Friday, March 31, 2017

Banff Mountain Film Festival - Friday, April 7

A reminder …The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is returning to Morgantown for its fourteenth year at the Metropolitan Theatre, 369 High Street on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm.  Below is a Film Menu with a brief description of the featured films.

Tickets are 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.
If you are not able to purchase tickets from our retail partner Pathfinder of WV, tickets can be purchased online at TicketLeap:
Tickets are $17 in advance, students with school ID $14.  Tickets, if not sold out, will be available at the door after 6pm on April 7th, $20 for adults and $17 for students - if still available.  Note: We have often sold out in 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 2017 Banff Intro video and for directions and additional information, go to our website at:

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Link to registration form for state meeting now up

If you haven't already, you should go to the state master naturalist website and read about the state meeting set for June 9-11 at Chief Logan State Park.  The registration link is now functional.

Special Adopt-A-Trail Saturday, April 1

This is a special WV Sierra Club service outing in that we will being taking on 2 bridge repair projects as first priority and general  trail clearing and drainage restoration as a second priority.  Depending on the number of volunteers, we make break into two task groups.  No previous carpentry skills required.  Supplies for repairs will hopefully be at the bridge site, but we may have to carry some supplies to the sites.   Bring your usual tools such as long handled pruners, rakes, shovels and your personal attire/things such as work gloves, sturdy boots, water, snack, rain coat.  We will have volunteers with carpentry skills and specific tools for the repairs. 

Also special is that we start at 1:00 pm and plan to be finished by 4:00.  Partnering with us will be Adam Polinski, long time Cooper's Rock trail volunteer coordinator, and Rick Steiner.  Both are connected with the Cooper's Rock Foundation. 

Adults and adolescents (12-18) are invited and those under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or a legal guardian.  Volunteers will be required to sign a standard Sierra Club Liability Waiver and a DNR Volunteer Work Program Agreement.

Directions:  Enter Cooper's rock south off I-68, pass the Day-Use Parking Lot on right.  Turn right onto henry Clay furnace Rd.  Go ~ 1/4 miles and park on the side of the road near trail crossing for Advanced Ski Trail.  This is near the Roadside Trail and overhead power lines crossing the road.

For additional information and to register, contact Sierra Club Outings Leader, Ann Devine-King at 304-594-2636 or

Sunday, March 26, 2017

WVU Department of Biology Spring Wildflowers Walks

Come see the amazing spring show that happens on campus every year!  April 9, 16, and 23 at 2 pm. These free, guided tours are a spring tradition at the WVU Core Arboretum!  The WVU Department of Biology spring ephemeral wildflower walks will happen on three Sundays in April.  Last year, in the course of three wildflower walks, over 45 species of plants were seen in bloom.  All tours will meet in the Arboretum parking lot.  Additional free parking is available at the nearby WVU Coliseum.  No reservations are needed.  Dress appropriately for the weather and for hiking. 

Mountaineer Audubon Spring Bird Walks

Come welcome back the migrant songbirds as they return from their winter ranges!  April 25 and May 2, 9 at 7:30 am.  An anticipated annual event, the Mountaineer Audubon spring bird walks will be the last Tuesday in April and the first two Tuesdays in May.  Last year, in the course of four bird walks, over 70 species of birds were seen and/or heard.  These guided tours are free, and will meet in the Arboretum parking lot.  Additional free parking is available at the nearby WVU Coliseum.  No reservations are needed.  Dress appropriately for the weather and for hiking. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

State meeting schedule of courses and classes

We have added a link to a pdf file that you can view and print out.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

State Master Naturalist Meeting June 9-11

The state master naturalist website has been updated with this year's schedule.  Along with the detailed descriptions and bios are the times for Friday's pre-conference trips in the area.
At this time you cannot officially register, but that will be coming soon.  In the meantime you can start planning.  The conference is offering some new classes along with some core classes.

Friday, June 9, 2017
6:00 a.m. Early Morning Bird Walk
8:00 a.m. Pre-Conference Activities begin
6:00 p.m. Picnic Dinner
7:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker, Randy Kelley, DNR Elk Restoration Project, Banquet Room
8:30 p.m. Social with light refreshments, Fireplace Lobby

Saturday, June 10, 2017
6:00 a.m. Early Morning Bird Walk
9:00 a.m. Morning Classes begin
1:00 p.m. Afternoon Classes begin
6:30 p.m. Banquet Buffet Dinner
7:30 p.m. Remarks by Sissie Summers of DNR(State Parks): Volunteer Opportunities with the WV State Parks
8:30 p.m. Business Meeting

Sunday, June 11, 2017
6:00 a.m. Early Morning Bird Walk
9:00 a.m. Morning Classes begin

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

West Virginia Land Trust Blue Jean Ball special ticket prices

West Virginia Land Trust

Master Naturalists Special
Buy one ticket for $50 and get one 50% off!


West Virginia Land Trust
Charleston Office:  (304) 346-7788    I    Morgantown Office:  (304) 413-0945