PVAS Events Calendar

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, January 20, 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • USGS Fish Health Lab, 407 Reservoir Road (just off Leetown Road)
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    What: Winter Bird Walk 

    Where: USGS Fish Health Lab property (407 Reservoir Rd, just off Leetown Rd)

    When: Saturday, January 20, 2018

    Time: 8:00 AM

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leaders: Doug Pifer and Heather Walsh

    Join PVAS on a Winter Bird Walk at the USGS Fish Health Lab property! 

    Our expert birders have been leading walks on this property for a year now, and are excited with what it has to offer! The size is not excessively large, but the bird species are diverse and the quality of the wetland is excellent. The property has a mix of open ponds and woods; offering different species. The route is generally flat, with some gradual hills. 

    This bird walk is open to the public and children are welcome to attend with an adult. 

    Registration is strongly encouraged. 

    Please dress warmly for the weather and wear sturdy walking shoes and bring along drinking water. 

    Binoculars will be provided if needed. 

    The address for the USGS Leetown Science Center is 407 Reservoir Road, just off Leetown Road in Leetown. To search for it on Internet mapping sites, enter 407 Reservoir Road, Kearneysville, WV.

    Please contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026 with any questions you may have. 

    In case of poor weather conditions, you will be notified by 9 pm the evening prior to the bird walk.

    • Saturday, January 20, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • War Memorial Building, 102 E. German St, Shepherdstown & Morgans Grove Park
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    What: Natural History Workshop: Tree Pruning 

    Where: Indoor Session: War Memorial Building, Shepherdstown           Outdoor Session: Morgan's Grove Park, Shepherdstown

    When: Saturday, January 20, 2018

    Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Cost: free

    Instructor: Shawn Walker

    PVMN Re-Cert Education Hours Eligible 

    Winter is a great time to prune trees so we welcome you to join local arborist and PVAS Master Naturalist Shawn Walker at a pruning workshop, sponsored by the Shepherdstown Community Club.

    There will be an indoor morning session at the War Memorial Building focused on tree pruning essentials, with an emphasis on structure and health. Then after lunch we will put our skills to work on small trees in Morgan’s Grove Park.

    Please dress appropriately for working outdoors. While tools and protective gear will be available feel free to bring your own. And please provide your own lunch and water. All skill levels are welcome. ISA Continuing Education Units will be available.

    Schedule:

    Indoor Session   10:00-12:00 – War Memorial Building (102 E German St, by Shepherdstown Library)

    Lunch   Noon-1:00 – Time to eat and travel to park. We encourage car-pooling.

    Outdoor Session   1:00-3:00 – Morgan’s Grove Park, meet at lower parking lot

    Shawn will provide the majority of the tools needed, however please wear sturdy closed-toes shoes, work gloves, eye protection and any pruning tools you may have. 

    Dress for the weather and bring along plenty of drinking water. 

    The registration is limited to 15 participants so please register early. 

    Please contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026 with any questions you may have. 

    • Tuesday, January 23, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
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    When: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

    Time:  9: 30 am - 11:30 am

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $8 per child. (No charge for adults)

    Ages:  Ages 8-10

    (A session for 5-7  year olds is offered simultaneously. Please register for this separately: Homeschool Adventures: (Ages 5-7) Classifying Animals)

    The program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme. Part of the program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 6 per session is needed to conduct the program.
    • Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Tuesday, January 23, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
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    When: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

    Time:  9: 30 am - 11:30 am

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $8 per child. (No charge for adults)

    Ages:  Ages 5-7

    (A session for 8-10  year olds is offered simultaneously. Please register for this separately:Homeschool Adventures: (Ages 8-10) Classifying Animals)

    The program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme. Part of the program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 6 per session is needed to conduct the program.
    • Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Thursday, January 25, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town
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    What: Art Inspired by Nature: Art 'Club' Gathering 

    Where: Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town

    When: Thursday, January 25th 2018

    Time: 6:00- 8:00 p.m.

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Host: Krista Hawley

    Bring your latest art project and join other artists as we gather to create art, inspired by nature. 

    This event is open to the public and everyone is welcome, regardless of your 'skill level'. All artists (or want-to-be artists!) that are inspired by nature are welcome to attend. We will continue to celebrate and discuss ways that we can weave together the natural relationship of art and nature. Our aim is to provide opportunities for discussion, learning, sharing and growing within the concept of art in nature.

    Please bring along any projects you are working on. The goal is to create a welcoming work space to share ideas and love of art in nature. 

    Discussion will be held about creating regular monthly or bi-monthly gatherings. 

    Registration is requested in order to help with the planning/room set up. 

    Please contact Krista Hawley at adultprogams@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026 with any questions you may have. 

    • Saturday, January 27, 2018
    • 7:45 AM - 3:00 PM
    • C&O Canal near Shepherdstown (MP 70-72)
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    What: Annual C&O Canal Winter Bird Survey

    When: Saturday, January 27, 2018. 

    Where: C&O Canal, between Antietam Creek and the Rumsey Bridge, in Shepherdstown (milepost 70-72). Meet at the large parking area on Canal Road.

