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Magnificent Monarch Butterflies

Join us to learn about the Monarch butterfly life cycle, magnificent migration, habitat needs, and conservation opportunities for citizen scientists

John Brown and the Night Sky of 1859

Learn about The Great Solar Storm of 1859, how people interpreted night sky phenomena, and how writers and poets would come to describe John Brown using astronomical imagery.

Slavery, the Abolitionist Movement, and Reflections of Jefferson

Bill Barker will portray our third president. Join us for an insightful dramatic presentation on the issue of slavery.

Meet Your Park Archeologist

Learn about archeology at Harpers Ferry and a day in the life of an NPS archeologist.

June Star Party – Capon Springs

Join Greg Redfern, NASA Solar system ambassador, for Tuesday evenings' exploring the cosmos with a presentation and sky viewing. Tuesday, June 12th “James Webb Space Telescope” (Timed to be dark skies with a new moon)

Unexpected Invasives

A look at why some plants are invasive, what is the result of their invading, and what can be done. Join George W. Longenecker, Professor Emeritus, Landscape Architecture, WVU for a presentation on the identification and ecology of invasive plants in our region. A short walk will follow. Most appropriate for adults. Please pre-register for ALL activities 48 hours in advance at www.wvbg.org. $5 for WVBG members, $15 for non-members. Space is limited, register today! 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.

The Layers of a Garden

Arm chair travel with Bill Mills, WVBG Executive Director, to the many gardens he has designed or traveled to. Discussion will focus on the seasonal sequence of these gardens and the many layers of flowers and foliage that make for a rich garden palette. Participants will learn about individual plants and their use in garden design as well as basic garden design concepts. Most appropriate for adults. Please pre-register for ALL activities 48 hours in advance at www.wvbg.org. $20 for WVBG members, $30 for non-members. Space is limited, register today! 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.

Charleston Ballet Documentary Premiere Gala

Join Secretary Gayle C. Manchin, Emmy Award-winner Deborah Novak and the Charleston Ballet at the premiere screening of “Andre Van Damme and the Story of the Charleston Ballet”. This film follows the journey of Charleston Ballet founder Andre Van Damme, from his roots in the Brussels Royal Opera, his journey to America and the manifestation of his vision for a professional ballet company in 1956. Three-time Emmy Award-winning director Deb Novak weaves a tale of dedication, passion and an enduring commitment to enriching the cultural life of our region. The opening reception beings at 6:30 pm, followed by a 7:30 pm screening. The film is approximately 1 hour long. Black-Tie optional. Tickets: Student $25 | Individual $60 | Couple $100 Call 304-342-6541 or online bit.ly/2wbkQl4

Nighttime Raptors: Owling in WV Botanic Garden

LeJay Graffious, local birder, will present a program on West Virginia owls. We will start indoors with an audio-visual review of owls of the region. Learn to identify on sight or by calls. Then we will go outdoors to try to find owls of the garden. $5 for WVBG members, $15 for non-members. Please register by Thursday, November 16. * All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Rd., Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. Walks and presentations will last 1.5-2hrs. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities. Contact us at 304-322-2093 or [email protected] if you have any questions.

Shakespeare’s Weird Weather

From the “weird” meteors of Macbeth to the rain that “raineth every day” in Twelfth Night, this presentation chases the weather of early modern England. By exploring the climate in Shakespeare’s plays, as well as the climate in which his works were composed, this talk by Associate Professor of English at West Virginia University Lowell Duckert invites us to critically re-examine the entangled relationships between climate and culture in our current era of climate change. Most appropriate for adults. $5 for WVBG members, $15 for non-members. Please register by Thursday, October 19. * All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Rd., Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. Walks and presentations will last 1.5-2hrs. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities. Contact us at 304-322-2093 or [email protected] if you have any questions.

