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.
First Fridays & Third Mondays, 9:30 a.m. through September 18 Morning Yoga in the Garden: Join yoga instructors Heidi Sherwin (Fridays) and Sally Tolka (Mondays) 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 for First Fridays. Register here for Third Mondays. No class Monday, June 19.
May 27, 10:00 a.m. The Mossed Basket: Join WVBG Executive Director Bill Mills as he demonstrates how to create a mossed basket or container. They are far more beautiful than a white plastic pot and can be rejuvenated from year to year. Most appropriate for adults. Free. Register here.
May 27, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (members only 9:00-10:00) WVBG Plant Sale: Come and support the Garden, receive great gardening advice, and find some very choice plants for your garden. We will have hand selected premium plants from a number of local vendors including Rich Farms, Miller’s Greenhouses, Modern Homestead, Sunshine Farm & Gardens, and Riverbend Nursery. The sale will take place at 1079 Tyrone road, the property to the right of the WVBG entrance.
May 29, 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 Avian Conservation Center's Young Birders Club and will be led by ACCA Director Katie Fallon. All ages. Free. Register here.
June 4, 1:00 p.m. Natural Water Systems of the WVBG: Led by Janet Paladino, Director of Environmental Science at Waynesburg University, this class will explore the physical, chemical and biological parameters of the surface waters of the Botanic Garden, and how the water is impacted by the surrounding watershed. Bring your wellies and your magnifying glasses if you have them, and be prepared to get wet! Most appropriate for adults. Free. Register here.
June 10, 7:30 a.m. Spring Bird Walk: Join local birder LeJay Graffious 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. This walk is now full.
June 10, 1:00 p.m. Forest Understory Plants and their Associated Canopy Species: Research Botanist Cindy Huebner will lead a walk focusing on the identification of herbaceous plants and tree seedlings located in forest understories. We will also cover diversity and plant composition patterns found in particular forest types. Most appropriate for adults. Free. Register here.
June 11, 1:00 p.m. Beginner's Guide to Plant Identification: On this walk with Research Botanist Cindy Huebner, participants will be introduced to the basics of plant identification and learn to identify several plant species with a focus on trees and shrubs. The walk will be followed by a short slide presentation reviewing what was seen in the field. Most appropriate for adults and older children. Free. Register here.
June 17, 10:00 a.m. Gardens for Wildlife Walk & Scavenger Hunt: Learn how the gardens and native plants at WVBG attract and support a host of wildlife, including birds, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, and various beneficial insects. Join WVBG Outdoor Educator Stacy Clovis-Woofter for a fun info session, garden walk with focus on native plants, and curious kids’ scavenger hunt. Walk open to all ages. Free.
June 25, 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 Avian Conservation Center's Young Birders Club and will be led by ACCA Director Katie Fallon. All ages. Free. This walk is now full.
July 9, 1:00 p.m. Container Gardening for Kids: Create a Habitat! Butterfly Window Boxes: Learn to create a habitat that provides a welcoming home or resting spot for various West Virginia butterfly species, all in a window box garden! Led by WVBG Outdoor Educator Stacy Clovis-Woofter, this make-and-take garden project offers budding naturalists opportunities to observe, connect, and learn more about butterflies and habitat creation. Open to children ages 4 and older with an accompanying adult. $15 for WVBG members; $20 for non-members. Register here.
July 9, 8:00 p.m. Full Moon Walk: Enjoy a walk at the Botanic Garden at night under the light of a full moon with WVBG Executive Director Bill Mills. The walk will be on the gravel Reservoir Loop trail and will last about an hour. We will be observing the sky and listening for the sounds of the nocturnal world. Bring a flashlight. All ages. Free. This walk is full.
July 15, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Nature Photography Workshop: Local photographer Dave Smaldone will teach participants how to use simple settings on their digital cameras (no smartphones, please), give compositional tips, and encourage seeing creatively in a variety of natural settings. Beginner and intermediate photographers welcome. $15 for WVBG members; $20 for non-members. Register here.
July 22, 10:00 a.m. Pawpaw 101: The Story of America’s Forgotten Fruit: What is a pawpaw, and why have most people never heard of it before? Author Andrew Moore offers a brief history of the pawpaw, the largest edible fruit native to the United States, and offers some explanations as to why it has been overlooked in modern times. He also provides an overview of the growers and producers working to raise the fruit's profile, and how the fruit tree can be reintegrated into our diets and culture. Registrants will receive a young, seedling pawpaw. $15 for WVBG members; $20 for non-members. This program is now full.
