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Meadowview Biological Research Station

Important Notices

COVID-19 & the VBWT: Be Safe While OutdoorsDGIF encourages you to be safe while outdoors. Before heading out, first check with individual sites on the Virginia Bird & Wildlife Trail to find out whether they are still open to the public. Information regarding closures is typically posted on a site's own website. Be advised that some sites, even if still open, may have certain public facilities closed during this time. If a site is still open, maintain CDC social distancing guidelines while enjoying the outdoors.

Description

The Meadowview Biological Station was founded to help preserve and propagate endangered pitcher plants (Sarracenia genus). Nurseries adjacent to the parking area showcase these insectivorous plants. Please do not touch or disturb the nurseries. Instead, a good pair of close-focus binoculars will afford great views of these beautiful, bizarre plants. Be sure to look for insects lured into the plant, where they are devoured for needed nutrients. The helpful staff can provide important ecological information on these endangered plants. A trail runs behind the nursery to a beautiful bog, home to several beavers. These wetlands are also home to carpenter, cricket, and green frogs that erupt into chorus on warm humid days and evenings. Nearby woods and scrubland provide habitat for woodland songbirds.

Directions

In Port Royal, return to the intersection of US 301 and Caroline Street, turn left on US 301 South, travel 11.4 miles and turn right on US Business 301 South. Proceed 0.4 miles and turn right on SR 2 North. Drive 6.7 miles and turn left into the Meadowview Biological Station nursery. Please call ahead to arrange tours and to make sure the facility is open. Meadowview is open by appointment and requires staff to be present for visitors.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: (804) 633-4336, meadowview@pitcherplant.org
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Reservations

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Environmental Study Area
  • Hiking Trails
  • Information
  • Parking
  • Phone
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms