Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Make Morgantown Shine litter cleanup focusing on more than Krepps Park

Aurora Lights' Make Morgantown Shine litter cleanup is focusing on Morgantown City Parks and portions of Deckers Creek & Caperton rail-trails.  Once registered, all participants/groups will be assigned a specific location where they will go directly on Saturday April 2.  We will not start/end at Krepps Park.  To register, email Liz Wiles at, providing your name and names of any other individuals you've recruited.  Also include info on how you heard about the event (City of Morgantown calendar, organization - e.g. Master Naturalists).  Aurora Lights is awarding prizes for individuals/groups who recruit the most participants!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Snake Hill Wildlife Management Area Day Hike - Sat, April 2


Saturday, April 2, 2016

Snake Hill Wildlife Management Area

Day Hike

Acquired in 1996 by the State of WV, the SHWMA is across the Cheat River Gorge from Cooper Rock State Forest.   This 4.5  mile loop hike is rated moderate intensity with elevation changes that connect with several scenic views including Table Rock, Cheat View, and several lesser known views along Snake Hill's canyon rim.  Trail conditions vary from poorly established with vegetation overgrowth, rocky under footing and blow downs, to clearly established paths and gas well roads.  Recent logging from the DNR will be evident.  Hiking boots with good tread and hiking pole recommended.  Preregister with the leader.

Leader:  Ann Devine-King, 304-594-2636

Nearest city:  Morgantown, WV

Beginning Beekeeping Classes Being Offered

The WV Beekeepers Association is Happy to Announce Beginner Beekeeping Classes

Two classes will be offered for 3 consecutive Saturdays until completion of said course.  The cost is $35 which includes the Penn State Beekeeping Basics book.  Classes will be held in Westover in the WVU County Extension Office.

The first class runs Saturday, April 16, 23, and 30 from 10am - 2pm.
The second class runs Saturday, May 7, 14, and 21 from 10am - 2pm.

Please register as early as possible as class size will be limited.
Contact Debbie Martin at 304-376-9488 or

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour returns to Morgantown

Quick reminder… The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour returns to Morgantown for its 13th year at the Metropolitan Theatre, 369 High Street on Friday, April 1, 2016 at 7:00 pm. 
Tickets are still available at our retail partner Pathfinder of WV, 235 High Street (next to the County Court House) Morgantown 23505 (304.296.007)  Mon: 10am-7pm; Tues thru Fri: 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-5pm; closed Sunday.  While at Pathfinder take advantage of their Winter Goods 1,2,3,4 Sale!
If not able to purchase ticket at our retail partner, Pathfinder of WV, you can purchase tickets online at TicketLeap:  Please note that ticket sales on Ticket Leap closes at midnight, March 31st.  Tickets will be available for sale on April 1st at Pathfinder or at the door.
Tickets from TicketLeap will be waiting for you at Will Call before the show.
Tickets are $16 in advance, students with school ID $13.  Tickets, if not sold out, will also be available at the door after 6pm on April 1st, $19 for adults and $16 for students - if still available.  Note: We have sold out in a number of past years.   
Also, arrive at 6:30 pm and hear the Americana/ Bluegrass /Acoustic sounds of the Red Turtle String Snappers
To see the awesome 2016 Banff Intro video and for directions and additional information go to:
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When you enter the Met be sure to fill out the yellow ballot to be eligible to for the free raffle to win prizes at the drawing held at the end of intermission.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Environmental group to host litter cleanup at Krepps Park

Aurora Lights, a local environmental non-profit organization, is hosting a litter cleanup from 10am - 2pm, April 2.  Participants will meet at Krepps Park at 10am.  Each group will be assigned a specific area to clean up and bag the litter.  Gloves and trash bags will be distributed at the cleanup for all of the participants.  At 1:30pm groups will gather back at Krepps Park, where prizes will be awarded for the groups/individuals who recruit the most participants.  Refreshments will be available.
WVU students can sign up on iServe; all others can register directly with Elizabeth Wiles at

Monday, March 21, 2016

WVBG Walks

April 1, 7:30 p.m. Woodcock/Owl Walk: LeJay Graffious will lead a search for American Woodcocks displaying over the old reservoir from sunset to dusk, followed by a walk through the adjacent woods in search of barred and any other owls that might be present. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. All ages.

April 23, 7:30 a.m. Spring Bird Walk: Join local birder Terry Bronson on an early morning bird walk. We will be birding by eye and ear to search in the bushes and boughs for our feathered friends. Bring binoculars if you have them. All ages.

All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone rd., Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted.

Walks and presentations will last 1.5 - 2 hrs and are free of charge, but donations are appreciated and can be made at the Welcome Center any time. Meet in the lower parking lot for walks unless otherwise indicated.

Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities. Thank you.

For questions about walks or workshops, contact Erin Smaldone via phone/text at 304-216-8704

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

WVU Woodlot Survey

Please take this survey if you want to see public recreation at the University Woodlot and share with others…….

The Professional Recreation and Park Society (WVU) is developing a recreation management plan for the University Woodlot, and we need your help.  We are conducting this survey to learn about your experiences at the Woodlot and your opinions about how to manage the forest for recreation.  The survey is voluntary and confidential.  Thank you for your input!

Follow this link to the Survey Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:

Try This WV

Spread the word and hope can join the conversation….. Ella

Be Part of the Movement with Legs and a Heart

North Central WV Try This Gathering
Friday, April 1, 2016  9:00AM-3:30PM
Robert Mollohan Research Center
Fairmont, West Virginia

A regional meeting for people passionate about knocking WV off the worst health lists. The focus will be on what's happening in the following five counties: Monongalia, Marion, Harrison, Taylor and Preston. 
Guest speaker will be Kelly Pack from the national Rails to Trails Conservancy. 

Lunch will be provided by local chef Marion Ohlinger.  Registration required at $12 cost.   Register:

Learn and Share what good things are happening in your region….  Check out the TRY THIS WV website and prepare to be inspired-

Ella Belling
Executive Director
Mon River Trails Conservancy
P.O. Box 282
Morgantown, WV 26507