Hickory Hollow New Year’s Day walk modified for 2021

For the past several years, the Northern Neck chapters of the National Audubon Society (NNAS), Virginia Native Plant Society (NNNPS) and the Virginia Master Naturalists (NNMN) have sponsored a New Year’s Day walk at Hickory Hollow Natural Area Preserve in Lancaster County.

Longtime NNNPS member Nick Ferriter and his wife, Jackie, started the walk several years ago and a few years back, the NNNPS began offering guided walks to the public to get people outside and welcome in the New Year with nature. Led by knowledgeable NNNPS members, the walks became a well-attended adventure for all, reported Kevin Howe, past president of NNNPS, vice president of NNAS and one of the “tour guides.”

A walk in the woods at Hickory Hollow is a delightful way to welcome the New Year, and what better place than in one of the four Natural Area Preserves in the Northern Neck, said Howe. This walk is held on New Year’s Day every year, in part to get the members and public outside in nature.

Little did anyone know that this year’s pandemic would make getting outside even more welcoming, but just not in a group, he said.

“Sadly, we cannot accommodate…

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