Are you ready for spring? Celebrate the glories of Appalachian spring from the rim of the gorge to the river at the Twelfth Annual New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend, April 24 to 26! 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.
All programs are free! Bring water and wear sturdy hiking shoes for guided walks. Snacks, binoculars, a hand lens, and a favorite field guide are also useful.
For more information call 304-466-0417.
Schedule of Events
Friday, April 24, 2015
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
Celebrate Earth Day and lend a helping hand to the natural forest. Team up with 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 304-465-6534.
Wildflower ID 101: Basic Field Guide Skills
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Rend trailhead on WV Route 25 near Thurmond, WV.
Bring your favorite wildflower field guide for a close-up look at spring blossoms on this 2.0 mile walk along an old railroad line through a forest. Some field guides will be available to borrow.
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 in this celebration of ecology through art. Featured southern West Virginia youth artists include the Beckley Dance Theatre, Coda Mountain Academy of Music, and Theatre West Virginia's Professional Training Academy Acting 1 Class.
Saturday, April 25, 2015
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.
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.
Earth Day Interpretive Hike
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, lobby of Twin Falls Lodge at Twin Falls Resort State Park in Mullens, WV.
Enjoy a 2.5 mile guided hike along the beautiful Falls Trail. See both waterfalls on this moderate hike. Meet at the lodge to car caravan to the trailhead.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
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.
10:00 am to 12:00 pm, Glade Creek Grist Mill, Babcock State Park in Clifftop, WV.
Take a close-up look at the rich plant life of Babcock's forests and mountain streams. Be prepared for moderate terrain on this 2.0 mile leisurely walk.
Falls &Flowers: the Nature of Brush Creek
1:00 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 Pipestem's Nature Center to car caravan to the trailhead.
Redbuds and More Nature Walk
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Hawks Nest Rail Trail trailhead in Ansted, WV.
Walk this creek-side trail to discover trees, flowers, and more growing near the river's edge on this 1.5 mile stroll.
Nature's Wonders at Tamarack in Beckley, WV
April 1 through 28, 2015
Youth Arts in the Parks Wildflower Exhibit
8:00 am to 8:00 pm daily, art exhibit in the courtyard vestibules and the David L. Dickirson Fine Arts Gallery.
Students from Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh, and Summers counties celebrate regional ecology through art in this special exhibit. Each work was inspired by an area wildflower.
April 24, 25, and 26, 2015
Afternoon with the Artists
10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily, artist studios and on site at Tamarack.
Come and go as you please to see how nature inspires artists. Tamarack artists demonstrate their skills.
April 25 from 4:00 pm to 6:00pm.
Learn the basics of photography as you try your hand at this art form at a mini-workshop. Cameras will be available.