WVU Core Arboretum News and Notes

Moth Night 2022 at WVU Core Arboretum
national moth week

July 20, 2022                 

National Moth Week is July 23-31, and WVU Core Arboretum is celebrating by inviting everyone to a Moth Night at the Arboretum! Tuesday, July 26, from 9:00-11:00 pm we will have sheets and lights set up in the Arboretum lawn area to attract moths, and there will be experts on hand to identify the moths that we attract! Last year, we saw over 95 species of moths and numerous other insects. We will also have people from the WVU Insect Zoo at the event with some of their displays and live insects. There is not a formal program for this free event, and all are welcome to stop by any time between 9 and 11 to learn about moths and how to attract and study them. Bring a flashlight. The event will be cancelled if it is raining. Due to rainy weather on July 26, this event was rescheduled for August 4.

by Zach Fowler



Monongalia Sinfonietta Community Orchestra in Concert at WVU Core Arboretum
mon sinfonietta at arboretum

June 6, 2022                 

Monongalia Sinfonietta Community Orchestra is playing a free concert at the Arboretum on Saturday, June 11, at 2 pm. The concert will be in the lower corner of the lawn area, so bring a lawn chair or a blanket. The concert will be moved to the Lutheran Campus Ministry at WVU Chapel if there is rain. Monongalia Sinfonietta Community Orchestra is a group of young at heart amateur classical string musicians who enjoy making music together.

by Zach Fowler



Nature Connection at WVU Core Arboretum
nature connection series

June 1, 2022                 

Local and regional experts on a variety of nature-related subjects give public talks at the Arboretum each summer as part of the WVU Core Arboretum Nature Connection Series . The Nature Connection Series talks happen on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 at the WVU Core Arboretum Amphitheater, starting in early June and continuing through late August. See either our Calendar of Events  or Nature Connection Series  page for speakers and talk titles. These talks are free and open to the public, and no registration is required. All of the talks are outdoors, so please dress for the weather. Talks will be moved or cancelled if the weather is inclement. Come be a part of the WVU Core Arboretum nature crew!

The 2022 WVU Core Arboretum Nature Connection Series is supported by the WVU Department of Biology, the WVU Core Arboretum Endowment, and donations from the public. All speakers are volunteers. Thank you to all who support the mission of WVU Core Arboretum!    

by Zach Fowler



Mountaineer Audubon Bird Walks Start April 19
mountaineer audubon bird walk

March 18, 2022 

Spring is here! Mark your calendars for the Mountaineer Audubon spring bird walks. We are very excited to share our spectacular old-growth forest and its migratory birds with the public again this spring. The Mountaineer Audubon Spring Bird Walks will happen on the last two Tuesdays in April and the first three Tuesdays in May at 7:30 am each day. These are guided tours; volunteer guides will lead participants to the best birding spots in the Arboretum, and they will identify birds by sight and sound along the way. These tours are free, and will meet in the Arboretum parking lot. Additional free parking is available at the nearby WVU Coliseum. No reservations are needed. Dress appropriately for the weather and for hiking. Groups wishing to schedule a private group tour should contact Zach Fowler, Arboretum Director, at zfowler@mail.wvu.edu. People are always welcome to visit and see the birds on their own, too, and there will be Arboretum bird checklists at the kiosk. Last year, more than 70 species of birds were seen and/or heard over the course of these walks.

by Zach Fowler



WVU Department of Biology Spring Ephemeral Wildflower Walks Start April 3
buebellsandtrail

March 8, 2022 

Spring is almost here, and we are very excited to share our spectacular old-growth forest and its spring ephemeral wildflowers with the public again this year. Mark your calendars for the WVU Department of Biology spring ephemeral wildflower walks! These free, guided walks will happen on all Sundays in April at 12:00, 12:30, 3:00, and 3:30. Free online registration is required so that we can keep group sizes reasonable (use this link: https://wvuarboretum-springwildflowerwalks-2022.eventbrite.com). More information is available in the registration link. More tours may be added to the calendar, depending on volunteer guide availability. Groups wishing to schedule a group tour should contact Zach Fowler, Arboretum Director, at zfowler@mail.wvu.edu. People are always welcome to visit and see the flowers on their own, too, and there will be information at the kiosk about how to find the flowers and how to identify the flowers that you find. Do not miss the flowers this year! Last year, more than 45 species of plants were seen in bloom over the course of the wildflower walks. (Read more about spring ephemeral wildflowers.)

by Zach Fowler



WV Pawpaw Festival at WVU Core Arboretum
wv pawpaw festival

September 7, 2021                 

Come to WVU Core Arboretum to taste, buy, and learn about pawpaws!

