2018 SPRING DISCOVERY DAY HELD MAY 5
Kiosks showing plans for new wildlife center
The Foundation held another family fun Discovery Day event at the Forks of Coal State Natural Area on Saturday, May 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Events included a morning bird walk, a Hike for Health, an afternoon interpretive nature hike, Coal River history exhibits, a native raptor presentation, educational games for children, face painting, and Cabela’s fishing game to win prizes. Wildlife exhibits included the DNR’s live reptile exhibit and an excellent taxidermy exhibit of native animals, including an albino bobcat. Perhaps the biggest attraction was the State’s mobile aquarium featuring fishes native to the Coal River watershed. Joe Adkins of the Mountaineer Institute for Self-Reliance, the Coal River Group and Meghan Roberts of Mountain Surf Paddle Sports participated in the event.
A West Virginia History Alive! presentation featuring General Stonewall Jackson (portrayed by Doug Riley) was part of the fun. In the afternoon Union General William Rosecrans, portrayed by local reinactor William Donegan, was very entertaining. Gen. Rosecrans was an engineer and key player in development of the locks and dams on Coal River before the Civil War.
In addition, visitors enjoyed a bake sale, book sale, door prizes and a raffle. A kayak was raffled along with a stay at Blackwater Falls State Park, travel packages, children’s fishing gear, fine jewelry from Broyles Jewelers, gift cards to Cabela’s, Dick’s and Green’s Feed & Seed, and many other very nice prizes.
Visitors learned a lot about Coal River history and wildlife and saw the new kiosks showing the plans for the new Claudia Workman Wildlife Education Center to be built.
MANY THANKS TO ALL OUR SUPPORTERS AND PARTICIPANTS FOR MAKING OUR SECOND DISCOVERY DAY AT THE FORKS A GREAT SUCCESS!
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