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Spring Botany Blast – New River Birding & Nature Festival

April 11 - April 14

Headquartered at Hawks Nest State Park in Ansted, West Virginia. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited and available on a first-come first-served basis.

Nature enthusiasts who love to explore the great outdoors won’t want to miss our upcoming Spring Botany Blast in the New River Gorge area of West Virginia. From April 11-14, 2024, we’re hosting a guided journey through the stunning Appalachian Mountains, where you’ll see 30 to 40 flowering plant species on two field trips in two days.

Our small groups, of up to 12 on each field trip, ensure that you’ll have a personalized experience with our guides: Jim McCormac, Jodi French-Burr, Rosanna Springston, and Mitchell Dech. Expect to walk up to two miles on mostly easy, and on somewhat moderate terrain Friday and Saturday. You’ll get to see and hear a presentation by renowned speaker, Jim McCormac on Friday evening; and Jodi French-Burr on Saturday evening.

Nature journaling is a great way to connect with nature, and it helps you to observe and appreciate the beauty of the natural world. You’re encouraged to bring your nature journal to record observations. As a bonus, we’ll give away a journaling toolkit!

Don’t miss the chance to witness the stunning wildflower blooms of spring in the New River Gorge, as the river flows north, giving blooms a lift up the Appalachian Mountains. Register now to secure your spot for this unforgettable experience!

One field trip each day, to a different destination each day: Glade Creek and Stone Cliff!


April 11
April 14
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Hawks Nest State Park
17839 Midland Trail
Ansted, WV 25812 United States
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(304) 658-5212
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