Owl Prowl and campfire at the historic Claymont Mansion property

  • Friday, October 28, 2016
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Claymont Mansion outside of Charles Town


Registration is closed

What: Owl Prowl at the historic Claymont Mansion property - Plus listening for owls around the campfire with special desserts and toasted marshmallows to continue the celebration of the PVMN 10th Anniversary!

Where: Claymont Mansion, outside of Charles Town

When: Friday, October 28, 2016

Time: 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Cost: Free

Trip Leader: Joette Borzik

Enjoy the brisk fall weather while looking for owls, bats and other creatures of the night with expert birder and Master Naturalist, Joette Borzik. The prowl will take place on the beautiful historic Claymont Mansion property outside of Charles Town.

Please meet Joette on Friday, October 28 at 6:00 PM on the driveway to the mansion and park at the gate. The entrance is located at 667 Huyett Road and is marked by a street sign that says "Claymont Mansion".

The Owl Prowl is free and open to anyone with an interest. Children are welcome when accompanied by an adult.

  • All West Virginia Master Naturalists are encouraged to join the Owl Prowl to celebrate the 10th year anniversary of the program. As a special treat, Clark Dixon, Master Dutch Oven Chef, will be preparing a campfire dessert for the participants. We will also be toasting marshmallows. All goodies provided free of charge. Sitting around a campfire is a great way to listen for owls, especially the Great Horned Owl or Barred Owl.
Registration is optional but strongly encouraged.

The walk will still occur if it is raining, so come prepared for the prevailing weather conditions. 

The participants should wear sturdy walking shoes, bring drinking water, insect repellent and one flashlight per person. Bring your binoculars if you have them, and a few pairs will be available for those who need them.

The group will walk for approximately 2 miles, but individuals may opt out at any time along the way

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. 

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