Natural History Workshop Calendar

Upcoming events

    • Thursday, May 25, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Rd, Charles Town, WV 25414
    Registration is closed

    What: First Aid and CPR Certification Training

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

    When: Thursday, May 25, 2017

    Time: 5:30 - 9:30 PM

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

    Trainer: Brian Kearney

    Contact: Krista Hawley or 703-303-1026

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible 

    Brian Kearney will be conducting a three hour First Aid and CPR course at PVAS's Cool Spring Preserve.

    Upon successful completion of the course, you will have earned the 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. 

    Cool Spring Preserve is located at 1469 Lloyd Rd. just outside Charles Town, WV. Parking is available at the parking lot to the front of the building. 

    The workshop is open to anyone with an interest, however registration is required and limited to 10 people. 

    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. $50 of the fee is nonrefundable and 100% of the fee is nonrefundable within 7 days of the workshop. 

    • Sunday, June 04, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1146 Lloyd Rd, Charles Town, WV
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    What: Introduction to Naturalist Field Journals

    Where: Cool Spring Preserve

    When: Sunday, June 4, 2017 

    Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

    Cost: Free

    Instructor: Carolyn Duckworth

    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. Carolyn has spent decades studying and perfecting the practice of keeping naturalists field journals. 

    This class will begin with a brief introduction to field journaling, then a trip outdoors to explore Cool Spring Preserve to acquire inspiration. Participants should bring a small (approximately 5" x 7") sketchbook or notebook, preferably with no lines, a pencil (#2) and a pen of their choice. PVAS will have some extra supplies available for use. 

    • Thursday, August 10, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Hospice of the Panhandle, Education Center. 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV

    What: Natural History Workshop: Butterflies for Beginners: A Photographer's Point of View

    Where: Hospice of the Panhandle, Education Center, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV

    When: Thursday, August 10th, 2017

    Time: 7:00 PM

    Instructor: Penny Stritch

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

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible 

    Love to watch the butterflies in your yard? Are you interested in learning how to identify them? Wondering what plants attract them? Looking for tips on how to take a quality picture of these fluttering beauties?

    Join Penny Stritch for this Natural History Workshop: Butterflies for Beginners: A Photographer's Point of View. 

    As a self-taught backyard naturalist, Penny has documented 50 different species of butterflies in her yard. She is excited to share her impressive photographs of butterflies as well as give you a photographers viewpoint of:

    • which butterflies you can expect to find in your yard
    • where to look for them
    • what to plant in order to attract them to your yard
    • useful field guides 
    • tips on how to take pictures of these fluttering insects
    • clues on how to ID skippers
    • and much more!

    This workshop is open for anyone interested, however registration is required. 

    Penny has spent years creating a backyard habitat that is home to hundreds of butterflies, as well as numerous other insects. She will be leading an educational tour of her yard on the Saturday following this Workshop. However registration for this tour will be limited so make sure to register early! Registration for the tour available here.

    The Workshop is held at the Hospice of the Panhandle located at 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville. From W.Va. Route 9, take the Short Road exit. If heading east, turn left off of the exit. If traveling west, turn right off of the exit. Follow to the stop light at Sheetz. Turn right. Take the next left across from the Shop N Save (formerly Food Lion) onto Hospice Lane. Follow the road back to the Education Center. The Education Center will be on your left, and the inpatient facility will be on your right.

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

Past events

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

Ellen Murphy, Program Specialist //    

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

Bridget Tinsley, Land and Watershed Program Manager // 304-261-6016

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