Huntley Meadows, a 1,500-acre park south of Alexandria, Virginia, has the largest nontidal wetlands in Northern Virginia. It recently completed a monthslong project to bring back its hemi-marsh, an area that is 50 percent water and 50 percent plants. Beavers created the hemi-marsh back in the 1970s, and the park wanted to maintain the variety of wildlife and native plants that it attracts.
Fiona Dreesbach, 9, finds that after a rain shower is a good time to look for turtles, snakes and water insects at Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria. Ann Cameron Siegal/For The Washington Post Buy Photo