Amid busy lives we can often lose our connections to nature, yet a mindful walk in the woods can often restore these bonds with nature, and with each other. Join WVBG Educator Stacy Clovis-Woofter, in a walk to focus on the interconnections found in the natural ecosystems of WVBG, with optional discussion points to reaffirm our personal connections as well. This easy to moderate walk is most appropriate for youth ages 6 and up; parent, grandparent, or guardian must accompany. Space is limited, register today! Please pre-register for ALL activities 48 hours in advance at www.wvbg.org. All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. Park in the lower parking area. Walks and presentations will last 1.5-2hrs and are FREE of charge unless otherwise noted. Donations are appreciated and can be made online, or at the kiosk by the lower lot. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities.
Watoga Art in the Park – bringing together artists and the great outdoors. Watoga Art in the Park features a great fun- filled weekend for families set in one of West Virginia's most beautiful parks – Watoga State Park. The juried fine art and craft fair will feature some of the region's most impressive artists and craftspeople showcasing jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, photography, painting and much more Find that perfect gift for a loved one or yourself. Along with showcasing fine art for purchase, there will be eight professional artists, instructing in 22 workshops throughout the two-day event to help you create your own work of art. Learn pastels, watercolors, or acrylics from accomplished artists, watch and participate in wood-fire pottery or blacksmithing, make your own mask and paint or decorate it, check out white oak basketry, as well as yoga and art therapy. Join in one or all three nature walks lead by a Watoga State Park Naturalist. Learn about birds and then return to paint what you observed, make a clay dish using some of the natural materials you'll find along your walk, or check out the hike where you learn to identify animal footprints. In the evening you can participate in an Owl Prowl and the even make owl houses to take home with you. There will be great music both days as well as a variety of foods. Kids Corner open all day. Check us out on the web for details and to submit your artwork for consideration. https://watogaartinthepark.com/
Don’t call them “weeds”! Our workshops and nature walks will show you food preparations and the medicinal properties of Pocahontas County’s wild and wonderful spring plants. Enjoy a weekend of fun, learn to forage and prepare tasty dishes and teas. We will give you ideas about how to make use of those pesky invasive plants and the hardy flowers in your yard. Doug Wood will be the featured naturalist. Doug is known to WV nature lovers for his “Tracking and Woods Lore” workshops, “History Alive!” portrayal of Ostenace and expert plant knowledge of wild plants and their uses. He is also an instructor with the WV Master Naturalist program. Doug will speak Friday evening and lead a nature walk on Saturday. Breakfast bake sale: goodies, coffee and herbal teas will be for sale Saturday morning during registration. Treat yourself to a delicious and unique “Wild Edibles” lunch. Soups, wraps, herbal teas will be available to purchase. Vendors on Saturday. Held at Watoga State Park. Attendance is free. Friday, April 21, 2017 10:00 a.m. Field trip to Yew Mountain Center: Nature walk to forage for a salad lunch; bread & soup optional for a fee. 7:00 p.m. Doug Wood at Watoga “Plants: Medicinal &Edible” Saturday, April 22, 2017 9:00 a.m. Registration will be at the Watoga Rec Hall from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Workshops, Nature Walks, potluck supper. Call Mary Dawson 304-799-4766 for event details and to preregister.