac River to the marl cliffs and ravines near Glymont. This section of the park is a regionally unique meeting ground for plants with a primary range in the inner Piedmont and mountains and those of the Coastal Plain.

Leaders: Rod Simmons, Bonnie Bick, Mary Farrah, and Robin Firth


Wear sturdy shoes and bring lunch or snacks and water.  Most of the walk traverses rolling, fairly open forest along trails, though some steep grades will occasionally be encountered. 

Cancellation Policy: In the event of heavy-steady snow, sleet, pouring rain, or icy, dangerous conditions of roads, the field trip will be cancelled and cancellation will be posted on the MNPS website.

Contact for additional information: Anne DeNovo,

Directions: Take Indian Head Highway (Rt. 210) south from Capital Beltway (495).  Proceed south on Rt. 210 for app. 15 miles.  Continue on Rt. 210 past the Rt. 227 intersection at Bryans Road (McDonald's, Burger King, and shopping center on right and large CVS and builders supply will be on left) and start looking for Chapman Landing Road on right.  Take half right on Chapman Landing Road and proceed a couple of miles to entrance to Mount Aventine (Chapman State Park) on right.  Park and meet in small parking lot at entrance gate (additional parking is available along the shoulder of Chapman Landing Road, though please be extra mindful of the neighboring residents and careful not to damage the road edges when parking).

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