Birds of Prey – Wings of Wonder

Three Rivers Avian Center (TRAC) will present "Birds of Prey - Wings of Wonder" program at 1:00pm at the swimming pool building. Feature live raptors, attendees will see birds up close and learn about habits and habitats of these magnificent creatures. The program is open to the public at no charge and lasts about one hour with time for questions and answers. Free to attend. More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1842676562659514??ti=ia

A Tour of the Night Sky

WVU Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy D.J. Pisano will be leading a tour of the night sky. The evening will start with a talk about some of the highlights in the night sky, including planets, star clusters, and galaxies as well as the origins of the Perseid meteor shower which peaks on August 12. This will be followed, weather permitting, with the opportunity to look at some of these objects through telescopes plus a guided tour of how to view the Perseid meteor shower. All ages. Free. * Please register by August 3. * All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. * Free walks and presentations last approximately 1.5 hours. Donations are appreciated and can be made at the Lower Parking Lot Kiosk at any time. * Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities.

Beech Bark Disease: A Long Established Forest Disease in West Virginia Reaches Monongalia County

Beech bark disease was first reported in WV in the early 1980s and has since spread throughout the higher elevations in eastern part of the state. In April 2016, BBD was discovered for the first time at the West Virginia Botanic Garden. During this presentation, Dr. Matt Kasson, WVU Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology, will discuss the history of the disease and potential factors influencing its progression. Most appropriate for adults. Free. * Please register by August 3. * All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. * Free walks and presentations last approximately 1.5 hours. Donations are appreciated and can be made at the Lower Parking Lot Kiosk at any time. * Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities.

Native Orchids Tour

Guest speaker Charles Garrett will give a photo presentation and talk on native orchids. Followed by a trip to the Cranberry Glades and surrounding area to look at various orchids. Bring a lunch, notepad, and camera. Be prepared for rain and be out all day.

May Star Party – Capon Springs!

Join Greg Redfern, NASA Solar system ambassador, on Tuesday evenings' exploring the cosmos with a presentation and sky viewing. Tuesday Night, May 23, under a new moon! JWST-NASA’s Successor to Hubble Space Telescope (HST) “The 2018 space telescope successor to HST seen up close and personal with latest pics and info direct from NASA.”

Native American Heritage Month Lecture: The Trail of Tears Experience of Ohio’s Iroquois

Christopher B. Chaney, Unit Chief, Criminal Justice Information Law Unit, FBI Office of the General Counsel Mr. Chaney is a member of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation from Oklahoma who currently resides in West Virginia. In 1832, Seneca and Shawnee tribal members living in Ohio were forcibly removed from their homes and faced deprivation and death on the Trail of Tears. Upon arrival in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), the tribal members forged a new way of life only to find their dreams shattered by the Civil War. Key to the survival of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation during this tumultuous time was Quashacaugh, also known as Lewis Davis, who is Mr. Chaney’s great- great-grandfather.

History Alive! Theodore Roosevelt

This West Virginia Humanities Council “History Alive!” presentation celebrates 100 years of the National Park Service as Gene Worthington of Fayetteville portrays Theodore Roosevelt, the youngest president in our history. Often called “the conservation president,” Roosevelt pushed himself to overcome a sickly childhood and advocated a “life of strenuous endeavor.” He later established some of our most beloved national parks. “History Alive” presenters base their historical characterizations on carefully researched writings, speeches and biographies of the characters they portray, using their original words whenever possible. Humanities Council.” 304-949-2400

History Alive! Theodore Roosevelt

This West Virginia Humanities Council “History Alive!” presentation celebrates 100 years of the National Park Service as Gene Worthington of Fayetteville portrays Theodore Roosevelt, the youngest president in our history. Often called “the conservation president,” Roosevelt pushed himself to overcome a sickly childhood and advocated a “life of strenuous endeavor.” He later established some of our most beloved national parks. “History Alive” presenters base their historical characterizations on carefully researched writings, speeches and biographies of the characters they portray, using their original words whenever possible. Humanities Council.”

Presentation on the History of Bluegrass Music

A free presentation on the history of bluegrass music is planned for 7:30 p.m. Monday, August 1 in Madden Student Center. Bluegrass jam sessions will take place throughout campus afterward.