CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Kanawha State Forest Foundation is sponsoring a farewell to summer program of hikes, workshops and nature presentations Saturday during the annual Margaret Denison Fall Nature Walks event at Kanawha State Forest.
Hikes guided by volunteers from the Mary Ingles Trailblazers, the Division of Natural Resources and its Master Naturalist program, the Handlan Chapter of the Brooks Bird Club and others will cover such topics as trees, wildflowers, fungi, birds, edible plants, ponds and their aquatic life, nature photography and Kanawha State Forest's coal mining history. An auto tour will also be available for those with limited mobility.
Registration for the walks begins at 8:30 a.m., with walks starting at 9 a.m., starting from Kanawha State Forest's swimming pool area. Cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children under 16.
At 12:30 p.m., Ron and Wendy Perrone of the Three Rivers Avian Center will give a free presentation on birds of prey, featuring an assortment of hawks, owls and a golden eagle from their Summers County raptor rehabilitation center.
Other presenters include Ann Schoolcraft, Carole Sloan and John Biesecker of the Coyote Trails nature school, who will show how to build fires without the use of modern-day tools, and help participants practice building fires of their own using primitive techniques.For more information, call 304-925-2771 or the forest office at 304-558-3500.