Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Falling Run Trail System needs volunteers July and August

Volunteers are needed in July & August for trail work at the Falling Run Trail System. If you wish to participate, sign up to get a log-in for volunteerMPC here: http://www.volunteermpc.org/user/register/ -- and then RSVP to the Falling Run Trail Work Day here: http://www.volunteermpc.org/need/detail/?need_id=429908. Email Rich Wolff (rjw0009@mix.wvu.edu) with any questions about trail work.

Moth Night at the WVU Core Arboretum

National Moth Week is coming, and WVU Core Arboretum is celebrating by inviting everyone to a Moth Night at the Arboretum! Friday, July 26, from 9:00-11:00 pm we will have sheets and lights set up in the Arboretum lawn area to attract moths, and there will be experts on hand to identify the moths that we attract! Last year, we saw more than 75 species of moths and numerous other insects. There is not a formal program for this free event, and all are welcome to stop by any time between 9 and 11 to learn about moths and how to attract and study them. Bring a flashlight. The event will be cancelled if it is raining.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

April 25, 2019, note from the WVU Core Arboretum


Thank you for being willing to help keep the Arboretum beautiful! Unfortunately, we have to cancel today’s garlic mustard pull service event because of the rain. We are pulling garlic mustard on Monday and Tuesday next week at 10:00, if you can come either of those times. Thanks, again, and I hope to see you soon.

Zach Fowler

Zach Fowler
WVU Core Arboretum Director
Service Assistant Professor
WVU Department of Biology

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Specialist offering mushroom workshop

Dr Dave McGill, WVU Forest Resources Extension Specialist, will lead a hands-on shiitake mushroom workshop from 6:30-8:30 pm March28 at the Arnettsville Community Center.  Participants will learn how to produce shiitakes and will take home an inoculated log.
The workshop is free, but reservations are required.  RSVP to Jennifer Steele, jksteele2@comcast.net or 304-278-5479.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Monongahela Master Naturalist Book Club begins next week

We have made our selections for the winter's MN Book Club sessions.  All are invited, We will be meeting in the conference room on the Ground floor of the South Agriculture Sciences Bldg.,  Parking available and free after 5:00PM
December 6, 6:30 pm: The Wisdom Of Wilderness by Gerald May
January 10, 6:30 PM: What a Fish Knows by Jonathan Balcombe
February 7, 6:30 pm:  The Evolution of Beauty by Richard O Prum
March 7, 6:30 pm: Urban Forests by Jill Johns
Join the group even if you have not read the whole book.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

September events at the West Virginia Botanic Garden

September 1, 10:00 a.m. Arthritis and Gardening:Join Doug Cumpston, Assistive Technology Specialist with WV AgrAbility & WV Assistive Technology Systems to learn how arthritis can impact your ability to carry out gardening activities and what can be done to minimize its effect while gardening. The program will focus on techniques and tools that will help others overcome the limitations that arthritis can impose on the gardener. Most appropriate for adults. Free for WVBG members; $15 for non-members. Register here.
September 2, 2:00 p.m. Tree ID Walk: Broc Bowers, WVU Society of American Foresters club member, will help us identify and teach us about some of the trees found at the WVBG. Bring a tree ID guide if you have one. All ages. Free for WVBG members, $15 for non-members. Register here.

 September 4, 7:30 p.m. Moth Program: Local naturalist and educator John Boback will present on moths in WV, moth diversity, moth identification, moths as pollinators, and what we can do to help moths. Then we will catch and identify some moths! Bring a camera or smartphone to take detailed moth photos! Most appropriate for adults and older children. Free for WVBG members, $15 for non-members. Register here.

 September 8, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Making Your Cell Phone Photos Sing: Take your cell phone photos from ordinary to fabulous! In this workshop with artist and author Linda S. Gribko, you’ll learn basic to advanced compositional techniques and will put them into practice while capturing the natural beauty of the Botanic Garden. By the end of the session, you’ll be seeing potential subjects with a new eye and will be able to produce interesting and satisfying nature photos using only your phone. Please bring along a cell phone camera that you know how to operate. Ages 14 and up. $20 for WVBG members, $30 for non-members. Register here.

 September 9, 2:00 p.m. WVBG Citizen Scientists: Magnificent Monarch Butterflies: Join us at the WVBG Butterfly Garden and learn about the Monarch butterfly life cycle, magnificent migration, habitat needs, and conservation opportunities for citizen scientists and gardeners of all ages. Led by WVBG Education Specialist Stacy Clovis-Woofter, this program and walk will also feature national conservation efforts by National Wildlife Federation and Monarch Watch.  All ages. Free for WVBG members, $15 for non-members. Register here.
September 16, 2:00 p.m. Mushroom Walk: WVU Professor of MycologyDan Panaccionewill lead us in search of forest fungi. He will show us how to identify the native mushrooms at the garden by their unique characteristics. Emphasis will be on general biology, not edibility. All ages. Free for WVBG members, $15 for non-members. Register here.

 September 29, 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. Bird Day: Celebrate our avian friends at the Garden! Join us for a fall bird walk led by David Daniels, local birder and Field Trip Coordinator for Mountaineer Audubon (8:00 a.m.) followed by a live bird presentation by the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia (10:00 a.m.). Offered for free in conjunction with Mountaineer Audubon and ACCA. Register here for bird walk.  Register here for ACCA presentation.

September 30, 2:00 p.m. Writing & Walking in Nature: Join Shannon Sankey, M.F.A. to discover the power of nature writing to connect you to your environment, your community, and yourself. Learn how to keep a field journal, how to practice the art of walking mindfully, and how to write about nature with rich sensory description while walking to and writing at various sites in the Botanic Garden. Ages 12 and up. Free for WVBG members; $15 for non-members. Register here.

Monday, July 30, 2018

End of year schedule of courses

            2018 Master Naturalist Schedule of Classes                               
        [class times are at 6:00 pm unless otherwise noted]                                   
Date        Place         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           
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           
26-Jul        WVBG        3e        D. Gray        Nature Photography           
9-Aug        Ag Sc S 1001        2e        Dricoll        Ticks           
11-Aug    1:00 PM    WVBG        2e        Kasson        Invasive forest diseases           
16-Aug        WVU Herbarium        3c        Ford-Werntz        Recording and Preserving           
23-Aug        Ag Sc S 1001        3e        Cruze        Archeology           
6-Sep    7:00pm    Groscup Center        3e        Boback        Moths of WV           
13-Sep        Ag Sc S Rm 1001        c        Hrabovsky        Presentations           
20-Sep        Ag Sc S Rm 1001        c        Hrabovsky        Presentations           
23-Sep    2 :00pm    WVBG        2e        Fowler        Mosses and Ferns           
27-Sep        Ag Sci Rm 1001        3c        Owen        Mammals           
4-Oct        Ag Sci Rm 1001        2e        MacDonald        Restoring a Fallen Giant           
11-Oct        Ag Sci Rm 1001        2e        Schuler        Maple sugaring           
18-Oct        Ag Sci Rm 1001        3c        Vernon        WV Trout and Trout fishing           
20-Oct    TBA    WVU Forest        4e        owen        orienteering           
Ag Sci        South Agricultural Sciences Building                                   
WVBG        WV Botanic Garden                                   
Groscup Cabin         Dorsey's Knob                                   
e        Elective course                                   
c        Core course