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.

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.