West Virginia Botanic Garden Winter 2018 Activities
* Space in programs is limited. Please register for workshops at least one week prior to the workshop. Please register for other programs at least two days prior to the program. Availability after deadlines is not guaranteed. A note about our forms: if you are a regular at our programs, you may wish to create a login with us. This option is available when you click on the link to register. After you create a login and the first form you fill in is processed, your information will then automatically be filled in for you on future registration forms. Otherwise, you may register as a guest and fill in your information each time you register.
* All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone road, Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted.
* Walks and presentations will last 1.5-2hrs.
* Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities. Thank you.
February 24, 1:00 p.m. Winter Indoor Gardening: The joy of gardening doesn’t need to end just because it’s cold outside. Master Gardeners Bill and Emilie Johnson will share ideas, tips, and tricks for successful indoor gardens as well as provide examples and inspiration. $5 for WVBG members, $15 for non-members. Program canceled.
February 25, 2:00 p.m. Monarch Butterfly: Conservation of a Migratory Insect: The monarch butterfly is being considered for listing under the U.S. Endangered Species Act because of precipitous population declines caused by several mostly human-caused factors. What is being done to conserve this iconic American species in the United States and Mexico? What can citizens do to aid in its conservation and recovery? Led by Wildlife Biologist Sue Olcott, this program will present current information on the monarch and the challenges it faces. Most appropriate for adults. $5 for WVBG members, $15 for non-members. Register here.
March 10, 1:00 p.m. Site Inventory and Analysis: Whether you are designing a landscape for a bare lot surrounding your home or redesigning an area because your needs have changed, all plans need to start with a site inventory and analysis. Through this design process, you will determine which features to keep and where change is desirable. With Master Gardener Jan Mitchell, learn how to inventory your yard, determine your needs, and make a base map. Most appropriate for adults. $5 for WVBG members, $15 for non-members. Register here.
March 17, 1:00 p.m. Kids’ Container Gardening: Little Sprouts: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us by creating a “wee ones” garden for leprechauns, fairies, elves, and the like. After planting we’ll journey to WVBG’s Fairy Garden area, where we’ll gather natural materials for decorating our container gardens and discover if those sneaky forest leprechauns have been up to any tricks! Led by WVBG Educator Stacy Clovis-Woofter, for children ages 3 and older with accompanying adult. $20 for WVBG members, $30 for non-members (price is per project). Register here.
March 18, 2:00 p.m. Superfoods: How to Choose Them and How to Use Them: March is National Nutrition Month. Join MaryAnn Post, CHC as she encourages you to take a holistic approach to your well-being. We will discuss “superfoods”—what they are and how they can help improve your general overall well-being. Several resources will be shared and some of the more common superfoods will be available for tasting. A short walk in the garden is included in this workshop. Most appropriate for adults. $30 for WVBG members, $45 for non-members. Register here.
March 24, 7:00 p.m. Woodcock Walk: LeJay Graffious will lead a search for American Woodcocks displaying over the old reservoir from sunset to dusk. Come join us to witness this amazing spectacle! Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. All ages. Free. Register here.
March 25, 2:00 p.m. Protecting Pollinators: Local Master Gardener and Master Naturalist Annette Tanner will share information about bees and other local pollinators and discuss factors that are leading to their decline. Why should we care and what can we do to help? Most appropriate for adults. $5 for WVBG members, $15 for non-members. Register here.
March 31, 10:00 a.m. Amazing Eggs: How much do you know about birds’ eggs? Some birds lay eggs the size of jellybeans, and some lay eggs the size of softballs. Eggshells can be a variety of colors. This presentation, featuring a live bird of prey from the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia and a take home craft, will discuss some of the amazing things about eggs. All ages. $5 for WVBG members, $15 for non-members. Register here.
April 3, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. (Session 1: Grades K-2); 1:00-4:00 p.m. (Session 2: Grades 3-5) Spring STEAM Camp: It’s spring break at the Garden!Join us forhands-on learning and inquiry-based investigations that incorporate science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Campers will build, create, collaborate, solve, and enjoy outdoor exploration at this spectacular time of year. Camps led by WVBG Education Director Erin Smaldone and WVBG Educator Stacy Clovis-Woofter. See WVBG website camp page for more information and to register. $35 for WVBG members, $45 for non-members. For more information, click here. Register here.
April 6 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Friday Family Walk: Join WVBG Education Director Erin Smaldone on the first Friday of each month for a short story followed by a walk around the Garden concluding with a simple craft. This easy, casual walk is a great way for children and their caretakers to get outside and enjoy nature and the company of others. The trail will accommodate “off road” strollers. All ages. Free. Register here.
