Natural History Workshop Calendar

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, September 23, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV
    What: Inspired by Nature - Natural History Workshop: Nature Sketching

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

    When: Saturday, September 23, 2017

    Time: 8:30 - 10:30 AM

    Cost: $10 for PVAS Members, $15 for general public

    PVAS Workshop Leader: Susan Brookreson

    Join local artist Susan Brookreson for a Nature Sketching Workshop at Cool Spring Preserve. 

    Susan will focus on teaching drawing techniques that quickly capture as much information about the subject being observed in nature as possible; information not always present or obvious in a photo. This type of drawing is useful in the field when you want to come back with enough information to correctly identify the fern, flower, insect, etc. you have observed.  Most importantly, this type of drawing can help you learn to see in more detail the beauty and complexity in nature.  

    This workshop is aimed at those with little or no drawing experience although all levels are welcome.
    Please bring along pencils and a small portable sketchpad.

    Weather permitting, the class will do some drawing outside so please dress accordingly, bring along drinking water and insect repellent. 

    Registration for this workshop is required. 

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


    • Thursday, September 28, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV

    What: Natural History Workshop: Securing the Future of Purple Martins and the Basics of Housing a Colony

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

    When: Thursday evening, September 28, 2017

    Time: 7:00 PM

    Cost: $10 for PVAS Members, $15 for general public

    Workshop Leader: Chip Hussion

    Contact: Krista Hawley adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org

    Interested in Purple Martins? Not sure where to begin? We have answers!

    Please join Purple Martin enthusiast Chip Hussion for this workshop on the basics of starting and maintaining a successful Purple Martin Colony. Learn about the plight of the Purple Martin and how you can help secure the future of this fascinating bird.

    Chip will review his own journey from a novice enthusiast to a confident care-taker of large colonies. He will incorporate the PMCA website (Purple Martin Conservation Association, purplemartin.org) as a wealth of information for anyone wanting to begin their own journey. He looks forward to connecting with individuals to help aid in choosing the correct location at your property, identifying appropriate housing and assisting with ongoing questions or concerns.  He is hoping to work with adults and families alike as they pursue this rewarding hobby. 

    As a child, Mr. Hussion spent much time on or in Lake Erie where there were purple martin houses in the yards of several lakefront homes. All these years later, he remembers hearing the stories of the plight of and survival needs of the purple martins. Carrying those memories forward, he has had purple martin housing up in his yard since 1999, with the first 2-3 years unsuccessful. Since 2003, after putting up new housing, his spring/summers are full of enjoyable activity & chatter!!

    Registration for this event is required. Children are welcomed when accompanied by an adult. 

    All fees are nonrefundable.  PVAS reserves the right to cancel programs that are not full. In this case, a full refund will be granted. 

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



Past events

Thursday, August 10, 2017 Natural History Workshop: Butterflies for Beginners: A Photographer's Point of View
Monday, August 07, 2017 Natural History Workshop: Project Wild
Sunday, June 04, 2017 Natural History Workshop: Intro to Naturalist Field Journals
Thursday, May 25, 2017 Natural History Workshop: First Aid and CPR Certification Training
Thursday, April 06, 2017 Natural History Workshop: Birding 101
Saturday, March 25, 2017 Natural History Workshop: Structural Pruning of Trees
Saturday, March 11, 2017 Natural History Workshop: Vernal Pools
Saturday, September 10, 2016 Natural History Workshop: Antietam Creek 'Water Canaries'
Thursday, June 09, 2016 Natural History Workshop: Birding 101
Saturday, March 12, 2016 Winter Wildlife and Tracks Walk at Cacapon State Park
Saturday, January 16, 2016 Tour the Grapevine Road Recycling Center
Thursday, December 03, 2015 Appalachian Fruit Research Station Tour
Saturday, November 14, 2015 Medicinal Plants: Past, Present & Future
Saturday, August 15, 2015 Natural History Workshop; Mushrooms
Saturday, July 25, 2015 Natural History Workshop; "Wasted Light, Stolen Night: An Introduction to Light Pollution"
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 Project WET/Project WILD/Project Learning Tree Workshop for Teachers
Saturday, May 30, 2015 Natural History Workshop; Campfire Cooking Class
Saturday, May 30, 2015 Fern Walk at Eidolon Nature Preserve
Sunday, May 17, 2015 Natural History of the Timber Rattlesnake
Sunday, May 03, 2015 Field Trip to Eversweet Apiaries; Intro to Honeybees, Honey & Beekeeping
Sunday, April 19, 2015 Natural History Workshop: Sharing Nature With Children: Spring and Summer
Thursday, April 02, 2015 Natural History Workshop: Birding 101
Saturday, March 07, 2015 Winter Wildlife and Tracks Walk at Cacapon State Park
Saturday, March 07, 2015 Natural History Workshop: Project Learning Tree, Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood
Saturday, January 10, 2015 Natural History Workshop: Safety in the Outdoors
Thursday, September 11, 2014 Natural History Workshop: Advanced Birding Series - Raptors
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Natural History Workshop: Advanced Birding Series - Shorebirds
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Natural History Workshop: Introduction to Butterflies
Saturday, May 10, 2014 Natural History Workshop: Geology of Hardy County WV
Sunday, April 06, 2014 Natural History Workshop: Nature Sketching
Saturday, March 08, 2014 Natural History Workshop: Exploring Vernal Pools


  
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              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 
Kristin@potomacaudubon.org

Ellen Murphy, Program Specialist //    
304-676-8739 
Ellen@potomacaudubon.org

Krista Hawley, Adult Program Coordinator
// 703-303-1026
AdultPrograms@PotomacAudubon.org

Bridget Tinsley, Land and Watershed Program Manager // 304-261-6016
Bridget@PotomacAudubon.org

Amy Moore, Cool Spring Preserve Manager and Naturalist // 240-818-4714
Amy@PotomacAudubon.org
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