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 March 21st Early Spring Nature Walk at Stauffer's Marsh has been cancelled due to snow. 

Registration for Audubon Discovery Camp is now open! You can see the sessions and dates here. Scholarships are available for some amazing nature camps and our own day camps.  If you have a child, grandchild, or neighbor's child that would be interested in camp, check out the Camp Financial Assistance page.

Registrations for the 2018 This Race is For the Birds is now open!  Find out more details about our new race course and registration details here.

Don't miss your chance! Just a few more weeks to support PVAS through our 2017 Annual Appeal. You can support PVAS by donating to the appeal online, or via mail. We received incredible support from members and friends this past year (which you can read all about in our 2017 Annual Report), so we can't wait to see what the new year brings!

We're looking for summer camp staff!  Day camps will be held at both Cool Spring and Yankauer Preserves during June and July.  Find out the details here!

Teachers! Check out our updated list of programs available to your classes! Whether you visit a nature preserve or we come to your class, PVAS can involve your students with nature. If you'd like to schedule one, contact Kim Baldwin at 304-350-9735 or Kimberly@PotomacAudubon.org

Homeschool Groups will find many programs listed in our Calendar of Events. New ones are being added frequently, so check back often.

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.

James Dillon of Native Havens, LLC has shared his Design Considerations-Functionality of Plants in a Gardenpresentation and his plant list. Thank you James!

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 on March 14, 2018. Melissa Castiano will present on the Native Youth Community Adaptation and Leadership Congress that is held annually at the National Conservation Training Center. 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 usually held at the school board office building on an occasional basis. The next one is scheduled for March 7th. Look here for details.



PVAS's Nature Book group will meet again on April 11th and on May 2nd, both days at 2 p.m. at the Daily Grind in Martinsburg. Click on the links for details on our monthly theme. If you can't join us the group has its own Facebook Group, just request to join or search PVAS Nature Book Group on the site.

Teachers! PVAS has lots of teacher resources and new ones are being posted regularly. Teachers are encouraged to check out our Educational Programs.  If you'd like to schedule a free Project Wild, Growing Up Wild, Flying Wild, or Project Wet teacher workshop, contact Ellen Murphy (Ellen@PotomacAudubon.org). Consider scheduling a StoryWalk for your school. And why not apply to be a WV Sustainable School

Working for PVAS. We often have need for part-time program instructors or even other staff. More information can be found on our Positions With PVAS 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

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 9:00 AM • Stauffer's Marsh Nature Preserve, Berkeley County
Thursday, March 22, 2018 6:00 PM • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town
Saturday, March 24, 2018 7:30 AM • USGS Fish Health Lab, 407 Reservoir Road (just off Leetown Road)
Monday, March 26, 2018 10:00 AM • Eidolon Preserve
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 9:30 AM • Cool Spring Preserve

VISTA and Lifebridge AmeriCorps

 Ariana Hagenau recently graduated from Shepherd University with a BFA in Graphic Design, and is an incredibly talented graphic designer and illustrator. She will be joining Erin Shaw as our VISTA Volunteer for 2018! You can email Ariana at ariana@potomacaudubon.org and Erin at admin@potomacaudubon.org.

  PVAS is pleased to be associated   with Lifebridge AmeriCorps           again this year! We're excited that Garrett Wren (Garrett@PotomacAudubon.org) and Emily Noel (Emily@PotomacAudubon.org) are joining us! You'll be seeing them at programs and in the classroom all year. You can email them now to say hello!  

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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

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              

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 

Kimberly Baldwin, Program Director //

Ellen Murphy,
 Program Specialist //    

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

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