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.

 Tracking and Woods Lore Workshop Returns to Twin Falls Jan. 16-18

12/8/2008

Step back in time, when American Indians and European Americans lived closer to nature. Tracking and Woods Lore workshop and weekend is scheduled for January 16-18, 2009, at Twin Falls Resort State Park near Mullens in Wyoming County. The focus of the weekend will be learning some of the skills necessary for everyday life in the 18th century. Participants will take track walks and then have a chance to put these new skills into use. Other events of the weekend will be Indian stories, edible and medicinal plants, and an 18th century trading camp.

Trails, Inc. instructors and guides for the weekend are Doug Wood, Dianne Anestis, Mike Little, Sue Little and Tiffany Little.  “The weekend focus is on cultural sharing that has made our modern life richer,” explains Doug Wood.

Activities will begin on Friday night and include hunting techniques of the Eastern Woodland Indians, introduction to tracking, and tracking walk to “listen to the dark.” 

Paw print identification, a hunter/gather small group workshop, “nose to breeze and ear to the ground” walks, fur trade, a medicinal/edible/useful plants program, and a native supper are parts of the weekend agenda. Individuals participating in the West Virginia Master Naturalist program may use some of the sessions for continuing education. The Master Naturalist program is overseen by the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Attendees do not have to be enrolled in the Master Naturalist Program to register.  “Tracking and Woods Lore is for anyone interested in 18th century lifestyles and culture,” Wood explains.

Overnight accommodations are available in either the Twin Falls Lodge or one of the cabins. Package prices include two nights’ lodging, Saturday dinner, break refreshments, and all event activities.  Package pricing:  One person with two nights’ lodging – $172; two people with two nights’ lodging – $235.  Cabin rates and other options are available.  Advanced reservations are required.  The workshop flier is posted on www.wvstateparks.com under Calendar of Events.

For more information, call (304) 294-4000 or 1-800-CALL WVA and ask for Twin Falls Resort State Park or www.twinfallsresort.com.

Contact Information

Joseph Swiney
304-294-4000
josephswiney@wvdnr.gov