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Container Water Gardening

Join us in celebrating the many wonders of our world’s rainforests by creating a tiny, thriving ecosystem! Led by WVBG Outdoor Educator Stacy Clovis-Woofter, this make-and-take garden project will focus on how soil layers, plant choice, water and light requirements are all connected as well as offer young scientists lessons on nature’s water cycle. Open to children ages 4 and older with an accompanying adult. $15 for WVBG members; $20 for non-members. * Please register by August 20. * 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.

Quilting Retreat

This week-long workshop features three talented instructors. Judy Lilly will focus on covered bridge quilts. Log cabin quilts are taught

Meet Your Park Archeologist

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

Good Earth Art for Kids

Calling all nature-loving artists and crafters! Join us to celebrate and honor the Earth by creating with natural materials discovered at summer’s end. Led by WVBG Educator Stacy Clovis-Woofter, we’ll enjoy the playful process of creating, learning more about other environmental artists, and take home a uniquely personal creation to display at home. Workshop most appropriate for children ages 8 and older. $15 for WVBG Members; $25 for non-members. 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. Programs will last approximately 1.5-2 hours unless otherwise noted.

Writing & Walking in Nature

Join Shannon Sankey, M.F.A. to discover the power of nature writing to connect you to your environment, your community, and yourself. Learn how to keep a field journal, how to practice the art of walking mindfully, and how to write about nature with rich sensory description while walking to and writing at various sites in the Botanic Garden. Ages 12 and up. Free for WVBG members; $15 for non-members. 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. Programs will last approximately 1.5-2 hours 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.

Paper Flower Making

Let’s make paper flowers! Join WVU graduate student Alice Morgan to learn how to craft your own beautiful floral bouquets from cardstock. Make roses, daisies and more. Guaranteed not to wilt. Ages 14 and up. $15 for WVBG members; $25 for non-members. 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. Programs will last approximately 1.5-2 hours 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.

Succulent Container Workshop

Create a one-of-a-kind succulent dish garden at Modern Homestead using a wide selection of plant materials. The workshop provides expert instruction and special potting soil mix. Containers and accents are available for purchase.

Meet Your Park Archeologist

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

Kids Container Gardening: Growing Organic

Join us for an exciting program featuring local author and Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia’s Director Katie Fallon reading her new children’s book "Look, See the Farm"!, followed by a container gardening workshop with WVBG Educator Stacy Clovis-Woofter. Katie and Stacy will teach kids about the different types of organisms and wildlife that thrive in organic gardens and farms, and children may discover these lessons firsthand in their take-home organic container gardens. Workshop most appropriate for children ages 3 and older. $25/container garden for WVBG members; $35 for non-members. Katie’s book will also be available for purchase. 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. Programs will last approximately 1.5-2 hours 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.

Microscope Exploration

With WVU Core Arboretum Director Zach Fowler, learn about different types of microscopes and explore nature and our surroundings. A stereomicroscope can magnify nearly anything by up to about 40x, and a high power microscope can magnify slide-mounted specimens by up to 1000x. These microscopes allow us to make fascinating discoveries just beyond the limits of our unaided visual resolution. Microscopes will also be connected to a projector so everyone can see images on the big screen. Appropriate for all ages. 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.

Planting Containers

Join Executive Director Bill Mills as he plants the many varied containers of the Welcome Center. Hanging baskets, haymows and pots both large and small will be featured. The basics of container gardening will be emphasized, from plant varieties to soil and fertilizer. 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.

Terrarium Garden Workshop

What is a terrarium garden, how can you design your own, and what kind of maintenance will it need? Come find out during this hands-on workshop with Master Gardener Kelly Barnard. History, types, and maintenance of terrariums will be discussed followed by making your own to take home. Half gallon glass terrarium and all other materials included. Most appropriate for ages 12 and up. Please pre-register for ALL activities 48 hours in advance at www.wvbg.org. $45 for WVBG members, $55 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.

