The 2021 Virtual Winter Lecture Series

These are live events!

Following the success of our Virtual Wildflower Symposium, TNFW is excited to offer our next virtual educational program, the 2021 Winter Lecture Series, focusing on the origins of Wintergreen. Topics include: geological and ecological history, early cultures, and the influence of European settlers.

The Birth of the Blue Ridge

Live lecture on the geological history of Wintergreen and the region. Lorrie will enlighten us on the significance of the evolution of the region’s narrow passage.

Friday, January 15 at 7pm

The Natural Communities of the Wintergreen Region

Biologist, Chris Ludwig (Co-author, Flora of Virginia) will speak about the natural communities of the Wintergreen region and how climatic conditions created its distinct vegetation.

Friday, January 29 at 7pm

Early Ecosystems & Historic Cultures

Archeologist Carole Nash continues the intriguing historical background of Wintergreen through her discovery of a timeline of cultures utilizing the region.

Friday, February 12 at 7pm

From Colonial to Contemporary

TNFW’s Director Doug Coleman will conclude the series an examination of the influence of European settlers on the region as well as how later settlements have shaped today’s Wintergreen.

Friday, February 26 at 7pm

Additional Information

  • There will be an opportunity for questions after each presentation.
  • Payment is due at time of registration for each lecture.
  • Cost: $7/TNFW Member, $10/Non-Member.
  • Each lecture will take place via Zoom. Please include an email address for an invitation to the event.

Presenter Bios

Lorrie Coiner Skiffington

Geologist Lorrie Coiner Skiffington of the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy assisted in Virginia’s portion of the USGS funded grant work for Earth MRI, Data Preservation, and STATEMAP. Her home and stomping grounds is Afton Mountain. Lorrie has much to share of this gem of an area.

Chris Ludwig

Chris recently retired from the Division of Natural Heritage within the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. For his first 10 years with Natural Heritage, he served as the staff botanist, traversing the state in search of rare plants and significant conservation sites. Since 1998 until his retirement in 2019, he served as the Chief Biologist, directing a team of botanists, zoologists, and ecologists in their quest to identify all of the rare species populations and significant natural communities in Virginia.

In 2001 he co-founded the Flora of Virginia Foundation, formed to produce the first modern manual to the vascular plants of Virginia. The Flora, which was co-authored by Chris, was published in 2012 and is in its 2nd printing. The Flora is also now widely used in it’s app form.

Chris’ wide range of interests in biology has reflected in his other professional experiences. In addition to work with Virginia Natural Heritage, Chris has worked as an ornithologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a butterfly surveyor for Maryland Natural Heritage, a data technician in the bird skeleton collection at the Smithsonian Institution, and as an Ecologist for The Nature Conservancy.

Chris and his wife Jolie live on ten woodland acres in far western Hanover County, Virginia. They enjoy vacations to foreign countries in search of birds and exciting natural history experiences.

Dr. Carole Nash

Dr. Carole Nash, RPA, has 40 years of experience in the archaeology of the Middle Atlantic region and is a specialist in the archaeology and historical ecology of the Appalachians. Her main research interests are the long-term environmental and cultural history of upland Native American cultures.  She has taught at James Madison University for 31 years, where she is Associate Professor in the School of Integrated Sciences. University students and life-long learners have worked in the field with her on long-term field projects for Shenandoah National Park and the Nature Foundation at Wintergreen. She is the author of over 175 technical reports, scholarly papers, and publications, including co-author of Foundations of Archaeology in the Middle Atlantic (Routledge 2018). She is an appointed member to the Society for American Archaeology’s international committee on Climate Change Strategies and Archaeological Resources Committee. A practitioner of citizen science, Carole co-directs the Archaeological Technician Certification program for the Archeological Society of Virginia and the Department of Historic Resources.

Doug Coleman

Field Biologist and Executive Director of The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen. Doug Coleman has been a regional expert in Southern Appalachian ecology for over 25 years. While he has co-authored many books on the region’s flora, including The Vascular Flora of the James River Gorge and The Blue Ridge Parkway’s Rare Plant Management Manual, he is perhaps best noted as a speaker and designer of programs and preservation concepts for the resort development community of Wintergreen in Nelson County, Virginia as well as several other similar communities. These programs and concepts have been the recipient of at least two national awards and have been published in many national magazines. Doug was instrumental in founding in Nature Foundation at Wintergreen in 1994, a non-profit organization with a mission to encourage the understanding, appreciation, and conservation of the natural and cultural resources of the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia.