All proceeds generated through the New River Birding & Nature Festival and our other events go to the registered 501C3 local nonprofit Fayette County Education Fund, Inc. (FCEF). Festival participants and friends have helped support Education Fund programs since the first Festival in 2002. It is the mission of the FCEF to secure the future of Fayette County by providing relevant leadership training and environmental education to the community with an emphasis on youth. The mission is carried out through the programs Leadership Fayette County and a variety of environmentally focused programs delivered in our outdoor wetlands and woodlands classroom at the New River Birding & Nature Center located in Wolf Creek Park.
The FCEF is an important organization in leading our county down a path to strengthen sustainable growth initiatives. Through various programs, local youth gain important knowledge and are better informed about the area to make the decision to return upon completion of their higher education.
As a non-profit organization, the FCEF graciously accepts tax-deductible monetary donations from generous businesses and the individuals. Donors may designate contributions to any of the programs listed below.
Checks made payable to Fayette County Education Fund, Inc. with a donation designation on the memo line can be mailed to: Fayette County Education Fund, Inc., 310 West Oyler Avenue, Oak Hill, WV 25901.
Student Festival Scholarships Available to students from grade 6 through college, for a Single-Day package during our spring Festival to be immersed in environmental education under the instruction of the expert guides in the field and in presentations. Students under age 18 must have a guardian present. The scholarships are awarded by the Fayette County Education Fund and made possible through donations. After verification and acceptance, students may register for one single day gold standard trip of their choice. Lodging is not included. Included: dinner and evening presentation the day before the chosen field trip; one Gold Standard field trip any day of the week with breakfast, field trip transportation, lunch, popcorn presentation, dinner and evening presentation the day of the field trip. For scholarship information and application requests, please Contact Us.
Leadership Fayette County Free program for selected Fayette County high school juniors to promote essential leadership qualities while providing first hand experiences in the business, government, and tourism sectors of Fayette County, West Virginia. Send your donation by mail or by PayPal. Read More
Wolf Creek Wanderers Free 5-day summer program for those entering grades 8 - college, exploring Natural Science at Wolf Creek Park's New River Birding & Nature Center's Wetlands and Woodlands. More Info to Come - Updates in Progress
New River Birding & Nature Center 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 New River Birding & Nature Center serves as an environmental education hub for residents, businesses, and visitors from across and beyond West Virginia. School groups, families, and anyone who visits the site benefits from programs, guided field trips, and self-interpretive activities unavailable anywhere else in the region. You can help us maintain and extend the Wetlands Boardwalk in the outdoor classroom for all ages at New River Birding & Nature Center. Send your donation by mail or by PayPal. Contact Us. Learn More
FUNdraisers These are fun fundraiser ideas we've come up with, such as Sunday Dinner in the Meadows to start the Festival week and the Leadership Fayette County Graduation Banquet held each May.
Did You Know... The New River Birding & Nature Festival was established in 2002 to help fund the Fayette County Education Fund's youth environmental education and leadership training programs. At the time, bird watcher Dave Pollard (aka Guru) had an idea that included supplementing student education to develop a competitive edge and sense of place to help foster future leaders and community organizers while spearheading the development of a mixed-use business park with a natural element for environmental education and beautification to positively impact economic and community development immediately and long term. Well, there are a lot of pieces to that puzzle and Dave's analytical brain put them all together and with help from friends and colleagues the vision became reality.
Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today
A free program made possible by Festival participation and donations for selected Fayette County high school juniors to promote essential leadership qualities while providing first hand experiences in the business, government, and tourism sectors of Fayette County, West Virginia.
Each year, twelve to fourteen Fayette County resident students are selected by application and interview to participate in the ten + session program throughout their 11th grade school year.
Sharing secrets of science and nature in the New River watershed with West Virginians and their friends
Voted the #1 Birdwatching Spot in the Best of the Blue Ridge: 2022 Readers' Choice Awards! While exploring, be considerate to leave only soft footprints and take only litter. The Boardwalk and Trails are maintained by donations and volunteers. Open from dawn to dusk. Admission is free. Donations are welcome.
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 Center serves as an environmental education hub for residents, businesses, and visitors from across and beyond West Virginia. The Center is an outdoor classroom featuring a Wetlands Boardwalk and self-interpretive Woodland Trails and plans for an Observation Deck.
Christmas Bird Count in Fayette County, WV
Community science and bird watching. Yes, please!
The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a program of the National Audubon Society since 1900, in which thousands of volunteers across the U.S., Canada, and many countries in the Western Hemisphere spend a day counting birds within their local geographical circle. All skill levels are encouraged to participate. CBC history and answers to frequently asked questions can be found at audubon.org.
Participation is Free. Registration is Required.
Send your first and last name and email address to the circle compiler. You'll be contacted to discuss your survey area and route.
Date: Monday, December 26, 2022 Check back in Nov. 2023 for the date for count year 124, between Dec. 14 to Jan. 5!
Count Year: 123 COMPLETED
Circle Name: WVOH (located in Fayette County, WV)
Covering a 7.5 mile radius from the intersection of Lochgelly Rd, Summerlee Rd, and Byrnside St, covering territory between Beckwith to Mount Hope, and Mossy to Cunard.
Feathered Lovelies, Youth Art Contest
The FLY Art Challenge is a student competition that celebrates birds of the New River Gorge through art! Through this program and the spring online exhibit, twenty students have the opportunity as community leaders to raise awareness of bird conservation and diversity of avian species found in this region. Using varied mediums to create handmade art inspired by a bird of the New River Gorge area, all 9th - 12th grade students of Fayette County, WV may enter their art independently, through their school, or through a youth organization. The top five art pieces are framed and put on exhibit at the 2023 New River Birding & Nature Festival. These top five pieces are included in the Festival's silent auction used to raise money to support the Fayette County Education Fund, Inc., a nonprofit organization providing youth programs in Fayette County, West Virginia.
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