Natural History Workshop Calendar

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, August 11, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV
    • 14
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    What: Natural History Workshop: Art to Earth; An Ecopsychology Workshop

    Where: Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town

    When: Saturday, August 11, 2018

    Time: 9 am - 12 Noon

    Cost: $15 for PVAS members, $20 for general public

    Workshop Instructor: Susan Loonsk

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

    Join Susan Loonsk for this unique workshop where participants will engage in Ecopsychology concepts through  nature and art activities. Students will  experience many  concepts of Ecopsychology by connecting self to nature through expressive activities. 

    Participants can expect to gain an understanding of Ecopsychology ideas , and participate in  guided  meditations, earth walks and an indoor art project.          

    This workshop is open to the public and no prior meditation or art making experience is needed. However registration is required.             

    Even if you have previously participated in one of these workshops, all of Susan's classes have different meditations and art activities. Participants can attend one or all in any sequence as the classes do not build on each other. 

    Art supplies provided.  Participants may bring any favorite water-based paints, or drawing materials of their own if they wish.

    This workshop is being held at Cool Spring Preserve in the upstairs classroom as well as on the trails of the preserve. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable clothing and sturdy walking shoes. Bring along drinking water, sunscreen and insect repellent. 

    Registration for this workshop is required. 

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


    • Saturday, August 25, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1146 Lloyd Rd, Charles Town, WV
    • 14
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    What: Natural History Workshop: Citizen Science: Butterfly Research

    Where: Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town

    When: Saturday, August 25, 2018 

    Time: 10 am -  12 pm

    Cost: $15 for PVAS Members, $20 for general public

    Instructor: Joanne Langbee, Master Naturalist & Master Gardener

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

    Interested in Citizen Science and butterflies? This is the perfect opportunity for you!

    Join Joanne on Saturday, August 25 as she takes you through her step by step process of Citizen Science Butterfly Research both in the classroom and in the field. 

    Joanne's presentation will cover how the citizen science project of “Butterflies in Season” went from just identifying the butterflies at Lauritzen Gardens to a project that involves many different elements such as: How many total butterflies and species there are in the gardens, how many butterflies and species are in each garden, what plants the butterflies are nectaring on, when are the butterflies at their peak, how weather affects the number of butterflies, and how the numbers of each species compares from year to year. 

    In the classroom Joanne will go over the objectives, how the project has evolved, some of the results, surprises, types of spreadsheets, field guides, as well as how and when to butterfly.

    Joanne will then take to the field to provide visuals and hands-on learning about her Citizen Science project and guidelines on how to implement your own. 

    Joanne Langabee is a Master Naturalist and a Master Gardener. Since retiring in 2004, she has volunteered at Fontenelle Forest, Lauritzen Garden and for the city of Bellevue maintaining flower beds in the city parks. She is also on the Tree Board for Bellevue.  In 2007 – 2011 she tested EarthKind roses for Texas A & M.  Joanne started the “Butterflies in Season” project in 2015.

    Dress for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes and bring along some drinking water. 

    Everyone is welcome to attend this workshop. Children may attend when accompanied by an adult and registration is required.

    All registration fees are final as refunds for this workshop are not available. 

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

    • Thursday, September 13, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1146 Lloyd Rd, Charles Town, WV
    • 14
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    This workshop has been rescheduled from its original date of 6-21-18

    What: Art Inspired by Nature: Mandala Watercolor Workshop

    Where: Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town

    When: Thursday, September 13, 2018 

    Time: 7 pm -  9 pm

    Cost: $15 for PVAS Members, $25 for general public

    Instructor: Susan Brookreson

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

    Join Susan's Art Inspired by Nature: Mandala Watercolor Workshop. This will be an evening of art, nature, creativity and fun!

    A mandala is an ancient, universal art form. It is circular in format; Mandala means circular in Sanskrit.  Nature will be the inspiration for the creation of these mandalas. Mandala shapes in nature include flowers, the sun and moon, various fruits, shells, spiderwebs etc.  These mandalas can be abstract, symbolic, nonobjective, include realism or be a combination.  Drawing ability is not required.  The emphasis will be creativity, self expression and the natural world.

    Suggested supplies: watercolors (profession grade unnecessary), watercolor brushes, a black marker, watercolor paper (get inexpensive paper that has some heft). Regular drawing paper will not work with watercolors.  *A limited amount of some of these items will be available to use at the workshop. Do not let lack of brushes or marker stop you from registering! 

    This event lead by Susan Brookreson, retired art teacher, Master Naturalist and nature lover, is geared towards all nature lovers and all levels of artistic abilities. 

    This class will be held mainly indoors, with a outdoor stroll through the trails to look to nature for inspiration. 

    Dress for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes and bring along some drinking water. 

    Everyone is welcome to attend this workshop, regardless of their artistic skills. Children may register and attend when accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

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

    • Saturday, September 22, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1146 Lloyd Rd, Charles Town, WV
    • 13
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    What: Introduction to Naturalist Field Journals

    Where: Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town

    When: Saturday, September 22, 2018 

    Time: 9 am -  12 pm

    Cost: $15 for PVAS Members, $20 for general public

    Instructor: Carolyn Duckworth

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

    Celebrate the Autumn Equinox with Carolyn's morning workshop; Introduction to Naturalist Field Journals. 

    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 and a trained artist. Carolyn has spent decades studying and perfecting the practice of keeping naturalist field journals. 

    This class will begin with a brief indoor session, then will move outdoors (weather permitting). Cool Spring’s easy trails and gathering spaces are ideal for working on your own field journal. 

    Bring a small (approximately 5 x 7") sketchbook or notebook, preferably with no lines, a pencil (#2) and a pen of your choice. PVAS will have some extra supplies available for use.

