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2022 Spring Nature Fling Celebrates Regional Ecology in April and May

pink rhododendron blooms
May blooms of Catawba Rhododendron in the New River Gorge.

Jodi French-Burr

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News Release Date: March 31, 2022

Contact: Jodi French-Burr, 304-575-6496

Glen Jean, West Virginia — Spring is here, and so is a regional celebration of ecology, Spring Nature Fling. This annual event runs from early April through mid-May and highlights the wonders of nature in central Appalachia. Join guided hikes with rangers and naturalists, explore nature hot spots, try your hand at nature art, learn about regional plants through art created by local youth, and more. Take part in event programs, workshops, and exhibits in person and online with New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, Tamarack Marketplace, Beckley Art Center, Active Southern West Virginia, Three Rivers Avian Center, National Parks and Conservation Association, and the West Virginia State Parks of Babcock, Carnifex Ferry Battlefield, Hawks Nest, Pipestem Resort, and Twin Falls Resort.  


This event schedule is available at Be sure to check for updates to this event calendar, as additional programs may be added to this listing. All programs are free unless noted. Some activities do require reservations and have a limit on participation. This year’s celebration again includes 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.  


Participants should bring water and wear sturdy walking shoes for hikes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tools like binoculars, a hand lens, camera, field guides, and smart devices pre-loaded with nature apps are suggested but not required. Follow and post photos at #SpringNatureFling to join in on this springtime fun! 

Last updated: March 31, 2022

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