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2020 Workshops

Workshops are run in partnership with Shenandoah County Parks and Recreation. 

Registration opens January 1, 2020. Please register through their online system by clicking here.

View the 2020 winter/ spring parks and recreation brochure by clicking here.

February 2020:

Build a Rain Barrel Workshop

When: Tuesday, February 18, 2020; 6:00- 7:00 pm

Where: Strasburg High School; Strasburg, Virginia

Cost: $40 per barrel

Register by: February 10th

No experience is necessary for this workshop being held in partnership with the Strasburg and Signal Knob FFA and Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District. This is an easy do-it-yourself project that includes a recycled plastic barrel and simple conversion kit. Be ready to take your barrel home! They are large, but usually fit in a backseat. You will need to drill one hole in your downspout when you get home. Everything else can be done at the workshop. If more than one family member will be working on a barrel, only one person needs to register. Ages 6 and up may attend. Under 18 need a parent or guardian present.

March 2020:

Build a Bird or Wildlife House Workshop

When: Wednesday, March 11, 2020; 6:00-7:30 pm

Where: Strasburg High School; Strasburg, Virginia

Cost: $25

Register by: March 4th

Build a bird or wildlife house at this evening workshop being held in partnership with Strasburg High School  and Signal Knob Middle School FFA. When registering, you can let us know which box you would like to make. Visit www.wildlifecenter.org/nestbox to learn about nest boxes, and choose one of the following: Southern Flying Squirrel Box, Bat Box, or Northern Flicker Box.

Make and Paint Rain Barrel Workshop

When: Saturday, March 21, 2020; 2:00-4:00 pm

Where: Strasburg High School; Strasburg, Virginia

Cost: $45 per barrel

Register by: March 16th

Here is your chance to decoratively paint and build your own barrel! No experience in necessary for this workshop being held in partnership with the Strasburg and Signal Knob FFA and Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District. This is an easy do-it-yourself project that includes a recycled plastic barrel and simple conversion kit. Be ready to take your barrel home! They are large, but usually fit in a backseat. You will need to drill one hole in your downspout when you get home. Everything else can be down at the workshop. If more than one family member will be working on a barrel, only one person needs to register. Ages 6 and up may attend. Under 18 need a parent or guardian present. 

Shenandoah Nature Rangers- After School Program

When: Thursdays, March 5, 12,19, 26, 2020; 3:30-5:30 pm

Where:W.W. Robinson Elementary School, Woodstock, Virginia

Cost: $40 for all four days

Register by: February 28th

This environmental education after school program is offered by Friends for the North Fork of the Shenandoah River for rising K-2 graders. It is designed to instill a love of nature through play and hands-on activities, while teaching stewardship and caring for the environment. Students will learn about animals, trees, soil, plants, and water. All students are welcome form public, private or home schooled. Scholarships are available.

April 2020:

River Arts Workshop- Repurposing materials as Useful Objects

When:   Saturday, April 4, 2020; 1:00-3:00 pm

Where: Natural Art Garden Center, Toms Brook

Cost: $25

Register by: March 30th

Go home from this workshop with lots of materials and tons of ideas for standing out in a crowd with unique items that you can make using recycled plastic, fabric, and other items that our society labels as trash. Learn about the amazing ways designers incorporate trash into their products.

Save the Dates! Registration opens in May.

Make and Take Natural Dyes from Local Plants Workshop

When:   Saturday, June 13, 2020; 1:00-3:00 pm

Where: Natural Art Garden Center, Toms Brook

Cost: $25 per student

Learn the techniques for making natural dyes using plants that grow in Virginia and near the river. We will also experiment with making dye from river algae.

Shenandoah River Players Summer Camp

When: June 15-19, 2020; 9:00am- 3:00pm

Where: US Forest Service Office, Edinburg, Virginia

Cost: $75 per student

This environmental education day camp is offered by Friends for rising 1st- 3rd graders (approximate ages 5-9).

Shenandoah River Rangers Summer Camp

When: June 22-26, 2020; 9:00am- 3:00pm

Where: US Forest Service Office, Edinburg, Virginia

Cost: $75 per student

This environmental education day camp is offered by Friends for rising 4th- 8th graders (approximate ages 10-13).

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