Adult Programs & Events

Master Naturalist ProgramPotomac Valley Master Naturalist Program
Our Potomac Valley Master Naturalist Program has proven to be one of our most popular adult programs. Each year, twenty participants are trained in on a variety of natural history subjects including bird identification, soil science, general ecology, and aquatic studies. Once participants have completed coursework and volunteer service, they are “certified” to help with citizen science projects and educational programs across the state.

Potomac Valley Nature WritersPVAS Nature Book Lovers
If you like to read about nature, this group is for you!  It meets monthly, usually at the Daily Grind in Martinsburg, to discuss the current selection.  Rather than a specific book, the group chooses a theme for each month and group members are fee to choose any book relating to the theme.

PVAS has a very active Birding Committee that was formally established in 2011. The Committee organizes all of our birding field trips, sponsors an annual Birdathon, and is engaged in a variety of other projects and activities as well. For full information, go to the Birding section of our website.

Field Trips
PVAS schedules a variety of field trips during the year. Some trips are focused on birding; others involve exploration of sites and facilities of general natural history interest. Anyone who is interested is welcome to participate in any of our trips.

Birding 101 Course
Birding 101 – First held in 1986, Birding 101 is a course tailored for beginning birders that utilizes classroom sessions and field trips to teach everything from bird identification to field etiquette to birding techniques and resources. The course is taught by local birding experts using an impressive collection of images and recordings captured by the instructors.

Evening Programs
PVAS offers regular evening programs and occasional programs at various locations in Berkeley Springs. All programs feature presentations on natural history topics by expert speakers. All programs are free and everyone is welcome to attend.

Natural History Workshops

Each year during the spring, summer and fall, PVAS offers a series of Natural History Workshops. The workshops consist of three or more hours of instruction on a specific natural history topic.

Music in the Cedars

In past years, these free concerts have been held on Tuesday evenings (rain or shine) in August and September from 6:30-7:30pm at the Yankauer Nature Preserve or Cool Spring Preserve. Anyone is invited to enjoy the preserve trails, bring a picnic supper, and relax with some tunes performed by local musicians.    

           © 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

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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