Herbal First Aid Workshop

Please join Jen-Osha Buysse and Hannah Spencer with the non-profit The Mountain Stewardship and Outdoor Leadership (SOL) School for an introductory workshop on medicinal herbs. We will focus on some basic components in our herbal first aid kits, including tinctures, salves, and dried plants. Mountain SOL students will join in teaching the class, sharing stories of using their first aid kits in real life scenarios. We will also review simple herbal preparations to add to your kits. Each participant will bring home supplies for their own herbal first aid kit. 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.

Useful Soil Science for Busy People

WVU Division of Plant and Soil Sciences Professor Louis McDonald will present an overview of the basic properties and functions of soils focusing on garden plant production. Program will include soil test report interpretation and appropriate amendment strategies. 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.

Kids’ Container Gardening: Pizza in a Bucket!

Join nature enthusiasts and educators, Bethany and Vada Boback for a "Gardening with Kids" workshop. Join us on Earth Day to learn how to plant, care for, and eat what you grow. Workshop includes a "Make and Take" sustainable growing project. Open to children ages 4-14 with an accompanying adult. Please pre-register for ALL activities 48 hours in advance at www.wvbg.org. $20 for WVBG members; $30 for non-members (price is per project). 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.

Potomac Highlands Outdoor Recreation Discussion

Join us for a discussion on Outdoor Recreation in the Potomac Highlands at Blackwater Falls State Park! Whether you're involved in the industry or just interested in the activities, come and be a part of our vision for outdoor recreation. We'll be presenting the concept of an outdoor recreation challenge. The challenge will encourage people to try their hand at a variety of outdoor activities in our beautiful region. The event is free. Be sure to RSVP at: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=xrqhq6eab&oeidk=a07ef92crql6e90bf11. Address any questions to Ethan Serr at [email protected]

Put That Spring Back into Your Step

Come join Certified Health Coach, MaryAnn Post as we talk about developing your own "moving plan". This interactive workshop discusses the 3 components of fitness to include each week, nutrient rich snacks to sample, a walk in the garden and Q & A with a local personal trainer. Most appropriate for adults. Please pre-register for ALL activities 48 hours in advance at www.wvbg.org. $30 for WVBG members, $45 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.

Protecting Pollinators

Local Master Gardener and Master Naturalist Annette Tanner will share information about bees and other local pollinators and discuss factors that are leading to their decline. Why should we care and what can we do to help? Most appropriate for adults. $5 for WVBG members, $15 for non-members. 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.

Superfoods: How to Choose Them and How to Use Them

March is National Nutrition Month. Join MaryAnn Post, CHC as she encourages you to take a holistic approach to your well-being. We will discuss “superfoods”—what they are and how they can help improve your general overall well-being. Several resources will be shared and some of the more common superfoods will be available for tasting. A short walk in the garden is included in this workshop. Please pre-register for ALL activities 48 hours in advance at www.wvbg.org. Most appropriate for adults. $30 for WVBG members, $45 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.

Breaking into Blossom: Winter Container Gardening

Break those winter doldrums by joining us for a lively presentation that explores the metaphor of “breaking into blossom” celebrated by artists, writers, and gardeners across the ages. Led by WVBG Educator Stacy Clovis-Woofter, we’ll also create a cheerful indoor container garden with flower bulbs to take home. All ages. $15 for members; $20 for non-members Please register by January 18 at www.wvbg.org.

The Art of Flower Arranging

Enjoy a demonstration of numerous flower arrangements led by WVBG Executive Director, Bill Mills. From using as few as two or three flowers to create a simple and stunning arrangement to using massing techniques to form the baroque and over the top, and everything in between. Members $15, Non-Members $25. Please register by Thursday, December 7. * 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.

Holiday Ornaments from Nature

Just in time for holiday gift-giving, join WVBG Educator Stacy Clovis-Woofter to craft unique ornaments from natural materials. A special children’s holiday story will be read, with hot cocoa and cookies to enjoy. Most appropriate for children ages 3 and older. $15 for WVBG members, $20 for non-members. Please register by Monday, November 27. * 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.

Friday Family Walk

Join WVBG Education Director Erin Smaldone on the second Friday of each month for a short story followed by a walk around the Garden concluding with a simple craft. This easy, casual walk is a great way for children and their caretakers to get outside and enjoy nature and the company of others. The trail will accommodate “off road” strollers. All ages. Free.