April 10, 7:00 p.m. The Layers of a Garden: Arm chair travel with Bill Mills, WVBG Executive Director, to the many gardens he has designed or traveled to. Discussion will focus on the seasonal sequence of these gardens and the many layers of flowers and foliage that make for a rich garden palette. Participants will learn about individual plants and their use in garden design as well as basic garden design concepts. Most appropriate for adults. $20 for WVBG members, $30 for non-members. Register here.
April 14, 10:00 a.m. Nature in Spring: Spring is a time of growth and renewal in the natural world. WVBG Education Director Erin Smaldone will discuss what plants and animals are doing in nature and the Garden during this time of year. The program will include a slide presentation followed by a walk. All ages. $5 for WVBG members, $15 for non-members. Register here.
April 15, 1:00 p.m. WVBG Boundary Walk: Master Naturalist Ellen Hrabovsky will lead a hike through WVBG’s Hemlock and Old Growth Deciduous Forests, along our northeastern boundary line and discuss trees, wildflowers, and anything else that sparks interest. The walk will cover approximately 2.4 miles, requires stamina and closed toe shoes. Most appropriate for ages 8 and above. Free. Register here.
April 15, 2:00 p.m. Put That Spring Back into Your Step: Come join Certified Health Coach, MaryAnn Post as we talk about developing your own "moving plan". This interactive workshop discusses the 3 components of fitness to include each week, nutrient rich snacks to sample, a walk in the garden and Q & A with a local personal trainer. Most appropriate for adults. $30 for WVBG members, $45 for non-members. Register here.
April 21, 10:00 a.m. Earth Day Walk: On the day before Earth Day, join Executive Director Bill Mills for a hike to some of his favorite places in the Garden. Starting at the Welcome Center, we will be crossing the board walk, and into the Rhododendron and Hemlock forest, ending with the Reservoir Loop. Water flow permitting, we may be crossing Tibbs Run. Walking sticks and appropriate footwear should be considered. All ages. Free. Register here.
April 22, 2:00 p.m. Kids’ Container Gardening: Pizza in a Bucket!: Join nature enthusiasts and educators, Bethany and Vada Boback for a "Gardening with Kids" workshop. Join us on Earth Day to learn how to plant, care for, and eat what you grow. Workshop includes a "Make and Take" sustainable growing project. Open to children ages 4-14 with an accompanying adult. $20 for WVBG members; $30 for non-members (price is per project). Register here.
April 28 10:00 a.m. Young Birders Walk: It's never too early to become a birder! This walk will introduce children of all ages and their parents to the wonder and joy of birds and bird watching. Bring binoculars and a bird guide if you have them. This walk is offered in conjunction with the West Virginia Young Birders Club and will be led by Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia’s Director Katie Fallon. All ages. Free. Register here.
April 28 1:00 p.m. Useful Soil Science for Busy People: WVU Division of Plant and Soil Sciences Professor Louis McDonald will present an overview of the basic properties and functions of soils focusing on garden plant production. Program will include soil test report interpretation and appropriate amendment strategies. Most appropriate for adults. $5 for WVBG members, $15 for non-members. Register here.
April 29, 2:00 p.m. Wetland/Amphibian Walk: West Virginia University Professor Jim Anderson will lead us to and acquaint us with the frogs, toads, and other amphibians found in a variety of wetland habitats. Be prepared to get your shoes muddy. All ages. Free. Register here.
May 4, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Friday Family Walk: Join WVBG Education Director Erin Smaldone on the first Friday of each month for a short story followed by a walk around the Garden concluding with a simple craft. This easy, casual walk is a great way for children and their caretakers to get outside and enjoy nature and the company of others. The trail will accommodate “off road” strollers. All ages. Free. Register here.
May 5, 7:30 a.m. Spring Bird Walk: Join local birder Terry Bronson on an early morning bird walk. We will be birding by eye and ear to search in the bushes and boughs for our feathered friends. Bring binoculars if you have them. All ages. Free. Register here.
May 5, 1:00 p.m. Kids’ Container Gardening: Awesome Blossoms for Mom: Join us to decorate a cheerful garden pot filled with spring flowers for Mom, Grandma, Aunt, or a special friend in honor of Mother’s Day. Participants will also learn about West Virginia’s Anna Jarvis, who organized the first Mother’s Day service, and make a heartfelt card to include with their gift. Led by WVBG Educator Stacy Clovis-Woofter, this workshop is most appropriate for children ages 4 and older. $10 for members; $15 for non-members. Register here.
