Natural History Workshop Calendar

Upcoming events

    • Thursday, May 31, 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Rd, Charles Town, WV 25414
    Register

    What: First Aid and CPR Certification Training

    Where: Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Rd. Charles Town, WV

    When: Thursday, May 31, 2018

    Time: 5:30 - 9:00 PM

    Cost: $70 for PVAS Members, $75 for general public

    Upon successful completion of the course, you will earn a standard first aid and CPR certificate. The certification is through the Emergency Care Safety Institute (ECSI) and the local vendor is Emergency Training Resource (ETR)

    The course will be held in the upstairs classroom in the main building at Cool Spring Preserve. 

    Dress in comfortable clothes, bring along drinking water and eat dinner before arriving. The class will start promptly at 5:30. 

    The workshop is open to anyone with an interest, however registration is required.

    In order to receive the certification, you must attend the full three hour course.

    PVAS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for unforeseen circumstances. In this case, the full fee will be refunded. 

    • Saturday, June 02, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1146 Lloyd Rd, Charles Town, WV
    • 14
    Register
    What: Introduction to Naturalist Field Journals

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

    When: Saturday, June 2, 2018 

    Time: 9 am -  12 pm

    Cost: $15 for PVAS Members, $20 for general public

    Instructor: Carolyn Duckworth

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

    Join Carolyn's morning workshop; Introduction to Naturalist Field Journals.

    Learn techniques to begin or diversify your field journaling, and follow in the footsteps of Joseph Grinnell and John Muir. Field journals have long been used by naturalists to record regular observations of the natural world. Such detailed information, which may include species counts, illustrations, weather patterns, and notable seasonal changes are used by naturalists for pleasure, scientific and historic inquiry. Field journals encourage keen observations to gain insight and record lasting impressions of the natural world.

    This event will be led by Carolyn Duckworth, a professional writer for the National Park Service and a trained artist. Carolyn has spent decades studying and perfecting the practice of keeping naturalist field journals. 

    This class will begin with a brief indoor session, then will move outdoors (weather permitting). Cool Spring’s easy trails and gathering spaces are ideal for working on your own field journal. 

    Bring a small (approximately 5 x 7") sketchbook or notebook, preferably with no lines, a pencil (#2) and a pen of your choice. PVAS will have some extra supplies available for use.

    Dress for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes and bring along some drinking water. 

    Carolyn is offering an afternoon sequel to her morning workshop. If you are planning on attending the afternoon session, please bring along a packed lunch. If the weather permits, there are ample places to enjoy your picnic lunch on the preserve. There is a refrigerator and microwave available for those that would like to store or heat their lunch. 

    Everyone is welcome to attend this workshop, regardless of their journaling skills. Children may attend when accompanied by an adult and registration is required.

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



    • Saturday, June 02, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1146 Lloyd Rd, Charles Town, WV
    • 15
    Register
    What: In-depth Field Journaling 

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

    When: Saturday, June 2, 2018 

    Time: 1 pm -  4 pm

    Cost: $15 for PVAS Members, $20 for general public

    Instructor: Carolyn Duckworth

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible 

    Join Carolyn's afternoon workshop; In-depth Field Journaling.

    Deepen your field journal practice with two classic drawing techniques, simple visual cues, and combining the visual with words. The drawing techniques help you relax your mind so you can record observations more accurately. Results can be hilarious, yet they reveal details you don’t ordinarily see. Use visual prompts to decipher animals, plants, and landscapes. Experiment with organizing a field journal page before, during, and after field observations.  

    This event will be led by Carolyn Duckworth, a professional writer for the National Park Service and a trained artist. Carolyn has spent decades studying and perfecting the practice of keeping naturalist field journals. 

    This class will begin with a brief indoor session, then will move outdoors (weather permitting). Cool Spring’s easy trails and gathering spaces are ideal for working on your own field journal. 

    Bring a small (approximately 5 x 7") sketchbook or notebook, preferably with no lines, a pencil (#2) and a pen of your choice. PVAS will have some extra supplies available for use.

