West Virginia Botanic Garden Summer 2017 Activities
* Registration is required for workshops at least one week prior to the workshop. Registration for free programs is required by the Friday prior to the program. 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 rd., Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted.
* Walks and presentations will last 1.5-2hrs.
* Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities. Thank you.
2nd Fridays, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. through November 10 Friday Family Walks: Join WVBG Education Director Erin Smaldone on the second 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 for each walk you plan to attend.
Fridays 9:30-10:30 a.m. October 6 through November 17 Morning Yoga in the Garden: Join yoga instructor Sally Tolka to connect with nature, rejuvenate energy, and experience relaxation through yoga. The beauty and serenity of the garden setting provides the perfect environment to stretch, strengthen, center, breathe, and relax. All skill levels are welcome. Bring a yoga mat, water, sunscreen, sunglasses, and small hand towel. $12/class for WVBG members; $15 for non-members. Register here.
September 2, 10:00 a.m. WVBG Citizen Scientist! Magnificent Monarch Butterflies: Join us at the WVBG Butterfly Garden and learn about the Monarch’s life cycle, magnificent migration, habitat needs and conservation opportunities for citizen scientists and gardeners both young and old. Led by WVBG Outdoor Educator Stacy Clovis-Woofter, this walk and program will also focus on national Monarch conservation efforts by National Wildlife Federation and Monarch Watch. Walk open to all ages. Free. Register here.
September 10, 3:30-7:00 p.m. Garden Party Fundraiser: A Late Summer Night’s Dream: The event will happen in the shade of the Garden with music and entertainment surrounding us. Dinner will be prepared by Mike Costello of Lost Creek Farm with assistance from other local chefs. Musical entertainment by Jenny Wilson Trio. Come prepared to bid on a great selection of auction items and support the Garden for another season. $75 per person. For more information, click here. Register here.
September 17, 1:00 p.m. Mushroom Walk: WVU Professor of Mycology Dan Panaccionewill lead us in search of forest fungi. He will show us how to identify the native mushrooms at the garden by their unique characteristics. Emphasis will be on general biology, not edibility. All ages. Free. This walk is now full.
September 23, 10:00 a.m. Tree ID Walk: WVU Society of American Foresters club members will help us identify and teach us about some of the trees found at the WVBG. Bring a tree ID guide if you have one. All ages. Free. Register here.
September 23, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Appreciation Event for George Longenecker: George Longenecker, founder of the West Virginia Botanic Garden and long-time Executive Director will be celebrated at an afternoon reception. Everyone is invited to come and express their appreciation to George for his vision, leadership, and devotion to making the Garden such a wonderful community asset. Refreshments will be served. All ages. Free. The registration deadline for the event has been extended to Sunday, September 17. Register here.
September 30, 8:00-11:00 a.m. Bird Day: Celebrate our avian friends at the Garden! Join us for a fall bird walk led by local birder John Boback (8:00 a.m.) followed by a live bird presentation (10:00 a.m.) and a young birders walk (11:00 a.m.) by the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia Register here for the morning bird walk. Register here for the ACCA presentation. Register here for the young birders walk.
October 8, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Fall Children Festival: Bring the family and enjoy fairy house building, pumpkin painting, a variety of crafts, special guests, and delicious seasonal snacks. Back for its ninth year! All ages. Register here.
October 15, 2:00 p.m. WVBG Citizen Scientists: Duck Nesting Boxs: The ducks stop here! Join WVU Wildlife and Fisheries Resources student Saahirah Cua and WVBG Educator Stacy Clovis-Woofter for a fun informative session, hands-on nesting box construction, and installation in WVBG’s pond area to attract migrating waterfowl in spring. This project features citizen science and data collection opportunities. All ages. $5 for WVBG members, $15 for non-members. Register here.
October 21, 10:00 a.m. Soil Health and Composting: Learn about the importance of soil vitality and benefits of composting from WVBG volunteer and avid gardener Robin Stewart and WVBG Educator Stacy Clovis-Woofter. An interactive activity on worm composting will be featured for younger gardeners as well. Open to all ages. $5 for WVBG members, $15 for non-members. Register here.
October 21, 6:00 p.m. “A Season of Good Taste” Dinner: Sargasso: Join chefs Thomas Metzler and Dave Halterman of Sargasso restaurant for a delectable meal at the Botanic Garden. Please visit wvbg.org for more information. $95 per person. Seating limited.
October 22, 2:00 p.m. Nature in Fall: Fall is a time of preparation and change. Join WVBG Education Director Erin Smaldone to learn about what is happening in nature and at the Garden during the fall. The program will include a slide presentation followed by a walk. All ages. $5 for WVBG members, $15 for non-members. Register here.
November 4, 1:00 p.m. Shakespeare’s Weird Weather: From the “weird” meteors of Macbeth to the rain that “raineth every day” in Twelfth Night, this presentation chases the weather of early modern England. By exploring the climate in Shakespeare’s plays, as well as the climate in which his works were composed, this talk by Associate Professor of English at West Virginia University Lowell Duckert invites us to critically re-examine the entangled relationships between climate and culture in our current era of climate change. Most appropriate for adults. $5 for WVBG members, $15 for non-members. Register here.
