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Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: August 15, 2013

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Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov


Matt Baker, Park Superintendent, 304-420-4800; blennerhassettislandsp@wv.gov

Come to Blennerhassett Island Sept. 7 and Oct. 5; learn about nature

            PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – The Six Saturdays summer programming series introduced at Blennerhassett Island this year continues into the fall months. Master Naturalists, “The Nature Nuts,” a group of volunteers from the Parkersburg, W.Va./ Marietta/Belpre, Ohio, area, presents a different nature topic on the island beginning at 2 p.m. on the first Saturdays of September and October. The programs are open to the public and encourage youth and adult participation. 

            “I think the children and the adults have a great time on the island exploring and learning about nature,” said Emily Grafton, chapter leader.  

            There is no participation fee. The boat ride from Point Park in Parkersburg to the island is a minimal cost.

Sept. 7 “Bugs, Bugs, Bugs” and they are busy, busy, busy!

            Explore the world of insects and insect homes. Participants will learn to identify the various insects observed along the walk. We’ll collect insects for observation, then release. What’s that? Buzz. Insects!

Oct. 5 “Life in the River” – Fish, mussels, river ecology, etc.

            Discover life beneath the surface of the water. Learn the behavior and ecological role of several species.

            For more information about Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, schedule and hours, visit www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com or call 304-420-4800.