Tuesday, December 27, 2016

New Year's Day Hike at Coopers Rock

Greetings fellow hikers.  I hope you are enjoying the holiday season.  Here's a hike for New Year's Day.  Let me know if you plan to attend.  Thanks.  Ann

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  • Coopers Rock State Forest

    Rr 1 Box 270, Morgantown, WV (edit map)
  • Cooper's Rock State Forest Day Use Parking Lot
  • Jan 1, 2017, sleep late New Year's Day, then come out to Cooper's Rock State Forest for a First Day Hike. 
    Start: Noon
    Place:  Day Use Parking lot, Cooper's Rock State Forest
    Description:  Out and back hike along  the Roadside Trail to the Overlook for 6.5 miles, optional side trip around the reservoir.  Afterwards, warm up around the Day Use Parking Lot fire ring and enjoy hot chocolate/tea/snack. 
    Hiking time:  Approximately 3 hours.
    Difficulty: Easy but could be moderate, depending on trail conditions.
    Equipment:  Besides the obvious of "dress for the weather", remember warm boots with good traction, traks or similar cleats may be helpful in ice and slick conditions, walking poles add more stability.  Consider bringing a warm (non-alcoholic) drink for sharing around the fire ring.  Sorry, no pets this outing.
    Minors (under 18 years of age) must be accompanied by a parent or a legal guardian, or they must have both 1) a signed permission slip, and 2) the leader’s prior consent to participate .
    Please preregister with leader:  Ann Devine-King at atdking@gmail.com or 304-594-2636
    Links at  http://www.coopersrockstateforest.com/ and http://westvirginia.sierraclub.org/ and coopersrock.org and meetup.com

Sunday, December 11, 2016

MN Bookclub Jan 12 Selection

From Amazon in praise of "The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt's New World" by Andrea Wulf


One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, The James Wright Award for Nature Writing, the Costa Biography Award, the Royal Geographic Society's Ness Award, the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award

Finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, the Royal Society Science Book Prize, the Kirkus Prize Prize for Nonfiction, the Independent Bookshop Week Book Award

A Best Book of the Year: The New York Times, The Atlantic, The EconomistNatureJezebelKirkus ReviewsPublishers WeeklyNew ScientistThe IndependentThe TelegraphThe Sunday Times, The Evening Standard, The Spectator

Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was the most famous scientist of his age, a visionary German naturalist and polymath whose discoveries forever changed the way we understand the natural world. Among his most revolutionary ideas was a radical conception of nature as a complex and interconnected global force that does not exist for the use of humankind alone. In North America, Humboldt’s name still graces towns, counties, parks, bays, lakes, mountains, and a river. And yet the man has been all but forgotten. 

In this illuminating biography, Andrea Wulf brings Humboldt’s extraordinary life back into focus: his prediction of human-induced climate change; his daring expeditions to the highest peaks of South America and to the anthrax-infected steppes of Siberia; his relationships with iconic figures, including Simón Bolívar and Thomas Jefferson; and the lasting influence of his writings on Darwin, Wordsworth, Goethe, Muir, Thoreau, and many others. Brilliantly researched and stunningly written, The Invention of Nature reveals the myriad ways in which Humboldt’s ideas form the foundation of modern environmentalism—and reminds us why they are as prescient and vital as ever.

New Years Day - first Hike

Seasons greeting to all.
We have a fun activity coming on January 1, a Sunday. How about a first day hike and lunch at the WV Botanic Garden. Arriving 11:30 - noon. I have the ok to use the Welcome Center as the hub of our activities. It is a great opportunity for us  Master Naturalists to get together and introduce others to our program.  So, we need you to let friends and family who may be interested in the program know about this open house opportunity. 
Also, we are keeping the food simple - finger food, leftovers cookies and such from the holidays and anything else that you wish to bring.  The Welcome Center has kitchen facilities! 
The trails are great for hiking. We have simple trails for those who like to stroll and some more challenging trails for the more adventurous. Those trails require crossing the creek at least once so wear appropriate boots. We look forward to seeing lots of you!!! any questions let me know.