July 30, 1:00 p.m. Outlander Plant Presentation:OUTLANDER fans, this season’s presentation by Kay Jones will focus on the flowers named in the series of books and shown in the TV series and what these flowers have meant throughout time. Come learn about OUTLANDER’S powerful use of flowers to tell stories. Most appropriate for adults who have some knowledge of the OUTLANDER books or TV show, but all are welcome to learn. Free. Register here.
August 5, 10:00 a.m. Nature in Summer: Summer is a time of growth in nature and blooms in the garden! Join WVBG Education Director Erin Smaldone to learn about what is happening in nature and at the Garden during the summer. The program will include a slide presentation followed by a walk. All ages. Free. Register here.
August 6, 1:00 p.m. Beech Bark Disease: A Long Established Forest Disease in West Virginia Reaches Monongalia County: Beech bark disease was first reported in WV in the early 1980s and has since spread throughout the higher elevations in eastern part of the state. In April 2016, BBD was discovered for the first time at the West Virginia Botanic Garden. During this presentation, Dr. Matt Kasson, WVU Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology, will discuss the history of the disease and potential factors influencing its progression. Most appropriate for adults. Free. Register here.
August 12, 10:30 a.m. Insect Walk: Join Sue Olcott, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources wildlife diversity biologist, as we go in search of winged wonders. Learn to identify butterflies at the butterfly garden and watch for other jewels of the sky as we walk the reservoir trail. This walk is dependent upon warm dry weather. All ages. Free. Register here.
August 12, 7:30-9:30 p.m. A Tour of the Night Sky: WVU Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy D.J. Pisano will be leading a tour of the night sky. The evening will start with a talk about some of the highlights in the night sky, including planets, star clusters, and galaxies as well as the origins of the Perseid meteor shower which peaks onAugust 12. This will be followed, weather permitting, with the opportunity to look at some of these objects through telescopes plus a guided tour of how to view the Perseid meteor shower. All ages. Free. Register here.
August 13, 1:00 p.m. Container Gardening for Kids: Spectacular Sand Buckets with Succulents: Bring the beach back home and join us for gardening fun, as we create colorful succulent gardens in sand bucket containers! Led by WVBG Outdoor Educator Stacy Clovis-Woofter, this make-and-take garden project offers budding gardeners opportunities to learn more about what these sun-loving plants need to thrive. Open to children ages 4 and older with an accompanying adult. $15 for WVBG members; $20 for non-members. Register here.
August 19, 1:00 p.m. Grilling From the Market: Join Bill Mills, Director of the WV Botanic Garden as he grills vegetables and samples other gems found at the Morgantown Farmers Market from a morning visit. Come hungry. Seating limited to 15 participants. $15 For WVBG members; $20 for non-members. Register here.
August 25, 6:00 p.m. “A Season of Good Taste” Dinner: Hill & Hollow: Join chef Marion Ohlinger of Hill & Hollow restaurant for a delicious meal at the Botanic Garden. Click here for more information and to register.
August 26, 10:00 a.m. Wildflower Walk: With local naturalist Ellen Hrabovsky, we will explore the plethora of summer wildflowers found around the reservoir basin. A wildflower book is helpful. All ages. Free. Register here.
August 27, 1:00 p.m. Container Gardening for Kids: Create an Ecosystem! Rainforest Terrariums: Join us in celebrating the many wonders of our world’s rainforests by creating a tiny, thriving ecosystem! Led by WVBG Outdoor Educator Stacy Clovis-Woofter, this make-and-take garden project will focus on how soil layers, plant choice, water and light requirements are all connected as well as offer young scientists lessons on nature’s water cycle. Open to children ages 4 and older with an accompanying adult. $15 for WVBG members; $20 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. Come prepared to bid on a great selection of auction items and support the Garden for another season. $75 per person. Check back closer to the date for more information. Registration opens August 1st.
September 17, 1:00 p.m. Mushroom Walk: WVU Professor of MycologyDan 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. Register here.
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. 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 by the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia (10:00 a.m.). Register here for the bird walk. Register here for the ACCA presentation.
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. No registration neccessary.