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Contact: Jodi French-Burr, 304-574-2115
Contact: Richard Altare, 304-466-0417Glen 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
With so many programs offered , 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 or at a wildflower shadowbox workshop, for $30, on . 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 .
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!