    Time:  7:45 a.m. (sharp) to 3:00 pm (participants may leave by noon if too tired or cold!)

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leader: Bill Telfair  

    For 19 years, birds along the entire 185 miles of the C&O Canal have been counted.  This survey, which had been coordinated by the District of Columbia Audubon Society, is designed to provide a snapshot count of birds present on the C&O Canal.

    Join Bill Telfair for this bird survey walk along a 3 miles stretch of the canal towpath.

    Participants should gather at the large National Park Service parking area on Canal Road (past the railroad bridge) at 7:45 a.m. SHARP.  The group will carpool down to Antietam Creek (MP 70) and walk back toward the Rumsey Bridge (MP 72).

    Anyone with an interest is welcome to participate.  This is a good walk for those still working on their bird identification skills, but intermediate/advanced birders are encouraged to help.

    Registration is strongly encouraged, but not required.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Bill Telfair at wbchtelfair@sbcglobal.net or 408-966-8895.

    The count will take place regardless of the weather so please dress appropriately and wear comfortable footwear to walk the full three-mile route.  Binoculars will be available for those who need them, however please bring binoculars if you have them.

    NOTE: The D.C. Audubon Society is no longer coordinating the survey of the Canal. See this note from its president.


    • Tuesday, January 30, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
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    When:  Tuesday, January 30, 2017.  Pre-registration is required (limited numbers)

    Time:  9:30-10:30 a.m.

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $5 (single fee) per child/adult partner. (There is no extra charge for an additional child under age 2.)

    Ages: This program is geared towards 3-5 year olds; however 2 year olds are welcome too!

    Program Description:  With groundhog's day just around the corner, this program is all about groundhogs! What are groundhogs up to this time of year? We’ll make a craft, learn about shadows, and look outside for our own shadows and try to find groundhog’s secret burrow. 

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 6 per session is needed to conduct the program. Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

     For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Thursday, February 01, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Eidolon Nature Preserve, 2146 Orleans Rd., Great Cacapon, WV
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    What:  Eidolon Winter Tree Identification 

    Where: Eidolon Nature Preserve, 2146 Orleans Rd., Great Cacapon, WV

    When: Thursday, February 1, 2018

    Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    Cost: Free 

    PVAS Trip Leader: Rodney Dever

    Eligible for MN Recert hours

    Join Rodney Dever, a member of the WV Native Plant Society, for a winter tree-identification field trip at Eidolon Nature Preserve.  This is a family-friendly event that will teach you how to identify trees by such factors as their shapes, branching habits, twigs, and bark.

    Eidolon Nature Preserve is located on Sidling Hill along Orleans Rd. in Great Cacapon, WV. The entrance is marked by a teal metal gate, participants can park along the road or if the gate is open there is ample parking inside the preserve. 

    Participants will meet at 10:00 a.m. and hike around the preserve identifying trees. The preserve is very hilly and has well marked trails. Please wear appropriate footwear, bring trekking poles if desired, and be prepared for variable weather. 

    The 354 acre Eidolon Nature Preserve is the largest PVAS preserve.  It includes a mixture of hardwood forest, including thick groves of mountain laurel and spectacular views. The trip will involved walking between 1-2 miles on narrow trails that climb up and down hillsides. The hiking terrain is moderately strenuous, but the pace will be slow. 

    There is no fee and anyone with an interest is welcome to come along. Children are welcome with adult accompaniment.

    Registration is strongly encouraged.

    Those who participate should be sure to dress warmly and wear sturdy footwear.

    If the weather is especially inclement on the day of the trip, it will be rescheduled (Friday, February 16, 2018) 

    Please contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026 with any questions you may have.

    • Sunday, February 04, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Claymont Mansion outside of Charles Town
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    What: Bird Walk at the historic Claymont Mansion property

    Where: Claymont Mansion, outside of Charles Town

    When: Sunday, February 4, 2018

    Time: 8:30 am - 11:30 pm

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leader: Joette Borzik

    Enjoy some winter birding with local birder and Master Naturalist, Joette Borzik. The walk will take place on the beautiful historic Claymont Mansion property outside of Charles Town.

    Please meet Joette at 8:30 am on the driveway to the mansion where the wetland crosses the driveway and park at the gate. The entrance is located at 667 Huyett Road and is marked by a street sign that says "Claymont Mansion".

    This walk is free and open to anyone with an interest, regardless of their birding skills. Children are welcome when accompanied by an adult.

    Species possible include winter residents such as Dark-eyed Junco, White-throated Sparrow, Brown Creeper and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.   Waterfowl may be present in the wetland, and raptors are often found soaring above. 
     
    Registration is strongly encouraged.

    Dress accordingly for the weather, bring water, and a snack if needed. 

    The group will walk for approximately 3 miles, but individuals may opt out at any time along the way. The group will walk the North Woods loop, where Hermit Thrushes may be found, if conditions warrant.

    Binoculars will be available for loan if someone needs them.

