Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Sierra Club sets cleanup at Coopers Rock

The West Virginia Sierra Club will lead an Adopt-a-Trail cleanup outing Saturday morning, at Coopers Rock State Forest.  Volunteers seeking community service are encouraged to participate.  Much of the work will involve pruning briars, cleaning out drainage ditches and general trail clearing along a 1.25-mile loop.  Work will include using shovels, rakes and pruners, and moving reasonably sized rocks.  Volunteers should wear sturdy boots, and carry work gloves, water and snacks.  Rain is in the forecast, so carry rain gear.  Adults and adolescents are invited.  Those under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or a legal guardian.  Volunteers will have to sign a standard Sierra Club liability waiver and a Division of Natural Resources Volunteer Work Program agreement.
Info, including time and place of registration: Ann Devine-King, 304-594-2636 or
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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Monongahela Master Naturalists Rendezvous -July 4th - Valley Falls State Park - Potluck Brunch

Monongahela Master Naturalists Rendezvous - July 4th, 9am - Valley Falls State Park - Potluck Brunch

Sheila got a heck of a deal for the 4th:  the park superintendent at Valley Falls State Park is going to let us use a pavilion there on the 4th from 9am-noon for free!  Everyone can bring a covered dish for breakfast/brunch and throw in $1.00 each for paper plates, plastic ware, cups and juice.  The park superintendent will give a talk about the history of the park, the river, etc.  Then we can enjoy the falls and/or take a hike.  There are multiple trails there and beautiful photo opts of the river.

If you have never been there, you are in for a treat.  It is about 28-30 miles from the Star City exit of I-79. Takes about 40-45 minutes from there. Brochures are attached.


From I-79, take Exit 137, then 310 south for 7 miles. Turn right at the Valley Falls State Park sign. Go two miles to the park entrance.

For a visual view of a map, go to
From that link you can also download brochures for all the state parks.  Scroll down to the bottom to see the brochure of Valley Falls State Park. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Get social with Sierra Club at Coopers Rock

The Mon Group of Sierra Club will hold its Annual Ice Cream Social from 6:30-9 pm June 13 at Coopers Rock State Forest.  It's the 28th year for the homemade ice cream and potluck dinner social.  It will be held at Shelter 1 near the overlook at Coopers Rock.  Bring food to share, meet fun people and learn more about what Sierra Club is all about.  Families and non-members are all welcome.  Plates and utensils provided.  For more info, call or send a text or email to Candice Elliott, 304-319-2245,

Monday, June 3, 2013

24th Annual Celebration of the Outdoors at Coopers Rock State Forest

Sunday, June 9: The Coopers Rock Foundation will host the 24th annual Celebration of the Outdoors at Coopers Rock State Forest. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include nature hikes, rock climbing, trail sigh painting for kids, geocaching, orienteering, a build a bird house activity and more. A $5 donation is asked for participants over 10 years old and registration will be held in the Overlook Pavilion. For a complete schedule, visit For more information about the event, email

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