The 2021 WV Pawpaw Festival at WVU Core Arboretum will be Saturday, September 25, from 12:00-5:00 pm. This annual event celebrating an Appalachian autumn fruit is family-friendly and free and open to the public, no registration needed. The festival will be in the Lawn Area at the Arboretum, and free parking is available in the adjacent WVU Coliseum parking lot. We will have Peterson Pawpaws select varieties of pawpaw fruit available to sample and purchase, samples of pawpaw dishes prepared by a chef, a talk by a pawpaw expert, live music, food trucks, the WVU Insect Zoo, and fun activities and lawn games. Don't miss this special event, and bring your friends!

The pawpaw (Asimina triloba) is the largest fruit native to West Virginia. Pawpaws have a delicious tropical flavor that some describe as a combination of banana, mango, and pineapple and a smooth, creamy texture. Pawpaws ripen in autumn, and we host several pawpaw events at the Arboretum each year to coincide with pawpaw season. Even though pawpaws are fairly common, many people have never tasted a pawpaw, and we hope to change that!

by Zach Fowler



Bird Banding Public Demonstration at WVU Core Arboretum Amphitheater
bird in the hand

August 31, 2021                 

Come to WVU Core Arboretum Amphitheater on Saturday, September 4 from 8:00-10:00 am to learn about how researchers safely capture birds to study them! WVU graduate students will set up mist nets to capture wild birds in a public demonstration. They will also talk about the important work that they do and answer questions about bird research. There is no formal program, stop in at any time to see what is happening. This event is free and open to the public, and it will be cancelled if there is rain. Please do not bring pets to avoid adding stress to the birds. Bring your friends, and let's hope the birds participate.

by Zach Fowler



Shakespeare at WVU Core Arboretum Amphitheater
shakespeare 21

August 4, 2021                 

On Saturday August 7th, 2021, at 12pm and 5pm and Sunday August 8th, 2021, at 12pm, WVU Core Arboretum Amphitheater will be hosting a Shakespeare show. Tickets are by donation only and seating is first come first serve. This show highlights the themes of light and dark throughout the works of Shakespeare. This show is mainly recommended for ages thirteen and up.

Director Riley Barriger and Assistant Director Natalie Turkevich have been working on the show since mid-June and are excited to bring the show to the public. They have been working with actors Erica Cottrill, Paxton Marner, and Jordan Kennedy-Rae to put this production up in only one month. 

Director Riley Barriger says “I have been longing to do in-person theatre for over a year now.It’s been very refreshing and rewarding to work in person again. I can’t wait for people to come and experience the show that our wonderful team has put together.

Cottrill, Turkevich, Marner, and Barriger are current students at WVU who are earning various degrees from Theatre, Acting, and English. Kennedy-Rae is currently earning their BFA Acting degree at Ball State University. The various backgrounds of the team create a unique environment and approach to the work. 

Assistant Director Natalie Turkevich describes the show as “A collection of Shakespeare pieces reflecting the major themes of light and dark explored in a new and creative way.” Everyone in the team is excited to present this show the public and can’t wait to see you at the WVU Arboretum..

by Riley Barriger



Solace String Quarentet Concerts at WVU Core Arboretum
solace quarentet

July 12, 2021                 

Come to the WVU Core Arboretum Amphitheater on the third Thursday evening of each month at 6:30 pm for a concert of music from around the world by Solace String Quarentet. Solace String Quarentet is a group of friends who came together during the pandemic to play classical music together. In troubled times, there is solace in music. 

