Saturday, March 17, 2018

2018 Schedule of Courses

            2018 Master Naturalist Schedule of Classes                               
        [class times are at 6:00 pm unless otherwise noted]                                   
Date        Place        Credit Hours        Instructor        Course           
15-Mar        Ag Sc S Rm 1030        1c        Hrabovsky        Introduction/ Names           
22-Mar        Ag Sc S Rm 1030        3c        Hrabovsky        General Ecology           
29-Mar        Ag Sc S Rm 1030        3c        Rentch        Terrestrial Habitats           
5-Apr        Ag Sc S Rm 1030        3c        Rentch        Wetlands           
12-Apr        Ag Sc S Rm 1030        3c        Owen        Habitat Improvement for Wildlife           
19-Apr        WVBG Welcome Center        3c        Hrabovsky        Trees ,Shrubs and Woody Vines           
26-Apr        Ag Sc S Rm 1030        3c        Kondo        Insects           
            May10-12 Wildflower Pilgrimage at Blackwater Falls State Park                               
17-May        WVBG Welcome Center        3c        Graffious        Birds           
19-May    9:00am    Cranesville Swamp        1/1c        Graffious/Hrabovsky Birds/trees                   
24-May          Ag Sc S 1030        3c        Simard        Geology           
26-May        TBA        3c        Simard        Geology field trip           
31-May        Ag Sc S 1030        3c        Phelps        Fish           
7-Jun        Ag Sc S 1030        3e        Carpenter        Soils           
            Master Naturalist State Conference June 15-17 @Cacapon State Prk                14-17 at Cacapon State Park               
21-Jun        Ag Sc S 1030        3c        Brown        Amphibians and Reptiles           
28-Jun        WVBG        3c        Hrabovsky/Carpenter        Ecology/Trees           
                    Fourth of July Break                       
7-Jul    9:30 AM    WVBG        3c        Carlson        Acquatic Habitats           
12-Jul        Ag Sc S 1030        3c        Hrabovsky        Wildflowers           
19-Jul        Reedsville Rail Trail        2c        Hrabovsky        Wildflowers/Insects           
9-Aug        Ag Sc S 1030        2e        Dricoll        Ticks           
16-Aug        WVU Herbarium        3c        Ford-Werntz        Recording and Preserving           
6-Sep    7:00pm    Groscup Center        3e        Boback        Moths of WV           
13-Sep        Ag Sc S Rm 1030        c        Hrabovsky        Presentations           
20-Sep        Ag Sc S Rm 1030        c        Hrabovsky        Presentations           
23-Sep    2 :00pm    WVBG        2e        Fowler        Mosses and Ferns           
27-Sep        Ag Sci Rm 1030        3c        Owen        Mammals           
Ag Sci        South Agricultural Sciences Building                                   
WVBG        WV Botanic Garden                                   
Groscup Cabin         Dorsey's Knob                                   
e        Elective course                                   
c        Core course                                   

Thursday, March 1, 2018

New Season of Master Naturalist Classes Beginning

The Monongahela Chapter of the West Virginia Master Naturalist Program begins classes March 15.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

4th Annual Blue Jean Ball - March 3

It is time to pull out your favorite blue jeans and get ready for the 4th annual Blue Jean Ball co-hosted by the West Virginia Land Trust and the Mon River Trails Conservancy at Camp Muffly in Morgantown.
On March 3, 2018, we hope you will join us for a fun evening as we enjoy a southern meal catered by Woodburn Shanks, a limited host bar, dance to a live band, play a round of beer ring toss, and bid on silent auction items.
The purpose of the event is to raise awareness and funds to support the land protection of public recreational green space. Proceeds from last year's event are being used to help secure and build the Collins Ferry Connector Trail from the Suncrest neighborhood to the Mon River Rail-Trail and for access and hiking trails at Elizabeth's Woods Nature Preserve.
Mountaineer Audubon has supported this fund-raiser since its inception in 2014.
The Blue Jean Ball helps kick-off the Spring Season of recreation and outdoor events and programs.
It provides a great reunion of green space leaders and friends to share news and celebrate victories in environmental conservation, outdoor recreation, and green space protection.
Tickets on sale now and visit
for more details.
All are welcome and hope to see you there!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Annual Conference: Rooms and Cabins Now Available for Reservation!

