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Natural Environment

Autumn Flowering and Foliage Workshop


with Jen Cable

Calendar Nov 9, 2019 at 1 pm, runs for 1 week

Join Jen Cable at her floral studio in Sperryville to create and flower with late fall flowers, foliage and natural materials. You will design a creation for you to tak home to grace your own space.  All materials will be provided.

Note There is a $75 materials fee.

Jen Cable of Flourish Root - floral & events - owns and operates a floral studio in Sperryville.  Her floral studio creates nature inspired custom designs for weddings, events, everyday and commercial spaces.  

Introduction to Forest Management


with Joseph Rossetti

Calendar Oct 10, 2019 at 10 am, runs for 5 weeks

Students will be exposed to basic concepts of forestry such as tree identification, forest ecology and succession, forest and wildlife management, timber harvesting, and common forest needs.  A combination of classroom and field work will be included. 

Note: Participants will need two books which they may purchase at the first class for $5.00.  The books are Common Native Trees of Virginia and Common Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of Virginia.  Alternatively, they can download the books and print them at home from

Joe Rossetti is the Senior Area Forester for the Virginia Department of Forestry in the Northern Virginia Work Area.  Joe has been working in Rappahannock and surrounding counties since 2007.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources Management from West Virginia University. 

Ponds for Landowners 101


with Mike Wenger

Calendar Oct 4, 2019 at 3 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Do you have a pond on your property?  Do you want a pond on your property?  Then this class is for you.  The course will cover the basics (pond design, structure, dynamics, and challenges) as well as a more advanced discussion of pond ecology and management.  The final class meeting will be a field trip to a local property to examine an actual pond for some hands-on experience.

Richard Jacobs is the Urban Program Manager with the Culpeper SWCD. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech and is a licensed professional engineer. He has extensive experience providing technical assistance for ponds, streams, driveway, erosion control and stormwater management.

Shannon Junior is an Aquatic Ecologist and Senior Business Development Consultant for SOLitude Lake Management. She has a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Environmental Science and Public Policy from George Mason University. She has worked in the pond and lake management industry since 2000, and her responsibilities include developing long-term management plans for ponds, lakes, and reservoirs.

Mike Wenger, Certified Master Naturalist from the Old Rag Chapter and certified stream monitor with Save Our Streams, will be the course administrator.

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