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.
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. This dinner is now full.
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. 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 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 (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. No registration neccessary.