Phase 1 of construction for the Claudia L. Workman Wildlife Education Center began with the  relocation of a existing gas pipeline. Shortly thereafter, the heavy equipment and new wastewater system components were moved in.

The week of March 18th, work commenced on relocation of the entrance gate (to a safer location) and upgrade of the existing frontage roadway to become the new primary access into the property. This will involve widening and paving the existing road to improve ingress and egress from the wildlife education center.

The contractor anticipates completing the entrance project by the end of April. The wastewater system and new water line are expected to be completed by August.

A Special Building Fund for the Claudia L. Workman Wildlife Education Center is Now Underway! Click Here to support the center by purchasing your very own personalized commemorative brick for the center and be a part of building a legacy.

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

Forks of Coal Rear

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The Foundation is proud to announce that at the statewide annual Watershed Celebration held on October 26-27 at Adventures on the Gorge, the group received the #Education award and a prize of $100. This honor was in recognition of the Foundation’s work on nature and conservation education during the past year.

  • Boy Scout built seven benches for Eagle Project:  

Bench sponsors have supported the Foundation and commemorated a loved one or special thought by sponsoring a park bench. All seven benches have now been sponsored. Plaques have been affixed to the benches with memorials and commemorations inscribed.  The benches are located at inviting points along the trails.

The park bench project was an Eagle Scout project of Life Scout Matthew Blackwood of BSA Troop 64. One additional bench may be built at a later date.

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The Forks 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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