PVAS offers a wide range of programs and activities that are aimed at promoting greater understanding and appreciation of the natural world for youth, adults, and families such as field trips to natural areas, summer camps, monthly lectures, school programs and many others.

Recent News

Click on the blue links below to find out more about any of these programs.  Click here to see  a printable version of the Events Calendar.

Have you heard the news?   The nonprofit CraftWorks at Cool Spring organization has donated its property in southern Jefferson County WV to PVAS. The property, which encompasses 12 acres of fields and woodland and several buildings, is located at 1469 Lloyd Road, about 6 miles southwest of Charles Town. PVAS will establish its headquarters there and use the property for nature and conservation programming. It has also designated the land as a nature preserve, which means it will be protected and managed primarily to preserve its natural features and its flora and fauna. It will be called the Cool Spring Preserve and will include trails that will be open to the public. We are so very grateful for the opportunity to be the permanent owners of the gorgeous site. We can’t thank Linda Case and the CraftWorks Board of Directors enough for this generous gift.

It's Bird Seed time!  Order your bird seed by October 15th! Orders can be placed online or sent in with a completed order formDetails can be found here.

Want to go on an extended trip with PVAS? We've got an Eco-Tour early next year to Monarch Butterfly Sanctuaries in Mexico!  Details are here!

There's been a lot in the news lately about the Zika virus.  In this part of the US, you want to keep using insect repellent when out in the woods and grassy fields all year round.  Ticks in this area can carry Lyme Disease and mosquitoes can also carry West Nile Virus.  Why give them a chance to bite you? 

Our Next PVAS Monthly Program

PVAS's next monthly program will be held on Wednesday, November 9, at 7 p.m. Bridget Tinsley will present "The Galapagos Islands: Challenges and Triumphs of Conservation."  See you  in November at  Hospice of the Panhandle in Kearneysville (GPS: Hospice Lane is opposite the Food Lion, 50 Coast Guard Dr., Kearneysville WV (on old Route 9), not the old location in Martinsburg). Please see hospiceotp.org for directions to their new facility


Program Updates

Teachers!  PVAS has lots of teacher resources and new ones are being posted regularly.  Teachers are encouraged to check out our Educational Programs and our StoryWalk website.  And why not apply to be a WV Sustainable School

Job Opportunities.  PVAS often has need for part-time program instructors.  More information can be found on our Job Opportunities page.

Are you looking for a good nature book?  Check out some suggestions here!  

Natural History Workshops!  PVAS offers many workshops during the year.  The 2016 events can be found in the Events Calendar. More are added frequently.     

All PVAS Volunteers are requested to log their volunteer hours online!  One of our volunteers, Melanie Snyder (littleowl48@hotmail.com), can help you get started. If you already have an account, the portal is here.


Support PVAS

Federal Employees can support PVAS through the Combined Federal Campaign:  CFC#29061.

You can also support PVAS using the Support PVAS icon in the blue menu bar.

Download the PVAS calendar

Download a printable calendar of events to keep informed about all the many PVAS activities. Details of these events can also be viewed on our Online Events Calendar.

Subscribe to PVAS Email Updates

We send email updates to keep you abreast of the wide range of programs and activities sponsored by PVAS. Sign up to receive the latest news and information on our upcoming events.


Upcoming events

Friday, October 28, 2016 8:00 AM (EDT) • Eidolon Nature Preserve, 2146 Orleans Rd, Great Cacapon, WV 25422
Friday, October 28, 2016 6:00 PM (EDT) • Claymont Mansion outside of Charles Town
Saturday, October 29, 2016 11:00 AM (EDT) • Orchard House, 4599 Shepherdstown Rd, Shepherdstown, WV
Saturday, October 29, 2016 9:00 PM (EDT) • South Mountain in Washington County, MD (commuter parking lot in Boonsboro)
Tuesday, November 01, 2016 9:00 AM (EDT) • directly across the road from 455 Whiting's Neck Road, Martinsburg WV 25404

Lifebridge AmeriCorps

 PVAS is pleased to be associated   with Lifebridge AmeriCorps           again this year! Alison Zak is already in the classroom teaching our watershed program.  You'll see more of her as she leads other family and youth programs this year!

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Injured Animals

If you find an injured wild animal and want to know what to do, some information is hereWildlife Vet Care is where we are taking injured wildlife these days. Our Veterinarian of many years, Belinda Burwell, D.V.M., has a new office and can be reached at 540-664-9494. Their website is www.wildlifevetcare.com. Feel free to contact their office directly.  If you need assistance, contact Diana Mullis, Wildlife Rescue Coordinator dianamullis@aol.com    

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              P.O. Box 578 • Shepherdstown, West Virginia 25443
              phone // 304-676-3397

Kristin Alexander, Executive Director
phone // 304-676-3397 

Ellen Murphy, Program Specialist
phone // 304-676-8739 

Krista Hawley, Adult Program Coordinator
phone // 703-303-1026

Bridget Tinsley, Land and Watershed Program Manager // 304-261-6016
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