The Kanawha State Forest Foundation will host the annual Osbra Eye Spring Nature Walks on April 14 at Kanawha State Forest near Charleston. The event will feature nine guided nature walks, including two that involve hands-on activities designed to help connect children with the natural environment. The walks, with descriptions and leaders’ names, are as follows:
- Wildflowers: Snipe Trail and Shrewsbury Hollow, easy to moderate terrain. Leaders: Mark Watson, Ted Jones, Myra Simmons.
- Wildflowers: White Hollow, moderate to difficult terrain. Leaders: Jerry Westfall, Bill Hall.
- Trees and wildflowers: Polly Trail, moderate terrain. Leaders: Chris Gatens, Sara Miller.
- Geology: Overlook Rock Trail, moderate to difficult terrain. Leaders: Pete Sullivan, Beverly Campbell, Tony Turley.
- Birds: Rattlesnake Hollow, easy to moderate terrain. Leaders: Jim Waggy, Kevin Cade.
- Old-growth forest: Five-mile hike, moderate to difficult terrain. Leaders: Doug Wood, Barb Koster.
- Aquatic life: Davis Creek, easy terrain. Leaders: Mike Whitman, Debby Mullins, Sarah Hicks.
- Insects: Dunlop Hollow, easy terrain. Leaders: Laura Miller, Roger Hardaway.
- Remnants of mining in Kanawha State Forest: a Davis Creek, Shrewsbury Hollow, Snipe Trail, easy to moderate terrain. Leaders: Dale Porter, Laura Ceperley.
- At 1 p.m., Jim Fregonara of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will present an educational program about the state’s reptiles. The presentation will include live snakes.
Registration for the walks will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Nature Center/Swimming Pool area. Cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children under 16. The walks will begin shortly after 9 a.m. and will continue until about noon.