Friday, August 28, 2015

September class schedule

We take a break for Labor Day then back to work.
Sept. 10 we meet at Dorsey's Knob at 7 pm for a class on moths by John Boback;
Sept 17 & 24 are the presentations by the class members;
Oct. 1 Ann Payne will teach us about observation via Botanical Art. This counts toward Recording and Preserving.
All classes are in South AG. SCi. 1030. at 6 pm

WV Botanic Garden Work Day - Saturday, Aug 29

Hello WV Botanic Garden volunteers!

This is a reminder that we will have our monthly volunteer work day this Saturday, August 29, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and lasting until around noon.  The main project will be invasive plant removal.  George has identified several different species that need to be removed from a few different areas of the site.  Please meet in the lower parking area at 9:00 and remember to sign in and out on the volunteer sign-in sheet.  Wear comfortable clothing (you may want long sleeves and pants to avoid scratches in some areas) and appropriate footwear.  You can also bring work gloves if you prefer, but they will not be necessary.  Also a good idea to bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.

You don't need to RSVP, but George does appreciate knowing who and how many to expect ahead of time, so if you plan to attend, you can reach him at

Also, we are now in full swing with our Fall Children's Festival planning.  If you are interested in helping with this and are not already on my event list (if you are you have already gotten several emails from me), please contact me ASAP and we'll get you in the loop!

Thanks everyone and have a wonderful weekend,


Erin Smaldone
Volunteer Coordinator & Education Director
West Virginia Botanic Garden

Come Grow With Us!

BBQ in the Woods

Sunday, September 13, 2015
Between the hours of noon - 4pm
The Walnut Farm
(located above Elizabeth's Woods)
1978 Smithtown Road
Morgantown, WV
Optional hikes will be available
at 1pm & 3pm
to Elizabeth's Wood Nature Preserve
(owned and managed by WVLT)
We ask a $10 donation per person,
to help cover the costs of this event.
Please RSVP on or before September 1st,
by calling (304) 413-0945

Saturday, August 1, 2015

NPR wants to help you decode animal sounds

NPR wants to help you decode the sounds of animals in your backyard.
Wondering what kind of bird delivers your early morning wakeup call? Or which frogs are croaking and lurking in your pond? Use your smartphone or a tape recorder to capture the sounds (at least 15 seconds) of the mysterious creatures in your backyard and send the audio file to with the subject line "Decoding Nature." We’ve enlisted the help of researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to help decode the sounds in your recordings and identify the creatures. Make sure to include your full name and where you live in your email. And if you’d like, share your best guess as to the identity of your mysterious, noisy neighbor.

August walks at WVBG

West Virginia Botanic Garden events at 1061 Tyrone Rd, Morgantown
More info at or contact or 304-216-8704

***Saturday August 8 at10:30 am- Insect Walk. Join Sue Olcott, WVDNR biologist as we go in search of winged wonders. Walk is dependent on hot and dry weather.

***Saturday August 22 at 10 am -- Wildflower Walk. Ellen Hrabovsky will lead a walk to identify wildflowers. Bring a wildflower guide if you have one.