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The Flora and Fauna of Augusta County's Wetlands (Nature Hike)

Dates: April 17 - May 1, 2021

Meets: Sa from 8:15 AM to 11:30 AM

Location: Zoom

Registration Fee: $40.00

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this course.

Please note: this course requires membership in Lifelong Learning Institute Membership 2019-2020 or Lifelong Learning Institute Membership 2020-2021

Group size is limited to 15 persons to allow for greater physical distancing outdoors.

Cost: $40

This class includes active nature hikes with extended periods of hiking and standing. It is not recommended for students who have mobility or respiratory issues.

This class focuses on the flora and fauna native to two wetland areas in Augusta County: Maple Flats Ponds near Lyndhurst and Augusta Springs near Craigsville. Participants will learn about the biology and ecology of both habitats as well as the wildlife we encounter during our nature walks.

Maple Flats is home to many rare and state endangered plants and animals, including the eastern tiger salamander and Golden Club, a striking aquatic perennial. These Shenandoah Valley sinkhole ponds are well known for a high diversity of amphibians and are at least 15,000 years old, dating from the end of the Pleistocene epoch. Moderately sloped trails link the ponds together.

Augusta Springs is ringed by a trail that meanders through wetland habitats surrounded by hardwood forest interspersed with pines and ponds. This wetland is well known for rare plants such as the American pussy willow and eastern skunk cabbage. Various shorebirds, waterfowl, and songbirds are present in the wetland along with many frogs.

This class begins with an orientation class to be presented via Zoom on April 17. April 24 and May 1 include outdoor hikes. Participants must provide their own transportation to and from meeting sites. See the schedule below for fuller details.

Nate Miller is a professor of Horticulture and Biology at Piedmont Virginia Community College. He graduated from Bridgewater College with a BA degree in Art and a concentration in Environmental Science and holds a master's in Landscape Architecture from Clemson University.

Nate will be assisted by Sandy Conrad.


  • Saturday, April 17, 9:30 - 11:30 am: Orientation via Zoom
  • Saturday, April 24, 8:15 - 11:30 am: Maple Flats Tour
  • Saturday, May 1, 8:15 - 11:30 am: Augusta Springs Tour
  • Saturday, May 8: Storm Date, if needed

Special Considerations

Participants must provide their own transportation to and from meeting sites. Detailed maps to destinations will be provided.

Participants are required to sign a COVID-19 Risk Acknowledgement. This form outlines the general nature of the risks involved in this activity, including contracting COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus disease.

All participants are required to wear a mask upon arrival and during sessions and observe guidelines based on current CDC recommendations.

Students may not participate unless they are symptom-free.

Students need to bring their own masks to ensure the best fit and comfort. See CDC guidelines for face coverings here: ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.

The instructor will be equipped with an amplifier microphone to allow for greater physical distancing among participants.

As this is among the first open-air classes to be offered this spring, patience, careful planning, and cooperation are appreciated.


Zoom meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. on April 17. A link will be distributed before the course begins.

The remaining meetings are on location and begin at 8:15 a.m.
Fee: $40.00

Call us at 540-568-2923 to see if you qualify for a discount on this course.


Date Day Time Location
04/17/2021Saturday8:15 AM to 11:30 AM Zoom
04/24/2021Saturday8:15 AM to 11:30 AM Zoom
05/01/2021Saturday8:15 AM to 11:30 AM Zoom


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