ANS Naturalist Hour virtual learning opportunities

Online, interactive enrichment featuring regional nature experts.
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Monday, August 17, 2020
at 7 p.m.

Getting to Know
and Love Ferns

Kit Sheffield
Virginia Master Naturalist

Learn what makes ferns and fern allies different from other organisms, including their unique cycles of growth and reproduction.

Get tips on the key features that will help you to identify different fern species.


Tuesday, August 18, 2020
at 7 p.m.

Sharks have long been portrayed in media as “man-eating machines” but are they worthy of that bad reputation? Sharks actually need more protection from humans than we need from them. Learn about the many shapes and sizes of sharks, threats they face, their importance in the ocean, and what you can do to protect them.


Thursday, August 20, 2020
at 7 p.m.

One of the founders of Black Birders Week discusses advancing environmental progress through anti-racism and dismantling white supremacy, as well as what he’s doing to get ready for fall migration.


Tuesday, August 25, 2020
at 7 p.m.

The Bluebirds
of Longwood Gardens

Lea Johnson
Longwood Gardens

Like many botanic gardens, Longwood’s mission includes stewardship of natural areas that provide wildlife habitat.

Learn about the spectacular Meadow Garden at Longwood and the program to protect and monitor eastern bluebirds across Longwood’s 350 acres of meadows and fields.


Thursday, August 27, 2020
at 7 p.m.

Did you know that Brood X is coming? That’s not a Sci-Fi movie or the generation after the Millenials. It’s the emergence of periodic cicadas expected next year.

Learn about the unusual life cycle of the Magicicada, how to prepare for the big show, and how you can help uncover their secrets as a community scientist.