On-site (In Park) Education Programs
Ranger-led education programs are offered at several locations within the park.
Burnwood Day Use Area
This 100 acre site of the New River Gorge National River is located off Highway 19 across from the Canyon Rim Visitor Center. Parking, picnic tables and shelters, and restrooms are available. Your group can walk the ¾ mile Laing Loop Nature Trail. Ranger-led programs are offered at this site and can be reserved by contacting Leah Perkowski-Sisk at 304-465-2635 or email.
Canyon Rim Visitor Center
With excellent views into the New River Gorge and the New River Gorge Bridge, this facility is located on Highway 19 just north of Fayetteville, WV. The visitor center offers an 11-minute audiovisual program, museum exhibits, bookstore, and restrooms. Students can visit the facility to learn about the New River Gorge and walk out to the overlooks. Ranger-led programs are available at the visitor center. To reserve at day and time for a visit to this facility, contact Leah Perkowski-Sisk at 304-465-2635 or email.
Grandview Day Use Area
This 800 acre area of the New River Gorge National River is located 5 miles off Interstate 64 at exit 129, 5 miles east of Beckley, WV. Parking, picnic tables and shelters, restrooms, and playgrounds are available. Your group can walk out to several overlooks to look 1400 feet down into the gorge to the New River and hike from ½ to 3 miles along one of the areas nature trails. Ranger-led programs can be reserved by contacting Dave Bieri at 304-466-0417 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Sandstone Visitor Center
A green design building located at exit 139 off Interstate 64, 15 miles east of Beckley, WV. The visitor center offers a 12-minute audiovisual program, interactive exhibits, watershed floor map, bookstore, and restrooms. Students can explore the facility and learn about the New River Gorge and New River Watershed through self-guided activities or ranger-led programs. To reserve a day and time for a visit to this facility, contact Dave Bieri at 304-466-0417 or by email: email@example.com.
Thurmond National Historic District
Thurmond is a historic railroad town located 7-miles down WV Route 25 off Highway 19 at Glen Jean, WV. Parking, picnic tables and restrooms are provided across the river from the town of Thurmond. The historic Depot has been restored and is available for tours by reservation. The best way to tour and learn the history and stories of Thurmond is through a ranger-led program or "Teaching With Historic Places." To reserve a ranger-led program, contact Leah Perkowski-Sisk at 304-465-2635 or email.
OFFERED AT: Sandstone Visitor Center
PROGRAM LENGTH: 1 ½ hours
Programs can be reserved by contacting Dave Bieri at 304-466-0417 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Habitat Scavenger HuntGrade K-3
OFFERED AT: Grandview
THEME: All animals have to have a habitat; the best way to find a specific animal is to look for its food, shelter, water and space. Grandview is part of a bigger park; New River Gorge National River, one of our nation’s special places that protects animals and their habitats.