15th New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend is Coming Up April 27-29, 2018 Plus Two Early Bonus Programs on April 15 and 21

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News Release Date: April 12, 2018

Contact: Jodi French-Burr, 304-574-2115

Contact: Richard Altare, 304-466-0417

Glen Jean, WV — Mark your calendars now to get out and explore area parks this month with a variety of programs offered as part of the 15th annual region-wide New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend. Free guided nature hikes, art demonstrations, and an arts exhibit all highlight the glories of the spring season at New River Gorge National River, Tamarack, and the West Virginia state parks of Babcock, Carnifex Ferry Battlefield, Hawks Nest, Pipestem Resort, and Twin Falls Resort.
 
The event schedule is available at www.nps.gov/neri/planyourvisit/wildflower-weekend.htm. Building on last year’s success, this year’s events include citizen scientist elements, where anyone can contribute their nature observations. Use the free I-Naturalist app from a smart device to document and share news of the natural world around us as a citizen scientist.
 
With so many programs offered April 27-29, two pre-weekend programs have been added to the lineup to help connect art with nature this year! Try your hand at a nature photography workshop on April 15 or at a wildflower shadowbox workshop, for $30, on April 21. Reservations are required for both of the bonus programs. Additionally, anyone can enjoy the Youth Arts in the Parks 2018 Appalachian Spring Wildflower Art Exhibit that is on display at Tamarack in Beckley, WV through May 8, 2018.
 
Participants should bring water and wear sturdy walking shoes for guided walks. Other useful tools such as binoculars, a hand lens, camera, field guides, and smart devices pre-loaded with nature apps are suggested, but not required. Follow and post with #NRGWFW on social media to join in the springtime fun!
 



Last updated: April 12, 2018

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