These shows are free and open to the public, and no registration is required. Free parking is available in the Arboretum parking lot and the adjacent WVU Coliseum parking lot. The show will be cancelled if there is rain.

by Zach Fowler



Running and Walking Loop installed at WVU Core Arboretum
running course sign

October 18, 2020

Explore the Arboretum and get some exercise on the WVU Core Arboretum Running and Walking Loop . This 1.75 mile loop has frequent signs to guide visitors along existing Arboretum trails through some of the most beautiful spots in the Arboretum while avoiding the steepest trails (it is still hilly). The loop is a great way for new visitors to see much of the Arboretum without worrying about bringing along a map, too! The loop starts and ends at the WVU Coliseum Parking Lot entrance to the Arboretum, and it is bisected by the Caperton Rail Trail. Follow the gold and blue signs to stay on the loop. The WVU Core Arboretum Running and Walking Loop was made possible by the efforts of the WVU Exercise Physiology Club.

by Zach Fowler



WVU Core Arboretum/WVU Herbarium 2020 Newsletters
February 26, 2020

Click on the images below to access pdf versions of the newsletters.

Core Arboretum Newsletter 2020          Herbarium Newsletter 2020


Christmas Bird Count for Kids at WVU Core Arboretum
chickadee photo

December 4, 2019

Bring your kids to WVU Core Arboretum on Saturday, December 7, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm to learn about birds, birding, and how to participate in citizen science while spending some time outside on a winter day! We will learn about the Christmas Bird Count--a 120 year old citizen science effort coordinated by the National Audubon Society, then we will do a bird walk and count of our own in the Arboretum. We will also have information available about how to participate in the real Christmas Bird Count the following week. This event is most appropriate for school-age kids, but younger kids are welcome with appropriate supervision. No birding experience is necessary, and first-time birders are encouraged! We will tally our birds and celebrate with hot drinks and snacks after the bird walkers return from their walks. The event will be outside, so please dress for the weather. This event is free and open to everyone, no registration required.

by Zach Fowler




Help us with a citizen science bird study!
bird citizen science

June 1, 2018                 

The urban bird demography project seeks to understand patterns of survival and habitat use of urban birds in and around Morgantown, West Virginia. We do so by placing markers on birds that allow us to distinguish among individuals.  We then re-sight marked birds and record the location where we found the bird. You can help us re-sight marked birds!  Follow the link below to read more about the project and learn how you can help us re-sight marked birds.

https://sites.google.com/mix.wvu.edu/urbanbirds/home  

by Chris Rota

Chris Rota is an Assistant Professor of Wildlife and Fisheries Resources at WVU



WVU Core Arboretum spring ephemeral flower poem

April 28, 2018 

The following letter and poem were recently shared with our director as an email from a visitor from China. Please read them; the poem is excellent, and it really captures the ecology of the spring ephemeral wildflowers! 

fuchen wang letter   fuchen wang poem english   fuchen wang poem chinese
 
by Zach Fowler


Graduate student research at WVU Core Arboretum
Meghan Jensen August 10 , 2016

How does wildlife adapt to urban areas? This is one of the major questions for my dissertation research at West Virginia University. The secretive and elusive Cooper’s hawk was once only seen in dense forested areas but is a now a common visitor in our backyards and city parks. This makes this bird an ideal candidate for understanding how species are adapting to urban environments. For my research, I have been taking genetic samples from Cooper’s hawks all across the country to compare those that nest in urban areas to those that nest in more traditional forested areas. The Arboretum has been home to a few different species of birds of prey including red-tailed hawks, barred owls, and Cooper’s hawks. In at least the last two summers, a breeding pair of Cooper’s hawks have chosen the Arboretum as the best place to raise their young, and I was lucky enough to catch these birds to collect genetic samples for my research (the birds were released unharmed back to their nest). Using these samples, I hope to get a better understanding of how the genes of wildlife change as a result of living in close proximity to humans. The Arboretum is home to dozens of species of wildlife, including the Cooper’s hawk, which makes this place an important safe haven in an urban jungle.

by Meghan Jensen

Meghan Jensen is a Ph.D. candidate in the Wildlife and Fisheries Program of the WVU Division of Forestry and Natural Resources.



