Event to focus on invasive species

The Monongahela National Forest along with several partners invite folks of all ages to the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center on April 27 to participate in the second “Discover Invasive Species Day.”

This unique event will provide an opportunity for learning, fun and discovery. The day will begin at 10 a.m. with a garlic mustard pull, in which families will help to remove one of the most invasive plants found in West Virginia. Lunch will be provided for all of those who volunteer and will feature a few dishes prepared with the tasty, but troublesome plant.

The afternoon will focus on a series of hands-on activities and games aimed at increasing awareness of invasive pests and getting outside to enjoy our wild and wonderful state. People of all ages will have the chance to learn about insect pests like the emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle. And they event can design their own insect antennae. Games will focus on the effects invasive species can have on our ability to enjoy forests, streams, fish and wildlife. This interactive session will be open from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

The Seneca Rocks Discovery Center is a great place to enjoy nature. After the day’s scheduled events are over, folks can enjoy a beautiful hike. A self-guided interpretive trail begins behind the Discovery Center and offers views of the majestic Seneca Rocks and the scenic valley below.

Time spent in natural spaces has been proven to help children and adults succeed by reducing stress and improving both concentration and productivity. So everyone is encouraged to unplug from the daily routine and reconnect with nature and each other.