    Please contact Joette Borzik at 240-440-4221 or pep4223@comcast.net with any questions you may have.

    The Claymont property, which totals about 300 acres, is home to the historic Claymont Mansion. The mansion, which was built in 1820 by George Washington's grand-nephew Bushrod Washington, is the largest of the Washington family homes and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The property is owned and managed by the Claymont Society for Continuous Education and is used to host seminars and retreats for the public. The property has recently been entered into a conservation easement that ensures it will be protected from development. 

    • Tuesday, February 06, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
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    When: Tuesday, February 6, 2018

    Time:  9: 30 am - 11:30 am

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    Price:  $8 per child. (No charge for adults)

    Ages:  Ages 8-10

    (A session for 5-7  year olds is offered simultaneously. Please register for this separately:Homeschool Adventures: (Ages 5-7) Sustainable Energy )

    We'll calculate how much energy you use and learn about ways we can save energy to help the Earth. We'll learn about solar energy, energy saving light bulbs and make our own energy to power a light bulb by using a soccer ball and jump rope! 

    The program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme. Part of the program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 6 per session is needed to conduct the program.
    • Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Tuesday, February 06, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
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    When: Tuesday, February 6, 2018

    Time:  9: 30 am - 11:30 am

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $8 per child. (No charge for adults)

    Ages:  Ages 5-7

    (A session for 8-10 year olds is offered simultaneously. Please register for this separately: Homeschool Adventures: (Ages 8-10) Sustainable Energy )

    What are ways that we can save energy to be more eco-friendly? We'll learn about solar energy, energy saving light bulbs and make our own energy to power a light bulb by using a soccer ball and jump rope! 

    The program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme. Part of the program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 6 per session is needed to conduct the program.
    • Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Wednesday, February 07, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Morgan County Board of Education Office Building, Berkeley Springs, WV

    What: Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Public Program in Morgan County

    Where: Morgan County Board of Education Office, 247 Harrison Avenue, Berkeley Springs, WV

    When: Wednesday, February 7, 2018

    Time: 10:00 AM

    Topic: Design Considerations: Functionality of Plants in a Garden

    Presenter: James Dillon, Certified Horticulturist

    Cost: free

    Join the Potomac Valley Audubon Society on Wednesday, February 7th at 10:00 AM for this public program. 

    Ideal gardens provide both visual beauty and environmental benefit. Resilient gardens are designed with a "layered" approach using plants that possess specific traits. Functional and aesthetic design elements like form, habit, leaf/flower texture, and root morphology will be discussed. Bringing these elements together all while keeping pollinators and birds in mind will make the most out of our gardening spaces.

    Making the best plant selections for your landscape is the focus for James Dillon, a certified Horticulturist with over 13 years of experience working in the green industry. With a B.Sc. in Biology from East Carolina University, he views landscape design as the integration science, nature and art. An ecological approach and knowledge of many plant varieties result in plantings that thrive in their environment. James practiced horticulture in the northern DE area, most notably at the Delaware Center for Horticulture, with continuing education at Longwood Gardens. Previously, as manager and buyer of woody plants for a diversified garden center in Chambersburg, PA, James became familiar with a large palette of plant cultivars. Native plant selection, environmental benefits, and low maintenance gardens are emphasized in many designs. James has designed several rain gardens and continues taking coursework on ecological landscape design. James enjoys volunteering for The Monarch Alliance, designing Monarch waystations for them, including the Kiwanis Park in Hagerstown. He owns and operates Native Havens LLC, a small landscape/gardening company based out of his home, where he’s an avid gardener in Kearneysville, WV.

    Admission is free, no registration is needed and everyone is welcome to attend. 

    Directions: 

    Morgan County Board of Education Office Building, 247 Harrison Avenue, Berkeley Springs, WV

    If traveling on Hwy 522, turn onto Williams Street (at the Train Station/H&R Block corner), then turn left off of Williams St. onto Harrison Avenue. The Board Office is located on the corner of Harrison Avenue and Goff Street. 

    There are a few parking spaces in the front of the building and a larger parking area around the back of the building (follow Goff St. to the back).

    You will enter the building from the front. We will have an Audubon sign pointing you in the correct direction as well as on the door.

    Please contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026 with any questions you may have.

    • Wednesday, February 07, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • The Daily Grind, Martinsburg (Foxcroft Ave.)

    What: PVAS Nature Book Lovers Discussion Group

    Who: Anyone with an interest in reading and discussing natural history. No registration is required and it's free!

    When: Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 2:00 p.m.

    Where: The Daily Grind in Martinburg (on Foxcroft Ave, near Outback). We have reserved their meeting room.

    Join other adults who enjoy reading and discussing books about natural history.  Each month the group gathers to discuss a different book or natural history subject.

    Our topic this month is "Night" and we know you will find something interesting.  Discover a nocturnal animal, consider fireflies, look up in the sky, listen for an owl, or find some special poetry to read as evening falls.  Group members are welcome to choose fiction or non-fiction, poetry, or something for young readers.  We know you can find something interesting to read and share!  (If you don't get your book selection finished, come to the discussion anyway!)

