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Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: January 13, 2014

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

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Tara Sheets 304-294-4000 twinfallssp@wv.gov


Tracking and Woods Lore Workshop at Twin Falls Resort State Park Jan. 17-19, 2014

            MULLENS, W.Va. – Learn the skills that were necessary for everyday life in the 18th century for American Indians and European Americans. Twin Falls State Park’s Tracking and Woods Lore Workshop is Jan. 17-19, 2014, and provides a look back in time to when people lived closer to nature.

            “Attendees will learn tracking skills our ancestors used to survive, as well as the cultural sharing that has made our modern lives richer,” said Tara Sheets of Twin Falls. “We’ll use that knowledge to help us enjoy nature, tracking, and history in outdoor and indoor settings.”

            The diversity of habitats at Twin Falls State Park provides a wealth of opportunities to interpret animal signs, according to Sheets. She advises participants to bring warm clothes, sturdy footwear, camera, binoculars, and notepad to get the most out of this weekend.

            The workshop is designed to be family friendly, with interests for ages from five years to retirement age. Scout groups (girls and boys) may apply the workshop to assist in earning certain merit badges and awards in themes of history, nature study, American Indian, Pioneer and woods lore. Two classes are offered for West Virginia Master Naturalist students as well. Master Naturalists may take advantage of tracking (4-hour credit) and Medicinal/Edible/Useful Native Plants (3-hour credit).

            Teachers include a wildlife biologist/aquatic ecologist, a plant pharmaceutical researcher, a child education specialist, and a landscape ecologist, all of whom are also 18th century history researchers/interpreters. To learn more about the instructors, visit www.trailsinclivinghistory.com.

            The workshop weekend price of $67 is for the workshop and American Indian Supper Saturday evening and does not include accommodations. The weekend cost for two people sharing accommodations is $211.27 total and includes taxes and associated gratuities.

            To make reservations, call Twin Falls State Park at 304-294-4000 or email twinfallssp@wv.gov.

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