Your trip planner for your five-star birding and nature vacation begins here!

*NEW* Register and Log in prior to submitting your Registration to save and view your submitted Registration to your Cart. 

*NEW* Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination with Preregistration is Required.

1) Check out the Speaker & Trip Schedule and refer to Trip Descriptions to choose your daily destinations

2) See the available Lodging options with our partners

3) Go to Registration to reserve your personalized package

Just to build anticipation -

- Meet the professional Trip Leaders, browse authentic checklists in Trip Descriptions, and check out what other birders are saying about us.

Then, get ready -

- Review Trip Planning and What To Pack ... and remember, all kinds are welcome here and we always have room for one more!

May 2 - 7, 2022

Use Your Birding & Nature Vacation to Revitalize Your Mind and Body. Afternoons are the perfect opportunity to enjoy personal time with a casual Popcorn Presentation at 3 PM, nap, hot tub, journal, site see... Take your time; we'll see you at 6 PM for dinner.

Lodging Packages
Check-in with your selected lodging provider Sunday afternoon, and check-out the following Sunday morning.

Festival Check-in
Festival check-in is Monday, 6 AM, at Burnwood. Items provided upon check-in include a printed checklist, personal itinerary and name tag.

Breakfast is provided hot buffet-style at 6 AM under an pavilion at Burnwood. Cranberry Glades trips take a grab-n-go breakfast at Burnwood.

Field Trips
Field trips depart from Brunwood by 7 AM and return by 2 PM. Cranberry departs as quickly as possible and returns by 5 PM. Field Trip transportation is provided in a big blue bus. All trips are limited to 10 guests, plus guides.

20th Anniversary Exclusive

All trips are limited to ten persons plus guides. Field trip travel is by big blue bus. Field trips depart Burnwood by 7 AM; most return around 2 PM, except Cranberry Glades which returns around 5 PM.
After field trips depart from Burnwood, modern restroom facilities may be limited; some routes stop at available public areas for restroom breaks; some destinations have varying park facilities.
In response to weather, road conditions and bird movement, trip routes may be adjusted and some trips may overlap territory.

Burnwood to Babcock
Fayette Station
• Sugar Creek
The Summit
Cranberry Glades *returns  ~5 PM
• ACE Reptiles & Amphibians
• Bolt Mountain
Glade Creek
• Muddlety Wetlands & Ridges
• Wolf Creek

Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination with Preregistration is Required

*NEW* Create an Account and Log in prior to submitting your Registration to view your submitted Registration in your Cart; your Outstanding Balance will display within 72 hours.

In effort to protect one another and reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure and spread, we've made some big changes in order to return to an in-person event in 2022. Please accept our apologies for inconveniences. We hope and expect to return to our regular package options when we celebrate the milestone of 21 years in 2023.
All attendees, guides, and staff are required to provide proof of vaccination upon registration or before April 18, and a negative COVID-19 test result dated one to three days before May 2, 2022. No Exceptions.

In-Person/Virtual Event
- Total attendance is capped at fifty participants plus less than ten guides.
- Every Field Trip is limited to ten participants plus guides.
- Field trips travel by bus with 20 to 24 seats.
- Only the All Week package is available.
- Tents with viewing monitors provide additional seating areas for Dinners and Presentations.
- We'll go live on Facebook and post videos throughout the week.

Registration Opens in Stages
1. Those who have a 2022 credit: Tuesday, Nov 23.
2. Veteran supporters of NRBN programs: Friday, Nov 26.
3. Previous Festival attendees: Monday, Nov 29.
4. Public: Thursday, Dec 2.

We'll privately reach out to those who have a credit and veteran supporters. Previous attendees and everyone else will receive an email invitation to register if space is available.

The Nitty-Gritty


♦ Arrange your own transportation to and from your lodging, the breakfast location at Burnwood, and the presentations and dinners at our Opossum Creek Retreat headquarters.
♦ Field trips depart from and return to the breakfast location at Burnwood.
♦ Field trip transportation is provided on a big blue bus. Exactly like a blue school bus.
♦ Go to Where We Are


♦ Lodging check-in is the day before your first field trip and check-out is the day after your last field trip.
♦ Additional lodging days may be requested but depend on lodging availability.
♦ All lodging options are on a first-come-first-serve basis.
♦ We have special rate deals with our lodging partners that we pass on to you!
♦ Other area lodging option links are found under "Travel" below.
♦ Go to Lodging


♦ 2022 packages are available with and without lodging, all week only.
♦ Each day includes a field trip of your choice, three meals, presentations, field trip transportation, and an assortment of drinks and snacks.
♦ Go to Registration

A Few Tips to Get You Started...

Bird and nature watching is an outdoor sport - bring your gear and be prepared to have fun! The mornings start outdoors at 6am and the days are spent in the mountains at various elevations and physical environments. Mornings can be quite cool, afternoons quite warm, and a spring shower may pop up. You never know what you're going to get into.

Health Safety
- hand sanitizer
- masks
- disinfectant wipes
- thermometer
- COVID test

Gear Ideas

Travel Notes
♦ Plan your routes ahead of time; paper maps are important because gps systems are not all equal and some will lead you astray.

♦ AT&T seems to have the best coverage in the area, however it is spotty and difficult to find a signal when exploring mountains and valleys. 

Yeager Airport (CRW) in Charleston, WV is approximately 63 miles (~1.25 hours) from Festival headquarters at Opossum Creek Retreat; 61 mi (<1.25 hrs) from Canyon Rim Visitors Center at the New River Gorge National Park.

Raleigh County Memorial Airport (BKW) in Beckley, WV is approximately 38 miles (44 minutes) from Festival headquarters at Opossum Creek Retreat headquarters; 30 mi (39 min) from Canyon Rim Visitors Center at the New River Gorge National Park.

♦ Car rentals are available at both airports, Beckley and Summersville; make arrangements in advance as they are not always open.