Thursday, July 28, 2011

Trail maintenance set for Cooper's Rock

The West Virginia Sierra Club will be doing trail maintenance Saturday, July 30, at Cooper's Rock State Forest as part of the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources Adopt-a-Trail program. Volunteers seeking community service are encouraged to participate.
The maintenance will be on the intermediate cross country ski trail, including installing the Sierra Club Adopt-a-Trail sign from the W.Va. DNR. Other maintenance will involve drainage restoration and trail clearing. This moderate intensity work will involve the use of shovels and clearing out clogging vegetation. Volunteers should wear sturdy boots and carry work gloves, water and snacks.
All ages are invited to help. Those under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or a legal guardian. Volunteers will be required to sign a standard Sierra Club Liability Waiver and a DNR Volunteer Work Program Agreement.
Info and to register: Ann Devine-King at 304-594-2636 or Cooper's Rock info:

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Summer Birds Walk - CV National Wildlife Refuge

July 30. 7am, meet at the Refuge Visitor Center, led by Volunteer Casey Rucker. For walks: Please wear warm comfortable walking boots and dress for the weather. Unless otherwise stated, walks meet at the Refuge office to carpool to a Refuge trail. Binoculars may be borrowed during Refuge sponsored events. Bring drinking water and enthusiasm! For more information call 304-866-3858.

Monday, July 25, 2011


Jim Van Gundy passed along the following note from Ray Garton who taught the Fossils class at the Master Naturalist's weekend in Elkins:

This class would be hands on and taught at my lab in Barrackville, WV. Participants would assist in the extraction and preparation of fossils from the matrix surrounding them. Most of the work would be on dinosaur bones, primarily parts of Tyrannosaurus rex that was collected in Montana. We have several ribs and vertebra in plaster jackets that need attention. Over the past few years we have already prepared ribs, vertebra, a humerus, a tooth and a femur of T-rex from the dig site in Montana. Most of the bones are now on display at the WV Geological Survey Museum. There would be other kinds of dinosaur bones and some WV fossil specimens from time to time. There are very few people in the world that ever get the opportunity to work on dinosaur bone and even far less on T-rex bones.

Ray says the class could handle up to 8 people at a time and that he would be willing to offer it multiple times if necessary to accommodate everyone who is interested. Students who have completed the class could then earn volunteer hours by doing additional fossil prep work on these bones. The class would be offered as an elective and Jim thinks should be worth 3-4 credit hours.

If interested e-mail Jim at jjvg01@gmail. He will be receiving a list of proposed dates from Ray in the next couple of days and will forward them on to you.

Kanawha Valley needs instructor for the recording and preservation class

The Kanawha Valley Chapter is looking for an instructor for the recording and preservation class. If you know of someone, please let Carolyn Barker of the Kanawha Valley Chapter know about them. Someone from the Charleston area would be optimal. Carolyn's email is and her phone is (304)744-0775.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Looking for extra education hours?

July 24, 2011; 1-4 p.m. Attracting Butterflies- Join leaders Bill and Emilie Johnson to learn how to make your outdoor space a haven for butterflies. The Johnsons will lead a short walk around the grounds (with a focus on the butterfly garden, of course) and point out butterfly larval plants, food plants, and areas that provide shelter. Then make your very own mini butterfly garden to take home! Limit 20 participants. Cost: $25 WVBG members, $30 non-members. Materials included. Register online at or call Erin Smaldone at 304-216-8704.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

What's Blooming? CV National Wildlife Refuge

July 17 - 1:00pm Meet at the Refuge Visitor Center. Join Master Naturalist volunteers for a look at summer wildflowers. For walks: Please wear comfortable walking boots and dress for the weather. Unless otherwise stated, walks meet at the Refuge office to carpool to a Refuge trail. Binoculars may be borrowed during Refuge sponsored events. Bring drinking water and enthusiasm! For more information call 304-866-3858.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Looking to earn volunteer hours in Morgantown?

Hi folks,

This is a reminder that we have our monthly Saturday workday at the Botanic Garden this Saturday, July 16 from 9 am until noon. The main project will be clearing downed trees from in and around the forest trails. We have a few folks lined up with chainsaws (don't need any more) and need help to move and stack the limbs. The day lily bed in the service area also needs weeding and mulching, if you would prefer to work on a gardening project.

Plan to meet in the lower parking lot at 9:00 to organize and split into work crews. Ellen Hrabovsky will be leading this workday, so please look for her to sign in and receive instruction.

Thanks everyone, hope you can make it!


Erin Smaldone
Volunteer Coordinator & Education Director
West Virginia Botanic Garden

Come Grow With Us!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Upcoming classes from the Monongahela Master Naturalists

Below is the schedule of classes for the summer. Ellen is still working on dates for the Wetlands and Amphibian sessions. Since they are core classes Ellen is working to get them scheduled before scheduling any more electives.

July 14 Mammals Sheldon Owen
July 21 Aquatic Habitats Craig Mains
July 28 Wildflowers and weeds Ellen Hrabovsky
August 4 Birds LeJay Graffious
August 11 Mushrooms Bob Burrell

All classes will be in Rm 308 Percival Hall 6-9 pm.

Sunday, July 10, 2011


The Dunkard Creek art show is opening on September 9 at Arts Monongahela Jackson Kelly Gallery in Morgantown, WV.

Please wade with us into Dunkard Creek. Here you will meet 90 of this freshwater creek’s wildly divergent former inhabitants as seen through the eyes of 90 artists. For more information visit Ann Payne's web site

Grand opening artists reception will be held Sept 9, 2011, 5-8 pm at the gallery.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Mid-Summer Walk Between the Parks - Canaan Valley Resort

July 9 - Enjoy a guided 8 mile hike between Blackwater Falls State Park and Canaan Valley Resort. For more information please call 1-800-622-4121 or

WV Snakes - Blackwater Falls State Park

July 9th - Snakes of West Virginia will be presented by biologist, Jim Fregonara of the WV Division of Wildlife. Join us at 7:30 pm at the Harold S Walters Nature Center. No fee to attend. Contact 304-259-5216