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.

We hope to see you at the Summer Concert Series at Cool Spring Preserve in August.  We move to Yankauer Preserve in September!

Our new e-newsletter - Heads-Up, PVAS! - will be sent out again on September 1st. This bi-weekly update is a great way to stay connected with us.  If you want to be included on the list, contact Erin Shaw (admin@potomacaudubon.org).

PVAS is seeking a full-time Program Director to oversee all youth and adult programs.  The position begins in September 2017. Applications are being accepted now. The full position description can be found here.

PVAS is seeking two AmeriCorps Volunteers to provide youth programs for the next year. Positions begin in August 2017. Benefits include a stipend, educational award, available childcare stipend, and a great experience! Full position descriptions can be found here.

We're challenging you to get outside at one of our nature preserves this summer. Better yet, visit all four of them! One great way to visit is to volunteer at a maintenance event. Upcoming events are in the Events Calendar (and just below on this page.)

Conservation Updates

Maintenance Days at our nature preserves happen throughout the year! Upcoming events are being planned. Please see our calendar for more details and check often for new ones.

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 monthly programs take a break during the summer, but we'll be back on September 13th! Dr. Diana Gaviria will be presenting information about climate change. 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. The next one is scheduled for Wednesday, August 30, at 10 a.m. Join Bridget Tinsley for information about the Galapagos Islands.



Teachers! PVAS has lots of teacher resources and new ones are being posted regularly. Teachers are encouraged to check out our Educational Programs.  Consider scheduling 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.

Make a tax-deductible donation and Support PVAS programming.

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. Contact Erin Shaw at admin@potomacaudubon.org to receive the latest news and information on our upcoming events.

Upcoming events

Saturday, August 19, 2017 7:30 AM • Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm, Antietam National Battlefiled, MD
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 6:30 PM • 1469 Lloyd Rd, Charles Town, WV
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 6:30 PM • 1469 Lloyd Rd, Charles Town, WV
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 10:00 AM • First United Methodist Church, 49 South Green Street, Berkeley Springs, WV
Friday, September 01, 2017 10:00 AM • Discovery Station, 101 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD

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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You can also follow the Potomac Valley Master Naturalists on Facebook.

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

Here is an excellent graphic that will help you decide if a baby bird is injured or just learning to fly. And don't forget that fawns in the woods are just waiting on their mom. No need to rescue them!

Gentle Reminders              

PVAS's Nature Book Lovers group will meet again on September 13 at 2 p.m. at the Daily Grind in Martinsburg. 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.

Stay safe from insect bites! There's been a lot in the news about the Zika virus and other insect transmitted diseases. 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 keep track of their volunteer hours! We'll be setting up a way to record them online in the very near future via Track It Forward.

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              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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