Monday, December 30, 2013

Recyle live Christmas trees January 1 to 8

The Monongalia County Solid Waste Authority, US Army Corps of Engineers, and the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources will be accepting live-cut trees January 1 to 8. The trees will be used to help the environment and fish habitat at Cheat and Tygart Lakes. For more information:


Local bird enthusiasts will take to the back roads and back woods during the 32nd annual Elkins Area Christmas Bird Count on Thursday, January 2ND 2014. This event gives birders a chance to get together and have a good time while gathering information on bird diversity and abundance in the area. Participants will meet at 8:00am at the Division of Natural Resources Operations Center on Ward Road in Elkins. Both novice and experienced bird watchers are invited to take part.

The Elkins area count is just one of hundreds of Christmas Bird Counts that occur around the country this time of year. The aim is to tally all birds observed within a 7.5 mile radius of a given point. Over time these annual counts can reveal trends in populations of various avian species.

On the morning of January 2ND, birders will be grouped into teams of 2-3 observers, and assigned specific routes to survey. If you live in or near Elkins, you can participate by just tallying the birds in your yard by species and reporting that information.

Anyone interested in participating in this year's Christmas Bird Count should contact Rich Bailey of the WVDNR at or (304) 637-0245.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

More info on Coopers Rock New Year's Day Hike

From our social director Gregory Waggett:

Hi all! Hope you all had wonderful Christmas.
I'm sorry for not sending out an advance notification and putting off sending this invitation for so long. As we briefly discussed at our Orienteering class in November, we're going to Cooper's Rock for our second annual New Year's Day hike. For now, the NYD forecast is sunny and 38 degrees.
The state park is closed to traffic, but there's a parking area near the locked entrance gate. We'll meet at that parking lot at 10am New Year's morning. From the parking lot to the pavilion is 2 1/2 miles. We'll have a fire and snacks, and a toast to the New Year before heading back out. As always, carrying water for yourselves is advisable.
Please let us know by reply email if you plan on joining us so we'll know how many people to expect. Guests are welcome and so are their $2 or $3 donations to cover snacks and other supplies   :).  However, if we don't know they're coming, we can't plan accordingly.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

W.Va. joins other states with 'First Day' hikes

SOUTH CHARLESTON - Four West Virginia state parks have scheduled New Year's Day hikes to encourage people to get outdoors.  Participating in 2014 are Kanawha State Forest, Blackwater Falls State Park, Cacapon Resort State Park and Pipestem Resort State Park.  Last year, more than 22,00 people hiked more than 43,910 miles in state parks across the country.  Massachusetts began offering First Day Hikes in its parks more than 20 years ago, and the National Association of State Park Directors has issued a challenge to other states.  Officials said 50 state parks across the country are set to participate.

This year the Monongahela Master Naturalists will be holding their second annual first day hike at Coopers Rock State Forest.  Our social director Greg Waggett will be posting additional details in the very near future.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Trip to Nicaragua in April 2014

Dr Sheldon Owen is leading a trip to Nicaragua Apr 5-15 with an optional six day extension to bird the Caribbean Lowlands.  EcoQuest Travel has been leading trips to Nicaragua for thirteen years and is proud to partner with West Virginia's Master Naturalist Program on this special ecotourism adventure. 
For more information see the flyer or contact Sheldon (

Friday, December 13, 2013

Mountaineer Chapter of National Audubon Christmas Bird Count, Dec 14

The 15 mile diameter count circle will be divided into areas with a leader assigned to each.  The team leader will coordinate the bird count within each area with the team members.  The site map, team leaders, team members, start times, meeting location and the end of the day count dinner information can be  found on the website.  call 304-379-7505.

Friday, December 6, 2013

More training sites/dates for Trout Unlimited volunteers

They also have dates established for Morgantown and Fayetteville in January.
Go to for more information.

Emily Browning
Instructor of Biology
New River Community and Technical College
Nicholas Campus

Trout Unlimited seeking volunteers

Jim Fregonara of the WVDNR has requested that the following volunteer opportunity be announced:

Trout Unlimited to start new water quality program

First training session will be held at the Wood Technology Center, 10, 11th St., Elkins

Call or email to register on or before Wed 11th Dec.
An agenda will be emailed to registered participants.
Cost free.
Lunch provided.  

