Osbra Eye Memorial Walk

Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 8:30 AM – 12 PM

Come to Kanawha State Forest for one of West Virginia’s premiere spring wildflower walks! Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. at the swimming pool area. Learn about wildflowers, medicinal and edible plants, trees, and beginning and advanced birding. Be sure to bring a camera and binoculars! Walks start at 9 a.m. and go to 12:30 p.m. Cost for adults is $5 and $2 for students 16 and younger. 


1 WILDFLOWERS – Snipe Trail and Shrewsberry Hollow – Easy to Moderate
Leaders: Mark Watson, Jim Smith, Ted Jones

2 WILDFLOWERS – White Hollow – Moderate to Difficult
Jerry Westfall, Bill Hall

3 REMNANTS of MINING in KAN. ST. FOREST – Davis Creek, Shrewsberry Hollow, Snipe Trail – identify evidence of early deep mining in KSF; learn about mining practices during that time period, view mine openings, benches, railroad grades, and trestle – Easy to Moderate
Dale Porter, Beverly Campbell

4 EDIBLE and USEFUL PLANTS – shooting range road – Slow and Easy
Becky Linger, Roger Hardway

5 HOW CCC MEMBERS CREATED KAN. ST. FOREST – Spotted Salamander Trail – see this newly restored handicapped accessible trail, and learn how members of the Civilian Conservation Corps constructed park facilities and trails in the 1930’s and 40’s and then as retirees continued doing volunteer work at KSF – Easy
Carl McLaughlin

6 TREES, WILDFLOWERS, and BIRDS – Polly Trail – Moderate
Dave Dendler, Sara Miller

7 BIRDS – Rattlesnake Hollow – identify birds by sight and sound – loaner binoculars available – Easy to Moderate
Jim Waggy, Kevin Cade

8 BATS of KAN. ST. FOREST – shooting range road and short hiking trail – learn about bat ecology and the different species of bats found in KSF; visit an abandoned mine opening where a steel bat gate has been constructed for the benefit of hibernating bats – Easy to Moderate
Doug Wood

9 AQUATIC LIFE** – Davis Creek – will use nets to catch and identify small fish, crayfish, aquatic insects, and other life forms – Easy
Mike Whitman, John Wirts, Diana Green, Debby Mullins

**An activity with hands-on components that kids will enjoy, although it is also interesting and appropriate for all ages.