Natural History Workshop: Vernal Pools

  • Saturday, March 11, 2017
  • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • 407 Reservoir Road, Leetown, WV
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What: Natural History Workshop: Vernal Pools

Where: 407 Reservoir Road, Leetown, WV (Directions below)

When: Saturday, March 11, 2017

Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Cost: $20 for PVAS Members, $25 for general public

Instructors: Clark Dixon, PVAS and Kevin Oxenrider, WVDNR

PVMN Re-Cert Eligible 

Join Clark Dixon for this natural history class on Vernal Pools on Saturday, March 11th. 

The focus for this class will be on the need for Citizen Science involvement to survey local vernal pools. This four hour natural history elective will include a basic introduction to vernal pools with a visit to observe a local vernal pool. 

The class which is limited to 20 participants will be held at 407 Reservoir Road, Leetown, WV (Directions listed below).  The day will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 12:00 noon.  Our special guest will be Kevin Oxenrider.  Kevin is the new WVDNR Wildlife Diversity Biologist in District 2, Romney.  

Kevin is currently implementing a (WVDNR) pilot project that is intended to assess the extent of Ranavirus and other amphibian diseases throughout WV.  Kevin will outline the goals, needs, and methods for this project which include developing a statewide database of wood frog and spotted salamander vernal pool and breeding pond locations and other wetland areas in WV that have breeding populations of spotted salamanders and wood frogs.  This disease survey and monitoring effort will heavily rely on Master Naturalists and other citizens to cover local areas in the state. 

Join us to learn more about this important WVDNR Citizen Science project.  This is a great opportunity for Master Naturalists to provide meaningful service to improve WVDNR ability to implement this amphibian and reptile disease surveillance project.

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

This event is limited to 20 participants and registration is required.

Directions: Vernal Pool class will be at the National Fish Health Research Laboratory in the Leetown Conference Room. The address for the entire complex is 11649 Leetown Road; directions can be found at: The address of the Fish Health Laboratory itself is 407 Reservoir Road. Once you pull onto Reservoir Road, the parking and building are immediately on your right. Enter the parking lot on the Reservoir Road side of the building (just off Leetown Rd).

Here’s the confusing part: the entire complex covers both sides of Leetown Road, so the first step is figuring out which building on which side of the road. The new buildings (USDA Cold and Coolwater Research Lab) are on one side; you want the older buildings on the OTHER side of the street. When you pull into the lot with the two older buildings, the Fish Health Building is on the left. The Leetown Conference Room is in that building, on the left after you enter.

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

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