The program is being developed throughout the state to have volunteers that are able to identify potential issues resulting from shale gas drilling. The volunteers will be trained on collecting data on pH, conductivity, turbidity and stream cross-sectional area. They will also be trained on how to identify visual indicators of potential issues. Over the next few months I will be holding six different trainings throughout the state for any interested volunteers. Once trained the volunteers are asked to monitor on a biweekly basis so it is a bit of a commitment but the actual monitoring only takes about 15 minutes. Monitoring sites are going to be chosen based on volunteer interest, native trout populations, and the potential for shale gas development in the surrounding area. Our first training is going to be held in Elkins at the West Virginia Wood Technology Center on Saturday December 14th from 9am – 2:30pm. Let me know if you have any other specific questions. I will be happy to answer them for you!



Jaimie Holmes
WV-VA Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator
Trout Unlimited
(304)-614-6699 cell
(304)-463-4011 work

Trout Unlimited to start new water quality program
November 8, 2013
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Trout Unlimited and its West Virginia Council are partnering with the West Virginia Rivers Coalition (WVRC) to initiate a new volunteer water quality monitoring program.
The program will focus on training volunteers to monitor coldwater resources in West Virginia and Virginia that have the potential to be impacted by the increasing shale gas development.
The goals of the project are twofold. First, to educate volunteers about the potential impacts to fish and wildlife resources in the shale gas region of West Virginia and Virginia and train volunteers to effectively monitor the water quality in these areas. And second, to work with these trained volunteers to conduct water quality monitoring in all priority watersheds that have been identified by WVRC and TU's science team as critical for protecting ecologically significant lands and waters.

To register for the Dec. 14 training or for more information, call Jaimie Holmes at 304 614 6699 or email

Friday, November 29, 2013

Winter Botany Walk at WVBG - Dec 1

***12/1; 2:00 pm Winter Botany - Join WVBG Executive Director George Longenecker for the last walk of the season!  George will explain how to recognize trees, shrubs, and ground covers in the winter by means of leaf scars, bud scales, twig and bark characteristics and more.  Bring a hand lens if you have one. WV Botanic Garden at htttp://

Friday, November 22, 2013

Mountaineer Audubon Cheat Lake Waterfowl Birding Field Trip, Nov 23

Ducks, geese, and other water birds should be plentiful for this trip to Cheat Lake.  Meet at Ruby & Ketchy's Restaurant on Route 857, south of Cheat Lake Animal Hospital, at 8:00am.  If you'd like breakfast beforehand, meet at the restaurant at 7:00am.  Dress warmly and bring binoculars.  For more information, email

Friday, November 15, 2013

Become a Volunteer Water Quality Monitor

In case anyone is interested, this activity racks up lots of volunteer hours. -Meredith

West Virginia Rivers Coalition is partnered with Trout Unlimited to perform volunteer water quality monitoring in West Virginia and Virginia coldwater streams. The program will train volunteers to monitor coldwater streams facing potential impacts from shale gas development. Trainings will be held throughout West Virginia with the first training held in Elkins on Saturday, December 14th. See flyer for more information. Please RSVP by December 11th.

Mountaineer Audubon White Park Birding Field Trip, Nov 16

Late-fall bird migrants will be the focus of this trip, which meets at the Morgantown Ice Arena parking lot in Morgantown's White Park at 8:00am.  Bring binoculars and dress warmly.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Wildfire burning near Seneca Rocks

The blaze is 20 percent contained. It’s being called the North Mountain Fire and so far has destroyed 720 acres. Click here to view WV MetroNews article.

2013 American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) Award of Merit

Please read the November 9, 2013 WBOY article

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Monongahela Master Naturalist Orienteering Class/Potluck Social - November 16th

Ray and Sheldon are meeting this Friday to hash a few more details out but the course will run from 10am to 3pm, or later if people want to stick around. This class is being held at the WESTVACO Natural Resources Center in the WVU Forest

If you have a compass or GPS, please bring it with you, but compasses, maps, and GPS units will be provided. We need the best head-count we can get, so please let Greg ( know ASAP if you intend to participate.

10:00 am Intro to Compass and Pacing

11:00 am Intro to Maps

12:00 pm Pot Luck Lunch (no sign-up sheet - just bring a little something; we'll take up a collection for drinks, cups, etc)

1:00 pm Orienteering

2:00 pm Intro to GPS

December 5th! Fledgling Monongahela Master Naturalist Book Club Meeting!

