Conference Registration is Now Open!

We hope to see you in 2022 at Chief Logan State Park!

The 2022 West Virginia Master Naturalist State Conference will be held from Friday, July 8 to Sunday, July 10, 2022 at Chief Logan State Park, Lodge & Conference Center in Logan, WV.

Registration is now open. Please click here to register. Note: You must select your classes at time of registration.

Additional Resources:
-Classes
-Instructor Bios

To reserve rooms at Chief Logan Lodge, call, (304) 855-6100 and state that you are with the Master Naturalists to secure our discounted room rate of $83 per night. This discount is not available if you reserve online. Rooms at the discounted rate must be reserved by June 8, 2022.

Master Naturalists of West Virginia

Master Naturalists help construct and maintain nature trails, lead interpretive walks at state parks, assist biologists with research, and give presentations to school children and other groups. They learn the best ways to enhance wildlife habitat and most importantly, how to apply this knowledge and share with others.

If you would like to have the Master Naturalists present a nature-based educational activity for your organization, contact us at: info@mnofwv.org.

Two WV Nature Conservancy Talks Scheduled for Feb. 28

Monday, February 28, 2022 at 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm
 
The Nature Conservancy in West Virginia will present two talks on actions for climate resiliency and forest conservation in West Virginia and the Appalachians on Monday, February 28

Restoring an Iconic West Virginia Ecosystem: Status and Outlook for High Elevation Forests in West Virginia with Mike Powell
5 p.m. EST
  and
Resiliency in Appalachia: Conservation, Climate and Community Actions with Thomas Minney
7 p.m. EST.

Both presentations are free and open to the public (masks required) at the Robert C. Byrd Center Auditorium or you may RSVP to receive a link for virtual attendance. 
 
This event is sponsored by the RCB Center for Congressional History and Education, Department of Environmental and Physical Sciences, Lifelong Learning, and the Center for Appalachian Studies and Communities.
 
Mike Powell is director of lands for The Nature Conservancy in West Virginia, where he manages a portfolio of conserved lands, including a network of nature preserves and conservation easements. He has been principally interested in restoration of the red spruce ecosystem since joining the Conservancy in 2006.

Thomas Minney, a Shepherd graduate, has been the state director of The Nature Conservancy in West Virginia since 2015. He has worked closely with private landowners, industry, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, researchers, scientists, energy industry partners, and others to identify, prioritize, protect, and restore the Central Appalachians and West Virginia’s natural resources.

Please RSVP for livestream registration for the 7:00 pm event. A Zoom link will also be made available for the 5:00 pm presentation. 

To register, visit click here.

 

Employment Opportunity – Part-time Heart of Highlands Trail System Project Coordinator

Since 2009, Heart of the Highlands Trails System in Tucker County (Davis, Thomas, Canaan Valley), West Virginia has been working to connect the non-motorized, multi-use trail systems of five land management agencies in the county into an environmentally sustainable public trail system.  We are seeking a motivated individual with a passion for trails and trail building to serve as our Project Coordinator. This is a Part-time (20 hours a week) paid position. For a job description or more information, please go to our website – https:/home/wp_tc8tsf/mnofwv.org/www.heartofthehighlandstrail.org,  see our Facebook page or contact us at info@heartofthehighlandstrail.org.  Application review will begin December 15th.

Pollinators in the City

Educational Opportunity (Virtual)

Join the folks from The Ohio State University’s Bee Lab for one hour speaker series from Monday, November 29 to December 3, 2021. The virtual sessions start at 10:00 and will be recorded. These will be the following topics:

  • Honey Bees in the City: Where Are They Feeding, and How Do We Know?
  • The City as a Refuge for Insect Pollinators
  • Vacant Lots as Urban Bee Habitat
  • Constructed Green Infrastructure to Support Wild Bees: Does it Work?
  • Policy Dimensions of Insect Pollinator Conservation

Further information: https:/home/wp_tc8tsf/mnofwv.org/u.osu.edu/certify/pollinators-in-the-city-speaker-series/

Register for the speaker series (free): https:/home/wp_tc8tsf/mnofwv.org/osu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TwV9ffFjTee60l6M1refJw

(The speaker series of this Bee Lab is very informative! -jmb)

Volunteers Needed – Friends of Blackwater

The Friends of Blackwater (FOB), for their Blackwater Rail Trail Botanical Restoration project, need some help to remove invasive plant species along the rail-trail near Thomas and Davis, WV. Several dates are available:

  • September 22nd: 12pm-3pm
  • September 25th: 11am-1pm
  • September 29th: 12pm-3pm
  • October 6th: 12pm-3pm
  • October 13th: 12pm-3pm
  • October 16th: 11am-1pm
  • October 20th: 12pm-3pm
  • October 27th: 12pm-3pm
  • October 30th: 11am-1pm

Come out and enjoy some time outside and help in a good endeavor! Groups are also encouraged. Contact Samantha Miller, Botany Specialist, Friends of Blackwater, Office: (304)345-7663 ext 103 Further information on the FOB project: https:/home/wp_tc8tsf/mnofwv.org/saveblackwater.org/rail-trail-botanical-restoration-volunteering-opportunities/ (Dates in the article are from previous removal days.)