Blacksmithing & Pastels

The art of pastel painting is taught by Vivian Ripley and blacksmithing with Cody Fields are offered near Ripley.

Fayetteville Fall Foraging Workshop & Hike

West Virginia and the Appalachian Mountains are a forager’s paradise. Join us for Fayetteville’s first Foraging event with our Fall Foraging Workshop & Hike on Saturday September 30th at Arrowhead Bike Farm. Fall is the perfect time to learn about the skills involved in foraging for wild food. Discover the delicacies that can be found in the woods. Roots, tubers, and shoots, greens, buds, and flowers are among the various plant structures that are available for harvesting. Follow a local legend the “Berry Man” Mitchel Dech as he leads our foraging hike. This event will be hands on exploring the trails of Arrowhead and the surrounding property to discover, discuss, and learn about edible plants in their habitats. Come prepared with comfortable shoes for moderate 2-mile hike. After the hike gather back on the deck for lunch on the bike farm. Enjoy some locally foraged snacks and tea. Interested in spending an afternoon with a great group of foragers? When: Saturday September 30th Time: 8:30 am to 1:00pm Where: Arrowhead Bike Farm Investment: $30; Lunch Included This event will take place rain or shine, and it will moderate hiking. Space for this event is limited in order to maximize the learning environment, and registration with payment in advance is required. To register, email [email protected]

Friday Family Walk

Join WVBG Education Director Erin Smaldone on the second Friday of each month for a short story followed by a walk around the Garden. This easy, casual walk is a great way for children and their caretakers to get outside and enjoy nature and the company of others. The trail will accommodate “off road” strollers. All ages. Free. * Registration for free programs is required by the Friday prior to the program. 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.

Friday Family Walk

Join WVBG Education Director Erin Smaldone on the second Friday of each month for a short story followed by a walk around the Garden. This easy, casual walk is a great way for children and their caretakers to get outside and enjoy nature and the company of others. The trail will accommodate “off road” strollers. All ages. Free. Register online at www.wvbg.org. * Registration is required for workshops at least one week prior to the workshop. Registration for free programs is required by the Friday prior to the program. 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.

Painting Workshop on the Pavilion at Adaland

Hosted by Paint Your Heart Out. Register on facebook or call Kelli at 1-304-841-8487.

Nature Photography Workshop

Local photographer Dave Smaldone will teach participants how to use simple settings on their digital cameras (no smartphones, please), give compositional tips, and encourage seeing creatively in a variety of natural settings. Beginner and intermediate photographers welcome. $15 for WVBG members; $20 for non-members. * Please register by July 8. * 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.

Friday Family Walk

Join WVBG Education Director Erin Smaldone on the second Friday of each month for a short story followed by a walk around the Garden. This easy, casual walk is a great way for children and their caretakers to get outside and enjoy nature and the company of others. The trail will accommodate “off road” strollers. All ages. Free. Register online at www.wvbg.org. * Registration is required for workshops at least one week prior to the workshop. Registration for free programs is required by the Friday prior to the program. 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.

Painting Workshop on the Pavilion at Adaland

Hosted by Paint Your Heart Out. Register on facebook or call Kelli at 1-304-841-8487.

Forest Understory Plants and their Associated Canopy Species

Research Botanist Cindy Huebner will lead a walk focusing on the identification of herbaceous plants and tree seedlings located in forest understories. We will also cover diversity and plant composition patterns found in particular forest types. Most appropriate for adults. Free. Register online at www.wvbg.org. * Registration for free programs is required by the Friday prior to the program. 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.

Natural Water Systems of the WVBG

Led by Janet Paladino, Director of Environmental Science at Waynesburg University, this class will explore the physical, chemical and biological parameters of the surface waters of the Botanic Garden, and how the water is impacted by the surrounding watershed. Bring your wellies and your magnifying glasses if you have them, and be prepared to get wet! Most appropriate for adults. Free. Register online at www.wvbg.org. * Registration for free programs is required by the Friday prior to the program. 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.

