Friday, April 25, 2014

Rockfest 2014, April 25th, 26th, 27th

On Saturday we'll be doing various trail and clean-up work in Coopers Rock.  Like our "Adopt a Crags," our goal is to help take care of the climbing areas we love.  However, Rockfest is also about fun, a way of saying thank you to all our awesome volunteers and their commitment to our crags.  In addition to the usual projects, there will be videos, clinics, yoga, a fun group atmosphere and free food and drink.  Camping and activities will take place at Sand Springs.  While we are providing food and drink, it's up to you to pay for camping, so you can expect approximately $5 a person per night.  When you register for the event, there will be an option to reserve your spot for one or two nights of camping.  We will collect payment when you arrive.  For information: or 1.800.CALLWVA.

Trash Bash and Spring Planting

April 26th & 27th - An Earth Day riverfront clean up: Edith Barill Riverfront Park, April 26th 10am-1pm AND Hazel Ruby McQuain Park, April 27th 1pm-4pm.  Walk in, bike in, kayak in to join us for food, drink, a bit of exercise, fresh air and a good deed!  Hosted by Star City and Morgantown municipal leadership, the River Town Program, Adventure WV, BOPARC and Mon River Trails Conservancy.  Tools, gloves and trash bags will be provided.  Kayak demonstrations and lessons will offered.  For more information, contact Marissa Travinski at BOPARC: 304.296.8356, ext 15, or

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Another volunteer workday at WVBG

> We really need to get things cleaned up for the growing season. Please come this Saturday
> April 26th. We will work from 9 until noon. Bring rakes, containers to carry leaves, pruners
> for cutting back dead tops and comfortable gloves.
> George Longenecker
> Executive Director
> 304-376-2717

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Bird Walk at WVBG

April 26, 7:30am
Join local birder LeJay Graffious on an early morning bird walk.  We'll be birding by eye and ear to search in the bushes and boughs for our feathered friends.  Bring binoculars if you have them.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Work Days at WVBG

April 19, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Volunteer work day. Come out and help us with some spring cleaning in the gardens.  We will be cleaning out the flower beds, raking leaves, weeding and otherwise preparing the site for a new season.  Meet in the upper parking area at 9:00.  Wear clothing and footwear you can get dirty and bring work gloves and clean gardening shears if you have them.  It's also a good idea to bring sun protection and a bottle of water.

May 17. 9:00-11:00 a.m. - Volunteer work day. This is our big planting day when we place most of our annuals in their summer homes. Bring same as above and a hand trowel.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Coopers Rock Foundation seeks volunteers

The coopers Rock Foundation will hold it annual April Volunteer Work Weekend on Saturday and Sunday.  There will be 12 hours of work available to all interested volunteers, from 9am - 5pm Saturday and 1-5pm Sunday.
Volunteers can work as much or as little as they'd like.  Tasks will include:

Planting hardwood tree saplings in a fenced-in enclosure in the Overlook Picnic Area, with trees provided by the West Virginia Division of Forestry's Mountaineer Treeways Program.

Planting conifer saplings in McCollum Campground.

Clearing out downed and cut limbs, logs and tree trunks.

Tools and some work gloves will be provided.  Questions: Adam Polinski, CRF trailwork coordinator, at

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Wildflowers blooming at Core Arboretum

The "spring ephemeral" woodland wildflowers are blooming at the Core Arboretum, across Monongahela Boulevard from the bottom of Evansdale Drive.
Visiting botanists have declared the Arboretum's spring ephemeral displays "unsurpassed."  The WVU Eberly College Department of Biology invites people who would like a free, guided tour to come at 2pm Sunday, April 20 or 27.  No reservations are needed.

Eleventh Annual New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend

Celebrate Spring in Appalachia at the Eleventh Annual New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend 
Join us for ranger-guided programs in local National and State Park sites!

