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

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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!

Use Your Birding & Nature Vacation to Revitalize Your Mind and Body.

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 a pavilion at Burnwood. Cranberry and Windmill Wonderland trips take a grab-n-go breakfast.

Trip Times
Cranberry and Windmill Wonderland trips depart from Burnwood as quickly as possible and return by 5 PM. All other trips depart from Brunwood by 7 AM and return by 2 PM. Field Trip transportation is provided. 

At 3 PM we offer a casual Popcorn Presentation, but afternoons are the perfect opportunity to enjoy personal time with a nap, hot tub, journal, or sightseeing. Take your time. We'll see you at dinner.


All trips begin with breakfast at Burnwood at 6 AM. Breakfast is hot buffet-style under a pavilion. Cranberry and Windmill Wonderland trips have grab-n-go to eat en route to depart Burnwood as quickly as possible and return by 5 PM. All other trips depart by 7 AM and return by 2 PM. Field Trip transportation is provided. 
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
• Kanawha Falls
• Sugar Creek
• Muddlety to Carnifex
Cranberry *returns  ~5 PM
• ACE Reptiles & Amphibians
• Windmill Wonderland *returns  ~5 PM
Glade Creek
The Summit
• Wolf Creek & Rail Trail


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Registration & Health Safety


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.

Health Safety Precautions


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 by 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


♦ 2023 packages are all week only, and available with and without lodging.
♦ 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.