Children’s Adventure Garden conceptual design.

Drawing by Phil Cole.

During last year’s Board of Director’s Retreat, one of the key projects identified for future development at WVBG was the Children’s Adventure Garden (CAG). Our Site Manager and Landscape Designer Phil Cole developed a draft design for the CAG this last Fall and we have begun fundraising toward this dream. Kiwanis Foundation of Morgantown has graciously committed $5,000 toward the project and our Grants Committee has been hard at work searching for additional funds for completion.

We are all excited about making WVBG more family-friendly and further develop nature education opportunities for our youth. The proposed garden will feature natural play elements, a frog pond, bean tipi, lookout tower, secret tunnel, shade sails, interpretive panels, and a variety of beautiful drought-tolerant plantings. A proposed Meadow Garden (pictured top left) will be developed adjacent the CAG opposite the Reservoir Loop Trail.

At time of publishing, Eagle Scout Candidate Jack Copenhaver has been working with WVBG to design and install a circular labyrinth that is accessible from the Reservoir Loop Trail and will connect to the CAG through a meandering trail passing a variety of interesting mosses, lichens, and other natural plants. If you’d like to donate toward the CAG, contact Executive Director Philip Smith at

Originally published in our Spring 2020 newsletter

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