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New River Birding & Nature Center

"Sharing secrets of science and nature in the New River watershed with West Virginians and their friends"

With a gorgeous view in any season, this gem of a spot drips with migrating birds and overflows with plant and wild life. Since 2008, the NRBNC serves as an environmental education hub for residents, businesses, and visitors from across and beyond West Virginia. School groups, families, and adults who visit the site benefit from programs and guided field trips, and self-interpretive activities unavailable anywhere else in the region.

Currently the NRBNC is an outdoor classroom featuring a Wetlands Boardwalk and self-interpretive Woodland Trails, and plans for an Observation Deck. Donations are graciously accepted for the observation deck, boardwalk and trail extensions.

NRBNC's Wetlands Boardwalk is handicapped-accessible, upon completion it will meander a half mile through a unique 15-acre beaver-maintained wetland that borders Wolf Creek itself. The Wetlands Boardwalk allows access to a habitat seldom experienced and provides a place for first-hand exposure to the importance of wetlands and watersheds.

Dr. Bill Hilton Jr. is retained as consulting director. Hilton is a nationally known, award-winning educator-naturalist and researcher, named one of “50 Best Brains in Science” by Discover magazine (December 2008).

Situated in the mixed-use business park Wolf Creek Park, between Fayetteville and Oak Hill, the NRBNC is an initiative of Fayette County Urban Renewal Authority.

Located near the intersection of Appalachian Drive and SR-16, just off of US-19. Enter Wolf Creek Park via Nick Rahall Greenway; pass Bridge Brew Works, (steel building on left); turn left down the graveled road to the Wetlands Boardwalk and Nature Trails. Once there, you wouldn't know you're only half a mile from the highway.

Coordinates: 38.017170 -81.111438

Click here for more information on tax deductible donations to sponsor or dedicate a section of the Observation Deck, Wetlands Boardwalk and Woodland Trails.

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