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Biochar and Torrefied Biomass Short Course

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1:00 pm on Wednesday, October 24, 20184:00 pm on Thursday, October 25, 2018

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Biochar and torrefied biomass represent two dramatic oportunities for energy and product development in the emerging bio-economy. However, the principles, processes, performance, and markets for these renewable resources often are not well understood. Join Penn State Extension and Penn State Biomass Energy Center for this two-day short course as they cover the fundamentals, applications, and business opportunities related to the transformation of biomass into value-added thermally processed materials.

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Penn State University Campus
University Park, PA

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Central Shenandoah Valley Garden Symposium: Going Native

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8:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, October 27, 2018

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The Central Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association is proud to announce the first Central Shenandoah Valley Garden Symposium: “Going Native”! Our featured speaker, Doug Tallamy, will be presenting two sessions. Ian Caton of Wood Thrush Native Plant Nursery and Jim Hurley of Blue Ridge Prism will round out the event. The symposium promises to provide a fun and informative focus on the important role native plants have in our landscapes, dealing with invasive species, and maximizing the use of native plants.

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Blue Ridge Community College, Plecker Center
1 College Lane
Weyers Cave, VA 24486

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Central Shenandoah Valley Garden Symposium: Going Native

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8:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, October 27, 2018

Description:

The Central Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association is proud to announce the first Central Shenandoah Valley Garden Symposium: “Going Native”! Our featured speaker, Doug Tallamy, will be presenting two sessions. Ian Caton of Wood Thrush Native Plant Nursery and Jim Hurley of Blue Ridge Prism will round out the event. The symposium promises to provide a fun and informative focus on the important role native plants have in our landscapes, dealing with invasive species, and maximizing the use of native plants.

The symposium will also offer an opportunity for sponsors, vendors, and non-profit organizations to set-up displays, sell items, and engage with enthusiastic gardening, birding, and conservationist enthusiasts!

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Blue Ridge Community College
1 College Lane
Weyers Cave, VA

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Seneca Creek: Bird Walk

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1. 8:30 am to 9:30 am on Sunday, October 14, 2018

2. 8:30 am to 9:30 am on Saturday, October 27, 2018

Description:

Join park staff in a 60 minute walk looking for different species of birds.

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Seneca Creek State Park
11950 Clopper Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

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GPS Basics

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10:00 am on Saturday, October 27, 2018

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So you can’t quite figure out how to work the GPS receiver you got as a gift. Or, you think one might be useful with hunting season around the corner. You can come and learn how they work, how useful they can be, and practice the skills needed to use GPS technology effectively. You’ll also learn about the basics of geocaching.

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Parker Dam State Park
28 Fairview Road
Penfield, PA 15849

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Tree Identification Workshop

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1:00 pm on Saturday, October 27, 2018

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Are you enthused and curious about the naturally rooted structures around you? Feeling overwhelmed by the number of different tree species living in DC? Come refine your tree species identification and knowledge with us this fall!

During this training, you will learn how to identify trees commonly found in Washington D.C., from the sprouting buds and leaves to the beautiful flowers we love so much. Following the training, we will have the opportunity to practice our tree ID skills by observing trees outside.

This course is geared toward anyone who is interested in building confidence in tree identification.

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Washington, DC

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Fall/Winter Invasive Plant Workshop: Ivy Creek Natural Area

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1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sunday, October 28, 2018

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Join the Blue Ridge PRISM for Our Fall Invasives Workshops

Concerned about Japanese honeysuckle, Oriental bittersweet, or garlic mustard swallowing up your land? Our fall workshops will teach you how to recognize these and other pervasive invasives in their fall garb and how to most effectively control them at this time of year.

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Ivy Creek Natural Area
1780 Earlysville Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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How to Speak About Climate Change

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1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Wednesday, October 31, 2018

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Join Coreen Weilminster and Mary Helen Gillen to learn to speak effectively, accurately, and confidently about climate change. The training will explore the social factors that influence opinions, beliefs, and perceptions of climate change and will consider the use of art as a means to empathy and its influence in connecting climate science to action.

Location:

Adkins Arboretum
12610 Eveland Road
Ridgely, MD 21660

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How to Speak About Climate Change

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1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Description:

Join Coreen Weilminster and Mary Helen Gillen to learn to speak effectively, accurately, and confidently about climate change. The training will explore the social factors that influence opinions, beliefs, and perceptions of climate change and will consider the use of art as a means to empathy and its influence in connecting climate science to action.

Coreen is education coordinator with the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Maryland (CBNERR-MD), Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and Mary Helen is climate program coordinator for Pickering Creek Audubon Center.

Location:

Adkins Arboretum
12610 Eveland Road
Ridgely, MD 21660

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Essential Native Trees & Shrubs for the Eastern United States

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1:00 pm to 2:30 pm on Wednesday, November 7, 2018

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Join Ginger Woolridge, co-author of Essential Native Trees and Shrubs for the Eastern United States, for a presentation addressing the attributes of native plants, their importance in the food web, the threats to natives, and a survey of some of her favorites. The book is an authoritative catalog, organized by a range of categories: those that have attractive bark or are evergreen; those that have showy flowers are are tolerant of wind, salt, or drought. Eighty-five native trees and shrubs are presented in detail, including photos and growth diagrams.

Location:

Adkins Arboretum
12610 Eveland Road
Ridgely, MD 21660

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Speaker: Byron Carmean, All About Trees

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6:30 pm to 8:30 pm on Wednesday, November 7, 2018

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Join the S Hampton Roads Chapter of VNPS to welcome Byron Carmean, a local naturalist and tree expert, to their November meeting.

For over 30 years, Byron has searched the state of Virginia to find the oldest, biggest, and most unique trees and has documented dozens of his finds.

The South Hampton Roads Chapter meetings are open to the public and there is no charge for the evening program. We meet at the Norfolk Botanical Garden in the Holly Room. Please come and bring a friend! Refreshments will be served. *** Please note that this meeting is on November 7 (vs. the usual 4th Thursday of the month) because of conflicts with another Norfolk Botanical Garden event.

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Norfolk Botanical Garden, Holly Room
6700 Azalea Garden road
Norfolk, VA

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Tree Farm Dinner

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1. 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Thursday, November 8, 2018

2. 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Thursday, November 8, 2018

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Join Bruce Kirk (landowner) and Kea Turner (forester) for a tour of this property. Learn about the sustainable managment practices being implemented to promote productivity while protecting water quality. A short presentation on what it means to be a Tree Farmer will follow the tour. The evening will wrap up with dinner at Bunny's restaurant.

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Kirk Tree Farm
Suffolk, VA

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Greener than Grass: A Sustainable Landscaping Series Landscaping for Wildlife

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7:00 pm to 8:30 pm on Tuesday, November 27, 2018

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Learn to reduce your turf while providing food and shelter for native wildlife throughout the year. Information on landowner grants will also be available.

Location:

Blandy Experimental Farm
400 Blandy Farm Lane
Boyce, VA 22620

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Bobwhites, Bees and Bobolinks: Grassland Species on the Brink

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1:00 pm on Friday, November 30, 2018

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Join Virginia Working Landscapes, The Piedmont Environmental Council and the Virginia Quail Restoration Initiative for an informative workshop on imperiled grassland bird and pollinator species. Learn about the causes of their decline and how to support them by improving habitat on your property. The workshop will also feature a short walking tour of one of Montpelier's grassland restoration projects.

Location:

Lewis Hall at Montpelier
11350 Constitution Highway
Montpelier Station, VA

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