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Date: October 02, 2009

Savage Neck Dunes Natural Area Preserve hosts public open house

(EASTVILLE, Va.) ? The public is invited to join in a day of exploring Virginia?s rarest natural resources at Savage Neck Dunes Natural Area Preserve on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009. Hosted by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, activities include a children?s scavenger hunt, bird-watching with bird experts and a nature photography exhibit.

The event runs from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., and a DCR Natural Heritage staff member will give a guided walking tour of the preserve at 10 a.m. Visitors may also get a chance to view native turtles up-close at 11:30 a.m.

This event is one of several being held statewide to showcase Virginia?s Natural Area Preserve System, through which the state?s most significant natural places are protected. It includes some of the rarest natural communities and rare species habitats. Savage Neck Dunes preserve protects a globally significant wetland ecosystem and the most extensive maritime dunes in Virginia with giant sand dunes rising 50 feet above the Chesapeake Bay shoreline. There are 59 dedicated natural areas totaling 48,031 acres. In those areas, 356 unique, significant natural communities and rare plant and animal species are protected.

Parking is limited. To retain the natural conditions of the preserve, restroom and telephone facilities are unavailable.

For directions to the preserve, please click here.

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