West Virginia Chapter

Explore, enjoy, and protect the planet.

                

        Cheat River Float/Paddle                            Dolly Sods North Wilderness                     Sierra Fest 2014- Blackwater SP

In order to enjoy Wild, Wonderful West Virginia, on all outings we pack out all trash and leave pets, radios, tapeplayers and firearms at home.  Chapter policy also prohibits smoking in the presence of others during all Sierra Club activities.

More Outings Leaders are Needed:
The WVSC has trained, quality leaders to take you on trips into our state’s wild and wonderful places. Sign up for one of our outings and enjoy a day with like-minded conservationists.

Want to become an outings leader? Contact our Chapter Outings Chair, Russ Flowers at russwvu@gmail.com  or 304-482-7919 for more information.

To participate in an Outing: :
Call the Outing Leader for trip information such as level of difficulty, equipment needed, meal arrangements, meeting time and place, etc. 

If you see an outing that interests you, try to call the Leader at least one week in advance to sign up.  And please notify the Leader if you have to cancel your participation
You can view the Chapter's Outing Policy here:  via this PDF file.

Upcoming Outings

 

Sat, Dec 13

Gambrill State Park Day Hike

rated moderate This is a moderate 6 mile hike at one of the few places that does not allow hunting this time of year. Allow about 2½ hours for the hike. We will meet at the trailhead in the park. To register contact trip leader.

Leader: Pam Peitz, 240-818-655, pspeitz@hotmail.com

Nearest town: Frederick, MD

Web info: www.dnr2maryland.gov

 

 

Sat, Jan 10

Coopers Rock Day Hike

            rated moderate to strenuous– Join us for our 4th annual "Hike to the Overlook". This is a Moderate to Strenuous (depending on the weather/conditions of the trails) hike of about 7 miles.  We will start the hike at the Day Use Lot, hike the Scott Run Trail, and then continue on the Roadside Trail to the overlook.  Plan is to eat lunch at the overlook, and then hike back to the cars.  Bring snacks/lunch and water, trekking poles can be helpful as sections of Scott Run trail are fairly steep in places. Be sure to dress for the weather, sturdy/waterproof footwear is HIGHLY recommended. Contact leader for directions, rendezvous location, and start time.

          Leader: Aaron Vedock, 540-805-0019, amvedock@hotmail.com

          Nearest town: Morgantown, WV.

          Web info: http://www.coopersrockstateforest.com/

 

 

Sat, Jan 17
Sugarloaf Mountain Day Hike

rated strenuous – We will hike 6-7 miles on Sugarloaf Mountain in Maryland. Some trails are steep with loose rock and slippery dirt. Allow 3 hours for the hike with a 10am start time. The exit for the mountain is 10 miles south of Frederick, MD off 270.  Please pre-register with trip leader. 

          Leader: Pam Peitz, 240-818-6554, pspeitz@hotmail.com.

          Nearest town: Fredrick, MD

          Web info: sugarloafmd.com

 
 

Sat, Mar 14

Wildlife Habitat Improvement & Reptiles/Amphibians Workshops

not rated- Join WV Master Naturalists for this fun, interactive, hands-on two part workshop on Wildlife Habitat Improvement & Reptiles/Amphibians at the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge.  The workshops are free of charge and open to members & nonmembers.  Please pre-register with the leader, seating is limited.  Bring bag lunch (frig & microwave available). Workshop is from 8:30AM to 4:30PM.  Meet at Refuge Headquarters in Williamstown at 8:30AM.  Contact the Outing Leader for further directions and questions.

Leader: Russ Flowers, 304-482-7919, russwvu@gmail.com

Nearest town: Williamstown, WV

Web info: www.fws.gov/northeast/ohioriverislands

 

 

Sat, Apr 11

Trees/Shrubs and Stream Monitoring Workshops

not rated- Join WV Master Naturalists for this fun, interactive, hands-on two part workshop on Trees/Shrubs and Stream Monitoring at the Roane/Jackson Technical School.  The workshop are free of charge and open to members & nonmembers.  Please pre-register with the leader, seating is limited.  Bring bag lunch.  Workshop is from 8:30AM to 4:30PM.  Meet at Roane/Jackson Technical School at 8:30AM.  Contact the Outing Leader for further directions and questions.

Leader: Russ Flowers, 304-482-7919, russwvu@gmail.com

Nearest town: Leroy, WV

Web info: http://roane-jacksontechnicalcenter.com/

 

 

Sat, Apr 25

Arbor Day Hike- Birthplace of Rivers (BPOR)

            rated easy– Join us for a leisurely day hike in the area of the proposed Birthplace of the Rivers National Monument. We will meet at the Cranberry Visitors Center at 09:45 and will hike for 3 to 4 hrs.  During the hike we will celebrate the blossoming of trees and wildflowers of the region.  Bring snacks/lunch and water, and proper hiking shoes/boots and binoculars. Please pre-register with the leader, outing is limited to 10.

Leader: Jane Birdsong, 304-636-8195, janebirdsong67@gmail.com

Nearest towns: Hillsboro, WV

Web info: http://birthplaceofrivers.org/

http://www.pocahontascountywv.com/cranberry_glades_nature_center.aspx

 

 

Sat, May 9

Wildflowers/Weeds and Geology Workshops/ Fieldtrips

not rated- Join WV Master Naturalists for this fun, interactive, hands-on two part workshop and fieldtrips on Wildflowers/Weeds and Geology at the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge.  The workshops are free of charge and open to members & nonmembers.  Please pre-register with the leader, seating is limited.  Bring bag lunch (frig & microwave available). Workshop is from 8:30AM to 4:30PM.  Meet at Refuge Headquarters in Williamstown at 8:30AM.  Contact the Outing Leader for further directions and questions.

Leader: Russ Flowers, 304-482-7919, russwvu@gmail.com

Nearest town: Williamstown, WV

Web info: www.fws.gov/northeast/ohioriverislands

 

 

Sat, Jun 13

Birds & Soils Workshops

not rated- Join WV Master Naturalists for this fun, interactive, hands-on two part workshop on Birds & Soils at the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge.  The workshops are free of charge and open to members & nonmembers.  Please pre-register with the leader, seating is limited.  Bring bag lunch (frig & microwave available). Workshop is from 8:30AM to 4:30PM.  Meet at Refuge Headquarters in Williamstown at 8:30AM.  Contact the Outing Leader for further directions and questions.

Leader: Russ Flowers, 304-482-7919, russwvu@gmail.com

Nearest town: Williamstown, WV

Web info: www.fws.gov/northeast/ohioriverislands