    For more information or if you need suggestions for authors, contact Ellen Murphy (Ellen@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Thursday, February 08, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • War Memorial Building 102 East German Street Shepherdstown, WV 25443

    PVAS is proud to co-sponsor this inaugural projects of the Blue Ridge Conservation Alliance; a free public workshop on how our own backyards are part of the interconnected web of the Blue Ridge.

    Scheduled for February 8, 7–9 pm, at the War Memorial Building, Shepherdstown, WV, “Living with Nature: Discovering the Rich Potential of your Own Back Yard,” explores how properties large and small can use native plants and landscaping to sustain biodiversity and attract birds, bees, and butterflies.

    The program is sponsored by members of the Blue Ridge Conservation Alliance along with Northern Virginia Conservation Trust (NVCT), the Piedmont Chapter Virginia Native Plant SocietyPotomac Valley Audubon SocietyVirginia Working LandscapesBlue Ridge Watershed CoalitionFriends of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the Downstream Project.

    • Friday, February 09, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 1469 Lloyd Rd., Charles Town, WV
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    What: Maintenance Day

    Where: Cool Spring Preserve

    When: Friday, February 9, 2018

    Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Cost: Free

    Contact: Bridget Tinsley, PVAS Land and Watershed Program Manager,  304-261-6016 or email  bridget@potomacaudubon.org

    Location:  Cool Spring Preserve is found at 1469 Lloyd Rd, Charles Town, WV. The entrance is well marked and ample parking is available.

    Join us for a day of maintenance at Cool Spring Preserve! We'll work together to accomplish invasive species removal, maintain walking trails and improve the preserve habitat overall. We will also work together to install bird nesting boxes in preparation for Spring! 

    Gather among friends while we complete some outdoor maintenance work at Cool Spring Preserve.  Your help is appreciated as every pair of hands helps make a difference! All necessary training, tools, gloves will be provided. Light refreshments will also be available. Cool Spring Preserve has indoor bathrooms and water.


    • Monday, February 12, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Yankauer Nature Preserve, across the street from 455 Whiting's Neck Rd, Martinsburg, WV
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    What: Maintenance Day

    Where: Yankauer Nature Preserve

    When: Monday, February 12, 2017*

    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Cost: Free

    Contact: Bridget Tinsley, PVAS Land and Watershed Program Manager,  304-261-6016 or email  bridget@potomacaudubon.org

    Location:  Yankauer Preserve is located across the street from 455 Whiting's Neck Rd, Martinsburg, WV.  The entrance is well marked with ample parking available.

    Join us for a day of maintenance day at Yankauer Nature Preserve! Learn about invasive climbing vines, how they impact native habitat and what techniques best control them. We will walk the trails to clear them and to cut invasive plants from the native habitat. Gather among friends for some hot coffee, cocoa, tea and cookies while we complete some trail maintenance work at Yankauer Nature Preserve.

    Yankauer Nature Preserve protects native habitat for local flora and fauna, and is a favorite local area for hiking and birdwatching in Berkeley County. Maintenance work and invasive species removal is necessary to promote high quality native habitat at Yankauer Nature Preserve.  Your help is appreciated as we work together to clear invasive species and enhance habitat for local wildlife. Every pair of hands helps make a difference! 

    All necessary training, tools, gloves will be provided. Light refreshments will also be available. Yankauer Nature Preserve has bathrooms and water will be available to refill water bottles. 

    • Tuesday, February 13, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
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    When:  Tuesday, February 13, 2017.  Pre-registration is required (limited numbers)

    Time:  9:30-10:30 a.m.

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $5 (single fee) per child/adult partner. (There is no extra charge for an additional child under age 2.)

    Ages: This program is geared towards 3-5 year olds; however 2 year olds are welcome too!

    Program Description: In this program we'll learn all about what owls eat, why their eyes are so big and how they fly so quietly. The program will include a story, craft and short hike. 

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 6 per session is needed to conduct the program. Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

     For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Wednesday, February 14, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV

    What: Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program

    Where: Hospice of the Panhandle, Education Center, Kearneysville

    When: Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

    Time: 7:00 PM

    Topic: The Behavioral Ecology of Birds: Implications for Conservation

    Presenter: Jim Siegel

    Cost: free

    Join the Potomac Valley Audubon Society on Wednesday, February 14th at 7:00 PM for our regular monthly program.

    Mr. Siegel will present on The Behavioral Ecology of Birds: Implications for Conservation.

    Join Mr. Siegel as he takes us through what he has learned about the behavioral ecology of birds over the last 35 years, its implications for conservation, and how to access information about behavioral ecology on the Web and in bird journals. He will be discussing various ecology insights gained in field research throughout the country, including studies of both forest and aquatic birds. 

