Explore the Mononghela National Forest May 20-21
Join us for the Best of Birthplace of Rivers Weekend, May 20-21, 2017 in Slatyfork, WV!
Explore some of the best West Virginia’s public lands have to offer during WV Rivers’ Best of Birthplace weekend in Monongahela National Forest!
This weekend is designed to get you outside enjoying and learning about public lands! People of all ages, including families with children, are welcome!
Space is limited, so make sure you register for the Best of Birthplace of Rivers Weekend soon!
Adult registration is $20/adult and youth registration is $5/child under 15 years old. Registration includes Saturday dinner, Sunday lunch, and all programming. Saturday lodging and Sunday breakfast are not provided.
Register for the Best of Birthplace of Rivers Weekend here. We’ll follow-up after you register with more information.
Saturday, May 20
On Saturday, you’ll explore the natural systems of the forest around our base for the weekend, the Elk River Inn. You’ll learn how the natural springs of the forest feed drinking water supplies for West Virginia. You’ll evaluate the health of a stream by looking at the creatures who live in it, and you’ll learn how to go lightly on the land and water when you have fun in the forest.
2:45 – 6:00 – Interpretive programs. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in all of them!
Bats of the forest. Bats have always been misunderstood. Even many adults think they are creepy. But they are also one of our most important allies. Join District Ranger Cindy Sandeno ask she explores the amazing adaptations of bats. From echolocation to living in caves to eating insects that could destroy our crops, bats are one of the most fascinating animals around. We need bats, and they definitely need us. Learn why you should LOVE these misunderstood mammals! We’ll also explore things that you can do at home to help bats and the role that our public lands play in providing safe homes for bats.
6:00 – Buffet BBQ Dinner. Join WV Rivers in welcoming new District Ranger Cindy Sandeno, and learn about ways you can volunteer to take care of our Forest. WV Rivers’ Angie Rosser will describe how our public lands are so important to keeping West Virginia Wild & Wonderful!
6:50 – After dinner program on public lands and how you can get involved protecting them. Door prize drawing.
7:30 – Saturday programming wraps-up. Night-owls, once the sun sets, we’ll gather around a campfire for music and storytelling.
Sunday, May 21
9:30am – Gather back at the Elk River Inn and depart for one of four guided field trips into the Southern Monongahela National Forest. Unless noted, all supplies, gear, shuttle to and from the field trip, and a bagged lunch are provided. Field trips will return to the Elk River Inn around 3-4:00pm and participents will depart.