Discover Nature Day Returning to Seneca Rocks Discovery Center

In a press release dated April 4, 2019, the U.S. Forest Service is letting people know that Discover Nature Day is back for its eighth consecutive year at Seneca Rocks Discovery Center on Saturday, April 27th.  The event, organized by Potomac Highlands Cooperative Weed and Pest Management Area (PHCWPMA), is an entire day geared toward school-aged children who want to learn more about the natural world.

Discover Nature Day begins at 10:00 a.m. with the Garlic Mustard Challenge.  Garlic mustard is an invasive species that is in need of some predators.  On Discover Nature Day, that predator is you!  The challenge is to see how many garlic mustard plants teams can pull on the Discovery Center grounds.  All volunteers will receive a thank you bag with prizes.  Volunteers are urged to please be at the Center by 9:30 a.m. to sign up or join a team.  Light refreshments follow the pull and are free for all volunteers who participate in the challenge.

After refreshments, the festivities begin with a message from the Cheat/Potomac District Ranger Troy Waskey.  People can drop by anytime from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. for live animal presentations, as well as booths and displays with information from the WV Department of Environmental Protection, Trout Unlimited, WV Department of Agriculture and other partner groups located throughout the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia.

The press release states that Saturday, April 27, is sure to be a day full of fun and new experiences! Folks are encouraged to bring the whole family to discover nature.

If you’re interested in volunteering or are looking for more information, you can contact Hannah Wroton at 304-635-4424 or contact Elizabeth Mekonnen at 703-850-8223.

With the posting of this story online at, there will be more links and email addresses for further details.

You can contact Hannah Wroton at or contact Elizabeth Mekonnen (McKennen) at Visit the Monongahela National Forest website at and the PHCWPMA website at

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Chris Swecker

is the Assistant Station Coordinator and a News Reporter for WVLS. He has roots in Highland County going back several generations, and he grew up in Monterey. Since graduating from James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in Media Arts and Design, he has pursued his career at a news station and advertising agency in Virginia, on Microsoft’s campus in the state of Washington, and in both states as sole owner and employee of a video production company. He enjoys exploring life with his wife, Jessa Fowler, traveling, hiking, hunting, gardening, and trying new foods, all while discovering more about what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. He feels blessed to be a small part of this talented AMR team to help give back to the community that has provided him with so much.

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