    • Sanderlings: migration and territoriality, Northern California 
    • Great Blue Herons: The +/- of communal nesting, Northern Minnesota
    • California Scrub Jays: territoriality, foraging and bird intelligence, Central California
    • Hermit Thrush and Brown Creeper - nesting/foraging ecology in ponderosa pine forests, Northern Arizona 
    • Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo - habitat requirements, survey methods, Texas Hill Country
    • Amazonian Birds, Lower Urubamba River watershed, Peru - habitat specialists
    • American White Pelican - feeding ecology and energetics in the Columbia River watershed, Central Washington
    • Bald eagle - nesting behavior and territoriality in Shepherdstown

    Jim is a Science/Technology Curriculum Manager in the Division of Training at the National Conservation Training Center.  He has worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in wildlife science training, youth programming and refuge conservation for 16 years, including 14 years at NCTC.  He grew up in Roslyn, NY, a suburb 25 miles east of New York City. He is married, has a 16 year-old daughter, and lives in Shepherdstown.  He holds a BS in wildlife science from Cornell University, a MS in wildlife and fisheries sciences from the University of Arizona and a PhD in ecological anthropology from the University of Georgia. Jim seeks to expand his professional skills in the social and ecological dimensions of wildlife conservation, including the various ways people in the U.S. value their natural environment and its living resources.

    This program is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

    Directions: 

    Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV 25430

    GPS location is Food Lion, 50 Coast Guard Drive, Kearneysville (Hospice is directly across the street from Food Lion)

    www.hospiceotp.org

    From WV Route 9, take the Short Road exit. If traveling east, take a left off the exit. If traveling west, take a right off the exit. Follow to the stop light at Sheetz.  Turn right. Take the next left across from Food Lion onto Hospice Lane. Follow the road back.

    The office will be on your left (the inpatient facility will be on your right). The door to enter for the PVAS Program is to the right of the main office door. We will have a sign on the door. 

    Please contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026 with any questions you may have.

    • Friday, February 16, 2018
    • 7:00 AM
    • Monday, February 19, 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Your Backyard

    The 2018 GBBC will take place Friday, February 16, through Monday, February 19. Please join in for the 21st annual count!

    The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual 4-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are.

    Everyone is welcome--from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and easy to do.  AND it helps with bird conservation because you are helping to document with a "snapshot" of the birds at a certain location and a certain time. 

    Participants tally the number of individual birds of each species they see during their count period. They enter these numbers on the GBBC website.  There are plenty of "helps" on the website to assist you with identification.

    Full information is at http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/whycount.html


    • Saturday, February 17, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Morgans Grove Park, Shepherdstown, WV (meet in lower parking lot near railroad tracks)
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    What: Volunteer Day: Save our Trees from Invasive Vines

    Where: Morgan's Grove Park, Shepherdstown, WV

    When: Saturday, February 17, 2018 

    Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Leader: Shawn Walker, Certified Arborist and Master Naturalist

    Join our local Master Naturalist and certified arborist, Shawn Walker, for a volunteer day at Morgan's Grove Park. 

    Shawn will lead the volunteers, through example and general instruction, as we work to control and sever the invasive vines that are weighing down or girdling the trees at the park.

    Please feel free to bring your own tools, such as loppers, saws, pruners, gloves and safety glasses if you have them. Otherwise, there will be plenty of tools available for the volunteers.

    While this is a volunteer event, there will be lots of opportunity to learn about the trees and this easy yet highly impactful way that we can nurture trees competing with invasives in natural areas. 

    This event is open to everyone with an interest however young children must be supervised. 

    Please dress for the weather, wear work shoes and clothes and bring work gloves if you have them. 

    Registration is strongly encouraged in order to help with the planning of the event.

    Please meet at the lower parking lot near the railroad tracks at 10:00 a.m.

    Morgan's Grove Park is located at 4198 Kearneysville Pike (the corner of Kearneysville Pike and Potomac Farms Way) just outside Shepherdstown. 

    Morgan's Grove Park is a 25-acre public park that serves Shepherdstown and surrounding areas. It is owned by the Shepherdstown Community Club and operated by the Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Commission.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@pototmacaudubon.org or call 703-303-1026

    https://www.google.com/maps/place/Morgan+Grove+Park/@39.4232543,-77.821225,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0xced9eb61ef0f078a 
    • Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
    • 3
    Register

    When: Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    Time:  9: 30 am - 11:30 am

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $10 per child. (No charge for adults) *The higher cost is to cover the cost of food for program*

    Ages:  Ages 5-7

    (A session for 8-10 year olds is offered simultaneously. Please register for this separately:Homeschool Adventures: (Ages 8-10) Sustainable Food Choices )

    In this program we'll learn all about food chains, where humans fit in on the food chain and how we can make sustainable food choices. At the end of the program there will be a taste test some eco-friendly food!

    The program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme. Part of the program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 6 per session is needed to conduct the program.
    • Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
    • 5
    Register

    When: Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    Time:  9: 30 am - 11:30 am

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $10 per child. (No charge for adults) *The higher cost is to cover the cost of food for program*

    Ages:  Ages 8-10

    (A session for 5-7 year olds is offered simultaneously. Please register for this separately:Homeschool Adventures: (Ages 5-7) Sustainable Food Choices  )

    In this program we'll learn all about food chains, where humans fit in on the food chain and how we can make sustainable food choices. At the end of the program there will be a taste test some eco-friendly food!

    The program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme. Part of the program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 6 per session is needed to conduct the program.
    • Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Saturday, February 24, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Stauffer's Marsh Nature Preserve, located across from 4069 Back Creek Valley Rd, Hedgesville, WV
    Register

    What: Maintenance Day

    Where: Stauffer's Marsh Nature Preserve

    When: Saturday, February 24, 2018

    Time: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

    Cost: Free

    Contact: Bridget Tinsley, PVAS Land and Watershed Program Manager,  304-261-6016 or email  bridget@potomacaudubon.org

    Location: The parking area for Stauffer's Marsh Preserve is located across from 4069 Back Creek Valley Road, Hedgesville WV. 

    Join us for a day of service as we work to improve Stauffer's Marsh Nature Preserve! PVAS is preparing to convert the large open field to a pollinator meadow and we need hard workers to assist! Tasks include removing invasive plants, using herbicide to control locust trees, building brush piles and creating a fire break around the perimeter of the field. This work will be done to prepare our pollinator meadow creation project at Stauffer's Marsh. If you are curious about habitat restoration and pollinator habitat, join us for an educational day of service! 

    PVAS will provide all necessary tools to complete the work including gloves and tools. Water refills and first aid will also be available. Participants should wear long sleeves, pants and close-toed shoes. 

    In the case of bad weather, the event will be rescheduled to the following Saturday, March 3, 2018.

    • Saturday, March 10, 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV
    Register

    What: Early-Spring Bird Walk at Cool Spring Preserve

    Where: Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV

    When: Saturday, May 10, 2018

    Time: 7:30 AM

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Lynne Wiseman

    Join PVAS trip leader, Lynne Wiseman on a early-spring birding trip at Cool Spring Preserve on Saturday, March 10th.

    The trails at Cool Spring preserve have a lot to offer! From well maintained foot paths to gorgeous views, the preserve's 12 acres is home to much wildlife. 

    Please meet by 7:30 am in the front parking lot of Cool Spring Preserve, the walk will last a couple of hours. 

    Species likely to be seen at this time will include lingering winter visitors, and year-round birds.

    Anyone with an interest is welcome to come along, regardless of their birding skills.

    If  you have questions or would like more information, contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026.

    Children ages 12 and up will be welcome but they must be accompanied by an adult.

    Participants should wear sturdy footwear, dress appropriately for the prevailing weather conditions, and bring along water. Binoculars will be available for anyone who needs them.

    The trip may be cancelled in the event of bad weather.


    • Tuesday, March 13, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
    • 3
    Register

    When: Tuesday, March, 13 2018

    Time:  9: 30 am - 11:30 am

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $8 per child. (No charge for adults)

    Ages:  Ages 5-7

    (A session for  8 - 10 year olds is offered simultaneously. Please register for this separately: Homeschool Adventures: (Ages 8-10) Radical Raptors! )

    The program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme. Part of the program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 6 per session is needed to conduct the program.
    • Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Tuesday, March 13, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
    • 5
    Register

    When: Tuesday, March, 13 2018

    Time:  9: 30 am - 11:30 am

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $6 per child. (No charge for adults)

    Ages:  Ages 5-7

    (A session for  5-7  year olds is offered simultaneously. Please register for this separately:Homeschool Adventures: (Ages 5-7) Radical Raptors! )

    The program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme. Part of the program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 6 per session is needed to conduct the program.
    • Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Tuesday, March 20, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
    • 6
    Register

    When:  Tuesday, March 20, 2017.  Pre-registration is required (limited numbers)

    Time:  9:30-10:30 a.m.

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $5 (single fee) per child/adult partner. (There is no extra charge for an additional child under age 2.)

    Ages: This program is geared towards 3-5 year olds; however 2 year olds are welcome too!

    Program Description:  Come learn about animals that hatch from eggs. We'll observe different animal eggs, talk about animal life cycles, and end the program searching for hidden eggs that are colored to look like real bird eggs. Please bring your own basket for the egg hunt. 

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 6 per session is needed to conduct the program. Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

     For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Monday, March 26, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
    • 40
    Register

    *This program was requested by Miss Chanda Farris' Homeschool Community and is reserved for members of this group. A registration code is required to register for this program.* 

    When: Monday, March 26, 2018

    Time:  10:00 am - 12:oo pm

    Where: Eidolon Preserve Parking Lot: 2146 Orleans Rd., Great Cacapon, WV

    Price:  $6 per child. (No charge for adults) 

    Theme: This program is a hike at Eidolon focusing on Forest Ecology. Students will learn about the lifespan and structure of trees, and how trees and animals depend upon each other. The hike will be guided by Ms. Bridget Tinsley, the Land and Watershed Program Manger at PVAS.  

    Please wear clothes appropriate for the weather and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Pack a water bottle, picnic lunch and sun protection. There will be a port-o-john at the parking lot for our comfort. 

