Saturday, February 28th, 2004
Salamander Excursion
(for 12 years old and up)
in Front Royal
3:30-8:30 pm

Sponsored by Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Fairfax County

Meet a naturalist at Elizabeth Furnace in Front Royal, VA. Witness the first sign of spring by observing Jefferson salamanders, spotted salamanders and red spotted newts breeding in vernal pools. Bring flashlights and shoes that can get damp. Bring your own dinner and dress for the winter! Reservations required.

Call 703-631-0013
Cost - $10/person

March 1-6, 2004
6th Annual NoVa Vernal Pools Pilgrimage
Loudoun/Fairfax Co.

Mike Hayslett will be in the Loudoun/Fairfax counties region of Northern Virginia the week of March 1-6 conducting a series of wetlands & amphibians-related classes, field outings, and lectures.

For details or to book educational programs, contact Mike @ 434-248-5444.

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2004
Workshop on Voluntary Wetland Restoration Opportunities in Virginia

Northern Virginia Regional Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Office
Woodbridge, Virginia

Announcing the second of four workshops on Voluntary Wetland Restoration Opportunities in Virginia, to be held on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2004 at the Northern Virginia Regional Office of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in Woodbridge, Virginia. The main purpose of the workshop is to encourage voluntary wetland restoration and enhancement on private and public lands through the education of Virginia citizens on available technical and financial opportunities. This workshop is part of our on-going efforts to establish a Virginia Citizen Wetland Education, Outreach, and Monitoring Initiative, funded through a grant from the EPA to the DEQ and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay (Alliance). This initiative will provide public education and outreach concerning wetland restoration in Virginia and wetland assessment monitoring of created, enhanced, and restored wetland areas.

Leaders of natural resource associations and organizations including local governments watershed, civic, and land trust and are to be invited to participate in the workshop. Additionally, we strongly encourage private landowners who are interested in a wetland creation, restoration or enhancement project on their land to attend this workshop. The Northern Virginia workshop is one of three scheduled to occur across Virginia in 2004; two similar workshops are additionally planned for the Roanoke and Tidewater areas. Although the workshop is free for all participants, registration is required no later than February 25th, 2004. A workshop brochure containing registration details and a current agenda are available on the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s calendar of events on their Website at www.AllianceChesBay.org/events.cfm. Please check the website occasionally, as the agenda will be updated. Agenda highlights include:

• Defining Wetland Restoration and Enhancement and discussion of the tools available for identification of sites with restoration potential;
• Technical and Financial Assistance available for Voluntary Wetland Restoration and Enhancement within Virginia; and
• Case Studies of Voluntary Wetland Activities in the Northern Virginia area

For specific questions regarding the workshop, please contact Hadley Milliken (hmilliken@acb-online.org) or Stacey Moulds (smoulds@acb-online.org) of the Alliance at 804-775-0951.

View the brochure using Adobe Acrobat (PDF).
If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, get it here.

Saturday, March 6th, 2004
Amphibian Walk
(for 8 years old and up)
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Fairfax Co.

Enjoy a naturalist lead hike searching for amphibians. Spring peepers, wood frogs, and spotted salamanders are breeding! Assist in collecting, recording important data, and releasing. Wear water-proof boots! Reservations required.

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Walney
Call 703-631-0013
Cost - $5

The "Spring Pools Institute" is an advanced workshop on the ecology & conservation of vernal pools & isolated wetlands. There are presently two course offerings each spring, and each course is four (4) days in length. The dates for the 2004 field courses have been set as follows:

Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center

March 15-18, 2004 (Mon-Thur)
This course will be held here at Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center (near Appomattox, Virginia) with classroom sessions and field exploratories to sites throughout Central Virginia (at the Center, on the surrounding State Forest, at James River State Park and private land sites, etc.). We plan to encounter Fairy Shrimp, Wood Frogs; Spotted, Marbled, and Mole Salamanders, etc.

You'll enjoy good food, beautiful surroundings, & lots of field time with this course! Come learn & explore with "Virginia's leading expert" in these unique wetland environments!
MAX OF 10 Participants for better student/instructor ratio and due to van space limitation.

For more details, go to http://www.ext.vt.edu/resources/4h/holiday/springpools.html

NEW FOR 2004


Douthat State Park

March 22-25, 2004 (Mon-Thur)
This course will depart from the 4-H Center and use Douthat State Park in Bath County as our base for exploratories around the Alleghany Highlands of Virginia.

This course has limited space and registration preference is extended first to participants of past "Central" courses
("first-timers" can be on the waiting list, pending available space).

During this course, we will share the cozy accomodations of the Creasy Lodge, with full-service amenities to prepare our own meals, enjoy an evening video or fire, and refreshing showers after a day afield, etc.

We will explore environs in the Park and the surrounding mountainous region, and we plan to encounter Fairy Shrimp, Wood Frogs; Spotted, Marbled, and Jefferson Salamanders, etc.


For more details, go to http://www.ext.vt.edu/resources/4h/holiday/springpools.html

March 14-17, 2005
Spring Pools Institute Central
Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center Appomattox, Virginia


Monday, March 14, 2005
11:00 Check-in, choose lodging
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Orientation & facility tour
2:00-5:00 Classroom Session
5:30 Dinner, then FREE TIME
7:00-9:00 Classroom Session
Optional Night Outing
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
8:00 Breakfast
8:30 Field exploratories in Appomattox & Buckingham Counties…
5:30 Dinner, then FREE TIME
Optional Night Outing
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
8:00 Breakfast
8:30 Field exploratories in Amherst & Nelson Counties…
5:30 Dinner, then FREE TIME
Optional Night Outing

Thursday, March 17, 2005
8:00 Breakfast
9:00 VP conservation projects and closing activities
11:00 Conclude







Details, details, details…
MAX OF 20 Participants
(one full van for travel; small group for “high resolution”)

Cost = $225.00 per person
(7 meals + 3 nights lodging, van mileage, ed. supplies, instructional time)

What to Bring? (suggested items)
• Bed linens, blankets, pillow, sleeping bag, etc.
• Towels, cloth, toiletries
• Jacket, hat, & gloves (wool or neoprene, for water)
• Headlamp (available for rent @ $1.00/day; batteries provided FREE)
• Field clothes (prepare for possible rain and cold)
• Rubber boots in knee & hip length (chest waders may be used)
• Camera, binoculars, note-taking materials, journal
• Water bottle/snacks (we will make road stops)
• Optional: D-ring dip net & viewing containers (will be available for use)

5 hours in the classroom & 4 days in the field!!!
For registration details visit: http://www.ext.vt.edu/resources/4h/holiday/springpools.html

General Registration / Cancellation Policy:
• Full payment is expected at the time of registration.
• Registration deadline is February 28, 2005
• Cancellation after February 28, 2005 = 50% refund
• Cancellation after March 7, 2005 = no refund