Art: The Truly Experimental Science (A Workshop with Patte Loper)

This workshop invites participants of all ages to use a mix of art materials and found objects – along with imagination and courage to make ‘experimental science’ by constructing science-fiction based sculptural objects. General Admission for adults and children: $5

The Mossed Basket

Join WVBG Executive Director Bill Mills as he demonstrates how to create a mossed basket or container. They are far more beautiful than a white plastic pot and can be rejuvenated from year to year. Most appropriate for adults. Free. Register online at www.wvbg.org. * Registration for free programs is required by the Friday prior to the program. 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 - 2 hrs. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities. Contact us at 304-322-2093 or [email protected] if you have any questions.

Cemetery Preservation Workshop

Explore the historic Beverly cemetery and learn about how to clean and care for old gravestones. Pre-registration preferred. Historic Beverly. Small town. . . big history!

Fantastic Containers

WVBG Executive Director Bill Mills will be planting the large containers on the deck of the Welcome Center. He will discuss choice of plant material, soil mixes, drainage, fertilizing techniques, color and more. Most appropriate for adults. Free. Register online at www.wvbg.org. * Registration for free programs is required by the Friday prior to the program. All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Rd., Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. Walks and presentations will last 1.5-2 hrs. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities. Contact us at 304-322-2093 or [email protected] if you have any questions.

Painting Workshop on the Pavilion at Adaland

Hosted by Paint Your Heart Out. Register on facebook or call Kelli at 1-304-841-8487.

Medicinal Plants Workshop

Please join Jen-Osha Buysse and Hannah Spencer with the non-profit Aurora Lightsfor an introductory workshop on medicinal herbs. We will focus on three herbs that are easy to use and identify. We will practice different methods for using herbs in the field as well as harvesting and storage for later use. We will also review the components of a basic herbal first aid kit. Each participant will bring home supplies for a poultice. A portion of the proceeds from the class will go to support Aurora Lights’ Herbal Medic chapter, which provides workshops and free herbal health clinics. For more information on Aurora Lights, visit auroralights.org. $20 for WVBG members, $30 for non-members. Register online at www.wvbg.org. * Registration for free programs is required by the Friday prior to the program. 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.

10 Tips for Successful Container Gardening

Join Master Gardener Jan Mitchell and learn How to choose the right container, plants, soil, and location for container gardens. Then plant your own and learn how to maintain your new container garden. Container, plants, and soil are provided. Most appropriate for adults. * Registration is required for workshops at least one week prior to the workshop. $30 for WVBG members; $40 for non-members. Register online at www.wvbg.org. 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.

Site Inventory and Analysis

Whether you are designing a landscape for a bare lot surrounding your home or redesigning an area because your needs have changed, all plans need to start with a site inventory and analysis. Through this design process, you will determine which features to keep and where change is desirable. With Master Gardener Jan Mitchell, learn how to inventory your yard, determine your needs, and make a base map. Most appropriate for adults. Free. Register online at www.wvbg.org. * Registration for free programs is required by the Friday prior to the program. 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.

Container Gardening for Kids: Pizza in a Bucket!

Join nature enthusiasts and educators, Bethany and Vada Boback for a "Gardening with Kids" workshop and learn how to plant, care for, and eat what you grow. Workshop includes a "Make and Take" sustainable growing project. Open to children ages 4-14 with an accompanying adult. $15 for WVBG members; $20 for non-members. Register online at www.wvbg.org. * Registration is required for workshops at least one week prior to the workshop. 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.

Historic Arts Workshop: Waste Paper Basket with Helen Efaw

Learn to make a waste paper basket with locally acclaimed basket weaver, Helen Efaw. The basket will have two wooden handles. The class is designed for the beginner as well as the advanced beginner in the art of basket weaving. This is an all-day class so bring your own lunch.

Dividing Perennials

One of the joys of gardening is sharing in its wealth. Join WVBG Executive Director Bill Mills and learn simple techniques on dividing perennials. A single prized plant can become a colony or drift or a gift to a friend and fellow gardener. Most appropriate for adults. Free. Register online at www.wvbg.org. * Registration for free programs is required by the Friday prior to the program. 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.

