Upcoming Events

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:

September 29, 2019 01:00 pm - 03:00 pm
Location: Piedmont Environmental Council HQ, Horner Street 45, Warrenton, Virginia
Category: Workshops

Piedmont Environmental Council's 7th Annual Sustainable Landscaping Workshop in Fauquier County is being held on September 29th, 2019. After presentations from local experts, there will be a tour of PEC's Larson Native Plant Garden, where we've put into action many of the sustainable practices you'll learn about in this workshop.

Guest speakers will include Tim Ohwiler with Virginia Cooperative Extension, Jim McGlone with Virginia Department of Forestry, and Janet Davis from Hill House Nursery. Learn about sustainable landscaping practices and discover the benefits of changing the way you care for your landscaping — for both your enjoyment and the benefit of the surrounding environment!

This event is free, but registration is required due to limited room capacity.

October 09, 2019 01:00 pm - 05:00 pm
Location: Ivy Creek Foundation, Earlysville Road 1780, Charlottesville, Virginia
Category: Workshops

Non-native invasive plants are quickly overwhelming many properties by tearing down the forest canopy and overtaking our native plants at the tree, shrub and/or groundcover levels. Understanding what invasive plants exist on the landscape and what it will take to control them can often feel overwhelming.

Blue Ridge PRISM's fall workshop will enable you to learn how to confidently identify and manage invasive plants in the summer. There will also be an opportunity to identify plants, so bring samples of your mystery plants and we’ll identify them! Each session includes classroom and outdoor instruction (weather permitting) and discussion.

Registration is required.

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.

For complete workshop descriptions, and to sign up for the series, go to:

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