|West Virginia State Parks and Forests
Summer Program Series
Special events and event weekends are scheduled throughout the year at West Virginia State Parks and Forests. Daily activities and special entertainment are offered during summer months and hosted by naturalists and programmers. These special summer programs add more fun and enjoyment to your visit.
Special Summer Programs at a Glance
Three Rivers Avian Center – (TRAC)
Three Rivers Avian Center – (TRAC) – “Who cooks for me, who cooks for you all?” What bird says this phrase? Come to this Birds of Prey Education Program featuring live birds of prey native to West Virginia. You’ll learn about the habitat, diet and behavior of each bird presented, the most common causes of injury to each species and the laws protecting these special birds. A screech, horned and barn owl; a Bald eagle and other feathered friends are part of this special interpretative program. Open to the public and without charge to attend, plan to spend an hour at one of these state parks this summer. Click for poster view! Print it out and post at work, school, etc. We appreciate folks helping us to get the word out.
5/3 – Tygart Lake – 7p
Also, TRAC sponsors a “Migration Celebration” at Little Beaver State Park on May 11, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. It is an all-day, family event with games, birding walks, arts and crafts, and entertainment. There is no charge to attend.
250th anniversary of Cornstalk’s Campaign
In West Virginia, the year 2013 will be marked by numerous commemorative events highlighting the year 1863. This special commemoration is fitting, for the American Civil War brought about great changes to our Nation, not the least of which was the federal recognition and creation of West Virginia as the 35th state. Subsumed in the 150th birth year celebration is another anniversary of no less importance and perhaps with even greater impact on the future course of history in the region that one hundred years later became “The Mountain State”. That is the 250th anniversary of Shawnee Warrior Cornstalk’s Raid on the western Virginia Euro-American settlements in the Trans-Allegheny region. Click for full schedule, and details
Lou Maiuri –Square and line– you’re invited!
Cacapon Resort – July 29, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Bil Lepp is a nationally renowned storyteller and five time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest. His outrageous, humorous tall-tales and witty stories have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages and from all walks of life, from elementary school to veterans' homes, from churches to colleges, from festivals to formal dinners. Though a champion liar, his hilarious, insightful stories often contain morsels of truth which shed light on subjects such as politics, religion, relationships, and human nature. A storyteller, author, and recording artist, Lepp's works have received awards and recognition The Parents' Choice Foundation, The National Parenting Publications Assoc., Storytelling World, and the Public Library Assoc. Lepp has been featured numerous times at the National Storytelling Festival, and at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and major storytelling and corporate events across the country.
These presentations are sponsored by Wonderful West Virginia Magazine.
Bil is the author of three books of tall tales, eight audio collections, and recently published his first novel, Halfdollar. Bil lives in Charleston, WV with his wife and two children.
Blackwater Falls State Park - July 2, 2013
Geology! Rocks – Don’t know limestone from sandstone or granite from gravel! An evening program to teach, explain and explore the mysteries of ‘rock.’ The next morning we ‘roll’ out for a hike to learn about geology, topography and more. The West Virginia Geological Survey folks are the experts presenting this program series. You can attend evening or morning activities or both. Great for scout and 4-H groups, families and our future geologists. Times and locations vary from park to park, so if there is no specific time or meeting location listed, please contact the park direct. Thank you.
2013 Geology! Rocks & Rock On!
Irish Road Bowling
Irish Long Bullets Road Bowling
West Virginia Irish Road Bowling
In 2003, Dan Harvey, Commandant of the Military Museum, Collins Barracks, Cork City, Ireland, wrote" it is highly likely, indeed probable, that Union or Confederate troops of Irish origin played road bowling between battles during the American Civil war - as they did worldwide ... with many foreign armies."
In 1861, the 10th Ohio, formed in Cincinnati from Irish militia, with Captain T.J. Kelly, fought at the battle of Carnifex Ferry Landing near Kessler’s Cross Lanes. The 23d Illinois, Colonel James A. Mulligan's Irish Brigade, built and lived in Fort Mulligan near Petersburg for several months. In 1863, 80 Irishmen from Mulligan's Brigade, defending Greenland Gap, Hardy County, held a farmhouse for twelve hours against superior Confederate forces, until it was set afire and the roof caved in on them.
Road bowling events at WV State Parks (2014)
Summer programming reflects the West Virginia State Parks mission statement. From cultural and historical facets, to natural history and traditional programs, you’re invited to learn, to play and to enjoy!
To view complete calendar of events, click here.
For WV State Parks Programs (Adopt-A-Trail, Hiking Program, VIPP, etc.) click here.