May 6, 2:00 p.m. Herbal First Aid Workshop: Please join Jen-Osha Buysse and Hannah Spencer with the non-profit The Mountain Stewardship and Outdoor Leadership (SOL) School for an introductory workshop on medicinal herbs. We will focus on some basic components in our herbal first aid kits, including tinctures, salves, and dried plants. Mountain SOL students will join in teaching the class, sharing stories of using their first aid kits in real life scenarios. We will also review simple herbal preparations to add to your kits. Each participant will bring home supplies for their own herbal first aid kit. A portion of the proceeds from the class will go to support the Mountain SOL School's scholarship fund, which provides partial to full scholarships for Mountain SOL classes and programs. For more information on The Mountain SOL School, visit mountainsol.org. $20 for WVBG members, $30 for non-members. Register here.
May 12, 10:00 a.m. Libraries Rock! Rock Painting for Kids: Be a rock artist! Learn about the new rock-painting trend. Paint rocks to drop in your community, spread inspiration, and see where they turn up! This program is being offered by Cheat Lake Public Library in conjunction with the summer reading program. Wear clothes suitable for painting. Open to children ages 6-12 with an accompanying adult. $5/child. Register here.
May 12, 1:00 p.m. Terrarium Garden Workshop: What is a terrarium garden, how can you design your own, and what kind of maintenance will it need? Come find out during this hands-on workshop with Master Gardener Kelly Barnard. History, types, and maintenance of terrariums will be discussed followed by making your own to take home. Half gallon glass terrarium and all other materials included. Most appropriate for ages 12 and up. $45 for WVBG members, $55 for non-members. Register here.
May 19, 10:00 a.m. A Garden Tour with an Eye for Design: Walk the grounds of the Botanic Garden with Executive Director Bill Mills and look at the many individual garden spaces. There will be a discussion of the plants that have been used in each as well as an evaluation of the concepts of successful garden design. Consider bringing a camera or phone to document thoughts and inspirations. Most appropriate for adults. $20 for WVBG members, $30 for non-members. Register here.
May 19, 1:00 p.m. Homemade Salad Dressings: The local farmer’s markets are full of salad greens now and the herbs are making an appearance this week. Come join us in making your own salad dressings to put on those greens. Join Certified Health Coach, MaryAnn Post in taking a holistic approach to your well- being. She will share easy recipes for creating your own dressings as well as reproducing some of the more common one…without all the preservatives. This hands on workshop includes tastings as well as a short walk in the garden. Most appropriate for adults. $30 for WVBG members, $45 for non-members. Register here.
May 20, 2:00 p.m. Planting Containers: Join Executive Director Bill Mills as he plants the many varied containers of the Welcome Center. Hanging baskets, haymows and pots both large and small will be featured. The basics of container gardening will be emphasized, from plant varieties to soil and fertilizer. Most appropriate for adults. $20 for WVBG members, $30 for non-members. Register here.
May 26, 10:00 a.m. Unexpected Invasives: A look at why some plants are invasive, what is the result of their invading, and what can be done. Join George W. Longenecker, Professor Emeritus, Landscape Architecture, WVU for a presentation on the identification and ecology of invasive plants in our region. A short walk will follow. Most appropriate for adults. $5 for WVBG members, $15 for non-members. Register here.
May 26, 1:00 p.m. Microscope Exploration: With WVU Core Arboretum Director Zach Fowler, learn about different types of microscopes and explore nature and our surroundings. A stereomicroscope can magnify nearly anything by up to about 40x, and a high power microscope can magnify slide-mounted specimens by up to 1000x. These microscopes allow us to make fascinating discoveries just beyond the limits of our unaided visual resolution. Microscopes will also be connected to a projector so everyone can see images on the big screen. All ages. $5 for WVBG members, $15 for non-members. Register here.
May 27, 2:00 p.m. Reconnecting with Nature for Youth and Parents:Amid busy lives we can often lose our connections to nature, yet a mindful walk in the woods can often restore these bonds with nature, and with each other. Join WVBG Educator Stacy Clovis-Woofter, in a walk to focus on the interconnections found in the natural ecosystems of WVBG, with optional discussion points to reaffirm our personal connections as well. This easy to moderate walk is most appropriate for youth ages 6 and up; parent, grandparent, or guardian to accompany. Free. Register here.
May 28 10:00 a.m. Young Birders Walk: It's never too early to become a birder! This walk will introduce children of all ages and their parents to the wonder and joy of birds and bird watching. Bring binoculars and a bird guide if you have them. This walk is offered in conjunction with the West Virginia Young Birders Club and will be led by Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia’s Director Katie Fallon. All ages. Free. Register here.