The MN book club is in its infancy and you are all invited to join us at our first meeting:

Starting December 5th, we are meeting at 6pm the first Thursday of each month in the WVU South Ag Sciences bldg, rm G138. It's the building across from the new greenhouse on the Evansdale campus.

The first book we will be discussing is "Cerulean Blues" by Katie Fallon. Some of you may remember Katie from the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia and the Barn Owl, among other special guests, she brings to class.

The books we have selected all have to do with nature and the environment.

Thanks, and we hope you will all be able to be a part of this exciting effort!

Friday, October 25, 2013

West Virginia Botanic Garden Autumn 'State Tree' Walk - Oct 27

Enjoy and learn about fall colors and other autumnal changes on a walk focusing on the lore of official state trees as the Botanic Garden helps to celebrate the Year of the Tree in Morgantown.  Trees of 21 states may be found at the Botanic Garden.  WVU Arboretum Specialist Jon Weems will lead a leisurely walk.  This event is free and open to the public.  Meet in the lower parking lot of the Botanic Garden at 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown.  For more information, go to

Mountaineer Audubon Core Arboretum Birding Field Trip - Oct 26

Meet at the WVU Core Arboretum parking lot on Monongahela Boulevard (Route 19/7) in Morgantown next to the WVU Coliseum parking lot at 8:00 am for a walk in search of fall migrant birds.  Bring binoculars and dress for the weather.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Mountaineer Audubon Pleasant Creek WMA Birding Field Trip, Oct 19

Join us for this fall birding trip to Pleasant Creek Wildlife Management Area in Barbour county.  Meet at Mountaineer Mall near the water tower at 7:30 am to form carpools, or meet at the first WMA parking lot on Upper Pleasant Creek Road west of Routes 119/250 at 8:30 am.  Bring binoculars and dress for the weather.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Saw-whet owl banding at Valley Falls State Park - Nov 1

Friday, November 1st, saw-whet owl banding with Joey Herron, licensed bird bander, at Valley Falls State Park. Meet at Superintendent's Office, top of hill, at 8:30pm for discussion, followed by (fingers crossed) netting and banding of these interesting creatures on their migration. Dress warmly, bring a folding chair, flashlight, camera, and maybe a hot drink (we will be outside). Ends at 11pm, and rain date will be Nov. 2nd. Sponsored by Sierra Club and all are invited.

Tree Planting and Care Workshop: The Morgantown Municipal Green Team, Oct 12th

All are welcome to this free workshop, which takes place from 11:00am to 12:30pm at the downtown public library.  This year, the Tree Board will mark the occasion by planting trees in front of the library just before the workshop begins.  For more information, please visit  For more information on this event, please contact Pamala Cubberly on the Morgantown Municipal Green Team (

Stargazing Event, Oct 12th

Dr Sean McWilliams, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at WVU, will present a Tour of the Night Sky from 7:30-8:00pm.  The WVU Astronomy club will bring their telescopes for public viewing.  Observing will follow immediately after the presentation.  There will be a campfire for roasting marshmallows to make s'mores, and hot chocolate will be served.  It is suggested that attendees bring a lawn chair.  For more information call the Chestnut Ridge Park office at (304)594-1773.

Mountaineer Audubon Dorsey's Knob Park Birding Field Trip - Oct 12

Meet at the parking lot at the mosaic wall at Dorsey's Knob Park in Morgantown at 8:00am for this birding walk in search of fall migrants.  Bring binoculars and dress for the weather.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Reminder: Star Gazing this Saturday

Reminder:  Star Gazing Event this Saturday at Chestnut Ridge Park from 7-10.  Hot chocolate and s'mores provided.  Great volunteer opportunity.  See full notice by scrolling down through the posts.

