Upcoming Workshops

Upcoming Events

December 12, 2019, December 12, 2019 07:00 pm - 08:30 pm
Location: Ashburn Library, Hay Road 43316, Ashburn, Virginia

Loudoun County’s extensive diversity of natural areas comprised of rich riparian buffers along the Potomac and its tributaries, large upland forests along the Blue Ridge and its other ridges, many farms and meadows, and its occasional park results in an abundant and diverse bird life. Using the extensive information gained from the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s five year bird atlas and resultant book, the Birds of Loudoun, Joe Coleman, avid birder, will discuss and show slides of some of the 262 species of birds found in Loudoun. He’ll also identify the best spots to find them and discuss what the future likely holds for them. This free program is co-sponsored by the Loudoun County Public Library.


December 15, 2019, December 15, 2019 08:00 am - 07:00 pm
Location: The Clifton Institute, 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, Virginia

Join The Clifton Institute for their annual Christmas Bird Count! Spend the day surveying the birds in their 15-mile-diameter count circle. This is a great way to meet other birders in the area and to see what birds have migrated here for the winter. The count circle includes a nice variety of habitats and we see a diversity of waterfowl and grassland birds. There’s always a chance for Short-eared Owl and American Tree Sparrow! Please contact Alison at azak@cliftoninstitute.org if you are interested in participating. She will assign you to a team and each team will decide when and where to meet for the day. We’ll wrap up the count with a compilation potluck dinner at 5:30 at our headquarters. Hope we’ll see you there!

All skill levels welcome. Dress in layers for chilly, wet weather. Rain or shine!


January 01, 2020, January 01, 2020 05:30 am - 10:00 pm

On New Year’s Day, Virginia State Parks are offering free, guided First Day Hike Programs. These hikes provide a means for individuals and families to welcome the coming year in the outdoors, exercising and connecting with nature.The guided First Day Hikes are led by knowledgeable state park staff and volunteers. The distance and rigor vary from park to park, but all hikes aim to create a fun experience for the whole family. People are invited to savor the beauty of the state park’s natural resources with the comfort of an experienced guide so they may be inspired to take advantage of these local treasures throughout the year. View the list of First Day Hikes here.


January 09, 2020, January 09, 2020 06:30 pm - 08:30 pm
Location: The Clifton Institute, 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, Virginia

In the middle of winter,  join The Clifton Institute to craft with natural fibers that keep us warm! This month, we’ll gather around the fireplace inside the cozy farmhouse and enjoy hot tea while creating simple yarn crafts that busy the hands and calm the mind. Our crafting will connect us to the earth through the use of natural fibers and tools. All materials will be provided for working on a simple knitting or crocheting project. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! Alison is happy to teach the garter stitch and/or single crochet for beginners! Feel free to bring your own portable craft projects-in-progress. Please register here.


January 10, 2020, January 10, 2020 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Location: Little Washington Theatre, Gay Street 291, Washington, Virginia

Join Virginia Working Landscapes and Piedmont Environmental Council for a FREE film screening of The Beaver Believers! Following the film, there will be a Q&A panel with regional experts. The Beaver Believers is the urgent yet whimsical story of an unlikely cadre of activists who share a common vision: restoring the North American Beaver, that most industrious, ingenious, bucktoothed engineer, to the watersheds of the arid West. As a keystone species, beaver enrich their ecosystems, creating the complexity and resiliency our watersheds need to absorb the impacts of climate change. Beavers can show us the way and even do much of the work for us, if only we can find the humility to trust in the restorative power of nature and our own ability to play a positive role within it.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration required!


January 14, 2020, January 14, 2020 07:00 pm - 08:30 pm
Location: Wayne Theatre, West Main Street 521, Waynesboro, Virginia

Join The Virginia Museum of Natural History at the Historic Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, Virginia for "Sustainable Habitat for Bees and Other Pollinators" presented by Dr. Kal Ivanov, Curator for Invertebrate Zoology, Virginia Museum of Natural History.  The presentation is part of the Signature Speaker Series.


January 16, 2020, January 16, 2020 07:00 pm - 08:00 pm
Location: The Clifton Institute, 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, Virginia

When we hear about scientific discoveries, conservation breakthroughs, or just what’s been seen in the area recently, the stories are usually about species. “New species discovered!” “Endangered species need our help!” “I saw 20 species last weekend!” We hear and talk about species all the time, but we don’t usually stop to think about what a species is. In this presentation, The Clifton Institute's Managing Director Eleanor Harris, Ph.D., will discuss what it means to be a species and why they’re so important. She will focus on local examples of interest, for example, why we distinguish Alder and Willow Flycatchers, but not red-spotted purples and white admirals.

This event is open to the public and free to attend.  Please click here to register.


