Monday, October 16, 2017

Halloween Paddle with Morgantown Lockage

Saturday, October 21, 3rd Annual Halloween Paddle with Morgantown Lockage:  Meet at the Downtown Morgantown/Walnut St. boat ramp (MAP Access Point #3 below) at 10:00 a.m., assuming weather cooperates as it currently appears to.  Limited parking there, but you can also drop your boat and stuff off, and park across the street in Walnut St. garage.  Feel free to come in costume, and/or decorate your boat.  We will do a lockage at the Morgantown Lock, paddle toward Uffington, and return, paddling for around 2 hours, excluding lockage time (usually takes around 20-25 min each way).  Bring snack and drink; we can eat a late lunch somewhere downtown after our trip.    If we have enough participants, I will line up some press again, so please let me know if you are coming if you haven't already.

Mary Wimmer

Soil Health and Composting at WVBG

Saturday, October 21st, 10:00 am
Soil Health and Composting
Learn about the importance of soil vitality and benefits of composting from WVBG volunteer and avid gardener Robin Stewart and WVBG Educator Stacy Clovis-Woofter. An interactive activity on worm composting will be featured for younger gardeners as well. Open to all ages. $5 for WVBG members, $15 for non-members.  Be sure to register online at

Celebration of the Outdoors, Coopers Rock State Forest

Saturday, October 21st, 10:00am
Celebration of the Outdoors, Coopers Rock State Forest
Hosted by the Coopers Rock foundation. Visit for more information.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Passing of Jo Craenen

I am sorry to report that Dr Jo Craenen has passed away this week.  You may not recognize the name because we all knew her simply as Ellen's very dear friend Jo.  Jo attended the Wildflower Pilgrimages every year.  She also participated in some of the Master Naturalist classes.  However where she really shown was during the West Virginia Botanic Garden's Fall Children Festival.  Jo loved working with children and often ran an activity involving them.  She also brought down bushels of yellow and red apples to share along with dozens of home baked cookies.  Those cookies were wonderful.  We shall miss you, Jo.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

MAP Paddling trips

Wednesday evening, September 27:  Paddle the Mon River from Uffington South, another beautiful, wild section of river.  Meet at Uffington Boat Ramp (Access Point #4 on our MAP Guide below), ready to paddle at 4:30 p.m.  This will be about a 2-hour paddle.  It will be warm, so don't forget to bring a hat and plenty to drink.

Try It! Event Sunday, October 1:  MAP will be supporting the Try It! event again on the Mon River at Hazel Ruby McQuain Park, being organized by Morgantown and WVU to get people out on the river kayaking and paddle boarding.  Meet at 12:30 p.m. at the Walnut St. - Downtown Morgantown Boat Ramp (Access Point #3 below).  The event is scheduled to go from 1-4 p.m., and parking should be available next to the downtown ramp (BOPARC is being contacted about opening the gate there), or at Walnut St. garage after dropping boats.  Weather looks beautiful: sunny, high 70, winds light and variable.   

Mary Wimmer

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Yet another pawpaw party

There will be yet another pawpaw party this Thursday at the WVU Core Arboretum from 6-7:30.  Come out and try them.  Or come back and eat some more.  They have a very short shelf life, so if you don't help eat them, they will go to waste.  Zack Fowler will be handing out information on how to grow trees from the seeds.  Come out anytime between 6-7:30.

Latest MAP Trips

Thursday evening, September 21:  Paddle the Mon River from Van Voorhis Launch North, a beautiful, wild area, with a diversity of wetland plants along a section of river left.  Meet at Van Voorhis Landing, ready to paddle at 4:00 p.m.  We will paddle at least within site of the Ft. Martin Power Plant, total trip duration 3 hours (sunset is around 7:20).

Sunday Sept. 24 Brunch at Table 9:  One of our favorite paddling trips, including Uffington departure, Morgantown lockage, and brunch at Table 9 before our return trip.  We will start paddling from Uffington at 10:00 a.m., reaching Table 9 around 11 (depending on lockage time).  I will need to know who is eating brunch by Noon Saturday so I can make reservations.  There is nothing like sitting out on the deck looking down on our colorful boats tied along the dock, while eating scrumptious food!

Mary Wimmer