Discover Nature with a Walking Tour of Shenandoah University's Shenandoah River Campus at Cool Spring Battlefield

  • Tuesday, September 01, 2015
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Bluemont, Va in Clarke County
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What: Discover Nature with a Walking Tour of Shenandoah University's Shenandoah River Campus at Cool Spring Battlefield

Where:  Bluemont, Va in Clarke County

When: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Time: 9:00 a.m. to approx. 12:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Guide: Gene Lewis, site manager

PVAS Host: Debbie Maiorano

Join PVAS for an exciting trip to Shenandoah University's new Shenandoah River Campus at Cool Spring Battlefield, in Clarke County VA, on Tuesday September 1.

 Anyone with an interest is welcome to join the trip, including families with children. However, space will be limited to only 20 people so pre-registration is required.

 In 2013 Shenandoah University assumed stewardship of 195 acres of land, now known as the Shenandoah River Campus at Cool Spring Battlefield. Under the university's guidance, the property is transitioning from a former golf course into an outdoor classroom for the university community and general public.

 The property lends itself to both historical and environmental studies. On the historical side, it is the site of the July 18, 1964 Battle of Cool Spring and also contains traces of the Native Americans who lived in the Shenandoah Valley and the European immigrants who settled in the area.  Environmentally, it contains a rich, diverse mixture of habitats, plants, animals and geology.

 Walking Tour Description: We will meet at the clubhouse located on the property and then proceed on a 2.5-mile tour. Mr. Lewis will discuss the recent history of the property, the present state of the property and the challenges they face as they attempt to restore Cool Spring to a more native habitat. Our trail will explore the river, steams, forest, rocky slopes and meadows. The walk is a mostly flat, paved trail with one steep hill about mid point. The group will lead the pace.  Approximate time for the full hike is 3 hours.

Address: 1400 Parker Lane, Bluemont, VA  20135.

Wear comfortable shoes, bring water and bug spring.  Optional:  Feel free to pack a lunch to eat afterwards and don't forget the binoculars.

 If there are heavy rains the hike will be rescheduled at a later date.

Anyone wishing to carpool may meet Debbie at the Food Lion parking lot on Route 51 off I-81 in Inwood promptly at 8:00 a.m.

For additional information on Cool Spring please visit their website:

Please contact Debbie Maiorano at or 540-535-5145 with any questions.

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

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

Kimberly Baldwin, Program Director //

Katelyn "KC" Walters, Conservation and Land Manager // 304-283-7319

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

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