CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Ten hikes, with topics ranging from wildflowers to the pre-park history of Kanawha State Forest, will be offered during the Osbra Eye Spring Nature Walk program, which starts Saturday at 9 a.m. from Kanawha State Forest's swimming pool area.
Registration for the event starts at 8:30 a.m., during which fees of $5 will be collected for hikers 16 and older, and $2 will be collected from hikers under age 16.
Several hands-on, kid-friendly hikes are scheduled, including an aquatic habitats walk in which participants of all ages will use nets to catch and identify aquatic insects, fish and other water-dwelling creatures. Nets will also be used during a general ecology hike, which involves an examination of critters living in Davis Creek and a search for salamanders along the trail to Overlook Rock, and during an insect walk up Dunlop Hollow.
Other hikes scheduled for Saturday include a wildflower walk along Snipe Trail, a trees and wildflowers walk on Polly Trail, a nature photography walk, a birding walk, and an Appalachian woods and wildlife hike.