Glen Jean, West Virginia, April 1, 2014 — Are you ready for spring? Celebrate the glories of Appalachian spring from the rim of the gorge to the river at the Eleventh Annual New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend April 25 to 27, 2014! Explore the area’s natural diversity at programs in New River Gorge National River, Babcock State Park, Hawks Nest State Park, Little Beaver State Park, Pipestem Resort State Park, and Tamarack. Here is the programs schedule for this year’s event:

Friday, April 25, 2014

Handywork for Earth Day: Garlic Mustard Pull
8:30 am to 12:00 pm, Glade Creek trailhead on Glade Creek Access Road in New River Gorge National River near Prince, WV
9:30 am - 11:30 am, Meet in the lobby at McKeever Lodge at Pipestem Resort State Park in Pipestem, WV. 
Celebrate Earth Day and lend a helping hand to the natural forest at one of two locations. Join park staff to help remove a troublesome invasive plant species, garlic mustard. Wear long sleeves, long pants, sturdy walking shoes, work gloves, and bring water. Space is limited. Reservations requested by April 22; call 304-466-0417.

Wildflower ID 101: Basic Field Guide Skills
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Long Point trailhead off Gatewood Road near Fayetteville, WV.  Bring your favorite wildflower field guide (or use one of ours) for a close-up look at spring blossoms on this 2.0 mile walk through old field, forest, and near a mountain stream.

Youth Arts in the Parks Performance Celebration
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, auditorium at Tamarack in Beckley, WV.  See how nature has inspired performance arts of choral, dance, instrument, and the spoken word. This celebration of ecology through art features performances by students of Ansted Middle School’s Show Choir, Beckley-Stratton Middle School Reading Class, CODA Mountain Academy of Music, Karen’s Academy of Dance, and Nicholas County High School’s String Ensemble.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Early Birding at Grandview
7:30 am to 8:30 am, Grandview – Shelter #4 at New River Gorge National River in Grandview, WV. Bring your binoculars and get an early start with the local neighbors – birds. Explore several habitats to see feathered creature hang-outs.

Hike Into Spring!
9:00 am to 1:30 pm, Grandview – Shelter #4, New River Gorge National River in Grandview, WV.  Join naturalists on a leisurely 2.5-mile hike from Grandview down to the New River, finding wildflowers and other natural wonders along the way. Be prepared for some steep terrain as we travel down an old dirt road. A free return shuttle will be provided. Reservations requested by April 22; call 304-466-0417.

Afternoon with the Artists
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Tamarack’s front entrance garden and art studios in Beckley, WV. Come and go as you please to see how nature inspires the arts. See Tamarack artists demonstrate their skills. Try your hand at 5-minute photography in the garden (cameras will be available). Explore the art gallery and Youth Arts in the Parks exhibit at your leisure.

Little Beaver’s Signs of Spring Walk
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm, park office at Little Beaver State Park in Beaver, WV. See spring in bloom on this leisurely 1.30 mile discover walk throughout the park. Look for wildflowers, signs of animals, and much more.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Spring Birding at Babcock
8:00 am to 9:30 am, Glade Creek Grist Mill, Babcock State Park in Clifftop, WV. Stroll the diverse habitats of Babcock in search of the region’s more secretive beauties—birds.

Falls & Flowers: the Nature of Brush Creek
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm, nature center at Pipestem Resort State Park in Pipestem, WV. Enjoy beautiful waterfalls and blooms along Brush Creek on this moderate 3.0 mile round trip walk. Meet at the nature center to car caravan or shuttle to the trailhead.

Hawks Nest Views & Beauties Walk
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Hawks Nest State Park in Ansted, WV. Meet outside the park gift shop near the main overlook and the park’s original stone buildings (not at the lodge). Explore the walkway to the views at the main overlook, as well as a forested loop trail, the original section of the park built by the CCC. Walk 1.0 mile on this leisurely stroll through this beautiful and historic area, seeing nature’s wonders all around.

April 1 through 28, 2014

Youth Arts in the Parks
8:00 am to 8:00 pm daily, art exhibit in the the center courtyard vestibules and the David L. Dickirson Fine Arts Gallery, Tamarack in Beckley, WV. Students from Fayette, Nicholas, and Raleigh  counties celebrate regional ecology through art in this special exhibit, works inspired by the nature of our public parks—especially  wildflowers.