Friday Family Walk

Join WVBG Education Director Erin Smaldone on the second Friday of each month for a short story followed by a walk around the Garden. This easy, casual walk is a great way for children and their caretakers to get outside and enjoy nature and the company of others. The trail will accommodate “off road” strollers. All ages. Free. * Registration for free programs is required by the Friday prior to the program. 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.

Nature in Spring

Spring is a time of growth and renewal in the natural world. WVBG Education Director Erin Smaldone will discuss what plants and animals are doing in nature and the Garden during this time of year. The program will include a slide presentation followed by a walk. All ages. Free. * Registration is required for workshops at least one week prior to the workshop. Registration for free programs is required by the Friday prior to the program. 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.

The Painter’s Palette for Gardening: Using Color Theory in Garden Design

This workshop provides the participant with an in depth look at color theory using the color wheel to design a beautiful garden. Local Master Gardener Dianne DeAngelis will show how understanding color theory can help you select plants that will achieve a specific look and feel in your gardens. Most appropriate for adults. Free. Register online at www.wvbg.org. * Registration for free programs is required by the Friday prior to the program. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities. Contact us at 304-322-2093 or [email protected] if you have any questions.

Spring Wreath Workshop

Join local floral and interior designer Aaron Sears at Plantology Emporium, 1344 University Ave., Morgantown to learn basic wreath making skills as well as how to make a bow. Let's make something to welcome spring! You will be able to pick and choose from several stems and quality embellishments and silks to make each wreath specific to your style. Come and make something beautiful that you can enjoy for years! $45 for WVBG members; $55 for non-members. Register online at www.wvbg.org. * Registration is required for workshops at least one week prior to the workshop. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities. Contact us at 304-322-2093 or [email protected] if you have any questions.

Spa Night: Bath Bombs at Elle’s Niche

You're invited to Ladies’ Spa Night at @Elle's.Niche in historic Charles Town, WV, a boutique shop offering all handmade local gifts. Free goodie bags to the first 10 people! Enter to win a spa door prize! Enjoy complimentary sweets and tea. Bring your friends or come make some new ones at Ladies’ Night! If you would like, register to learn to make bath bombs with the Wild Rose Soap Co (10 spots available for the class, beginning at 7pm for $20). Bath bombs are fizzy natural 'bombs' to make a home spa treatment. Made with moisturizing oils and sea salts, customizable with your favorite scent and dried herbs, they will be your new favorite addition to a relaxing bath. Each attendee of the workshop will receive a bath bomb and mold to take home, plus recipes and instruction. To register: https://ellesniche.net/product/ladies-spa-night-bath-bomb-workshop/

Fairy Garden Workshop

In this Fairy Garden Workshop, gardeners will be able to create their own secret garden all in one container! There will be assorted containers and miniature plants to choose from to help personalize each garden to your own liking. Everything you need will be provided from ground cover, to decoration and more, come and join us as we explore fairy gardening together! Floral and interior designer Aaron Sears will lead this workshop at Plantology Emporium, 1344 University Ave., Morgantown, 26505. $35 for WVBG members; $45 for non-members. Register at www.wvbg.org. * Registration is required for workshops at least one week prior to the workshop. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities. Contact us at 304-322-2093 or [email protected] if you have any questions.

Understanding Garden Design, A Primer

WVBG Executive Director Bill Mills will talk about approaches to garden design, as he shares images from his personal garden and gardens he has designed in the region. You may consider reading Elements of Garden Design, by Joe Eck before this discussion. Most appropriate for adults. Free. THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL. * Registration for free programs is required by the Friday prior to the program. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities. Contact us at 304-322-2093 or [email protected] if you have any questions.