    Dress for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes and bring along some drinking water. 

    Carolyn is offering a morning introductory workshop prior to this in-depth journaling session. If you are planning on attending the morning session, please bring along a packed lunch. If the weather permits, there are ample places to enjoy your picnic lunch on the preserve. There is a refrigerator and microwave available for those that would like to store or heat their lunch. 

    Everyone is welcome to attend this workshop, regardless of their journaling skills. Children may attend when accompanied by an adult and registration is required.

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



    • Saturday, June 09, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV
    • 10
    Register

    What: Natural History Workshop: Art to Earth; An Ecopsychology Workshop

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

    When: Saturday, June 9, 2018

    Time: 9 - 11:30 am

    Cost: $15 for PVAS members, $20 for general public

    Workshop Instructor: Susan Loonsk

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

    Join Susan Loonsk for this unique workshop where participants will be introduced to Ecopsychology concepts through experiencing nature and art. Students will gain a basic understanding of some of the concepts of Ecopsychology and how to connect self to nature through expressive activities. 

    Participants can expect an overview of what is Ecopsychology, a guided grounding meditation, an earth walk and sensory inventory as well as an indoor art project.                                                                                                            

    This workshop is open to the public and no prior meditation or art making experience is needed. However registration is required.             

    Art supplies provided.  Participants may bring any favorite water-based paints, or drawing materials of their own if they wish.

    This workshop is being held at Cool Spring Preserve in the downstairs classroom as well as on the trails of the preserve. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable clothing and sturdy walking shoes. Bring along drinking water, sunscreen 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, June 21, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1146 Lloyd Rd, Charles Town, WV
    • 15
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    What: Art Inspired by Nature: Mandala Watercolor Workshop

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

    When: Thursday, June 21, 2018 

    Time: 7 pm -  9 pm

    Cost: $15 for PVAS Members, $25 for general public

    Instructor: Susan Brookreson

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

    Join Susan's Art Inspired by Nature: Mandala Watercolor Workshop. This will be an evening of art, nature, creativity and fun!

    A mandala is an ancient, universal art form. It is circular in format; Mandala means circular in Sanskrit.  Nature will be the inspiration for the creation of these mandalas. Mandala shapes in nature include flowers, the sun and moon, various fruits, shells, spiderwebs etc.  These mandalas can be abstract, symbolic, nonobjective, include realism or be a combination.  Drawing ability is not required.  The emphasis will be creativity, self expression and the natural world.

    Suggested supplies: watercolors (profession grade unnecessary), watercolor brushes, a black marker, watercolor paper (get inexpensive paper that has some heft). Regular drawing paper will not work with watercolors.  *A limited amount of some of these items will be available to use at the workshop. Do not let lack of brushes or marker stop you from registering! 

    This event lead by Susan Brookreson, retired art teacher, Master Naturalist and nature lover, is geared towards all nature lovers and all levels of artistic abilities. 

    This class will be held mainly indoors, with a outdoor stroll through the trails to look to nature for inspiration. 

    Dress for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes and bring along some drinking water. 

    Everyone is welcome to attend this workshop, regardless of their artistic skills. Children may register and attend when accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

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

Past events

Thursday, April 12, 2018 Natural History Workshop: Birding 101
Saturday, February 10, 2018 Natural History Workshop: Diseases of Vernal Pools
Saturday, January 20, 2018 Natural History Workshop: Tree Pruning
Saturday, October 21, 2017 Natural History Workshop: Inspired By Nature; Sketching Live Raptors
Thursday, September 28, 2017 Natural History Workshop: Securing the Future of Purple Martins and the Basics of Housing a Colony
Saturday, September 23, 2017 Inspired by Nature - Natural History Workshop: Nature Sketching
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

           © 2016 Potomac Valley Audubon Society

              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

Kimberly Baldwin, Program Director //
304-350-9735
Kimberly@potomacaudubon.org

Katelyn "KC" Walters, Conservation and Land Manager // 304-283-7319
Katelyn@PotomacAudubon.org

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

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