Orienteering class/Potluck social November 16

From Greg Waggett, Social Director of the Monongahela Chapter:
More information about the class and potluck will be sent out the first week of November, but we wanted everyone to be aware of this class event for planning purposes. Please be aware the information provided here is only roughly what I know at this time. Actual times may change, and fees may apply (topo maps, etc) depending on available resources.
Sheldon Owen and Ray Frear will be teaching a two-hour class on orienteering, followed by a potluck social, then an approximately two hour, practical application session of what we learned in the classroom. Sheldon and Ray will need a fairly accurate headcount for necessary maps, compasses, etc., so be thinking about whether you'll be attending and be prepared to respond when we send out the final info on or about November 4th. Class will probably start at 9am; lunch at 11am; orienteering starting at noon.
The location of the Orienteering class is at the Westvaco Natural Resource Center in the WVU forest. There are facilities for the potluck with access to electricity for cooking appliances. We didn't use any kind of signup sheet for our last potluck and it was highly successful, so we'll probably not do one for this event either. Some vegetarian dishes would likely be appreciated by some of our group.
Hope to see you there!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Three Fork Creek Project Recognized on National Level

One of our own in the news

Mountaineer Audubon monthly program - WVU Wildlife Graduate Students Research, October 8th 2013

The latest research results from WVU Graduate Students Cristina Slover (Creating Habitat for WV Birds with Fire), Julie Mallon (Flight Behavior of Vultures), and Andrew Dennhardt (Golden Eagles of Eastern US) will be presented in this month's program.  Meet at 6:30pm at Spruce Street United Methodist Church, 386 Spruce Street, in downtown Morgantown in Seekers Hall.  The program begins at 7:00pm.

West Virginia Botanic Garden Mosses, Lichens, and Ferns Walk, October 6th 2013

Join WVU Professor of Biology Dr Susan Studlar and discover many exciting species of mosses, lichens, and ferns.  A whole new world will become apparent as you learn the fascinating biology behind these organisms.  Bring a hand lens if you have one.  This event is free and open to the public.  Meet in the lower parking lot of the Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown.  For more information, please go to

Mountaineer Audubon White Park Year-of-the-Tree Bird Walk, October 5th 2013

We'll help celebrate Morgantown's year-long Year-of-the-Tree celebration with this walk in Morgantown's White Park, meeting at the Morgantown Ice Arena parking lot at 8:00am.  The focus will be on how birds use trees in their livers.  Bring binoculars and dress for the weather.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Proposed Birthplace of Rivers National Monument

West Virginia's wildest places merit National Monument status. Please come and learn more about the proposed Birthplace of Rivers National Monument, which would be West Virginia's first and the largest east of the Mississippi! Thursday, October 10th, 7pm. WVU's Percival Hall Rm 332,  Morgantown. This grassroots initiative is supported by hunters, anglers, backpackers, businesses, naturalists, and ordinary families who see the environmental and economic benefits of conferring National Monument status on parts of the southern Monongahela National Forest. Speakers include Drew Ball, Sierra Club, and Dr. Alan Collins of Downstream Strategies who will present findings on the economic impact. National Monument designation will remind the world of the beauty and majesty of West Virginia's mountains! Co-sponsored by Sierra Club and WVU Recreation and Parks.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Volunteers needed at the WV Water Festival this Friday/Saturday

Volunteer at the WV Water Festival
On Fri, Oct 4 and Sat, Oct 5, Morgantown is hosting its first WV Water Festival.  The Water Festival is an opportunity for young and old alike to engage in hands-on activities on a variety of topics about water (water quality, watershed issues, water’s role in history, commerce and recreation).

The event is 9:30a – 1p on Friday (for area 5th graders) and 11a – 4p on Saturday (for the community) at Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park.

The organizing committee is seeking volunteers to assist in 2 major ways:
1.     Act as “tour guides” for the student groups on Friday.  The groups will be rotating through the activities.  The tour guides will escort the groups from the drop off point (in the Wharf District) to the park, and ensure the groups stay on schedule as they rotate.
2.     The WVDEP is providing a stream table (simulated stream).  Currently, the WVDEP staff person who is leading the activity can attend only on Friday.  He can leave it for use on Saturday, but we need folks to facilitate the activity for the community.  Master Naturalists would be perfect facilitators!

If you’re interested & available, please reply ASAP to Liz Wiles, Executive Director of Friends of Deckers Creek at or call 304-292-3970.  Thank you!

