Family Adventures


What can be better than exploring the out-of-doors with your family?!  Whether it is a formal hike or a pleasant bike ride on the C & O Canal, being outside together is a great way to spend a weekend or a vacation/holiday together.

Outdoor Explore

PVAS's newest children's program for families is designed to help children explore nature throughout the year.  Participants experience unstructured, but supervised, nature exploration and play in a variety of settings and habitats around the Eastern Panhandle.  PVAS has an adult leader on each outing.

Each activity is appropriate to the time of year and habitat of the specific location. Programs are held  in a different place, such as the C&O Canal, Yankauer Nature Preserve, Shannondale Springs, Eidolon Nature Preserve, or Flowing Springs Park.  Families are encouraged to return at a later date to do more exploring on their own.

The program was first funded through a grant by the WV Division of Natural Resources. It proved to be so popular, that it has continued.  New family events are posted on the Events Calendar so check back often for updates!

Preregistration is required and registrations are sometimes limited.  Cost is $5 per child per session.  For questions or more information about each event, contact Ellen Murphy (

If you would like to be a volunteer program leader for Outdoor Explore or have an idea for a natural area we should explore, let us know!

Past Outdoor Explore Adventures

Run For Cover at Eidolon Nature Preserve, Morgan County WV

Hike The Hills on the Maryland Heights Trail, near Harpers Ferry WV

Muddy Sneakers at Stauffer's Marsh, Back Creek Valley in Berkeley County WV

          © 2014 Potomac Valley Audubon Society

              P.O. Box 578 • Shepherdstown, West Virginia 25443
              phone // 304-676-3397

Kristin Alexander, Executive Director
phone // 304-676-3397

Ellen Murphy, Program Director
phone // 304-676-8739

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