Natural History Workshop; "Wasted Light, Stolen Night: An Introduction to Light Pollution"

  • Saturday, July 25, 2015
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV
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  • $15 fee for non-members
  • $10.00 fee for PVAS Members

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What: Natural History Workshop; "Wasted Light, Stolen Night: An Introduction to Light Pollution"

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

When: Saturday, July 25, 2015

Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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

Workshop Instructor: Laura Kitchin Greenleaf

PVAS Host: Debbie Maiorano

PVMN Recert Hours

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is excited to welcome Laura Kitchin Greenleaf as she shares her knowledge and information on the fascinating topic of light pollution.

Mrs. Greenleaf will lead a Natural History Workshop, "Wasted Light, Stolen Night; An Introduction to Light Pollution" at the Hospice of the Panhandle on Saturday, July 25. 

Laura Greenleaf co-leads the Virginia chapter of the International Dark Sky Association. As a certified Master Naturalist in Virginia (Riverine chapter), she has been educating audiences about the vanishing night and supporting community members and advocates working to turn the tide of light pollution. She delivers presentations for conferences, nonprofit organizations, community groups and government agencies.

During this workshop, Laura Greenleaf will explain why light pollution has increased exponentially in the past fifty years and how a more informed, thoughtful approach to outdoor lighting along with improved design and technology can reverse the obliteration of starry skies and natural nightscapes.  We'll learn the facts about public safety and lighting and  why so much of our lighting does more harm than good, including to our vision and our health. We'll explore the ecological consequences of light  pollution as artificial light at night ripples through the food web, disrupting habitat, life cycles and physiology of all species. We'll also hear the good news about night sky conservation and positive trends from around the world and find out what we can do to make a difference at home.

Laura will also be giving away a free signed copy of Paul Bogard's acclaimed The Light of Night: Searching for natural darkness in an age of artificial light.

This Natural History Workshop is open to the public, however pre-registration is required. 

Directions to the main office of the Hospice of the Panhandle can be found here: 

Hospice of the Panhandle is off of the old Hwy 9 (Route 115) between Kearneysville and Martinsburg, just down from the VA Hospital. The entrance to the Hospice Building is directly across from the Food Lionon Coast Guard Drive in Kearneysville. 

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

**Registration fees are non-refundable. PVAS reserves the right to cancel the workshop due to unforeseen issues and in this case, a full refund will be given.

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