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Audubon offers classes on habitats, soils

By Staff | Aug 1, 2014

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will offer two Master Naturalist classes on Saturday Aug. 16 at the National Conservation Training Center near Shepherdstown.

The first class, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, is entitled Habitat Improvement. It will be taught by naturalist Emily Grafton and focus on ways landowners can make their properties more attractive to desirable wildlife.

The second class, which will be held from 1 to 4 p.m., is entitled The Natural History of Soils. It will be taught by US Department of Agriculture agronomist Robecca McLeod. It will cover the nature and development of different soils and the common soils of West Virginia.

Both classes are open to anyone with an interest but pre-registration is required and there will be a fee.

Easy registration and more information are available on the Society’s website at www.potomacaudubon.org.

The fee for the morning class will be $25 for members of the public and $20 for PVAS members. The fee for the afternoon class will be $20 for members of the public and $15 for PVAS members.

PVAS’s Master Naturalist classes are intended for primarily for people who are enrolled in PVAS’s Potomac Valley Master Naturalist Program but they are also open to others on a space-available basis. Therefore, they offer good opportunities for individuals who are interested in learning about particular natural history topics in considerable depth but cannot commit to pursue the much more comprehensive natural history education available through the Master Naturalist Program.