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Contact: Jodi French-Burr, 304-465-2632
Glen Jean, West Virginia, November 19, 2013 - Are you ready for spring? Celebrate the glories of Appalachian spring from the rim of the gorge to the river at the Tenth Annual New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend April 19 to 21! 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. Here is the programs schedule for this year's event:
Friday, April 19, 2013
Handy-work for Earth Day: Garlic Mustard Pull
9:30 am to 1:00 pm, Glade Creek trailhead on Glade Creek Access Road in New River Gorge National River near Prince, WV. Lend a helping hand to the natural forest. Team up with park staff to remove a very troublesome invasive plant species, garlic mustard. Wear long sleeves, long pants, sturdy walking shoes, and work gloves. Space is limited. Reservations requested by April 17; call 304-465-6523.
Wildflower ID 101: Basic Field Guide Skills
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm, Rend Trail on Rt. 25 near Thurmond, WV. Bring your favorite wildflower field guide (or use one of ours) for a close-up look at spring blossoms on this easy walk.
Youth Arts in the Parks
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, auditorium at Tamarack in Beckley, WV. See how nature has inspired youth performance arts. This celebration of ecology through art features performances by students of Ansted Middle School's Show Choir, Dance It! Dance Studio, New River Youth Symphony and Park Middle School's drama group.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Early Birding at Grandview
7:30 am to 8:45 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 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 17; call 304-466-0417.
Afternoon with the Artists
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, Tamarack's front entrance garden and art studios in Beckley, WV. Come and go as you please to see how nature inspires the arts. See artists demonstrate the art of glass etching and wood carving. Even try your hand at close-up flower photography in the garden (cameras will be available). Explore the art gallery and Youth Arts in the Parks youth art exhibit at your leisure.
Nature's Tales of Legend and Lore
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, auditorium at Tamarack in Beckley, WV. Hear stories of adventure, magic, intrigue, superstition, and much more - legends of nature for all ages.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
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.
Falls & Flowers: Nature of Brush Creek
10:00 am to 12:00 pm, nature center at Pipestem Resort State Park in Pipestem, WV. Enjoy beautiful waterfalls and blooms along Brush Creek on this easy 2.5 mile round trip walk. Meet at the nature center to car caravan to the trailhead.
Rails & Redbuds Stroll
10:30 am to 12:30 pm, Hawks Nest Rail Trail trailhead in Ansted, WV. Walk this creek-side rail trail to discover what's blooming near the river's edge on this leisurely 1.5 mile walk.
Little Beaver's Natural Wonders Walk
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm, park office at Little Beaver State Park in Beaver, WV. The water's edge is a place to find many of nature's wonders, be it the still waters of the lake or along the edge of a mountain stream. Discover the watershed on this 1.1 mile hike.
Also participate in these special features:
April 1 through 29, 2013
Youth Arts in the Parks
8:00 am to 8:00 pm daily, art exhibit in the the center courtyard vestibules and the David L. Dickirson Fine Arts Gallery, Tamarack in Beckley, WV.Students from Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh, and Summers counties celebrate regional ecology through art in this special exhibit, works inspired by the nature of our public parks-especially wildflowers. www. tamarackwv.com
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Clay Center's Lunchtime Lecture: Glories of Appalachian Spring!
12:15 pm to 1:15 pm, Clay Center in Charleston, WV. Spring is here! See how forests and rivers come alive with wildlife, trees and more wildflowers than you can count. Join us for a close-up look at seasonal beauties, the wonders of our region's unbroken Appalachian forest. ww.theclaycenter.org
For more information about area National Park Service sites visit http://www.nps.gov/neri, check out the park Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ newrivergorgenps, or stop by any New River Gorge National River visitor center. For more details about West Virginia State Park sites visit www.wvstateparks.com.