Flower Shadow Box Workshop

Join Erin from M.E. Designs and learn how to make a beautiful flower shadow box! Great for celebrating Spring or thinking ahead for Mother’s Day! This class will teach you how to roll your flowers as well as weeding your vinyl quote for the front of the glass. All supplies and tools will be provided. Your kit will include a small (5x7 or 8x8) or large (6x14) shadow box, precut paper to roll for your flowers in a variety of colors, and precut vinyl with a quote that you will learn to weed and apply yourself (multiple quotes will be available for you to choose from). If there is a special quote you would like, please let the artist know by April 28th. Cost of class is $35 for a small box/ $40 for a large box. Class size is limited so Pre-registration is required! Registration: https://ellesniche.net/product/flower-shadow-box-workshop-may-6th/

Augusta Dance

The Mountain Dance Trail, a heritage tourism project of the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College, will host its monthly square dance on Friday, February 10, in Myles Center for the Arts Pit Dance Studio on the College campus. The event will feature music by Gerry Milnes and friends, with Mary Alice Milnes calling square dances. A beginners’ workshop is set for 7:45 p.m. and the dance starts at 8 p.m. All dances are beginner and family friendly and participants don’t need to come with a dance partner. Admission is $6 for general public, $4 for students and AmeriCorps members, and free to Davis & Elkins College students, faculty and staff. Those attending should bring an extra pair of shoes for dancing. For additional information, visit www.augustaheritagecenter.org, email [email protected] or call 304-637-1209.

Adults: Christmas Table Runner

Come join us as we make our very own Christmas table runner. This fun event will teach you all you need to know in order to make one of your very own. Registration for this event opens Nov. 21.

Rising Star Fiction Convention

A celebration of science fiction, fantasy, anime, gaming and more. Activities include an anime room with classic and current programming, vendor panels and workshops.

Textile Care Workshop and Program (West)

Tour and explore The Cockayne Farmstead House as part of this Museum Conservation Center outreach program. Brush up on techniques for handling, packing, and cleaning fabric items from History Center experts Robert Stakeley and Barb Conner. A special focus on garments will be part of this program and a limited amount of materials demonstrated will be available for purchase. Outreach programs are designed for both general visitors and History Center Affiliate Program members. Registration: $30 fee registration includes lunch. Pre-registration is required. Please register online: http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/events/textile-care-workshop-west Questions: Please contact Barb Conner at 412-454-6450 or [email protected]

Egyptian Paste Bead Making Class

Ages 4-104. There are 12 spots for this 2-day class. Discover the world of self glazing clay. This type of clay has been used from the time of the ancient Egyptians. It is perfect for small items and beads. Class will cover making clay, forming and firing. You can make jewlery or small sculptures. At the end of the day your beads will be fired in the kiln so that the following day they are ready to use. Once the beads have been fired, all the sharp edges may need to be removed so you will spend some time sanding and finishing. Then all the finished beads can be made into items of jewelry using various methods. To register please call/email in advance- no drop-ins please.

Plein Air Water Color (Buildings and Landscapes) Workshop

If you've always wanted to try your hand at watercolors, but didn't know where to begin, this is the workshop for you. If you're not a beginner, join us to strengthen your design skills and take your paintings to the next level. This workshop will cover equally the steps of designing, drawing, and painting. Participants will learn to create strong compositions, execute a solid underlying sketch, draw typography, and paint effectively. Weather permitting, students will explore the unique architecture and landscape of Thomas for their inspiration. Expect to learn while having fun through demonstration, exercises, and individual instruction and encouragment. This class is offered July 12, 13, 14, 15 from 9am to 12pm, the cost is $25 per class plus materials, ages 12+. To register, call or email in advance- no drop-ins please.

Beginning Sculpture Portrait Bust Workshop

Study the portrait in clay with sculptor Jamie Lester. Lester will outline the process of creating a portrait bust with a live model. The two-day study takes place on Saturday, July 9th from 7-10 pm, and Sunday, July 10th from 6-9 pm at the historic Buxton and Landstreet Gallery and Studios in Thomas, WV. To register, call or email in advance- no drop-ins please.

West Virginia Botanic Garden Nature Photography Workshop

July 9, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Local photographer Dave Smaldone will teach participants how to use simple settings on their digital cameras (no smartphones, please), give compositional tips, and encourage seeing creatively in a variety of natural settings. Beginner and intermediate photographers are welcome. Please refrain from bringing your pet. Meet in the lower parking lot of the Botanic Garden.

