PVAS offers a wide range of programs and activities that are aimed at promoting greater understanding and appreciation of the natural world for youth, adults, and families such as field trips to natural areas, summer camps, monthly lectures, school programs and many others.

Recent News

Click on the blue links below to find out more about any of these programs.  Click here to see  a printable version of the Events Calendar.

PVAS welcomes Bridget Tinsley, our new Land and Watershed Program Manager!  You'll be seeing quite a lot of her as she gets to know her job!

The United Way Day of Caring is scheduled for September 13 at both Yankauer and Staffer's Marsh Nature Preserves.  You can help!  Register now using the blue link above.

Join PVAS friends on an Adventure Learning Tour to two Monarch Butterfly Sanctuaries in central Mexico in February 2017!  Details are here!

PVAS is seeking a motivated educator to teach our school programs as an AmeriCorps member.  More details about the position are here.

There's been a lot in the news lately about the Zika virus.  Although we are not at great risk in this area, in this part of the US, you want to keep using insect repellent when out in the woods and grassy fields all year round.  Ticks in this area can carry Lyme Disease and mosquitoes can carry West Nile Virus.  Why give them a chance to bite you? 

Our Next PVAS Monthly Program

PVAS's next monthly program will be held on Wednesday, September 14, at 7 p.m. Amy Evrard will discuss Living In Nature: The World's Hunter-Gatherers. See you in September at  Hospice of the Panhandle in Kearneysville (GPS: Hospice Lane is opposite the Food Lion, 50 Coast Guard Dr., Kearneysville WV (on old Route 9), not the old location in Martinsburg). Please see hospiceotp.org for directions to their new facility


Program Updates

Teachers!  PVAS has lots of teacher resources and new ones are being posted regularly.  Teachers are encouraged to check out our Educational Programs and our StoryWalk website.  And why not apply to be a WV Sustainable School

Job Opportunities.  PVAS often has need for part-time program instructors.  More information can be found on our Job Opportunities page.

Are you looking for a good nature book?  Check out some suggestions here!  

Natural History Workshops!  PVAS offers many workshops during the year.  The 2016 events can be found in the Events Calendar. More are added frequently.     

All PVAS Volunteers are requested to log their volunteer hours online!  One of our volunteers, Melanie Snyder (littleowl48@hotmail.com), can help you get started. If you already have an account, the portal is here.


Support PVAS

Federal Employees can support PVAS through the Combined Federal Campaign:  CFC#29061.

You can also support PVAS using the Support PVAS icon in the blue menu bar.

Download the PVAS calendar

Download a printable calendar of events to keep informed about all the many PVAS activities. Details of these events can also be viewed on our Online Events Calendar.

Subscribe to PVAS Email Updates

We send email updates to keep you abreast of the wide range of programs and activities sponsored by PVAS. Sign up to receive the latest news and information on our upcoming events.


Upcoming events

Saturday, August 27, 2016 7:30 AM (EDT) • Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm, Antietam National Battlefiled, MD
Friday, September 02, 2016 7:30 PM (EDT) • C&O Canal Road, Shepherdstown, WV
Saturday, September 03, 2016 8:00 AM (EDT) • Kiwanis City Park, 371 Dynasty Drive, Hagerstown MD
Saturday, September 03, 2016 1:00 PM (EDT) • Eastern Panhandle and Washington County, MD
Saturday, September 10, 2016 7:30 AM (EDT) • Claymont Mansion outside of Charles Town


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The West Virginia Environmental Education Association also has a Facebook page.

Injured Animals

If you find an injured wild animal and want to know what to do, some information is here.  If you need assistance, contact Diana Mullis, Wildlife Rescue Coordinator   or dianamullis@aol.com    

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              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

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