Upcoming Workshops

Upcoming Events

October 19, 2019, October 19, 2019 05:30 pm - 07:00 pm
Location: Piedmont Memorial Overlook, Paris, Virginia

Wildlife rehabilitators Dr. Belinda Burwell and Nikki Stamps will be releasing three raptor species at Piedmont Environmental Council's Piedmont Memorial Overlook property. Join them and PEC's Wildlife Habitat and Stewardship Specialist, Celia Vuocolo, to learn about these amazing birds and the wildlife restoration work that has occurred on the property.

Children are welcome. This event will occur at dusk, which will allow the barred owl (one of the rehabilitated species) to orient itself to its new habitat. It is recommended to bring a flashlight, bug spray, and a camping chair.

**Directions to the property will be provided upon registration.**

October 20, 2019, October 20, 2019 01:00 pm - 04:00 pm
Location: Rappahannock County Park, Park Lane, Washington, Virginia

Join Rappahannock County Recreational Facilities (RCRFA) at Rappahannock County Park to celebrate conservation efforts to keep clean water, healthy forests, working farmland and open-space resources with the many local partners working in Rappahannock.

More information is available on the County Park's Facebook page.

October 22, 2019, October 22, 2019 02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

Learn about the fireflies of the U.S. and Canada, including their ecology and life history needs, population status and threats, value for farm management, and recommendations for their conservation.

This webinar will cover the basics of firefly ecology and conservation. Participants will learn the status of the U.S. and Canada’s 170 species of fireflies, the threats they face, how they benefit farms and watersheds, and the role that land managers can play in supporting healthy firefly communities. 

This webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. For more information on how to participate, please click here.

October 26, 2019, October 26, 2019 08:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: The Clifton Institute, 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, Virginia

Novice and experienced birders will enjoy this guided 1-2 mile hike at The Clifton Institute to look for the many species of birds that can be found on the field station. Birders will explore successional fields, meadows, lake edges, and forest.

Binoculars and cameras recommended. Outdoor clothing, including waterproof footwear and hats suggested. Date and time subject to change based on weather.

Click here to register.

November 06, 2019, November 06, 2019 06:00 pm - 07:00 pm
Location: Piedmont Environmental Council HQ, Horner Street 45, Warrenton, Virginia

Are you curious about what kinds of pollinators live in Old Town Warrenton? Then join Piedmont Environmental Council's Wildlife Habitat & Stewardship Specialist, Celia Vuocolo, to learn about the results of her pollinator study. 

The study was conducted over the past two years at PEC's headquarters on Horner Street, which houses a 1/2 acre native plant landscape. It was conducted by trained citizen scientists and focused on identifying pollinators and their preferred flowers.
Learn about which plants are best for attracting pollinators and tips for making your yard more pollinator-friendly.
The event is free, but space is limited, so please register.

November 13, 2019, November 13, 2019 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm
Location: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Auditorium, 1500 Remount Road, Front Royal, Virginia

Virginia Working Landscapes is hosting a lecture featuring Shayan Ghajar, PhD Candidate at Virginia Tech, who will present his current research exploring native warm season grasses for equine forage and conservation benefits.

The evening will also feature special guest, Mike Maslanka, Dept. of Nutrition Science at Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, who will present on “Use of Native Warm Season Grasses with Exotic Hoofstock – Our History and our Hopes.”

This event is free and registration is required to get to enter SCBI. Click on the link below to register. Please note, no pets allowed at SCBI. If you have any questions about the event, feel free to email or call us at scbivwl@si.edu, 540-635-0038.


November 22, 2019, November 22, 2019 09:00 am - 02:00 pm
Location: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, 1500 Remount Road, Front Royal, Virginia

Join Virginia Working Landscapes for an informative workshop to learn how to optimize your property to promote habitat for native biodiversity through our coldest winter months!


The morning will include lectures from:


Dr. Amy Johnson, Virginia Working Landscapes, on how to support overwintering birds.


Dr. T’ai Roulston, Blandy Experimental Farm, on what pollinators need during the winter months and how you can help.


The afternoon will include a field trip to (address provided closer to event date for registered attendees) to see some of the winter habitat features discussed in the presentations.


More details coming soon....but don't wait to reserve your seat! Event is Free but registration is required.

Please note: No pets allowed at SCBI


November 23, 2019, November 23, 2019 10:00 am - 02:00 pm
Location: Sky Meadows State Park, Edmonds Lane 11012, Delaplane, Virginia

Explore the rich natural diversity of Sky Meadows State Park with this three-part series. Each workshop includes a lecture in the Carriage Barn, followed by a 3-mile field hike for hands-on application. Receive a colored print-out of the lecture. Each workshop is $15/adult, $5/child (12 and under), payable the day of the workshop. Workshop fee includes parking. Bring water and lunch to eat along the trail, dress in layers, and wear sturdy shoes.

Spring Ephemerals - Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Summer Blooms - Saturday, July 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Winter Tree Identification - Saturday, November 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For complete workshop descriptions, and to sign up for the series, go to: www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/sky-meadows

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