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Dragon Run Day is Saturday

The public is invited to join in the fun at the 4th Annual Dragon Run Day on Saturday, October 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Thousand Trails Campground near Glenns in Gloucester County.

With a wealth of rare and unusual species harbored in its pristine waters, the Dragon is a natural treasure worthy of preservation. With the goal of increasing public awareness of this ecologically-critical watershed area, this event features free admission, fascinating hands-on exhibits, presentations, nature walks, demonstrations, and food concessions. 

“We’ve got lots of partners to help us share the Dragon’s natural, cultural and historical heritage,” said coordinator Sara Stamp.

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science will have a touch tank and fish tank, as well as educators to lead the fish printing, animal tracking and seine netting activities.

Virginia BioDiesel Refinery will demonstrate how soybean oil is made into finished biodiesel fuel, and Cardinal Waste Services will demonstrate how trash does, or doesn’t, decompose. 

Sam Motley will have a portable sawmill on site to demonstrate how logs are sawn into lumber. Sullivan’s Pond, a local organic farm, will show how paper is made, and Turtle Island Sanctuary will be on hand with a wildlife rehabilitation exhibit.

In addition to the educational hands-on exhibits, learn about wetlands on one of the marsh tours or take a guided tree-identification walk. Presentations on the history of the Dragon Run and Native American culture and heritage will be made.

Various crafters will demonstrate their handiwork and offer hand-crafted items for sale, and there’s live music all day.

Thousand Trails is located on Route 198 in Gloucester County, 5 miles east of Glenns. Ample free parking is available. This is a rain-or-shine event with most activities under cover.

Dragon Run Day is co-hosted by the Dragon Run Steering Committee, The Friends of Dragon Run, and Thousand Trails Camp Resort. The event has been made possible by sponsorship from the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Virginia Farm Bureau, Delta Welding, Rivah Golf, and Hampton Roads Clean Cities Coalition.

posted 10.08.2008

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