All programs are FREE! Bring water and wear sturdy walking shoes for guided walks. Snacks, binoculars, a hand lens, and a favorite field guide are also useful.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Volunteer to pull garlic mustard at the WVU Arboretum

Dear stalwart volunteers,

It's that time again. I think. Garlic mustard growth has been delayed by wintry weather this year. In 2012, some plants flowered as early as March 25. In 2013, they were later. This year, I have yet to see any flower stalks begin to push up. Still, there is plenty of gm out there, and I expect development to be very rapid from now on.

Thanks to you, native plants are making a comeback in parts of the Arboretum where garlic mustard had dominated. For example, it was once again easy to find Impatiens on the flood plain in 2013, after several years of scarcity.

I hope you will be interested in again participating in our garlic mustard pullathons, and perhaps help spread the word among your friends who might also be interested. I would like to schedule 2014 pullathons beginning at 8:30 AM weekdays from Thursday, April 24 on. Dates and times could be adjusted depending on our schedules – we all have other things to do! Your help is much appreciated.

Please respond with your preferences as to days and times if you can help this year.

Total hauls:

2010 – 11 heaping truckloads
2011 – 6 heaping truckloads
2012 – 5 heaping truckloads
2013 – 4.5 heaping truckloads
2014 - ???? Time will tell.

Thank you,


Jon Weems

Arboretum Specialist
WVU Biology
5234 Life Sciences Building


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Master Naturalist State Conference Registration Now Open

Here is the official link:

From this link you will reach the general information page which I've pasted below.  All necessary links can be found in the sidebar to the left side of the page.  Note you must make your own room reservation.  Class hours earned here count toward certification/re-certification.

General Information

The Fifth Annual Master Naturalist Conference will be held from Friday, June 13, 2014 to Sunday, June 15, 2014 on the campus of Davis & Elkins College; Elkins, WV.

The Conference Schedule, Description of Classes, Instructor Bios and Registration Form are available on the side menu.  All indoor classes will be held in the Eshleman Science Center on the campus of Davis & Elkins College.

The Conference and Class Registration Fee for 2014 is $60.00 for early registration and $75.00 if registration is received after May 13, 2014. Registration includes lunch and dinner on Saturday, June 14, 2014 but does not include lodging. Lodging on campus must be made directly through D&E College and you must make your own lodging arrangements.  Housing arrangements for campus lodging must be made directly with Davis & Elkins College by contacting the Byrd Conference Center at 1-800-624-3157.
They will hold a block of rooms until May 13.

After submitting the online form, please print a copy of the confirmatory email you receive of your conference and class registration form and send that along with your check for $60.00 (if sent by May 13) made payable to Davis & Elkins Master Naturalist. Class availablity will be determined by receipt of form and check, first come first served. The form and check should be sent directly to Vivian Yeager (304-637-0245) at West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Elkins Operations Center, P.O. Box 67, Elkins, WV 26241.

Please contact Vivian Yeager by email,; or phone (304)-637-0245; if you need a paper copy or assistance with the form.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Friends of Deckers Creek Events in April

From Hannah Spencer of Friends of Deckers Creek:

Hello Volunteers!

I wanted to update you on our most current schedule of events and volunteer opportunities for April. I'm excited for warm weather, spring flowers, and chirping birds!

April 13th -- Outdoor Learning Park Work-Day -- 10:00 - 2:00

We need volunteers to assist with weeding flower beds, spreading mulch, cleaning litter in the creek, and installing wildlife habitats.
April 20th --  Citizen Scientist Training -- 1:00 - 3:00
Would you be interested in helping FODC with water sampling once a month? Join us for a training on how to sample and learn why we sample. Please RSVP. 

 April 25th --  8th Annual Spring Meltdown -- 6:00p—1:30a

Join us at the Morgantown Brewing Co. for a night of fun! The event will include a    silent and live auction and performances by Ben Gilmer and Sam Lamont and Halftime String Band.
April 27th -- Adopt-a-Highway Litter Cleanup -- 10:00 - 2:00
Our annual spring litter cleanup along Rt. 7 will start with a meeting at the FODC office to gather supplies.

That's all for now. Let me know if you have any questions!