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).


November 12, 2022

Invasive Vines Workshop with Blue Ridge PRISM at the Botanical Garden of the Piedmont

Join Blue Ridge PRISM’s knowledgeable staff on the grounds of the Botanical Garden of the Piedmont to learn how to identify and control some common invasive vines during the late autumn/early winter. We will cover basic management strategies, including manual and/or chemical control techniques.

This workshop will take place on Saturday November 12th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm and will be *outside*– so dress warmly if the weather indicates.Registration is free. There will be a limit of 25 participants.

Please make note of the following: Long pants and closed-toe shoes are required to participate. No exceptions.You might want to bring work gloves, safety glasses, and the following tools (optional): hand pruners, hatchet, loppers

Blue Ridge PRISM reserves the right to cancel the event in the case of steady rain/inclement weather or if there are insufficient registration numbers. If you find that you cannot attend, please be kind enough to let us know at least 48 hours in advance.


Fall Quarterly Meeting

Homegrown National Park with Doug Tallamy

Our Fall Meeting is scheduled for October 18, 2022, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm.

Join us via Zoom for our Fall Meeting when we welcome Doug Tallamy as our speaker. His presentation “Homegrown National Park” will include discussion on how we can regenerate biodiversity in our landscapes. Dr. Tallamy will have a Q&A with the audience at the end of his presentation.

This webinar promises to be thought-provoking, inspiring, and informative. We hope you can join us!

This is a free online event, but donations are welcome. The webinar will include a question & answer period with the audience. Those who register will receive access to the recording. Register today!


Doug Tallamy is the T. A. Baker Professor of Agriculture in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 106 research publications and has taught insect-related courses for 41 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book Bringing Nature Home was published by Timber Press in 2007, The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014; Nature’s Best Hope, a New York Times bestseller, was released in February 2020, and his latest book, The Nature of Oaks, was released in March 2021.


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Additional Training Opportunities!

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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.