Sharing secrets of science and nature in the New River watershed with West Virginians and their friends

With a gorgeous view in any season, this gem of a spot drips with migrating birds and overflows with plant and wild life. Since 2008, the Center serves as an environmental education hub for residents, businesses, and visitors from across and beyond West Virginia. The Center is an outdoor classroom featuring a Wetlands Boardwalk and self-interpretive Woodland Trails and plans for an Observation Deck.

School groups, families, and adults who visit the site benefit from programs and guided field trips, and self-interpretive activities unavailable anywhere else in the region.

The Center's Wetlands Boardwalk is handicapped-accessible. Upon completion it will meander a half mile through a unique 15-acre beaver-maintained wetland that borders Wolf Creek itself. The Wetlands Boardwalk allows access to a habitat seldom experienced and provides a place for first-hand exposure to the importance of wetlands and watersheds.

Dr. Bill Hilton Jr. has acted as consulting director since 2008. Hilton is a nationally known, award-winning educator-naturalist and researcher, named one of “50 Best Brains in Science” by Discover magazine (December 2008).

Situated in the mixed-use business development Wolf Creek Park, between Fayetteville and Oak Hill, the Center is part of an initiative of the Fayette County Urban Renewal Authority.

Located near the intersection of Appalachian Drive and SR-16, just off of US-19. Enter Wolf Creek Park via Nick Rahall Greenway; pass Bridge Brew Works, (steel building on left); turn left down the graveled road to the Wetlands Boardwalk and Nature Trails. Once there, you wouldn't know you're only half a mile from the highway.

Coordinates: 38.017170 -81.111438

Help us Construct the Outdoor Classroom with tax deductible donations and volunteers to extend the Wetlands Boardwalk, Woodland Trails, and Observation Deck. Click here to learn about sponsoring or dedicating a portion of a new Observation Deck, a section of Wetlands Boardwalk, and/or a section of Woodland Trail in the New River Birding & Nature Center's Outdoor Classroom.

Image by Tim Naylor. Aerial view of the wetlands in the outdoor classroom of New River Birding & Nature Center. Wolf Creek Park, Fayetteville, WV 25840