Mark your calendars! The foundation and the DNR are hosting a special event at the Forks of Coal. The family-friendly day will feature a variety of nature exhibits by the DNR, a presentation by the WV Raptor Rehabilitation Center from Fairmont, native fish, games for children, guided nature hikes, an early morning bird walk, a scavenger hunt, a forestry exhibit, a nature art activity and much more. Details will be available in the coming weeks. Don’t miss this exciting event!


We wish to thank the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the West Virginia Trophy Hunters Association for their generosity in providing funding for the elk exhibit. The handsome, full body mount bull elk arrived this summer from South Dakota and was installed in the main hall in October by  Split Rock Studios along with the other specially created exhibits at the Center.

Elk were once native to our area and the WV Division of Natural Resources is working cooperatively with other organizations to re-establish a population in Logan and Mingo Counties on the Tomblin Wildlife Management Area.


        The first round of bricks has been installed at the entry to the Claudia L. Workman Wildlife Education Center. The Foundation is now taking orders for the second round of bricks. This is the perfect time to order a brick to commemorate a friend, honor a loved one or celebrate a special occasion. Bricks make great gifts, too. You can order a brick by going to the Welcome page on this website or any other page that has the brick button, or e-mail us at:

Thanks to everyone who ordered bricks. We appreciate your support!


The drawing for the kayak has been postponed until later this year, depending on the resolution of the national health emergency. We apologize for the delay, but will still notify the winner as soon as the drawing can be held.


If you are enrolled in the Kroger Community Rewards Program, you can now support the Foundation by visiting, logging into your account and selecting Forks of  Coal State Natural Area Foundation by name or number – LU195.


Thanks to the talented students and community spirited teachers at Boone Career and Technical Center, new habitat has been built for a native bird species that needs a place to live. Chimney Swifts are a beneficial part of our ecosystem because they eat lots of insects, but lack of chimneys and other suitable habitat has led to a decline in their populations.

Chimney Swifts migrate to South America to escape our cold winters and return  in late March. Nesting begins in May and they fly south again in November.

The Foundation collaborated with the Handlan Chapter of the Brooks Bird Club to fund construction of the tower to provide a nesting/resting place for the birds. Since no one in the Foundation or the Bird Club was experienced in building anything like this, the Boone Career and Technical Center (BCTC) stepped up to make it happen.

Thanks to Foundation board members Bobby Miller and Frank Coulter, Jim Triplett and Rick Gregg of the Bird Club and several students from BCTC. Final touches will be completed as soon as weather allows.

Fundraising for the Claudia L. Workman Wildlife Education Center is ongoing. Programs, trail maintenance and additions to the Orange Trail system are planned. Click Here to support the center with a donation of any amount.

Design Renderings for Claudia L. Workman Wildlife Education Center: Front (above) and rear (below)

Forks of Coal Rear

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TheForks of Coal State Natural Area Foundation gratefully accepts gifts and donations from individuals, families, groups of friends, businesses and community organizations for Forks of Coal State Natural Area. The Foundation is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization. For more information about the park bench sponsorships contact Kim McCluskey at 304/982-2008.

Donations may be made through our website.

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