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Master Naturalist Workshops continue

By Staff | Jan 7, 2011

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is once again offering a series of Master Naturalist Workshops in the Eastern Panhandle this year.

Each session is also open on a space-available basis to members of the general public who are interested in learning more about certain topics but do not want to commit to a full course of Master Naturalist instruction.

Enrollment for each workshop will be limited to 20 persons.

The cost of attendance for each workshop will be $10 for Master Naturalist Program members and trainees and $15 for PVAS members or members of the public.

Application forms and full details are available on the PVAS website at www.potomacaudubon.org.

In all, a total of six workshops on a variety of topics are being offered during 2011.

The specific dates, topics and locations of the workshops are as follows:

Jan. 15: “Emerging Contaminant Issues and Fish Health” from 9 a.m. to noon at the USGS National Fish Health Research Laboratory, Kearneysville. Participants will learn about emerging and known disease problems affecting fish and other aquatic resources, particularly in the Chesapeake Bay drainage area.

Feb. 5: “Nature Programs with Children” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the main Lodge of Cacapon State Park, Berkeley Springs. This workshop will focus on and strategies for leading programs with children. Participants will learn how children think and process information as they grow and get an overview of teaching resources for nature education.

Late April/Early May (exact date to be determined): “Leave No Trace Trainer Workshop” at the For the Love of Children Outdoor Education Center, Shannondale. This course credits toward becoming a certified trainer in the Leave No Trace program, which teaches individuals and groups how to reduce their impacts while they enjoy the outdoors. Will include an overnight camping stay.

May 14: “Bats” from 7 to 10 p.m. at Cool Spring Farm, Charles Town (date and time tentative). Virginia Division of Natural Resources Biologist Kieran O’Malley will review the natural history of bats and lead evening field explorations.

Aug. 20: “Monarch Watch” from 1 to 4 p.m. at Cool Spring Farm, Charles Town. Learn about the life cycle and habits of the Monarch Butterfly and other native butterflies. Session will include hands-on field activity to search for butterfly host plants, butterfly eggs, larvae and adults.

Sept. 24: “Fall Wildflowers” from 9 a.m. to noon at the National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown. This workshop will include a short classroom session to introduce and explore the phenology of autumn and its natural changes then focus on exploring and identifying common wildflowers and plants around the NCTC campus.

For more information contact Wanda Miller at 304-263-7320 or PVMN54@gmail.com or Ellen Murphy at 304-676-8739 or pvasprograms@comcast.net.