Flora & Fauna in the Parks

This section of our website will be expanded in the future to provide more actual images from the parks rather than using Google images.

Native Prairie Plants

Little Bluestem Grass Andropogon scoparius

Big Bluestem Grass Andropogon gerardii

Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca

Pale Indian Plantain Arnoglossum atriplicifolium

Wild Bergamot Monarda fistulosa

Yellow Coneflower Rudbeckia pinnata

Native Woodland and Woods Edge Plants

Black Raspberry Rubus occidentalis

Dutchman's Breeches Dicentra cucullaria

Jack-in-the-Pulpit Arisaema triphyllum

Joe Pye Weed Eupatorium purpureum

False Solomon Seal Smilacena racemosa

Mayapple Podophyllum peltatum

Shooting Star Dodecatheon

Solomon SealPolygonatum biflorum

Trillium Trillium grandiflorum

Trout Lilly Erythronium albidum

Virginia Bluebells Mertensia virginica

Virginia Waterleaf Hydrophyllum virginianum (invasive)

Wild Geranium Geranium maculatum

Wild Ginger Asarum caudatum

Wild Violet Viola sororia

Woodland Sedge

Yellow Giant Hyssop Agastache nepetoides

Shrubs and Trees

Bur Oak

Red Oak

White Oak

Shag Bark Hickory

Black Walnut

Sugar Maple

Green Ash (invasive)

Buckthorn (invasive)

Honeysuckle (invasive)

Non-native plants most likely introduced by the Turvilles


Resurrection Lilly

Blue Silla (invasive)

Invasive Plants

Dames Rocket (invasive)

Burdock (invasive)

Virginia Waterleaf ( native but having an invasive habit)

Garlic Mustard Alliaria petiolata (invasive)

Teasel (invasive - not seen in the park yet but approaching along the railroad tracks from the Beltline area)

Creeping Charlie (invasive)

Buckthorn (invasive)

Honeysuckle (invasive)

Animals in the Parks




Ground Hog








Birds in the Parks

Olin Park and Turville Point Conservation Park are popular with bird watchers for the diversity of birds that frequent these parks. Bird populations vary greatly with the changing seasons. During spring and fall migrations, you can see a great variety of birds passing through. Below is a link to eBird, an online database of bird sightings around the world. The link brings up a compilation of recent bird sightings at Olin Park and Turville Point Conservation Park.

Link to recent listings of bird sightings at Olin - Turville Parks compiled by eBird