Celebrate West Virginia’s birthday at Kanawha State Forest, and enjoy a concert by the Kanawha Valley Community Band. The event, sponsored by the Kanawha State Forest Foundation, includes birthday cake and refreshments. Concert starts at 2 p.m. at the nature center parking lot. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Open to the public.
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. **SEE BELOW FOR LIST OF WALKS**
OSBRA EYE SPRING NATURE WALKS 2019
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.
“On Friday, March 15, 2019, eight volunteers arrived at the junction of Range Road and Middle Ridge Road in Kanawha State Forest to unload 20-ft long pieces of steel from a flatbed truck to the first staging area. The steel had been purchased from WV Steel Corporation with funds administered by the Kanawha State Forest Foundation and provided by the Hot Rod Devils event organizers, the C. C. Dickinson Family Giving Circle, the Maier Foundation, and private individual donors…..”
Disc Golf Course Creation Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 9 AM
Join disc golf course designer, Brian Jeffers, and help create a 9-hole disc golf course at Kanawha State Forest! Volunteers need to be in good physical condition because the course will run up a steep hill to the top of Rocky Ridge. This area has lots of dense brush, so long pants, long-sleeved shirts and sturdy boots recommended. If you own any gas-powered blade trimmers, saws and hand tools for trail work, please bring them. Meet at the Johnson Hollow parking lot which is located on the left side of the road, just past the KSF campground. *This project is NOT suitable for young children