Register for Fall Workshops!

Scholarships are available for paid events. Contact PRISM for more information.

Blue Ridge PRISM’s 2022 Workshop’s are a blend of two virtual sessions and an optional in-person field session. Register for the virtual sessions or a field session or both! Fall sessions are planned for early November 2022.

Session 1 (virtual) : Introduction to Invasive Plants and Identification, October 12, 2022, $10

Session 2 (virtual): Control of Invasive Plants, October 13, 2022, $10

In-person Field Sessions

Learning about tools with Instructor William Hamersky

October 15, 2022

Join PRISM’s knowledgeable staff and volunteers in the field to learn invasive plant ID, herbicide safety, basic management strategies, and a how-to for manual/chemical control techniques.

This fall workshop will take place on Saturday Oct 15th from 12:30 – 3:30 pm at Pen Park in Charlottesville, Va. and will include an invasive plant identification walk and in-person instruction. Space is limited to 25 participants. Registration fee is $25.

Please Note Field Sessions: Long pants and close toe shoes will be required to participate in the in-person field session. NO EXCEPTIONS. The in-person field sessions will be held rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable. Blue Ridge PRISM reserves the right to cancel the event in the case of severe weather, insufficient ticket sales, or restrictions due to the COVID 19 Pandemic (refunds will be issued in these instances).

Dutch Creek Lane, shown here lined with Japanese stiltgrass, provides a corridor for the expansion of invasive plants.

Summer Quarterly Meeting

Simply Stiltgrass

Our Summer Meeting is scheduled for July 20, 2022, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm.

Join the PRISM Team as we discuss all things Japanese stiltgrass from the latest research to effective control strategies.

This is a free online event, but donations are welcome. Register today.

Brown Bag Sessions

Spotted Lanternfly and Tree-of-Heaven

Join Blue Ridge PRISM on August 17th for the our next Brown Bag Session. Take your lunch break and join Lori Chamberlain with the Virginia Department of Forestry and Tim Maywalt with Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards (and PRISM) to talk about about spotted lanternfly and its relationship with tree-of-heaven.

Lori and Tim will cover spotted lanternfly identification, life cycle, and how tree-of-heaven is important to this insect. They will then take a deeper dive into how to identify tree-of-heaven and steps you can take to control this invasive tree.

Additional Training Opportunities!

Check back soon for new opportunities from our partners.-

Woodland Owners Retreats

Retreats are hosted by the Virginia Department of Forestry and Virginia Cooperative Extension. They are geared towards landowners who are new to forest management, provide information on both hardwood and pine forests, offer chances for interaction with natural resource professionals from various agencies in Virginia, as well as with other landowners, provide information on estate planning, management planning and certification, and provide hands-on experience with tree identification, forestry equipment, and more.

The next retreat is September 9-10 at New Kent Conference Center. Registration opens in June.