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.

Business

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.

Education

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.

Employment

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.

Family

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.

Health

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.

Tourism

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.

 Come to Blennerhassett Island Sept. 7 and Oct. 5; learn about nature

8/15/2013
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – The Six Saturdays summer programming series introduced at Blennerhassett Island this year continues into the fall months. Master Naturalists, “The Nature Nuts,” a group of volunteers from the Parkersburg, W.Va./ Marietta/Belpre, Ohio, area, presents a different nature topic on the island beginning at 2 p.m. on the first Saturdays of September and October. The programs are open to the public and encourage youth and adult participation.

“I think the children and the adults have a great time on the island exploring and learning about nature,” said Emily Grafton, chapter leader.
There is no participation fee. The boat ride from Point Park in Parkersburg to the island is a minimal cost.

Sept. 7 “Bugs, Bugs, Bugs” and they are busy, busy, busy!
Explore the world of insects and insect homes. Participants will learn to identify the various insects observed along the walk. We’ll collect insects for observation, then release. What’s that? Buzz. Insects!

Oct. 5 “Life in the River” – Fish, mussels, river ecology, etc.
Discover life beneath the surface of the water. Learn the behavior and ecological role of several species.

For more information about Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, schedule and hours, visit www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com or call 304-420-4800.

Contact Information

Matt Baker, Park Superintendent
304-420-4800
blennerhassettislandsp@wv.gov