Egyptian Paste Bead Making Class

There are 12 spots in this class. This is a 2 day class. Discover the world of self glazing clay. This type of clay has been used from the time of the ancient Egyptians. It is perfect for small items and beads. Class will cover making clay, forming and firing. You can make jewlery or small sculptures. At the end of the day your beads will be fired in the kiln so that the following day they are ready to use. Once the beads have been fired, all the sharp edges may need to be removed so you will spend some time sanding and finishing. Then all the finished beads can be made into items of jewelry using various methods. To register please by phone/email in advance- no drop-ins please.

Encaustic Painting Workshop

Ages 12 and over. This encaustic class is suitable for students new to this exciting medium. You will be introduced to the basics of encaustic painting, which is the ancient art of painting with molten beeswax. You will explore various techniques, including inccorporating photos and collage into your painting. Price includes 3 panals, brushes, and encaustic materials. To register, call or email in advance- no drop-ins please.

Encaustic Painting Workshop

For age12+. This encaustic class is suitable for students new to this exciting medium. You will be introduced to the basics of encaustic painting, which is the ancient art of painting with molten beeswax. You will explore various techniques, including incorporating photos and collage into your painting. Price includes 3 panels, brushes, and encaustic materials. Call or email in advance to register, no drop-ins please.

Oil Painting Class

For ages 12 and over. In this class you will learn about color mixing, brush strokes, and oil paint application. Price includes all materials including canvases and open studio time during class days. This class is offered June 14 and 16, $50 for one class or $75 for both. To register, call or email in advance. No drop-ins please.

Oil Painting Class

For ages 12 and over. In this class you will learn about color mixing, brush strokes, and oil paint application. Price includes all materials including canvases and open studio time during class days. This class is offered June 14 and 16, $50 for one class or $75 for both. To register, call or email in advance, no drop-ins please.

Screen Printing 3-Day Workshop

This class is for ages 10+ kids and adults. Come with an image you want to print on a t-shirt or paper. You will learn to trace images on freezer paper, attach it to a screen, and print on paper and fabric. Price includes 6 hours of instruction and all materials. $75 for all three days.

Beech Fork State Park – WEEKEND ACTIVITIES

FRIDAY - June 10th 3:30pm Beginner Fishing Class Learn to tie knots, use lures, and all the basics of fishing. Meet at the Activities Room in Park Headquarters. 5:00 pm Scavenger Hunt See how many things you can find with this park themed scavenger hunt. Pick up at Park Headquarters. SATURDAY - June 11th 4:00pm Kids Fishing Tournament Kids 14 and under can bring their fishing poles and see who can catch the most fish in an hour. There are fish to catch and prizes to be won! 6:00 pm Hay Ride! Take a ride on a hay trailer through Beech Fork State Park. Meet in the parking lot by the camp store. Multiple trips will be taken throughout the evening. Parents should to ride with their children. 8:30 pm Campfire Join Brian the Naturalist at Campfire Circle to enjoy an evening with some magic tricks, spooky stories, jokes, and free marshmallow roasting. SUNDAY - June 12th 9:00am Birding Workshop Come learn the basics of bird watching with the Naturalist. Meet at Park Headquarters. Bring binoculars if you can. 10:30am Nature Walk Get in one last walk before the weekend is over. Perfect walk for photography enthusiasts. Meet in the parking lot by the camp store. Noon. Backyard Frisbee Golf Come tryout our homemade backyard Frisbee golf course in the backyard of Park Headquarters. Frisbees provided or bring or own. 2:00pm Bocce Ball Come behind Beech Fork State Park headquarters to learn and play this fun ancient Egyptian game with the Naturalist! MONDAY - June 13th 2:00pm Pedal Boat Race Meet at the Beech Fork State Park boat dock with a friend to see who can cross the lake and back the fastest!

West Virginia Botanic Garden Medicinal Plant Walk

Herbalist Jen-Osha Buysse will take us for a walk and teach us about a few local plants and their medicinal properties, including a presentation on how you can turn these plants into medicine at home. This event is free and open to the public., and it is most appropriate for adults. Please refrain from bringing your pet. Meet in the lower parking lot of the Botanic Garden.

