West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.


West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.


West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.


West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.


West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.


Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.


Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Bill Beatty Leads Edible, Medicinal and Poisonous Plant Weekend at Blackwater Falls State Park, July 13-15

DAVIS, W.Va. – Edible/medicinal/poisonous plants. Can you identify them? Bill Beatty shows you how July 13-15 at Blackwater Falls State Park. “People today look to the natural word for answers to health, food sources and insight,” said Paulita Cousin, park naturalist at the Tucker county destination. The weekend includes an introduction to edible wild plants, a Saturday field trip to Fernow Experimental Forest, and the identification of medicinal plants and edible and poisonous mushrooms.

The weekend package includes two nights at Blackwater Falls Lodge in a shared room, Saturday and Sunday full-breakfast, Saturday lunch, and Friday and Saturday dinner; refreshments, programs and activities. The cost is $466 for two people. To participate only in the activities, the cost is $71.78 per person and does not include lodging or meals. The cost to attend individual presentations is $20 each. Pricing for youth is available. Registration and reservations are encouraged by phoning 304-259-5216 or emailing blackwaterfallssp@wv.gov

The weekend interpretative sessions include:
  • Introduction to Edible Wild Plants with guest naturalist Bill Beatty is at 7 p.m. in the lodge conference center on Friday, July 13. The evening includes discussion about the history, availability, use, and nutrition of West Virginia’s edible wild plants.
  • A Field Trip to Fernow Experimental Forest by car caravan to Parsons, W.Va., begins at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, and is a full day program. “Fernow offers a first-hand look at a variety of edible, medicinal and poisonous plants,” Cousin said. “This field trip will be a great day of identification and learning about plants with one of West Virginia’s noted naturalists.” A bag lunch, snacks and plenty of water is included in the weekend package price. Day-only attendees will need to bring a lunch. Sturdy shoes are recommended.
  • A 7 p.m. Saturday program at Blackwater Falls Lodge on Medicinal Plants emphasizes the history and use of wild plants.
  • Beatty’s program, Edible and Poisonous Mushrooms, begins Sunday, July 15, at 9 a.m. at Blackwater Lodge.

About Bill Beatty, Naturalist/Author
Bill Beatty has a B.S. degree in biology from West Liberty State College. He is a consulting Naturalist and Outdoor Education Specialist for Oglebay Institute’s Schrader Center, Oglebay Park, Wheeling, W.Va., since 2004. Bill founded Wild and Natural in 1990, specializing in nature/environmental programs and nature photography with more than 1,000 published photos. Bill is a Master Naturalist instructor with 40 years of experience as a naturalist and author of three books and numerous magazine articles.

Contact Information

Paulita Cousin, Blackwater Falls State Park