Natural History Workshop Calendar

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, October 21, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV
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    What: Natural History Workshop: Inspired By Nature; Sketching Live Raptors

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

    When: Saturday, October 21, 2017

    Time: 1 - 3 p.m.

    Cost: $10 for PVAS members, $15 for general public

    Workshop Instructor: Doug Pifer

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

    Doug Pifer, a professional writer, illustrator and wildlife artist for over 40 years, has teamed up with veterinarian, Belinda Burwell from the Wildlife Veterinary Care in Millwood to offer this unique workshop.

    Doug will introduce participants to drawing directly from life, using a live raptor as a model. 

    After a brief introduction to comparative anatomy and a demonstration of how wings work, Belinda Burwell will join the workshop with a live hawk or owl as a model. 

    Participants will be encouraged to observe the model closely and familiarize themselves with its anomy and behavior. Then using basic drawing materials they will be able to record their own impressions using the 'minds eye'. 

    Emphasis will be on observing and focusing on the subject. Participants may bring a journal or sketchbook, a pencil and lots of enthusiasm! Artistic ability will be encouraged but not required! 

    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. 

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


    • Thursday, April 12, 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Saturday, May 05, 2018
    • 9:00 PM
    • National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV
    • 23
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    What: Birding 101

    When:  Classroom Sessions:  Thursday evenings April 12, 19, 26 & May 3.
    Field Trips: Saturday mornings April 14, 21, 28 & May 5.

    Time:  Classroom Sessions: 7-9 p.m.
    Field Trips: Saturday mornings (typically 7am-12pm)

    Where: Classroom Sessions: National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown WV.
    Classrooms TBA

    Field Trips: various locations around the Panhandle

    *Price: $90  per person for PVAS Members and   $110 per person for the general public.  The higher fee includes a one-year family membership in PVAS.

    Workshop Leaders: Wil Hershberger, Lynne Wiseman, Nancy Kirschbaum and Carol Winckler

    PVMN Re-cert Hours Eligible 

    Birding 101 is tailored for beginning birders. It utilizes both classroom sessions and field trips to teach everything from bird identification to field etiquette to birding techniques and resources. This year the course will be taught by local birding experts Wil Hershberger, Lynne Wiseman, Nancy Kirschbuam and Carol Winckler. An impressive collection of images and recordings, many captured by the instructors, enhance the course. 

    The classroom sessions will be held at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center. The classrooms will be announced. The field trips will be held at various locations around the Panhandle from roughly 7 a.m.–12 noon on the corresponding Saturdays (April 14, 21, 28 and May 5).

    Class size will be limited to 24 participants. The course is open to people of all ages but children younger than 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Registration is required. 

    $50 of the program fee is non-refundable. 100% of the fee is non-refundable if cancelled within 7 days of the course/event.  
    PVAS reserves the right to cancel the workshop due to unforeseen issues. In this case, a full course fee ($90) refund will be given. PVAS membership fees are not refundable.

    Please email any questions to Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or call 703-303-1026.

Past events

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

           © 2016 Potomac Valley Audubon Society

              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 //
Kimberly@potomacaudubon.org

Ellen Murphy,
 Program Specialist //    
304-676-8739 
Ellen@potomacaudubon.org

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

Bridget Tinsley, Land and Watershed Program Manager // 304-261-6016
Bridget@PotomacAudubon.org

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