WVU Core Arboretum News and Notes

Coming Soon:  Pawpaw Parties at WVU Core Arboretum!
pawpaw fruit August 30, 2017

Come to WVU Core Arboretum to taste pawpaws! Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) is the largest fruit native to West Virginia. Pawpaws have a luscious, tropical flavor that some describe as a combination of banana, mango, and pineapple and a smooth, creamy texture. Pawpaws ripen in Fall, and the Arboretum’s trees typically produce enough ripe fruit to gather sometime in September. To celebrate and share this delicious fruit that grows naturally in WV, WVU Core Arboretum hosts Pawpaw Parties every year. Even though pawpaws are fairly common, many people have never tasted a pawpaw, and we hope to change that! Pawpaw Parties are rather informal, but they have become a much-anticipated annual event at WVU Core Arboretum! A table will be set up in the lawn area at the Arboretum, and all are welcome to stop by and try a pawpaw. Literature about pawpaws and how to grow the pawpaw seeds that will be left after trying the fruit will also be available. Depending on how long the pawpaw season lasts, we will try to host several Pawpaw Parties. Pay attention to the Calendar of Events section of this webpage for more details. Pawpaw Parties are free and open to all.

by Zach Fowler

National Moth Week celebration at WVU Core Arboretum

July 19, 2017

Next week (July 22-30, 2017) is National Moth Week, and WVU Core Arboretum is celebrating by inviting everyone to a Moth Night at the Arboretum! Wednesday, July 26, from 9-11 pm we will have sheets and lights set up in the Arboretum lawn area to attract moths, and experts on hand to identify the moths that we attract! There is not a formal program, and all are welcome to stop by any time between 9 and 11 to learn about moths and how to attract and study them. The event will be cancelled if it is raining.

by Zach Fowler

WVU Core Arboretum/WVU Herbarium 2017 Newsletters
June 20, 2017

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

arboretum newsletter 2017       herbarium newsletter 2017


Nature Connection at WVU Core Arboretum!
woodland amphitheater

May 26, 2017                 

Local and regional experts on a variety of nature-related subjects will give public talks at the Arboretum each summer as part of the new 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 our Calendar of Events for speakers and talk titles. These talks are free and open to all, and no registration is required. All of the talks are outdoors, so please dress for the weather. Some of the talks include walking and/or fieldwork. Talks will be moved or cancelled if the weather is inclement. Come be a part of the WVU Core Arboretum nature crew!

The 2017 WVU Core Arboretum Nature Connection Series is supported by the WVU Department of Biology, the WVU Core Arboretum Endowment, and the Robert C. Cull Outreach Fellowship. All speakers are volunteers. Thank you to all who support the mission of WVU Core Arboretum!    

by Zach Fowler

Free, guided walks begin April 9 at WVU Core Arboretum
virginia bluebells et al.

February 23, 2017 

Spring will soon be here! Mark your calendars for the WVU Department of Biology spring ephemeral wildflower walks and the Mountaineer Audubon spring bird walks. These free, guided tours are a spring tradition at the WVU Core Arboretum. Last year, in the course of three wildflower walks and four bird walks, over 45 species of plants were seen in bloom and over 70 species of birds were seen and/or heard. The wildflower walks will happen on three Sundays in April (April 9, 16, 23) at 2 pm. The bird walks will be the last Tuesday in April and the first two Tuesdays in May (April 25 and May 2, 9) at 7:30 am. All tours 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.    

by Zach Fowler

Graduate Student Research at WVU Core Arboretum
Meghan JensenAugust 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.

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WVU Core Arboretum Calendar of Events 

December 6:  Work Day Wednesday (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)
December 13:  Work Day Wednesday (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)
December 20:  Work Day Wednesday (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)
December 27:  Work Day Wednesday (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)
January 3:  Work Day Wednesday (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)
January 10:  Work Day Wednesday (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)
January 17:  Work Day Wednesday (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)
January 24:  Work Day Wednesday (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)
January 31:  Work Day Wednesday (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)
February 7:  Work Day Wednesday (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)
February 14:  Work Day Wednesday (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

WVU Core Arboretum Trail Map

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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.

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Driving directions from points East on I-68

Driving directions from points North on I-79

Driving directions from points South on I-79

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