Upcoming Events

August 18, 2019 11:00 am - 03:00 pm
Location: Sky Meadows State Park, Edmonds Lane 11012, Delaplane, Virginia
Category: Walk & Talk

What are pollinators, and why are they important? What are the primary threats to pollinators, and what can you do in your backyard to help save them? All of these questions and more will be answered at the Sky Meadows Pollinator Workshop, a collaborative project of Sky Meadows State Park and the Shenandoah Chapter Virginia Master Naturalists. Hear informative presentations on pollinator conservation and take a hike to explore pollinator plots in the park. All participants will get to construct and take away a Bee Hotel and will also receive a tray of native wildflowers to increase pollinator habitat at home. Cost is $80. Click here to register.

September 07, 2019 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
Location: Sky Meadows State Park, Edmonds Lane 11012, Delaplane, Virginia
Category: Workshops

Sky Meadows State Park will host the Waterford Craft School for two unique events: Introduction to Splint Seat Weaving and Introduction to Herbal Remedies.  At the Splint Seat Weaving workshop, participants will join weaver Pamela Foster, whose work can be seen in Colonial Williamsburg and the Loudoun Museum, to learn about the materials and preparation, as well as origins, history and preservation of woven seats. Bring any size frame and leave with a finished seat. Cost is $175 for the class and $20 for the materials. Registration is required. Students must bring their own frame. 

Participants of the Herbal Remedies Workshop will join Jessica Baker, owner of Dayspring Farm in Loudoun County and Juried Artisan with the Waterford Foundation for this three-hour, hands-on workshop. This introduction class will help open up the world of herbal remedies so you can begin to keep your household healthy and build, rather than suppress, your immune system. You will make a few easy remedies to take home with you and learn about some gentle, yet effective herbs that can be used often.  Cost is $95. Registration is required.

September 27, 2019 12:00 am - September 29, 2019 11:59 pm
Location: Holiday Inn Blue Ridge Shadows, 111 Hospitality Drive, 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. 

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September 28, 2019 09:00 am - 04:00 pm
Location: Sky Meadows State Park, Edmonds Lane 11012, Delaplane, Virginia
Category: Workshops

Rejuvenate and connect with Sky Meadows' landscape and get a taste of the skills that you need to thrive in the backcountry. Tim MacWelch has been an active practitioner of survival and outdoor skills for over thirty years. Join Tim to learn about the remarkable wild edible and medicinal plants of the Blue Ridge Mountains, take in-depth plant identification workshops and walks, or spend 24 hours in nature learning backcountry skills and survival techniques. Upcoming dates listed below the fold:

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

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.

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