    To located Eidolon Preserve, please type is the physical address to Google maps: "2146 Orleans Rd., Great Cacapon, WV 25422". The main entrance at Eidolon has a turquoise metal gate which will be opened by the trip leader. We will park inside the preserve in the lower parking lot. If you type "Eidolon" into Google Maps you will probably get lost, as it does not give directions to the main Preserve entrance on Orleans Rd. 

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 10 pre-paid students is needed to conduct the program. Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or if a parent cancels their child's registration more than one week in advance of the program.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Kimberly Baldwin (Kimberly @PotomacAudubon.org). Bridget can be reached at 304-261-6016 or Bridget@PotomacAudubon.org

    • Tuesday, March 27, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
    • 6
    Register

    When: Tuesday, March, 27 2018

    Time:  9: 30 am - 11:30 am

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $8 per child. (No charge for adults)

    Ages:  Ages 5-7

    (A session for  8 - 10 year olds is offered simultaneously. Please register for this separately: Homeschool Adventures: (Ages 8-10) Exploring Insects )

    The program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme. Part of the program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 6 per session is needed to conduct the program.
    • Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Tuesday, March 27, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
    • 7
    Register

    When: Tuesday, March, 27 2018

    Time:  9: 30 am - 11:30 am

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $8 per child. (No charge for adults)

    Ages:  Ages 5-7

    (A session for  5-7 year olds is offered simultaneously. Please register for this separately: Homeschool Adventures: (Ages 5-7) Exploring Insects )

    The program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme. Part of the program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 6 per session is needed to conduct the program.
    • Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Friday, April 06, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Stauffer's Marsh Nature Preserve, located across from 4069 Back Creek Valley Rd, Hedgesville, WV
    Register

    What: Maintenance Day

    Where: Stauffer's Marsh Nature Preserve

    When: Friday, April 6, 2018

    Time: 9:00 am - 11:30 am

    Cost: Free

    Join us for a day of service as we work to improve Stauffer's Marsh Nature Preserve! We will be working to clear invasive species and maintain the trails on the preserve. Stauffer's Marsh provides important natural habitat for a robust variety of native flora and fauna. Regular maintenance of Stauffer's Marsh promotes high quality habitat and also ensures that the site is safe and welcoming for visitors. 

    PVAS will provide all necessary tools to complete the work including gloves and tools. Water refills and first aid will also be available. Participants should wear long sleeves, pants and closed-toed shoes. 

    Contact: Bridget Tinsley, PVAS Land and Watershed Program Manager,  304-261-6016 or email  bridget@potomacaudubon.org

    Location: The parking area for Stauffer's Marsh Preserve is located across from 4069 Back Creek Valley Road, Hedgesville WV. 


    • Wednesday, April 11, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV

    What: Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program

    Where: Hospice of the Panhandle, Education Center, Kearneysville

    When: Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

    Time: 7:00 PM

    Topic: Drones & Birds - How Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are Changing Ornithology?

    Presenter: Andrew Wilson, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

    Cost: free

    Join the Potomac Valley Audubon Society on Wednesday, April 11th at 7:00 PM for our regular monthly program.

    Mr. Wilson will present on Drones and Birds - How Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are Changing Ornithology? 

    Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, better known as drones, are a rapidly emerging technology that will impact many aspects of our lives in the near future. Mr Wilson will provide an overview of the many applications of drones in the study of birds. He will report on an innovative study conducted by Gettysburg College students to test the feasibility of using drones to count songbirds, and he hopes to convince you that this isn’t as silly a proposition as it sounds!

    Andrew Wilson is a pioneer in using drones for bird and wildlife research. Andy has been an avid birder since childhood. In his native England he was an Ecologist at the British Trust for Ornithology for 10 years before moving to PA for grad school in 2004. Andy edited the 2nd PA Bird Atlas and is helping with data analysis for Ohio, Rhode Island, West Virginia and Virginia atlases. Andy is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Gettysburg College, and lives in Frederick MD with his wife and five-year old twins.

    This program is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

    Directions: 

    Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV 25430

    GPS location is Food Lion, 50 Coast Guard Drive, Kearneysville (Hospice is directly across the street from Food Lion)

    www.hospiceotp.org

    From WV Route 9, take the Short Road exit. If traveling east, take a left off the exit. If traveling west, take a right off the exit. Follow to the stop light at Sheetz.  Turn right. Take the next left across from Food Lion onto Hospice Lane. Follow the road back.

    The office will be on your left (the inpatient facility will be on your right). The door to enter for the PVAS Program is to the right of the main office door. We will have a sign on the door. 

    Please contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026 with any questions you may have.

    • Thursday, April 12, 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Saturday, May 05, 2018
    • 9:00 PM
    • National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV
    • 13
    Register

    What: Birding 101

    When:  Classroom Sessions:  Thursday evenings April 12, 19, 26 & May 3.
    Field Trips: Saturday mornings April 14, 21, 28 & May 5.

    Time:  Classroom Sessions: 7-9 p.m.
    Field Trips: Saturday mornings (typically 7am-12pm)

    Where: Classroom Sessions: National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown WV.
    Classrooms TBA

    Field Trips: various locations around the Panhandle

    *Price: $90  per person for PVAS Members and   $110 per person for the general public.  The higher fee includes a one-year family membership in PVAS.