Elizabeth Wiles, Executive Director
Friends of Deckers Creek
PO Box 877
Dellslow, WV 26531
Office: 304.292.3970
Fax: 304.292.5070

A donation to Friends of Deckers Creek is an investment in your local environment AND your local economy.  Help support a revitalized Deckers Creek and revitalized economy by visiting FODC’s website and clicking on the “Donate” button!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Golden Eagle Attacks Deer, A Photo Of An Epic Confrontation

From NPR most emailed stories:

Through circumstantial evidence, scientists believed golden eagles preyed on large mammals like deer. Now there is photographic proof.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Stargazing Event at Chestnut Ridge Park

The folks at Chestnut Ridge Park are in need of volunteers to help with this event.  If interested in helping, call the park office.  Volunteer opportunities include helping to park cars, collecting admission fees, and passing out hot chocolate and marshmallows.  Volunteers also get free admission.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Bird Banding Roadtrip

Thursday, Oct 3, a group of WVBG Garden Keepers/OLP volunteers will be carpooling to Dolly Sods for the final day of bird banding for this year.  They will be leaving from Lowes parking lot at Glenmark Centre at 8:30am.  Be sure to pack a lunch along with something to drink.  Dress for the weather and wear shoes suitable for hiking.  Estimated return time will be in time for dinner.

One carload is already filled so be prepared to drive or to form your own carpool.  In case of strong winds or rain, there will be no birding so as not to stress the birds.  The trip will still go on though with a hike of the Dolly Sods area.  RSVP to Sunny Morton,

Sunday, September 22, 2013

West Virginia Pollinator Handbook

While searching for best native plants that support pollinators, I came across the West Virginia Pollinator Handbook online.  The link is  Great stuff inside.

1st Annual Water Festival Oct 4-5

What:  1st Annual Water Festival
When: October 4-5
Where: Hazel Ruby McQuain Waterfront Park

Friday, Oct 4 (for area 5th graders) 9:30am - 1:00pm

Saturday, Oct 5 (for community) 11am - 4pm
Features live music and food vendors

Presentation topics:

Water Science & Environmental Issues
Water quality, water conservation, water cycle, watersheds, acid mine drainage/ nonpoint source pollution,  trash/ recycling, flooding/ stormwater/ wastewater

Historical Cultural Issues
Transportation, Locks & Dams, Commerce

Fishing, boating, kayaking

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Two plants on Star City rail trail

After our breakfast at Terra Cafe, we embarked on a walk down the Star City rail trail.  We came across a grape-leaf like vine with a second vine growing up through it.
The smaller vine had balloon-like seeds pods.  Greg opened one and found some small, nut-like seeds inside.  He declined to try one.
The larger of the two vines had an interesting fruit that grew in clusters like bananas.  These were very prickly on the outside which Greg discovered.
A closer view of the larger vine with a view of the fruit and leaf placements.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Maurice Brooks Lecture, Sept 26

Bob Mazgaj of the Quality Deer Management Association will present “From Wildlife Student to Chief Operating Officer” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, in 316 Percival Hall. Mazgaj is a WVU alumnus and chief operating officer for the Quality Deer Management Association. Previously he served 16 years with Ducks Unlimited and 18 years with the Ohio Division of Wildlife. This lecture is the annual Maurice Brooks Lectureship which was established in 1994 to honor Brooks, a well-known naturalist who specialized in the Appalachian region. The lectureship is sponsored by the WVU Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, the WVU student chapter of The Wildlife Society, the Old Hemlock Foundation, Mountaineer Audubon, and the Environmental Research Center.
LeJay Graffious
Phone: 304.379.7505

Mountaineer Audubon Coopers Rock State Forest Birding Field Trip, Sept 21

Fall migration should be in full swing for this trip to Coopers Rock State Forest.  Bring binoculars and dress for the weather.  Meet at Mountaineer Mall at 7:30am near the water tower or at 8:00am at the Raven Rock Trail parking lot at Coopers Rock, about 2 miles south of I-68 exit 15.

What is OLP?

Last night at the Master Naturalist meeting, Gregory Waggett asked me what was the OLP.  Located behind the Krogers in Sabraton, the Outdoor Learning Park is a project of the Friends of Deckers Creek.  For more information check here on the Friends of Deckers Creek website:

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Volunteer hours at OLP work-day Sunday, Sept 29

Hello All!

I wanted to let you know about the volunteer day I have set up for the last Sunday of this month. The work will be done between 10 and 2. This work day coincides with the state-wide volunteer service day. 