“Nature doesn’t plan events; nature is the events. The sun and rain, the winds and snows and all the other conditions that prove a hardship for some will benefit others.” -Stephen J. Krasmann

This may be so, but the Potomac Valley Master Naturalist chapter hopes you will plan to attend one very special event: the state-wide annual conference to be held at Cacapon Resort State Park in Berkeley Springs, WV, June 15-17, 2018.

A variety of rooms and cabins are available at special prices either for Thursday-Friday-Saturday or for Friday-Saturday. Call (304) 258-1022, ext. 4200 or 4202, and make sure to explain that your reservation falls under WV Master Naturalist group block. (If you only wish to book a room for one night, you must make your own reservation outside of the group block.) Sometimes the line is busy; make sure to wait a few minutes and call back.

And stay tuned to this website for more information to help you plan your time at the conference. We’ll have updates a couple of times a month about classes and activities to be offered, as well as pre-conference and post-conference activities. We look forward to seeing you in June!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Mon Paddling Trip Tomorrow

Dear MAPers:

Happy Thanksgiving!

Since the weather tomorrow looks fine for paddling tomorrow (high 53 and winds light and variable), here is a great way to lose some of those delicious Turkey Day calories!

Friday, November 24:  Let's meet at the Uffington boat ramp at 1:00 p.m. for 2-2.5 hours on the water, paddling north and back.  Wear layers, and bring snack and drink (never forget the drink!).


Mary Wimmer
Organizer, Morgantown Area Paddlers

Friday, November 17, 2017

Mountaineer Audubon Cheat Lake Waterfowl Trip

Mar. 18—Waterfowl Trip, Cheat Lake. 8:00 am at
Ruby & Ketchy’s Restaurant on Route 857 east of
Cheat Lake. 7:00 am if you’d like breakfast first.
Leader: Derek Courtney.
For more information, contact David Daniels at or (304) 276-7127.

Monday, October 30, 2017

November Happenings at the WVBG

Activities at the WV Botanic Gardens
* All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown WV 26508 unless otherwise noted.
*  Registration is required for workshops at least one week prior to the workshop. Registration for free programs is required by the Friday prior to the program. A note about our forms: if you are a regular at our programs, you may wish to create a login with us. This option is available when you click on the link to register. After you create a login and the first form you fill in is processed, your information will then automatically be filled in for you on future registration forms. Otherwise, you may register as a guest and fill in your information each time you register. Register at
* Walks and presentations will last 1.5 - 2hrs.
* Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities.

Winter Birds of Monongalia County
Sunday, November 12th, 2:00 p.m.
LeJay Graffious, local birder, will present a two-part program on identifying our avian friends found in the winter months. The first part will be an indoor interactive presentation about birds found in the area during the winter months. The second part will be an outdoor bird walk in the WVBG with an option to travel to Cheat Lake to look for waterfowl. All ages. $5 for WVBG or Audubon members, $15 for non-members.

Winter Wreaths
Saturday, November 18th, 1:00 p.m.
Learn basic techniques for creating beautiful seasonal wreaths during this demonstration by WVBG Executive Director Bill Mills. A wide variety of fresh and found materials will be used. Participants will leave empowered to create seasonal ornamentation for their home or to share with friends. Most appropriate for adults. Members $15, Non-Members $25.

Nighttime Raptors: Owling in WV Botanic Garden
Saturday, November 18th, 6:30 p.m.
LeJay Graffious, local birder, will present a program on West Virginia owls. We will start indoors with an audio-visual review of owls of the region. Learn to identify on sight or by calls. Then we will go outdoors to try to find owls of the garden. $5 for WVBG or Audubon members, $15 for non-members. 

Trees and the Landscape in Late Autumn
Sunday, November 19th, 2:00 p.m.
With most leaves fallen, shapes of woody plants and the surface of the ground become more apparent. Location, bark, habit of growth, and twig details help reveal the identities of trees. Leaves may be nearby for confirmation. Explore the November landscape with retired Core Arboretum manager Jon Weems. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Free. Donations encouraged.