Fly Fishing Workshop

A Fly Fishing Clinic at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park includes discussion on equipment, history, insects, fly tying and culminates in a day of fishing in a local trout stream in Pocahontas County, one of the premier trout fishing areas in the state. Location may be the Elk River or Shaver's Fork areas to be determined. The instructor is Bill Healy. Fishing license required (WV Fishing license with trout and national forest stamps.) Visit wvfish.com for license purchases. Workshop cost is $200 per person and includes instruction, fly tying equipment (attendees keep equipment), materials for fly making, Saturday lunch, and transportation to the fly fishing location. $150 if attendee brings own tying equipment. House rental at Cass not included, however, attendees are extended a 10% discount on rentals. Call for reservation for Company House rentals and to register for the Fly Fishing Clinic Weekend.

West Virginia Botanic Garden Pruning Workshop

Learn the proper way to prune a variety of shrubs and trees from an expert! Landscape Architect, George Longenecker will present information on a variety of equipment and its proper use, followed by a hands-on workshop at a Morgantown residence. More information and directions will be provided to registrants prior to the workshop. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT BY NO LATER THAN MIDNIGHT MAY 7th.

West Virginia Botanic Garden Container Gardening Talk & Workshop

If you want to create a beautiful container garden but do not know where to start, then join Master Gardener Jan Mitchell to learn how to select, plant, and maintain a container garden. When a few basic principles are applied, even first-time gardeners can create and maintain attention-grabbing containers. Container, plants, and soil are provided. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT BY NO LATER THAN MIDNIGHT ON APRIL 23rd.

Pipestem State Park – 4/22-24 – BUSHCRAFT SURVIVAL WEEKEND

For two nights and three days, learn the basics of primitive bushcraft skills that includes making cordage, establishing shelter, creating fire, foraging wild edibles, procuring & purifying water, land navigation, field sanitation and hygiene, fashioning tools, constructing traps and snares, preserving meat, preparing bannock and pemmican, bird/song identification, plant and tree identification and more. This is an reality adventure by day, relaxation by night. Experience by conducted by Forest Manna Outdoors, Todd Longanacre. This high adventure event shares, sustains, preserves the primitive bushcraft skills associated with West Virginia's proud Appalachian history, heritage, and culture and enhance the diversity of outdoor recreational opportunities offered at West Virginia State Parks and Forests. Rate includes two nights at McKeever Lodge and all survival activities. For survival rates & registration: Dale McLaughlin or Brenda Cooper, 304-466-1800

West Virginia Botanic Garden Spring Basket Centerpiece Workshop

Come learn basic arranging skills only this time in a basket! Join local floral and interior designer Aaron Sears at Plantology Emporium, 1344 University Ave., and choose from an assortment of baskets and spring flowers: snapdragons, larkspur, carnations, asters, mums, daisies, and more! This colorful arrangement will bring spring joy to your home! PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT NO LATER THAN MIDNIGHT APRIL 8th.

West Virginia Botanic Garden Spring Wreath Workshop

Join local floral and interior designer Aaron Sears at Plantology Emporium, 1344 University Ave., to learn basic wreath making skills as well how to make a bow. Let's make something to welcome spring! You will be able to pick and choose from several stems and quality embellishments and silks to make each wreath specific to your style. Come and make something beautiful that you can enjoy for years! PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT BY NO LATER THAN MIDNIGHT MARCH 14.

West Virginia Botanic Garden Bulb Container Garden Workshop

Join local floral and interior designer Aaron Sears at Plantology Emporium, 1344 University Ave., to learn basic bulb knowledge and make your own container garden. Choose from an offering of containers and customize with bulbs including daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, crocus, and more! Just in time for Easter, and once the bulbs are done plant them in your yard and enjoy them for years to come! PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT BY NO LATER THAN MIDNIGHT ON MARCH 8.

Creators Program Workshop- The Business of Film with the WV Film Office

Learn how the WV Film Office can help you and how you can support the Film Office’s efforts! Filmmakers and related crew personnel, film and video production companies, emerging filmmakers, students as well as others who are interested in local filmmaking are welcome to attend this workshop presented by WV Film Office Director, Pam Haynes and staff. Topics include the role of the film office, how to find work in the state, location libraries, permits, tax credits and much more.