    Workshop Leaders: Wil Hershberger, Lynne Wiseman, Nancy Kirschbaum and Carol Winckler

    PVMN Re-cert Hours Eligible 

    Birding 101 is tailored for beginning birders. It utilizes both classroom sessions and field trips to teach everything from bird identification to field etiquette to birding techniques and resources. This year the course will be taught by local birding experts Wil Hershberger, Lynne Wiseman, Nancy Kirschbuam and Carol Winckler. An impressive collection of images and recordings, many captured by the instructors, enhance the course. 

    The classroom sessions will be held at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center. The classrooms will be announced. The field trips will be held at various locations around the Panhandle from roughly 7 a.m.–12 noon on the corresponding Saturdays (April 14, 21, 28 and May 5).

    Class size will be limited to 24 participants. The course is open to people of all ages but children younger than 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Registration is required. 

    $50 of the program fee is non-refundable. 100% of the fee is non-refundable if cancelled within 7 days of the course/event.  
    PVAS reserves the right to cancel the workshop due to unforeseen issues. In this case, a full course fee ($90) refund will be given. PVAS membership fees are not refundable.

    Please email any questions to Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or call 703-303-1026.
    • Saturday, April 14, 2018
    • 7:30 AM
    • USGS Fish Health Lab, 407 Reservoir Road (just off Leetown Road)
    Register

    What: Spring Bird Walk 

    Where: USGS Fish Health Lab property (407 Reservoir Rd, just off Leetown Rd)

    When: Saturday, April 14, 2018

    Time: 7:30 AM

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leaders: Bob Dean and Heather Walsh

    Join PVAS on a Spring Bird Walk at the USGS Fish Health Lab property! 

    Our expert birders have been leading walks on this property for a year now, and are excited with what it has to offer! The size is not excessively large, but the bird species are diverse and the quality of the wetland is excellent. The property has a mix of open ponds and woods; offering different species. The route is generally flat, with some gradual hills. 

    This bird walk is open to the public and children are welcome to attend with an adult. 

    Registration is strongly encouraged. 

    Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy walking shoes and bring along drinking water, sun screen and insect repellent. 

    Binoculars will be provided if needed. 

    The address for the USGS Leetown Science Center is 407 Reservoir Road, just off Leetown Road in Leetown. To search for it on Internet mapping sites, enter 407 Reservoir Road, Kearneysville, WV.

    Please contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026 with any questions you may have. 

    • Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
    • 10
    Register

    When: Tuesday, April 17, 2018

    Time:  9: 30 am - 11:30 am

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $8 per child. (No charge for adults)

    Ages:  Ages 5-7

    (A session for  8 - 10 year olds is offered simultaneously. Please register for this separately: Homeschool Adventures: (Ages 8-10) Edible Plants )

    In this program we will be eating cattail and making root beer out of sassafras roots. If your child has any food allergies please contact the instructor. 

    The program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme. Part of the program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 6 per session is needed to conduct the program.
    • Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
    • 11
    Register

    When: Tuesday, April 10, 2018

    Time:  9: 30 am - 11:30 am

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $8 per child. (No charge for adults)

    Ages:  Ages 8-10

    (A session for  5-7  year olds is offered simultaneously. Please register for this separately: Homeschool Adventures: (Ages 5-7) Edible Plants )

    In this program we will be eating cattail and making root beer out of sassafras roots. If your child has any food allergies please contact the instructor. 

    The program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme. Part of the program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 6 per session is needed to conduct the program.
    • Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Wednesday, April 18, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
    • 9
    Register

    When:  Wednesday, April 18, 2017.  Pre-registration is required (limited numbers)

    Time:  9:30-10:30 a.m.

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $5 (single fee) per child/adult partner. (There is no extra charge for an additional child under age 2.)

    Ages: This program is geared towards 3-5 year olds; however 2 year olds are welcome too!

    Program Description: This program will focus on all the sounds we hear in nature. From bird calls, frog calls, insect chirps and the tickle of the stream, this sensory program will help your preschool practice their observation and listening skills!

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 6 per session is needed to conduct the program. Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

     For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Tuesday, April 24, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
    • 10
    Register

    When: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    Time:  9: 30 am - 11:30 am

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $8 per child. (No charge for adults)

    Ages:  Ages 5-7

    (A session for  8 - 10 year olds is offered simultaneously. Please register for this separately:  Homeschool Adventures: (Ages 8-10) Pollinators)

    The program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme. Part of the program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 6 per session is needed to conduct the program.
    • Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Tuesday, April 24, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
    • 11
    Register

    When: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    Time:  9: 30 am - 11:30 am

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $8 per child. (No charge for adults)

    Ages:  Ages 8-10

    (A session for  5-7  year olds is offered simultaneously. Please register for this separately:  Homeschool Adventures: (Ages 5-7) Pollinators)

    The program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme. Part of the program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 6 per session is needed to conduct the program.
    • Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

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