November 5, 2:00 p.m. Seed Saving: What does open-pollinated mean? Hybrid, Heirloom, or Non-GMO seeds? Join WVBG Educator Stacy Clovis-Woofter to learn about the ancient practice of seed-saving, the importance of preserving our seed biodiversity, and what the labels on seed packages mean. This program features an autumn seed-collection walk. Open to all ages. $5 for WVBG members, $15 for non-members. Register here.
November 12, 2:00 p.m. Winter Birds of Monongalia County: LeJay Graffious, local birder, will present a two-part program on identifying our avian friends found in the winter months. The first part will be an indoor interactive presentation about birds found in the area during the winter months. The second part will be an outdoor bird walk in the WVBG with an option to travel to Cheat Lake to look for waterfowl. All ages. $5 for WVBG or Audubon members, $15 for non-members. Register here.
November 18, 1:00 p.m. Winter Wreaths: Learn basic techniques for creating beautiful seasonal wreaths during this demonstration by WVBG Executive Director, Bill Mills. A wide variety of fresh and found materials will be used. Participants will leave empowered to create seasonal ornamentation for their home or to share with friends. Most appropriate for adults. Members $15, Non-Members $25. Register here.
November 18, 6:30 p.m. Nighttime Raptors: Owling in WV Botanic Garden: LeJay Graffious, local birder, will present a program on West Virginia owls. We will start indoors with an audio-visual review of owls of the region. Learn to identify on sight or by calls. Then we will go outdoors to try to find owls of the garden. $5 for WVBG or Audubon members, $15 for non-members. Register here.
November 19, 2:00 p.m.Trees and the Landscape in Late Autumn: With most leaves fallen, shapes of woody plants and the surface of the ground become more apparent. Location, bark, habit of growth, and twig details help reveal the identities of trees. Leaves may be nearby for confirmation. Explore the November landscape with retired Core Arboretum manager Jon Weems. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Free. Donations encouraged. Register here.
December 2, 1:00 p.m. Holiday Ornaments from Nature: Just in time for holiday gift-giving, join WVBG Educator Stacy Clovis-Woofter to craft unique ornaments from natural materials. A special children’s holiday story will be read, with hot cocoa and cookies to enjoy. Most appropriate for children ages 3 and older. $15 for WVBG members, $20 for non-members. Register here.
December 9, 1:00 p.m. The Art of Flower Arranging: Enjoy a demonstration of numerous flower arrangements led by WVBG Executive Director, Bill Mills. From using as few as two or three flowers to create a simple and stunning arrangement to using massing techniques to form the baroque and over the top, and everything in between. Members $15, Non-Members $25. Register here.
December 22, 5:30-7:00 p.m. Winter Solstice Yoga: During the Winter Solstice, nature takes a long dark pause prior to transitioning into longer days with more light. What a beautiful reminder to also take such a pause in our own lives as we prepare for the transition into 2018. Join Heidi Sherwin for a candlelight gentle yoga class that will include a balance of slow flowing sequences and yin yoga postures, followed by a Solstice Meditation, and ending with a long, deep relaxation. Please bring a yoga mat, blanket, and water. $20 for WVBG members, $30 for non-members. Register here.
January 7, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Healthy Beginnings: Setting healthy living goals is easy. Sticking to them is not. But it can be! In this class led by Certified Health Coach MaryAnn Post, you'll learn how small steps in the right direction add up to better wellbeing. Topics include: forming habits that stick, healthier food swaps, portion control, developing a positive mindset, and the benefits of spending time outside in nature. Class will include food samples and a walk at the Garden. $30 for WVBG members, $45 for non-members. Register here.
January 13, 1:00 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.
January 14, 2:00 p.m. Nature in Winter: What are the plants and animals doing during this time of year? What makes nature in winter so special? West Virginia Botanic Garden Education Director Erin Smaldone will present a slide show followed by a short walk around the Garden. All ages. $5 for WVBG members, $15 for non-members. Register here.
January 20, 1:00 p.m. Breaking into Blossom: Winter Container Gardening: Break those winter doldrums by joining us for a lively presentation that explores the metaphor of “breaking into blossom” celebrated by artists, writers, and gardeners across the ages. Led by WVBG Educator Stacy Clovis-Woofter, we’ll also create a cheerful indoor container garden with flower bulbs to take home. All ages. $15 for members; $20 for non-members. Register here.
February 10, 1:00 p.m. Seed Swap: Share the bounty of your garden while growing your own! Come swap seeds with friends at this fun social event. Details on types of seeds to bring and packaging will be sent to registrants. Free. Donations encouraged. Register here.
February 11, 2:00-4:00 p.m. The Heart of the Matter: Heart disease is the number one cause of death in United States. By making adjustments in our diet and lifestyle we can reduce this statistic. In this class led by Certified Health Coach MarryAnn Post, we'll cover 10 heart health tips, enjoy heart friendly snacks, go for a walk at the Garden, and look at the importance of the "mind-body connection" in regard to your heart health. $30 for WVBG members, $45 for non-members. Register here.
February 17, 1:00 p.m. Starting from Seed: Growing plants from seed can be very rewarding. Many do well directly sown into ones garden or started in a nursery row to be transplanted as they grow in size. Others need to be started indoors in order to be ready for the growing season. The class, led by WVBG Executive Director, Bill Mills, will discuss the many techniques of what can be a very rewarding experience. $5 for WVBG members, $15 for non-members. Register here.
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. Register here.