News and Notes Archive


WVU Core Arboretum Calendar of Events 

June 1:  Work Day Wednesday (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
June 7:  Nature Connection Series (6:00 pm):  Old-growth forests and their unique associated animals and plants by Sunshine Brosi, Utah State University, Eastern, Associate Professor of Wildland Resources
June 8:  Work Day Wednesday (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
June 11:  Monongalia Sinfonietta Community Orchestra in concert (2:00 pm):  WVU Core Arboretum Lawn Area, free and open to the public, no registration required, bring a lawn chair or blanket
June 14:  Nature Connection Series (6:00 pm):  Mysterious, ephemeral, and cute: Northern saw-whet owls in the Central Appalachians by Kevin Dodge, Garrett College, Director of Natural Resources and Wildlife Technology
June 15:  Work Day Wednesday (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
June 21:  Nature Connection Series (6:00 pm):  West Virginia Butterfly Atlas: Preliminary results by Sue Olcott, WV Division of Natural Resources, Retired Lepidoptera and Pollinator Conservation Project Leader
June 22:  Work Day Wednesday (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
June 28:  Nature Connection Series (6:00 pm):  There is no place like home?: The Eastern Asian-Eastern North American floristic disjunction by Zach Fowler, WVU Department of Biology, WVU Core Arboretum Director/Service Associate Professor
June 29:  Work Day Wednesday (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
July 5:  Nature Connection Series (6:00 pm):  Whitetail deer in West Virginia: History, management, economics, and problems by Dr. Dave Samuel, WVU Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, Professor Emeritus of Wildlife
July 6:  Work Day Wednesday (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
July 12:  Nature Connection Series (cancelled due to rain, rescheduled, 8/2):  Spending time in nature for human health by Samantha Moyers, WVU School of Public Health, Department of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences, PhD Candidate
July 13:  Work Day Wednesday (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
July 19:  Nature Connection Series (6:00 pm):  Bison in West Virginia by Jim Rentch, WVU Division of Forestry, Retired Professor
July 20:  Work Day Wednesday (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
July 26:  Nature Connection Series (cancelled by speaker, rescheduled next summer):  Macrolichens of West Virginia: A brief primer by Mack Frantz, WV Division of Natural Resources, Natural Heritage/Wildlife Diversity Zoologist
July 26:  Moth Night (cancelled due to rain, rescheduled for August 4)
July 27:  Work Day Wednesday (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
August 2:  Nature Connection Series (6:00 pm):  Spending time in nature for human health by Samantha Moyers, WVU School of Public Health, Department of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences, PhD Candidate
August 3:  Work Day Wednesday (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
August 4:  Moth Night (9:00 pm - 11:00 pm)
August 9:  Nature Connection Series (6:00 pm):  Spongy moth in North America: A not well-loved but lingering visitor by Sandy Liebhold, US Forest Service, Research Entomologist
August 10:  Work Day Wednesday (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
August 16:  Nature Connection Series (6:00 pm):  Eastern hellbender environmental-DNA monitoring in the Cheat River watershed by Madison Ball, Friends of the Cheat, Conservation Program Director
August 17:  Work Day Wednesday (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
August 23:  Nature Connection Series (6:00 pm):  Status of the West Virginia Elk Restoration Project by Randy Kelley, WV Division of Natural Resources, Elk Project Leader
August 24:  Work Day Wednesday (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
August 30:  Nature Connection Series (6:00 pm):  Living off the land: 19,000 years at the Meadowcroft Rockshelter by David Scofield, Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, Director
August 31:  Work Day Wednesday (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)



WVU Core Arboretum Trail Map

arboretum map  

If you want to follow signs on a 1.75 mile loop through much of the Arboretum, check out the WVU Core Arboretum Running and Walking Loop . This loop avoids the steepest hills, but it is still hilly.


Trail Map (pdf) | Trail Descriptions


Directions to WVU Core Arboretum

The WVU Core Arboretum is located adjacent to the WVU Coliseum and directly across Monongahela Blvd. from the WVU Creative Arts Center.

google maps core arboretum


Driving directions from points East on I-68

Driving directions from points North on I-79

Driving directions from points South on I-79


WVU Core Arboretum Photos