Winter in the highlands is long. As the first snows turn the mountains from green to brown and life hides for months beneath the frosted earth. But ever more triumphant does this make the coming of spring. Frogs and salamanders thaw out and begin to trill in the cool evenings, bees and butterflies race to gather pollen crop from the earliest wildflowers, and the robins return to feast on the insects. The earth stirs and then erupts into bounty.
This Saturday, May 6th the U.S. Forest Service’s Seneca Rocks Discovery Center will host Discover Nature Day as a celebration of spring. This event, run by AFHA AmeriCorps, brings together federal, state, and nonprofit conservation agencies to showcase their work as well as to engage West Virginians with their native wildlife.
Discover Nature began in 2012 as a way to educate Discovery Center visitors about invasive species, but out of these humble origins, it has grown into one of the premier events of the spring. True to its beginnings, Discover Nature Day begins with a garlic mustard pull, in which volunteers will spend the morning on-site removing this invasive plant from the grounds of Seneca Rocks to create space for wildflowers to grow. Volunteers who pull the most garlic mustard will receive prizes, and all volunteers will be provided lunch. Following this, Seneca Rocks Discovery Center opens its doors to guests looking to experience the amazing natural diversity of the West Virginia highlands. This year’s event will include two live animal shows, fly tying lessons, crafts, games, outdoor exploration, and much more.
Have you ever considered what kinds of creatures live below the streambeds? Do you want to learn about the lives of bats within the depths of caves? Have you ever been astonished by West Virginia’s spruce forests and wondered how they came to be? Uncover these secrets and more at Discover Nature Day, May 6th at Seneca Rocks Discovery Center.
Garlic Mustard pull begins at 10am, shows and booths begin at 1pm.