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A complete listing of upcoming forestry education events in Virginia

Do you have an event you'd like to see in the Events Calendar?  Submit your events here.

On-line registration is available for many events.

An * after a registration fee means meals are included.  ** after a registration fee means meals and lodging are included.

Non-timber Forest Products Fall 2014 Webinar Series: Forest Botanicals' Deep and Tangled Roots

December 12

2-3:00 p.m.

Free

Eric Burkhart, faculty instructor at Pennsylvania State University, will share insights from his  studies and involvement with native plant species on eastern US forestlands that are wild harvested for the domestic and international plant trade. Quality-control, profitability, and sustainability within this industry will be discussed.

Register here

Exploring the Small Farm Dream Course

Jan. 14, 21, 28, & Feb. 4

6:30 - 8:30

Piedmont Virginia Community College

$160

This course is for people who are considering launching a small farm enterprise, but are not sure where to start. Designed to guide students through an exploratory decision-making process. "Exploring the Small Farm Dream" courses bridge the gap between ideas and action.

What to Expect:

  • Creative exercises, homework, research and class discussions that will help you assess your skills and resources
  • Interviews with local farm business owners that will assist you in deciding how to carry your dream forward
  • The opportunity to connect with others interested in starting new agricultural enterprises in our region

Course Sessions:

Session I: Expressing Farm Vision and Evaluating Goals
Session II: Researching the Landscape and Interviewing Current Farm Innovators
Session III: Assessing Resources and Risk
Session IV: Decision-Making and Identification of Next Steps

Contact Don Loock 540/347-2334 x 7800 for more information.

Master Tree Farmer 2015

Tuesday Evenings, January 27 - February 17th, 2015

On-line

$85

Join Clemson University and natural resource professionals from throughout the Southeast for this 4-part Master Tree Farmer Program.  Sessions are as follows:

  • Session 1. An examination of two land certification programs: American Tree Farm System and the QDMA Land Certification program.
  • Session 2. Use of prescribed fire in pine management.
  • Session 3. Forest Genetics: Is improved stock worth the investment?
  • Session 4. Forest Pests: Current and Future Threats

Register on-line here.

For more information: http://www.clemson.edu/cafls/departments/forestry/mtf/treefarm2015.html or Contact: Susan Guynn at sguynn@clemson.edu or 864-656-0606.

Forest Health Conference

Feb. 2-3

Stonewall Jackson Hotel, Staunton

All day

Full registration: $95*; One day registration: $65*

The Virginia Association of Forest Health Professionals (VAFHP) formed in 1991 at the height of the Virginia gypsy moth outbreak. This reflected the need for information exchange between the state and local coordinators who were administering gypsy moth spray programs. At that time, the group was known at the Association of Virginia Gypsy Moth Managers. In 2007, the name was changed in order to better reflect our broader concerns with many forest health issues affecting Eastern forests.

We meet annually to hear the latest on emerging pests, existing issues and other related forest ecology and forest health topics. This conference offers:

  • Commercial pesticide applicators’ license recertification (multiple states)
  • International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) CEUs
  • Society of American Foresters (SAF) CFEs

Attendees include local, state and federal officials, independent contractors, consultants, horticulture and forest industry representatives and students. We encourage anyone interested in the ecology of the Mid-Atlantic to participate. VAFHP is committed to developing and providing education and training for natural resource professionals.

2015 tentative agenda

Visit the Virginia Association of Forest Health Professionals website for more information.

Tree Steward Training Programs

Winter-Spring 2015

Various locations across Virginia

$120

Tree Stewards are trained community volunteers committed to promoting healthy urban and rural forests in Virginia.  Tree Stewards provide training classes, educational programs, and projects in their communities intended to increase public awareness of the value of trees while teaching about trees and tree care.  With classroom training and hands-on practice, Tree Stewards are equipped to identify trees, counsel on tree selection, demonstrate proper tree planting and follow-up care, and guide removal of invasive plants that threaten trees.

Visit the Trees Virginia website for locations and details.

Protect your Woodland Resources

February- March 2015

6 - 9 p.m.

Several locations across SW VA - TBA

Free

Learn about current threats to the health and security of your woodlands and what you can do to reduce these risks. Topics will include invasive species, diseases, boundary line marking and maintenance, and safe ways to sell your timber. Multiple evening programs will be offered. Details available in January.

Contact Bill Worrell 276/889-8056 for details.

On-line Woodland Options for Landowners

Begins March 2 - runs for 12 weeks

On-line

$45/family

Registration opens Jan. 5. Learn the basics of forest management, from setting goals and objectives to developing a management plan in this 12-week class.Syllabus coming soon.

Contact Jennifer Gagnon 540/231-6391 for more information.

11th Annual Woods & Wildlife Conference

Saturday, March 14, 2015

8:30 - 4:30 (check-in opens 7:45)

Daniel Technology Center, Germanna Community College, Culpeper

Map and driving directions

Join Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Virginia Department of Forestry, and partners for this full-day program.  A wide variety of topics, for both owners of small and large woodlands, will be offered. 

Registration will open in January.

Contact Adam Downing 540/948-6881 for more information.

Walk in the Forest

Saturday, March 21, 2015

New Kent Forestry Center

Free.

Take a walk in the woods with professional foresters at this historically well-attended event.  

Contact Lisa Deaton 804/966-2201 x 115 for more information.  

Virginia Forestry Summit: Wood Connections & Relationships

April 15-16

Boars Head Inn, Charlottesville

All day

Registration varies

Join professional foresters, loggers, wood products manufacturers, and woodland owners at this annual meeting. Educational programs will be available for everyone.SAF CE credits will b available.

Contact Shannon McCabe for more information.

Spring Venture Outdoors

April 24

Alberta

9 - 3:30

Free

Interested in learning about current forestry issues that pertain to the health and management of your land? If so, join Virginia Cooperative Extension and partners for this event.

Contact Jason Fisher 434/476-2147for more information.

Spring Landowner Weekend Retreat

May 1-3 (tentative)

Central Virginia - TBD

$65/person, $95/couple** or
$35/person, $50/couple*

Spend the weekend with fellow forest owners and natural resource professionals. A combination of classroom talks, field tours, and hands-on experiences will teach new landowners about important aspects of forest management.  Agenda coming soon.

Contact Ellen Powell for more information.  

Spring Venture Outdoors

May 8

Claytor Nature Center, Lynchburg

9 - 3:30

Free

Interested in learning about current forestry issues that pertain to the health and management of your land? If so, join Virginia Cooperative Extension and partners for this event.

Contact Jason Fisher 434/476-2147for more information.

Spring Venture Outdoors

May 15

Halifax

9 - 3:30

Free

Interested in learning about current forestry issues that pertain to the health and management of your land? If so, join Virginia Cooperative Extension and partners for this event.

Contact Jason Fisher 434/476-2147for more information.

2015 Holiday Lake Forestry Camp

June 15-20

Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center, Appomattox

The camp is open to any Virginia girl or boy aged 13 to 16, who has an interest in natural resources and who has not attended before.  Nominations are accepted through April 1 and can come from any adult not related to the student.  For more information or to download a nomination form, visit dof.virginia.gov/camp/.

Contact Ellen Powell for more information.  

An * after a registration fee means meals are

 included.  ** after a registration fee means meals and lodging are included.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in these activities, please contact Jennifer Gagnon at 540/231-6391/TDD* during business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event.  *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.