Events

Upcoming Events

January 24th, 2019 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: National Wildlife Federation, Wildlife Center Drive 11100, Reston, Virginia, United States
Category: Workshops

Join Greg Butcher, Audubon Society of 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 26—details will be given in class.

After the workshop and field trip, you’ll be ready to rally for a tally during our 11th Annual Waterfowl Count, Saturday, February 9, and Sunday, February 10.

This event is free, but space is limited (30 max).


January 25th, 2019 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: The Clifton Institute, 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, Virginia, United States
Category: Workshops

Night sky photography has become popular, but to be successful there are special techniques to learn. Join The Clifton Institute for an evening of instruction and practice. We will cover a basic introduction into the equipment and techniques, and outside practice. 

To RSVP: Please email Alison at azak@cliftoninstitute.org or register online (https://cliftoninstitute.org/evrplus_registration/?action=evrplusegister&event_id=66)


February 2nd, 2019 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: National Wildlife Federation, Wildlife Center Drive 11100, Reston, Virginia, United States
Category: Workshops

Get ready for the 2019 Great Backyard Bird Count on February 15-18 by attending the GBBC Workshop, hosted by the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia! This free workshop will teach you how to count and how to report your count, and then some “real time” practice. Registration required. 

Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.




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

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.


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

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. 


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

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).


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