January 19, 2020, January 19, 2020 02:00 pm - 04:00 pm
Location: Winchester Brew Works, North Cameron Street 320, Winchester, Virginia

As winter gets annoying but the garden is still dormant, plan for spring and enjoy the indoor greenery. Join Sustainability Matters at Winchester Brew Works for a fabulous afternoon of Houseplant and Seed Swapping....and:

- Brews 
- Live Music from Sustainability Matters' band, the Plant-Based Jam
- Paint your own Plant Pots with the Polka Dot Pot Studio, making a special appearance at Brew Works

HOW THE SWAP WORKS: It's free to attend! As you come in, your houseplants and seeds will be sorted by our volunteers. You're welcome to take home an equivalent value to what you brought. If you'd like to take more than you brought, you may donate the difference.

WHAT TO BRING:
- Houseplants and cuttings (insect-free)
- Seeds: vegetables, flowers, perennials, annuals

Please label plants and seeds clearly and package large quantities of seeds in smaller envelopes or containers. Use your creativity: repurpose items like plastic cups and utensils, popsicle sticks, and so on.


January 23, 2020, January 23, 2020 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Location: National Wildlife Federation, Wildlife Center Drive 11100, Reston, Virginia

Join Greg Butcher, Audubon Society Northern Virginia board member and migratory species coordinator for U.S. Forest Service International Programs, for an introduction to waterfowl identification. Get to know many of the species that winter in the open waters of our region. You’ll learn how to tell a Bufflehead from a Hooded Merganser, and, with luck, you will see the beautiful Tundra Swans that winter in our area. Strategies will include identification by shape and color pattern. This workshop will include an outdoor field trip and bird walk on Saturday, January 25—details will be given in class. After the workshop and field trip, you’ll be ready to rally for a tally during our 12th Annual Waterfowl Count, Saturday, February 8, and Sunday, February 9. Space is limited, so please register here


January 24, 2020, January 24, 2020 08:00 am - January 26, 2020, January 26, 2020 10:00 pm
Location: Princess Anne Recreation Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Save the date - January 24-26, 2020 and join us for the festival's 10th anniversary. Presented by Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.​

Stop by Princess Anne Recreation Center for the Winter Wildlife Festival 10th Anniversary Exhibit Hall to check out the vendors and environmental exhibitors, walk-up workshops, live animals, photobooth, mascot, children's activities and raffles! Free admission & parking. Local food trucks will also be serving tasty bites for purchase. ​ All workshops are free and last approximately one hour. Pre-registration is preferred. Register online here.

*Additional free Children's activities will be available next door at Princess Anne Library from 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

View the schedule of events here.


January 26, 2020, January 26, 2020 02:00 pm - 04:00 pm
Location: Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 9668 Maidstone Road, Delaplane, Virginia

Join Virginia Native Plant Society for a lecture by Matt Bright, Conservation Manager at Earth Sangha Wild Plant Nursery, a non-profit focused on native plant conservation, propagation, and restoration based in Fairfax County will speak.

Another speaker TBA is also planned.

Free, refreshments provided.

For more information, email piedmontvnps@gmail.com.


February 15, 2020, February 15, 2020 08:00 am - 08:00 pm
Location: Hollins University, Williamson Road 7916, Roanoke, Virginia

Over 10 million acres of Virginia's woods are privately owned.  The Woods & Wildlife Conferences provide information, tools, and personal contacts to help private woodland owners keep their woods, and the wildlife that live in them, healthy and productive. A variety of topics are offered to appeal to owners of both small and large tracts, and both new and experienced owners. 

This all-day conference for owners of large or small tracts of land…

• is a virtual one stop/first stop for individuals, families, and managers to learn about woods, wildlife, and other natural resources;

• provides links to information, sources of assistance, and a better understanding of the natural resources around you;

• will explore relevant forestry and wildlife issues.

For more information and to register, please click here.


February 23, 2020, February 23, 2020 03:00 pm - 05:00 pm
Location: Manassas Park Community Center, 99 Adams Dr, Manassas Park, Virginia

Join the Prince William Wildflower Society for February’s Author Lecture, given by renowned entomologist and ecologist Doug Tallamy. Dr. Tallamy will have his new book available for signing, Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard. (Timber Press, Available February 4, 2020) 

Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 95 research publications and has taught insect related courses for 39 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book Bringing Nature Home was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers’ Association. The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014.  Among his awards are the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd, Jr. Award of Excellence, and the 2018 AHS B.Y. Morrison Communication Award.

For more information, click here.


February 29, 2020, February 29, 2020 08:00 am - 08:00 pm
Location: Daniel Technology Center at Germanna Community College, Technology Drive 18121, Culpeper, Virginia

Over 10 million acres of Virginia's woods are privately owned.  The Woods & Wildlife Conferences provide information, tools, and personal contacts to help private woodland owners keep their woods, and the wildlife that live in them, healthy and productive. A variety of topics are offered to appeal to owners of both small and large tracts, and both new and experienced owners. 

This all-day conference for owners of large or small tracts of land…

• is a virtual one stop/first stop for individuals, families, and managers to learn about woods, wildlife, and other natural resources;

• provides links to information, sources of assistance, and a better understanding of the natural resources around you;

• will explore relevant forestry and wildlife issues.

For more information and to register, please click here.


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