Winterfest Schedule!


Coopers Rock WinterFest  2016



The 5th annual Coopers Rock WinterFest will be held on Sunday, Feb. 28th 2016, from 10:00 until 4:00.  The festival will be located at and near the Day Use Parking Lot and Front Gate, ¼ mile from the Coopers Rock I-68 Exit.  Almost all events are located in, or start and finish at, the main festival area.

Visit the Registration & Information Table, front and center as you drive up to the Day Use Parking Lot and Front Gate, to find out exactly where everything is located and any other questions.

*Snowball Target Rangeopen house: 10:00 – 4:00.  Near the Front Gate.  Throw snowballs at this one-of-a-kind array of targets.  They make noise and move if you hit ‘em!

*Snow Obstacle Courseopen house: 10:00 – 4:00.  Between Front Gate and parking lot.  No special equipment or skills needed, just a willingness to clamber up and slide down through this terrain park-like set of obstacles, comprised of old iron ore pits and constructed  snow  features.  300’ course.

*Sledding and Snowman Zoneopen house: 10:00 – 4:00. Located on the hill adjacent to the brand new  restroom, above the Day Use Parking Lot.   Due to the work-in-progress of landscaping the new restroom site, sledding opportunities will be more limited than usual, but at least a small area will be open and some plastic sleds provided.

* Cross-Country Ski Try-Out Zoneopen house: 10:00—3:00.  Try out xc-skis for free, on flat, open easy terrain perfect for first-timers.

*Slingshot Paintball Biathlonopen house: 10:00 – 3:00.  This event is modeled after the Olympic Biathlon, except skiers shoot paintballs with slingshots instead of bullets with rifles.  Skiers compete in heats of 4, ski around a 1,500’ loop course, and shoot at 5 targets, which must be hit before proceeding.  Skiers of all levels are welcome, including total Beginners.  Not timed, and no prizes awarded,, butlots of laughs.  This is the perfect event for a group of friends to compete against one another.

* Disc Golfopen house: 10-00 – 3:00.  A 5-basket disc golf course will be temporarily set up, and discs provided.  Who says you can’t play disc golf in the snow?  If you bring your own discs, make sure they aren’t white!

* Guided Snowshoe Hikes – Trips leaving from Front Gate  at:  10:00, 11:15, 12:30, 1:45. These guided snowshoe hikes take participants on a loop trip shorter than a mile, featuring an exploration of a beautiful  microcosm of Coopers Rock – a boulder garden featuring narrow chasms, big trees, and billowing layers of rhododendrons .  A limited number of snowshoes are provided.  1st come-1st serve.  Small group size.

*Winter Tree I.D. Hikes – Guided trips leaving from the Front Gate at: 10:30, 12:00, and 1:30.  Sharpen your winter dendrology skills – it’s harder to ID trees when they have no leaves.  Hike a route weaving through the festival area, learning how to ID numerous native trees using their winter characteristics, such as buds, bark, silhouette, and others.

*Downhill XC-Skiing Time Trial1:00 – 2:00.  Ski fast – win prizes! The race course is on a segment of  Roadside Trail, .4 miles along the trail from Front Gate, on the switchback hill in the Crop Tree Demonstration Area.  The most competitive of WinterFest events, this 450’ time trial course takes less than a minute per run, and contestants can run as many laps as they want during the hour-long competition.  Fastest time wins.  The course is Advanced Beginner/Intermediate in technical difficulty.   Each run is timed, results are recorded, and the winner wins both an original, handmade WinterFest tree trophy, and also a cake!

*Mass-Start Downhill Dash2:15.  Meet at 3-way intersection of Roadside Trail and Advanced Ski Trail, 1,500’ along Roadside Trail from Front Gate, at a kiosk.    Proceed to race course in nearby cleared utility corridor.  All skiers are invited to join in this crazy downhill sprint, down a wide, grassy 600’ long course big enough for dozens of competitors.  Includes Starting Line and Finish Line.  Event not timed.  Winner Take All! The winner wins both an original, handmade WinterFest tree trophy, and also a cake!

Women’s Frying Pan Toss3:00 – 4:00.  The site for this event is by the “Welcome To Coopers Rock” sign, before the Day Use Parking Lot.  All women are encouraged to enter what has become a signature event of the Coopers Rock WinterFest, and one that was borrowed from a 100+ year-old winter festival in Saranac Lake NY.  Contestants each get a shot at hurling the official WinterFest frying pan.  Farthest toss wins.  This one’s a hoot!  Winner gets a one-of-a-kind hand-painted  frying pan trophy.

*Fire, with hot chocolate, coffee, and baked goods for sale10:00 – 4:00.  Come get warm around the fire in the center of the Day Use Parking Lot.

Spring 5K a great time!


We had some rain just prior to the start which perhaps kept some folks home, but a hardy group came out to participate in our Spring 5K and took home some fantastic momentos.

