It was a picture perfect day for the special groundbreaking ceremony  which was held on Tuesday, October 30 at 2:00 p.m. at the site of the new Claudia L. Workman Wildlife Education Center at the Forks of Coal Natural Area.

Speakers representing the State of West Virginia, Steve McDaniel, head of the Division of Natural Resources, Adam Krason of ZMM Engineering, Alan Shreve of Bear Contracting,  Brian Aluise representing Sen. Joe Manchin, and Pete Sullivan of the Forks of Coal Natural Area Foundation explained the importance of the project and laid out plans for Phase 1. Phase 1 includes relocation of the entrance, relocation of an existing gas line and upgrades to utility infrastructure.

Guests were invited to enjoy refreshments inside the new District 5 Hunter Education Classroom following the ceremony.

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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