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Reaves Receives McGranaghan Stewardship Award

© Leesburg Today - 10/29/2015

Nancy Johnson Reaves received the 2015 McGranaghan Stewardship Award from The Nature Generation on Sunday in recognition of her work teaching young people about the Chapman DeMary Trail in Purcellville and how to be responsible stewards of nature.

The award is named in honor of Loudoun Valley High School Environmental Explorations teacher Liam McGranaghan. McGranaghan and his students were instrumental in establishing the nature trail and continue to maintain the area.

In announcing the award, Nature Generation President Amy Marasco Newton stated that Reaves' ""love of nature and science is evident in all the ways she helps and teaches the next generation at the trail."" Her work has included creating activities for students on field trips, teaching them how to use field equipment, helping them enhance the trail pollinator plot and reducing the impact of storm water runoff.

The Purcellville resident also gives her time to other cultural and environmental organizations, including the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, the Bluemont Concert Series, Joshua's Hands, the Hillsboro Old Stone School and the Blue Ridge Spinners and Weavers Guild. She is a member of the Purcellville Library Advisory Board and is a data collector for the Loudoun Bird Atlas.

A Loudoun resident since the 1970s, Reaves graduated from Loudoun Valley High School and received a bachelor's of science degree in biology from Lynchburg College. She and her husband, Richard, have three grown children.

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