I have applied for a $500 grant through the state for further improvements to the OLP. The things we would purchase include: trees and other native vegetation, hand tools, bird and bat boxes, and compost. The grant will also fund a new sign to be made and placed in the existing kiosk near the outdoor classroom. We'll put pictures of butterflies, birds, flowers, etc. that people will find in the OLP. We'll also build two boxes to attach to the kiosk: one will hold "checklists" for folks to mark what they have found and one box will be used for checklist submissions. They can put their name and the date on the paper. This way, we can keep track of who is seeing what at the OLP at different times during the year. 

I should know this week if we get the grant. I really hope we do! I'll be sure to keep you updated.
(Editor's note: Hannah got the grant.)

I have contacted BOPARC twice about mulch and have received no answer. I'll try again this week.  

Please let me know if you are able to attend the work day. It would be great to have some OLP experts showing the volunteers what needs to be done, what weeds can be pulled, etc. 

Thank you for all of your hard work!
Hannah Spencer, Volunteer Coordinator
Friends of Deckers Creek
P.O.Box 877 Dellslow, WV 26531
Office: 304.292.3970
Fax: 304.292.5070

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Rendezvous at the Terra Cafe on Saturday, Sept 21, 9am

Let's try another rendezvous at the Terra Cafe on Saturday, Sept 21st at 9am.  If the weather  cooperates we can do a little jaunt on the trail afterwards. Please RSVP for head-count purposes, but if you don't RSVP, don't let that stop you from showing up!  See Terra Cafe info below.

Terra Cafe is located by the river on the trail in Star City. They are right beside Citynet's offices and the Tugboat Depot playground.  Map is attached.
Phone: (2233)

Monday, September 16, 2013

Volunteers needed for National Hunting & Fishing Days at Stonewall Jackson Resort State Park

Hello everyone!!
Help is needed again for this year’s National Hunting & Fishing Days at Stonewall Jackson Resort State Park on Saturday and Sunday, September 28 & 29.  Many of you have helped out in previous years.  If you can help out again this year, or need more information, please let me know.  As always, thank you very much.

Jim Fregonara
Wildlife Resources Section
Wildlife Diversity Program
phone: 304-637-0245

Volunteer opportunities in science-based field trips


The Children’s Discovery Museum of West Virginia (CDMWV) and the West Virginia Botanic Garden (WVBG) are offering science-based field trip opportunities for students in Kindergarten through 4th grade!

Program: Be a Scientist!
Age group: Kindergarten through 1st Grade
Offered: Year-round
At the CDMWV, students will participate in interactive activities to learn about scientific observation in the context of using their 5 senses. At the WVBG, students will be guided through a variety of natural areas and gardens. Students will receive a journal to draw pictures or write about what they see, hear, touch, and smell. Children will also learn how animals use their senses and how this helps them to survive. Each student will go home with a pencil, journal, and magnifying lens to continue exploring beyond the field trip.

Program: Seasons Change and So Do We!
Age group:  1st -4th grade
Offered: Fall
At the CDMWV, students will explore hands-on activities to learn why leaves change color. At the WVBG, students will be guided through different natural areas and gardens comparing leaves from different trees and looking for wildlife and examples of plants and animals preparing for winter. Students will receive a journal and pencil to draw pictures or write their observations. Students will also receive and decorate a small canvas bag that they may use to collect leaves to take home.

Program: The Circle of Life
Age group: 1st-4th grade
Offered: Spring/Fall
At the CDMWV, students will participate in hands-on activities to learn about the lifecycle of (1) frogs or (2) butterflies (teacher choice). At the WVBG, guides will assist children in observing plants, tadpoles and/or butterflies in their natural habitats while reviewing the life cycles of the organisms they see. Students will receive a journal and pencil to draw pictures or write their observations. Students will also plant a seed in a biodegradable pot to take home.

Location: The Children’s Discovery Museum of West Virginia is located in the Mountaineer Mall at 5000 Greenbag Road in Morgantown. The West Virginia Botanic Garden is located at 1061 Tyrone Road in Morgantown.

Cost: $5 per student, adults are free. (One check at $3 per child made out to the CDMWV and one check at $2 per child made out to WVBG will be collected on the day of visit).

Schedule/Questions: Call Julie Bryan at 304-292-4646 or email at to schedule a visit or for more information.  For questions about the WV Botanic Garden, contact Erin Smaldone at 304-216-8704 or

If interested in volunteering for the above projects, contact Erin:

Erin Smaldone
Volunteer Coordinator & Education Director
West Virginia Botanic Garden