Upcoming Workshops

Upcoming Events

Friday, February 22nd, 2019 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Silver Spring Civic Building, Veterans Place 1, Silver Spring, Maryland

Join industry experts as they explore creative design solutions that address the challenges and opportunities associated with diverse landscapes.  Whether you’re a home gardener interested in creating biodiverse habitats for your backyard or a landscape architect designing a public space for community gatherings, you’ll walk away with new and practical strategies.  Experts will share lessons learned from designing a range of landscapes from commercial and private residences to community engagement and public accessible projects.

Keynote speaker, Doug Tallamy, will talk about Designing for Diverse Habitats will help you make a compelling argument whether to your spouse or future client as to why we can no longer exempt our landscapes from creating functional ecosystems. Additional presentations by: Jack Sullivan, Sandra Youssef Clinton, and Noel Kingsbury.

Friday, February 22nd, 2019 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: The Hill School Performing Arts Center, South Madison Street 130, Middleburg, Virginia

Narrated by award-winning journalist Tom Brokaw, this film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and debuted on the Discovery Channel in August 2017. The Goose Creek Association and the Land Trust of Virginia bring you: "Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman", the acclaimed film based on the book by Miriam Horn of the Environmental Defense Fund. This event is free, but pre-registration is encouraged.

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Daniel Technology Center at Germanna Community College, Technology Drive 18121, Culpeper, Virginia

The Piedmont Environmental Council is proud to be one of the conference organizers. A variety of break-out sessions appeal to new and experienced owners, as well as owners of small and large woodlots. Representatives from Virginia's natural resource agencies are also available to inform participants of the services available to them.

This all-day conference:
* is for owners of large or small tracts of land;
* is a one stop/first stop for individuals, families, and managers wanting to learn more about woods, wildlife, and other natural resources;
* provides multiple links to information, sources of assistance, and a better understanding of the natural resources around you;
* will explore a myriad of forestry and wildlife issues relevant to woodland owners.

For more information, visit Virginia Tech's Forest Landowner Education Program website: https://forestupdate.frec.vt.edu/landownerprograms/workshops/woodsandwildlife.html

Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 4:45 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: The Clifton Institute, 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, Virginia

The American Woodcock is one of our stealthiest birds, but it’s also one of the most fun to watch when they do show themselves. Join The Clifton Institute at 4:45PM to hear a brief talk about these interesting birds. We will then go out into our fields where we will be able to watch and hear the birds perform. Cost $10 per person at the door. Register online

Thursday, March 7th, 2019 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Weyers Cave Community Center, Weyers Cave Road 682, Weyers Cave, Virginia

Calling all Shenandoah Valley landowners! Join the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for an inspiring dinner presentation on how to plant and maintain buffers to attract and support wildlife while also improving water quality for downstream neighbors.

Saturday, March 9th, 2019 12:00 AM – 11:59 PM
Location: Piedmont Virginia Community College, College Drive 501, Charlottesville, Virginia

The annual Virginia Native Plant Society Winter Workshop will be held at Piedmont Community College in Charlottesville on Saturday, March 9, 2019.

The workshop theme will be Forest Restoration.

Saturday, March 9th, 2019 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Sky Meadows State Park - Historic Area, Edmonds Lane 11012, Delaplane, Virginia

An evening of space exploration begins with a half-hour "Junior Astronomer" program, for children ages 5-12. Immediately following, hear about the importance of dark skies and light conservation, then join volunteer Ambassadors of NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab for a half-hour multimedia presentation on the latest in the United States' space research. After the presentation, get oriented to the celestial skies with a brief sky tour.

Friday, March 22nd, 2019 1:00 PM – Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 5:00 PM
Location: The Lodge at Willow Lake, Willowsford Lane 41085, Aldie, Virginia

Looking for a way to help salamanders, frogs, dragonflies and other beneficial insects? Consider creating a vernal pool on your property!

Mike Hayslett of Virginia Vernal Pools LLC will lead this two-day workshop, in which participants receive a lesson in vernal pool installation and then gain hands-on experience in the construction of two vernal pools on PEC's Roundabout Meadows farm near Gilberts Corner.

Saturday, April 13th, 2019 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: The Clifton Institute, 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, Virginia

Sketching in a journal can be a fun way of recording your travel or hiking experiences.  Taught by Armand Cabera, this class will focus on basic techniques for sketching in pen and pencil. Participants will be shown fundamental methods that can, with continued practice, lead to successfully drawing anything through direct observation. Cost $10 per person, at the door. Registration required. 

Sunday, April 21st, 2019 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Sky Meadows State Park - Carriage Barn in Historic Area, Edmonds Lane 11012, Delaplane, Virginia

What's that buzzing? Meet with local apiarists Doug and Ramona Morris of the Beekeepers of Northern Shenandoah (BONS) and discover the art of Apiculture (a.k.a. Beekeeping). See the park's apiary and learn how to set up and care for your own hives using historic and modern agricultural techniques. This monthly program series examines all aspects of beekeeping from hive construction to honey extraction. Cost $5 per car for park entrance/parking (no additional charge for the event).

Friday, September 27th, 2019 12:00 AM – Sunday, September 29th, 2019 11:59 PM
Location: Holiday Inn Blue Ridge Shadows, Hospitality Drive 111, Front Royal, Virginia

The 2019 Virginia Native Plant Society Annual Meeting and Conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Blue Ridge Shadows in Front Royal, Virginia on September 27 – 29.

More information and registration details will be posted as soon as it is available. 

Stay up-to-date:  https://vnps.org/events/2019-vnps-annual-meeting-and-conference/

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