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.

 Geocaching Organization to Host Kick-off Event at Coopers Rock

9/14/2010

One of the world’s newest outdoor phenomena is geocaching, a sport combining treasure hunting with Global Positioning Systems (GPS). With more than 1,000 geocachers registered in West Virginia, our state is jumping on board and has created an official geocaching group named ExploreWV GeoChallenge.

Kick-off events for the WV Geocoin Challenge will be two-fold, the first being on Saturday, Sept. 18 from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Culture Center on the Capitol grounds. The second kick-off event will be Saturday, Sept. 25 from noon to 2 p.m. at Coopers Rock State Park near Morgantown. Both events will feature food vendors, guest speakers, state agencies, geocaching suppliers, and door prizes. Geocachers also will be treated to welcome packs and a visit from the geocaching mascot, Signal the Frog.

ExploreWV, a partnership among the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, the West Virginia Division of Tourism, and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, will allow geocaching enthusiasts to participate in coordinated challenges throughout the state with various prizes and incentives.

“Geocaching is educational, adventurous, and an excellent way to bring tourism to our state,” said Cabinet Secretary Kay Goodwin of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts. “It’s an adrenaline rush.”

ExploreWV takes advantage of that adrenaline and has developed a series of geocaching challenges throughout West Virginia. Their first challenge is the WV Geocoin Challenge, which will feature a total of 30 geocaches across the state in three categories: historical markers, museums, and tourism hot spots, plus a capstone geocache at the West Virginia State Museum. The first 250 people to complete the challenge will receive a coveted WV Geocoin.

For more information on geocaching and upcoming challenges, visit www.geocaching.com and log in with username ExploreWV and GC code GC2DWBK. You may also contact Robin Taylor at the WV Department of Education and the Arts at 304-558-2440.

Contact Information

Robin Taylor, Program Director
(304) 558-2440
robin.j.taylor@wv.gov
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, E., Bldg. 5, Rm. 205

Charleston
25305