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Activities abound at Forks of Coal wildlife education center


Guided hikes, a birding walk and presentations on West Virginia snakes and birds of prey were among activities recently as the 6,500-square-foot Claudia L. Workman Wildlife Education Center opened to the public at the Forks of Coal State Natural Area.
The “Discover the Forks” event featured tours of the new building and its hands-on, child-friendly exhibits, 1,500-gallon aquarium containing fish found in the Coal River system, and exhibits on West Virginia wildlife.
Guided nature hikes on segments of the Forks of Coal State Natural Area’s 5-mile trail system were also held, with an “early bird” bird walk beginning at 8:30 a.m. The West Virginia Raptor Rehabilitation Center presented its birds of prey program, and other “Discover the Forks” activities included bird, fish and general wildlife identification, a children’s casting program for young anglers, and an appearance by the Division of Natural Resources’ Laser Shot Trailer.
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