Below are some photos from the day as well as the race results.  Thanks to all the participants as well as our Foundation Board members for a fun day.  Special thanks to Mark and Eleonore Jones our race coordinators and to Adam Polinski for his wonderful hand made trophies.spring5Kstart

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Here are our winners!

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Race Results:

1 78 Colin Ware 19:17.1
2 80 Kari Selin 20:30.3 +1:13.2
3 57 Davd Wray 24:22.2 +5:05.1
4 59 Steven Kirchner 24:47.0 +5:29.9
5 85 Daniel Polinski 25:00.4 +5:43.3
6 84 Adam Polinski 30:05.4 +10:48.3
7 55 Jessica Summers 31:48.0 +12:30.9
8 72 William Kirchner 31:57.4 +12:40.3
9 58 Megan Kirchner 31:58.3 +12:41.2
10 83 Scott Daffner 34:34.2 +15:17.1
11 79 Nancy Pope 35:01.3 +15:44.2
12 87 Beth Hestech 35:40.7 +16:23.6
13 82 Audrey Longenecker 36:52.6 +17:35.5
14 81 Andrew Longenecher 36:53.4 +17:36.3
15 88 Dylan Butler 38:01.1 +18:44.0
16 76 Kathryn Gardner 39:10.7 +19:53.6
17 86 Josh Armstrong Jr 39:22.5 +20:05.4
18 75 Joshua Armstrong 39:23.1 +20:06.0
19 90 Becky Stemple 47:31.4 +28:14.3
20 89 Denice Lindstrom 49:44.3 +30:27.2



Sign up for Kroger Rewards and help the Foundation build a restroom!

Kroger Rewards:

If you shop at Krogers, please consider helping us by signing up in the Kroger Community Rewards program.  Your  personal shopping “points” are not used for this!  Kroger takes a percentage of the total money spent by participating enrollees and donates it directly to the Coopers Rock Foundation.  Everyone wins!  Will you help us build this restroom this year?

New Front Parking lot bathroom

Interested in helping?  Follow the directions below and thank you!

Dear Coopers Rock Foundation Inc. 

Congratulations on your enrollment into our Kroger Community Rewards Program.  Your participants can begin enrolling online within 48 hours of this notification.  Just go to the appropriate website mentioned below and begin enrolling.  

You have been assigned a new NPO number 91572.

Please refer to this number in all future correspondence.


  • Simply encourage your members to register online at com
  • Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with your organization after you sign up.
  • If a member does not yet have a Kroger Plus card, please let them know that they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.
  • Click on Sign In/Register
  • Most participants are new online customers, so they must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.
  • Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions
  • You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
  • Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
  • Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Update or confirm your information.
  • Enter NPO number or name of organization, select organization from list and click on confirm.
  • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.
  • REMEMBER, purchases will not count for your group until after your member(s) register their card(s).

Pisgah Timber Project Concerns



The trees in the Pisgah section of Coopers Rock are getting some much needed love and attention this February!  Thanks to Aurora Lights and all the area citizens who are stepping up and speaking out against the proposed timber project.   About forty people of all ages gathered for the Hug Our Trees (HOT) day on Valentines Day up in the Pisgah section of the forest to show solidarity for these trees and this region of the forest that has been left untouched by commercial logging since 1936.  Many believe that the best way to “manage” this section of the forest is to allow it to remain untouched.  

Please consider signing our petition for stopping the timber project by clicking on this link.


2014 Annual Membership Meeting a success!

Thanks to all our guests who attended our Annual Membership meeting at the Evansdale Black Bear. Special thanks to Senator Bob Beach who presented a CPP grant check to support our restroom fundraising effort. Great fun with a wonderful, talented group of dedicated volunteers! Thank you all for a very productive year!
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Mountain SOL presentation
State Senator Bob Beach presents certificate of funds for restroom project to
Foundation President Dave Hopkinson
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WVU Landscape Architecture Professor and Foundation Board member Peter Butler presents about the Summer Field School and other Historic Preservation initiatives he has led this year.
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Cultural History Professor Jenny Boulware informs the group about a project her class worked on to explore the history of the forest.
DOE Project Leader and Foundation Board member Ted McMahon updates the members on the progress made this year to restore the historic CCC fireplaces and picnic areas.

Rocky Habitat Restoration 2014 a huge success!

Our Rocky Habitat Restoration Day on Sunday, October 19 was a huge success with 87 volunteers from three area Universities and the region. Thank you to all who shared in the work of this day of restoration of the rim rock ecosystems at Coopers.  A special thanks to Greg Curio and Brett Hagerty of Adventure WV,  Jan Kiger of Fairmont State University, and Janet Paladino, from Waynesburg University for their leadership and inspiring students to volunteer their time. 



Adam welcoming voluteers to Rocky Habitat Restoration 2014

Rocky Habitat Restoration this Sunday!

Join the Coopers Rock Foundation and Adam Polinski and help us save the Rocky Habitat around the Overlook from too much love!  The event is scheduled for this Sunday, October 19th from 11 to 4.  The meeting place is the big overflow parking lot by the climbers kiosk.   movinglogs