The deadline for ordering the first round of bricks to be placed at the wildlife education center is set for MIDNIGHT Tuesday, March 30. The bricks will be delivered by the installation date in early May. Bricks ordered after March 31 will be added to the next brick order.

Construction of the Claudia L. Workman Wildlife Education Center continues this spring. Sidewalks and parking areas are paved and work is moving ahead inside. The completion schedule has been revised, with mid-May now the new estimated building finish date. Visitors must exercise caution when visiting the Natural Area during the construction period and some areas may not be safely accessible.

The exhibits for the Center are on order and are scheduled to be installed in August. We anticipate that opening to the public will be in early September.

Please be sure to obey any cautionary signs and other directions during the construction period. YOUR PATIENCE IS APPRECIATED!


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)

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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.

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