Sunday, February 21, 2010

Becoming An Outdoors Woman

April 23-25
WV Division of Natural Resources and Canaan Valley Resort invite you to attend this spring workshop designed primarily for women (ages 18 and older) to become more competent in, more confident in and more aware of the outdoors. This workshop is designed to encourage women interested in learning outdoor skills to explore and ask questions about a variety of outdoor activities in a comfortable, non-threatening atmosphere.

Skills include hunting, shooting and fishing, plus much more. Workshop fee includes registration, instruction in all sessions, program materials, use of demonstration equipment, lodging, transportation to and from sessions, and some meals.

Registration Information

Looking over the list of sessions, some of the ones listed might be counted as MN electives. Check with Ellen before going to see if you can possibly earn credit for attending them. The weekend is sponsored by the WV Department of Natural Resources. Besides the hunting, fishing and archery being offered there is mushroom identification, a trip to Dolly Sods, nature photography, stream ecology, wilderness survival. Click on the above link for a list of all sessions being offered along with their instructors and a brief description.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


Yes, we are gearing up for a new year of Master Naturalist classes. More information to follow, but for now.....

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Geology of the Deckers Creek Watershed – This Thursday 6:30 PM, Room 325 Brooks Hall

Dr. Steve Kite, Associate Professor of Geology and Geography at WVU, and Jennifer Ryan will give a hands-on presentation on the Geology of the Deckers Creek Watershed as part of this month’s FODC outreach meeting. The meeting will begin at 6:30 PM in Room 325 of Brooks Hall on the WVU downtown campus. Please contact us if you need further directions and we will keep a close eye on the weather prior to the meeting. All are welcome!

Learn more about FODC:

Marion County Master Naturalist Home Show Booth

Hello Master Naturalists,

Space has been made available at the Marion County Chamber of Commerce Home Show for Marion Co. Master Naturalists to set up a booth and display our group! The show will be at the Middletown Mall in Fairmont, March 5th to March 7th, 2010.

I am looking for some volunteers to help man the booth at 2 hour or more intervals, please. You'll be there to answer questions, share your experience and promote the group, hopefully sign up new students if folks are interested. ( I'll be at the adjoining booth w/ my Landscaping Company to help if needed )

I would like to have 2 volunteers for each time slot, please. The following time slots are needed to be filled:

Friday March 5th

5pm to 7pm ( pre-show open to Chamber Members only)

Saturday March 6th (show open 10am to 5pm)

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

11:30 am to 1:30 pm

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Sunday March 7th (show open 12pm to 4pm)

12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

3:00 pm to *5:00 pm ( *this shift of volunteers to help break down tables and display after show, thank you!)

Please contact me as soon as possible to sign up for the time slot(s) you prefer!

Thank you for your continued support of the WVMN program!


Melissa Brodsky, volunteer Coordinator
Marion County Master Naturalists
Rt. 4 Box 569B, Tunnel Hollow Rd.
Fairmont, WV 26554
(304)-366-1420 office/fax
(304) 282-2260 cell

Monday, February 8, 2010

Forestry program seeks applications to plant trees

The West Virginia Division of Forestry's (DOF) Mountaineer Treeways program will accept applications from volunteer organizations and municipalities that plan to plants trees on public property throughtout the state. The deadline is March 19. Applications forms are available at the DOF Web site,
"Mountaineer Treeways is a program that works to enhance and beautify public areas across West Virginia through tree plantings," Bob Hannah, urban forestry coordinator, said. "I encourage civic organizations, municipalities, businesses, schools and other groups to participate."
All trees must be planted on public property. Volunteers and paid employees of municipalities and other entities may conduct the plantings. Matching funds are not required; however, a status report must be submitted by Aug 13. DOF staff will be available for technical assistance, species selection advice and to suggest planting sites.
Appalachian Power, the Oakland Foundation and Toyota Motors Manufacturing sponsor the trees with donations. All trees will be distributed in early April.
The program replaces the National Tree Trust program and continues to provide trees at no cost for various community projects.
Info: Hannah at 304-825-6983 or Andy Sheetz, partnership coordinators, at 304-558-2788.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Photography Club Starting

From the WVU Community Arts Program:

David Bess, the WVU Community Arts Program "Introduction to Digital Photography" instructor, and Greg Kullman, one of his former photography students,are thinking about starting a photography club for interested folks in the Morgantown area.

They propose that the club be organized informally at first (i.e. no dues, no set program), perhaps meeting once per month to share photographs and techniques, and to address questions and issues related to photography (AND to enjoy the company of like-minded people!)

If those involved in the original, informal group ultimately wish to create a more formal, structured organization, this change can be considered "down the road."

So that it can be determined whether there is enough interest to establish a photography club, please contact David Bess at before Noon on Friday, Feb. 12 if you are interested.

Follow up note from Erin at the WVBG

Thanks Denise for that last post, I appreciate you helping me get the word out! Here is a little more information along with my contact info. for those who are interested. -Erin

Hello Master Naturalists!

Are you looking for volunteer hours and a way to share your love and knowledge of the natural world? There are several volunteer opportunities available at the West Virginia Botanic Garden. You could help out with planting or general site maintenance, share information with visitors as a Botanic Garden Host, become a Garden Keeper and share the responsibility for the upkeep of a garden bed, increase your skills as an educator/interpreter by leading walks or participating in special programs, help out with special events, and more. Check out our website, for more information or contact me at the email and phone listed below. We are planning to have a volunteer orientation day this March so if you are interested in volunteering with us, please contact me with your name, contact information, and interests so I can send you an invite to the orientation.

Thank you,


Erin Himmel
Volunteer Coordinator & Education Director
West Virginia Botanic Garden

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