PVAS offers a wide range of programs and activities 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 more.

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.

The 16th Annual This Race Is For The Birds is coming up on April 8.  Register now!

Don't Forget!  If you have birdseed in storage at Gower's, they will keep it only until April 1.  Don't forget to pick it up before then!

Registration for summer camps is open!  You can see the camp brochure here.  New this year, before and after camp care is offered for sessions at Cool Spring Preserve.

Advocacy Forum: Guide for the Uneasy Environmentalist an educational, non-partisan event to inform participants about how effective advocacy is achieved at the local, state and federal levels. Led by an extraordinary panel of speakers, this event will shed light on how to create change regarding environmental and conservation issues.  

PVAS's new Nature Book Lovers group will meet again on April 19.  If you can't join us then, there is a Facebook Group--just request to join or search PVAS Nature Book Lovers on the site.

Spring wildflower season will soon arrive! PVAS has several great wildflower programs aimed at appreciation, education and celebration of our beloved native plants! 

Conservation Updates

Maintenance Days at our nature preserves are coming up.  April 21 at Yankauer Nature PreserveApril 22 at Eidolon Nature Preserve, and May 6 at Cool Spring Preserve.

Many thanks to James Dillon for sharing his Design Considerations: Functionality of Plants in a Garden presentation as well as his Plant List.  

Be nice to the birds!  Even though the weather is getting warm, birds will still appreciate food in your bird feeders.  As they begin building nests, extra food for keeping energy levels high is very important!

Chimney Swifts have been getting a lot of publicity in our community recently. Read more about the Raise the Roost campaign. 

Our Next PVAS Monthly Program

PVAS's next monthly program will be held on April 12, 2017 at 7 p.m..  The program will feature Wil Hershberger's Celebration of Birdsongs!  Programs are held 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

Programs in Morgan County are held at the school board office building on an occasional basis. 



Teachers!  PVAS has lots of teacher resources and new ones are being posted regularly.  Teachers are encouraged to check out our Educational Programs. Schedule a StoryWalk for your school.  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.


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.

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Upcoming events

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 • Pick up at Cool Spring Preserve
Thursday, April 06, 2017 7:00 PM • NCTC, Shepherdstown, WV
Saturday, April 08, 2017 9:00 AM • Wild Goose Farm, 2935 Shepherd Grade Road, Shepherdstown, WV
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 9:30 AM • Cool Spring Preserve

VISTA and Lifebridge AmeriCorps

 PVAS welcomes Erin Shaw as our new VISTA volunteer!  Erin will be spending time at Cool Spring, but will be out in the local communities, too.  You can email Erin at Admin@PotomacAudubon.org 

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! You can email Alison at Alison@PotomacAudubon.org

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The West Virginia Environmental Education Association also has a Facebook page.

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    

Gentle Reminders              

Natural History Workshops!  PVAS offers many workshops during the year and there are some spectacular ones coming up!  The 2017 events can be found in the Events Calendar. More are added frequently.  

Are you looking for a good nature book to read?  Check out some suggestions here! Better yet, join our PVAS Nature Book Lovers Group!      

Come out to Cool Spring!   Cool Spring Preserve is our newest nature preserve! Open daily for walks, the 12 acre property  is located at 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town WV, about 6 miles southwest of Charles Town.  And we're happy to partner with Friends of Bullskin Run

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?  

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.

          © 2016 Potomac Valley Audubon Society

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

Yankauer Nature Preserve (Berkeley County)
Eidolon Nature Preserve (Morgan County)
Stauffer's Marsh (Berkeley County)
Cool Spring Nature Preserve (Jefferson County)

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

Ellen Murphy, Program Specialist //    

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

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

Amy Moore, Cool Spring Preserve Manager and Naturalist // 240-818-4714
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