    Dress for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes and bring along some drinking water. 

    Carolyn is offering an afternoon sequel to her morning workshop. If you are planning on attending the afternoon session, please bring along a packed lunch. If the weather permits, there are ample places to enjoy your picnic lunch on the preserve. There is a refrigerator and microwave available for those that would like to store or heat their lunch. 

    Everyone is welcome to attend this workshop, regardless of their journaling skills. Children may attend when accompanied by an adult and registration is required.

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



    • Saturday, September 22, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1146 Lloyd Rd, Charles Town, WV
    • 14
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    What: In-depth Field Journaling 

    Where: Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town

    When: Saturday, September 22, 2018 

    Time: 1 pm -  4 pm

    Cost: $15 for PVAS Members, $20 for general public

    Instructor: Carolyn Duckworth

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible 

    Embrace Autumn's arrival with Carolyn's afternoon workshop; In-depth Field Journaling.

    Deepen your field journal practice with two classic drawing techniques, simple visual cues, and combining the visual with words. The drawing techniques help you relax your mind so you can record observations more accurately. Results can be hilarious, yet they reveal details you don’t ordinarily see. Use visual prompts to decipher animals, plants, and landscapes. Experiment with organizing a field journal page before, during, and after field observations.  

    This event will be led by Carolyn Duckworth, a professional writer for the National Park Service and a trained artist. Carolyn has spent decades studying and perfecting the practice of keeping naturalist field journals. 

    This class will begin with a brief indoor session, then will move outdoors (weather permitting). Cool Spring’s easy trails and gathering spaces are ideal for working on your own field journal. 

    Bring a small (approximately 5 x 7") sketchbook or notebook, preferably with no lines, a pencil (#2) and a pen of your choice. PVAS will have some extra supplies available for use.

    Dress for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes and bring along some drinking water. 

    Carolyn is offering a morning introductory workshop prior to this in-depth journaling session. If you are planning on attending the morning session, please bring along a packed lunch. If the weather permits, there are ample places to enjoy your picnic lunch on the preserve. There is a refrigerator and microwave available for those that would like to store or heat their lunch. 

    Everyone is welcome to attend this workshop, regardless of their journaling skills. Children may attend when accompanied by an adult and registration is required.

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



    • Saturday, October 13, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV
    • 16
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    What: Natural History Workshop: "Drawn from Nature" John James Audubon and How he Drew the Birds of America

    Where: Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town

    When: Saturday, October 13, 2018

    Time: 1 - 4 pm

    Cost: $20 for PVAS members, $25 for general public

    Workshop Instructor: Doug Pifer

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

    Doug Pifer, a professional writer, illustrator and wildlife artist for over 40 years will be leading this workshop, "Drawn from Nature" John James Audubon and How he Drew the Birds of America.

    This unique workshop will begin with Doug briefly describing the life of J J Audubon and how he evolved his technique of drawing life sized birds from nature. Mr. Pifer will then demonstrate Audubon’s technique, using a grid upon which a songbird is pinned and positioned.

    While wearing period clothing, Mr. Pifer will encourage participants to choose and draw a life-sized songbird and draw it using Audubon’s technique, by using a drawing of a bird instead of an actual bird.

    Doug will have two of his own life- sized bird paintings done in the manner of Audubon for reference. 

    He will demonstrate how Audubon pinned a bird to a grid and then drew it onto another paper with the same grid; creating a life size drawing of a bird in the desired pose. 

    Participants will be offered a choice of birds to draw, and then “play” with the bird on a grid, trying out positions, until they believe it is in a life like pose. Then they will take the transparent grid and duplicate it in pencil onto a piece of drawing paper, then draw the bird as it intersects the corresponding squares on their grid.

    Participants will take away a fuller understanding of how Audubon was able to successfully and dynamically create his drawings.

    If you have, please bring along drawing paper, pencils, chalk, crayon, and/or colored pencils. Supplies will be provided if needed. 

    This workshop is being held at Cool Spring Preserve in the upstairs classroom. 

    Doug has taught basic art classes to children, adults, homeschool students and seniors for many years. 

    Registration for this workshop is required. 

    Registration fees are non-refundable.

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

Past events

Saturday, June 09, 2018 Natural History Workshop: Art to Earth; An Ecopsychology Workshop
Thursday, May 31, 2018 First Aid and CPR Certification Training
Thursday, April 12, 2018 Natural History Workshop: Birding 101
Saturday, February 10, 2018 Natural History Workshop: Diseases of Vernal Pools
Saturday, January 20, 2018 Natural History Workshop: Tree Pruning
Saturday, October 21, 2017 Natural History Workshop: Inspired By Nature; Sketching Live Raptors
Thursday, September 28, 2017 Natural History Workshop: Securing the Future of Purple Martins and the Basics of Housing a Colony
Saturday, September 23, 2017 Inspired by Nature - Natural History Workshop: Nature Sketching
Thursday, August 10, 2017 Natural History Workshop: Butterflies for Beginners: A Photographer's Point of View
Monday, August 07, 2017 Natural History Workshop: Project Wild
Sunday, June 04, 2017 Natural History Workshop: Intro to Naturalist Field Journals
Thursday, May 25, 2017 Natural History Workshop: First Aid and CPR Certification Training
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 
Kristin@potomacaudubon.org

Kimberly Baldwin, Program Director //
304-350-9735
Kimberly@potomacaudubon.org

Katelyn "KC" Walters, Conservation and Land Manager // 304-283-7319
Katelyn@PotomacAudubon.org

Krista Hawley, Adult Program Coordinator
// 703-303-1026
AdultPrograms@PotomacAudubon.org

Amy Moore, Cool Spring Preserve Manager and Naturalist // 240-818-4714
Amy@PotomacAudubon.org
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