Teacher Programs

Nature Meets the Classroom
School Programs

Bring your students to the Yankauer Preserve, in Berkeley County, or have PVAS bring a program to your classroom! Lessons are hands-on, linked to WVCSO’s, and great fun for your students. PVAS offers grade-specific programs for classrooms from pre-K-5th grade. We also offer custom programs upon request for pre-K-8th grade. Check out the list of programs (pdf) and call Ellen Murphy, Program Director, for more information or to book a program at 304-676-8739 or ellen@potomacaudubon.org

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Teacher Trainings

PVAS occasionally receives grants to lead trainings for local teachers. We can also design a custom program for your team to help increase teachers’ comfort level with teaching outside, using the schoolyard as a classroom, teaching science topics, or integrating environmental education across subject areas. Our staff and volunteers are also certified to lead Growing Up Wild, Project Wild, Project Wild Aquatic, and Flying Wild training sessions. Contact our Program Director, Ellen Murphy, for more information at 304-676-8739 or ellen@potomacaudubon.org.

Take Your Students Outside

The first step to using your schoolyard to support your already existing lesson plans is to go outside and look!  This guide will help you help your students to connect with nature.


You'll find links to several bird webcams here:  http://watch.birds.cornell.edu/nestcams/camera/index

The Eagle Cam at NCTC in Shepherdstown is here: http://outdoorchannel.com/Conservation/EagleCam.aspx

Jordan's Lake in North Carolina also has an Eagle Cam:  http://www.ustream.tv/jordanlakeeagles

Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa is here: http://www.ustream.tv/petespond/collection/cc3d89d7f639

The National Zoo in Washington, DC has several Animal Cams: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/webcams/default.cfm

The San Diego Zoo has Animal Cams as well: http://kids.sandiegozoo.org/animal-cams-videos

The Bear Cam in Ely MN: http://sportsmansparadiseonline.com/Live_Bear_Feed.html

Nature Explorer                                 Kits

These two kits, one on birds and one on insects, supply teachers with a classroom set of everything needed to teach about insects or birds. Field guides, children’s stories, activity ideas, binoculars, bug boxes, insect nets, posters, and more can be found in the kits, depending on the theme. Teachers can check out Nature Explorer Classroom Kits from the Shepherdstown Public Library and are available throughout the state through interlibrary loan. Most activities are for geared for grades K-5, but can be adapted for all ages. Scout leaders are welcome to check these out as well.

Teacher Resources

          © 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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