Come out and enjoy the forest with the Coopers Rock Foundation! Full Schedule of events below!
Celebration of the Outdoors
Schedule of Workshops and Hikes
**Schedule is subject to changes in times and we urge you to check back in with us for updates! We just added a Used Gear Sale so be sure to read all the way to the bottom for these details and come up to check out the items. All proceeds go to the purchase of a new Day Use restroom!
LeJay Graffious will meet you at 7:30am at the Ravens Rock trailhead parking area.
Birds offer a colorful, musical connection with the biodiversity in nature, and birding can lead you to a greater appreciation for a variety of habitats. Join us in a spring identification through song as well as by sight. Bring binoculars if you have them. Limit:15
LeJay Graffious is a professional educator of thirty-six years. He donates time to administration of the Brooks Bird Club as well being a past president, serves on the WV Bird Records Committee, coordinates the Morgantown Audubon Christmas Bird Count, does DNR Point Count Surveys and leads other bird watching field trips.
Come out and see some of our amazing spring/early summer bird guests in the forest. 7:30am
Raven Rock Trail head.
Introduction to Rock Climbing
Each participant will be given an opportunity to try rock climbing in the Upper Rock City area during this workshop. The focus will be on providing a beginning experience for those interested who are age five and older. Basic climbing technique and communication used in climbing will be taught. All necessary equipment will be provided. Wear loose-fitting clothing and sneakers. No limit. Open event– stop in and try it out!
Brett Hagerty has been climbing since his time in the Boy Scouts in the mid 1980’s and currently manages the WVU Climbing Wall. Workshop begins at 11 and goes to 3pm. Get directions for the short walk at the Registration table
Build a Bird Box
Make your own bird house out of western cedar. Pieces are prepared in a “cut out” puzzle fashion. Requires an extra small fee to cover the cost of materials. Open event: Walk-ins welcome. Located in Pavilion 2 from 10am to 3pm. Limit: 20.
Rob Bailey is a 1975 Agriculture graduate of WVU, and an alumnus of TABS, Terra Alta Biological Station. He has built flying squirrel lodges with associated coconut sunflower seed feeders, blue bird houses, and osprey nest towers on Wallops and Chincotigue Islands for NOAA.
T shirt making
Hannah Spencer will help you to make your own cool t shirt to take home and remember the forest. Hannah Spencer is a co-director of the Mountain SOL school. This summer Hannah has lots of great summer adventures for school age young people at Mountain SOL summer camp. Come to the workshop and meet her. All day workshop in Pavilion 1.
Cool Spots Hike
Adam Polinski is your host for this memorable walk that will involve hiking both on and off trail, visiting both natural and man-made wonders, big and small, dramatic and subtle. Come along for the ride and perhaps you’ll see something you’ve never seen before, even if you are a Coopers Rock veteran. For persons interested in a shorter hike, there are turn-around spots in the first half of the route. Hiking boots recommended. Limit:15
Adam Polinski is a Coopers Rock lifer. His favorite spots in the forest are where there are big rocks and big trees together. He’s rooting for the American Chestnut to make a comeback, and has been with the Coopers Rock Foundation since it began. 10:30am and 1pm. Meet at the Registration table.
The Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia live bird presentation and talk at 11am in Pavilion 2. Our friends at ACCA will be talking about and showing examples of owls and raptors they have rescued that live in the state. This live presentation for the Celebration will be in Pavilion 2 at 11am. They also have information and activities for younger children.
Civilian Conservation Corps Interpretive Walk
Take a walk in a shady, little visited corner of the Overlook area and see one of the current Foundation work projects underway. The walk will begin at the registration table and will be about one mile in length. We will tour the CCC built fireplaces in the lower picnic loop. We will review progress in rebuilding the CCC fireplaces, and discuss the design elements used in the fireplaces and pavilions. We will discuss a brief history of the CCC and look at some old photographs of the CCC at Coopers Rock. Walks will take place at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Meet at the Registration table.
Ted McMahon is a Foundation Board member and is coordinating the effort to re-build the CCC fireplaces. Ted is interested in the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps, and the preservation of the architectural elements they created in Coopers Rock.
Tree Identification Hike
Learn how to identify some of the trees that live up at Coopers Rock with Lauren McPherson, a graduate student at WVU with a love of trees. Time: 1pm, Meet at the Registration table
Your friend Smokey will be visiting at Coopers Rock State Forest during the “Celebration of the Outdoors,” reminding you to be a responsible recreationist and take the necessary precautions to prevent wild fires. Because he has a very busy day scheduled that day Smokey will only be here for the lunch hour. Don’t miss him! Noon to 1pm near the Concession Stand
Join Marc Fox from the WV Bow Hunters Association to learn the basics of archery! Try your hand at aiming and shooting a bow and some safety tips ! Marc Fox is a WV Bow Hunters Association Director and loves to share his favorite past time with young people. All day
Directions to Archery area at Registration table
Take a relaxed walk in the grassy fields along the edge of the Reservoir at Coopers and learn to identify wildflowers with Master Naturalist, flower enthusiast, and Foundation Board member, Dee Fulton. Time: 1pm, Meet at Registration table
Take a relaxing hike with Master Naturalist Vince Collins along the Reservoir Pond (pond across road from McCollum Campground). Learn to identify basic trees (maples, oaks, poplar),and animals (red-backs, big bugs, frogs), and how to identify animals signs such as small tracks. 11am. Meet at Registration table and drive over to the Pond parking area.
Take a Walk on the Wild Side 11am Josh Armstrong of the Coopers Rock Climbing Guides will lead you through a rappel tour of the crags at Coopers Rock. Learn about all of the climbing opportunities that exist here, and have fun with a real climbing expert and enthusiast. Josh Armstrong is the owner of Coopers Rock Climbing Guides and loves to share his favorite sport of climbing with children of all ages!
Remembering Coopers Rock
Join Adam Polinski, our longest serving Board member for “storytime’ on the Overlook, and share some Coopers Rock stories. Adam serves as the host of this event and will invite you to tell your stories, and promises to fill in the gaps with his own when there is a lull. 3pm or later
MARG to the Rescue!
The Mountaineer Area Rescue Group (MARG) will be conducting a practice search and rescue operation for members, and will have their equipment available to the public for viewing. Stop in and see how they keep us all safe in the woods and get some great safety tips for staying safe yourself while enjoying all that Coopers has to offer! All day open house in the Overflow Parking Area.