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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 Nature Wonder Wild Foods Weekend at North Bend State Park Sept. 20-22

8/12/2013
CAIRO, W.Va. – “Remembering Our Roots” is a wildly appropriate theme for wild food enthusiasts who will be meeting for the 46th Annual Nature Wonder Wild Foods Weekend at North Bend State Park Sept. 20-22, 2013. The event, North America’s premier and longest-running wild foods event, begins Friday evening and concludes Sunday afternoon. It includes speakers, presentations, nature walks, and collection and preparation of wild foods.

“At this year’s event we will be continuing the high standards that were set 46 years ago, when participants enjoyed a wild food walk in the park with noted wild foods author Euell Gibbons,” said organizer Emily Fleming. “While looking ahead and promoting wild foods education and appreciation, we also will be ‘Remembering Our Roots’ by taking a look back at the history of the program.”

Two featured guests will be speaking this year. Deaonna Crowe of Stonewood, W.Va., is a life-long enthusiast who is a National Wild Foods Hall of Fame member and author of one cookbook, It’s All Wild, with a second book in the works. Bill Beatty, who made his first appearance as a speaker at the event in 1987, is a seasoned naturalist of 40 years and is the author of three books and numerous magazine articles. He will be speaking on the topics of medicinal and edible plants.

Many guests return year after year for Nature Wonder Weekend, but first-timers are always welcome. The weekend offers overnight packages as well as day-only attendance options. To register, please contact Wendy Greene at the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources at 304-558-2754 or email Wendy.L.Greene@wv.gov. Reservation forms and additional information also are available online at http://wvdnr.gov/2013NWW.pdf. Overnight options include lodge rooms, cabins, or camping sites. Please specify your preference during registration.

Although wild foods are featured throughout the weekend, five conventional meals will be provided by the North Bend Lodge Restaurant.

Nature Wonder Weekend Schedule
Registration begins at the North Bend State Park Lodge Friday, Sept. 20, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. A park tour is scheduled at 3 p.m. and a buffet dinner is at 6:30 p.m. A Wild Foods Cooking Contest will be held that evening, including prizes for best wild food cooks, best wild cake and best wild drink.

After Saturday breakfast, small groups will take guided hikes in search of edible wild foods. Following lunch, the groups will prepare wild foods for the social hour that evening.

Sunday will include a morning worship service and a wild foods workshop.

Contact Information

Wendy Greene, WVDNR
304-558-2754
Wendy.L.Greene@wv.gov