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Forks of Coal ‘field day’ set for Sept. 23

JOHN McCOY | Gazette-Mail file photo
The sign directing visitors to the Forks of Coal Natural Area lies just off Corridor G near Alum Creek.

Outdoor and nature enthusiasts will have a field day Sept. 23 at the Forks of Coal State Nature Area near Alum Creek.

Visitors to the “Field Day at the Forks of Coal” will feature three separate activities designed to help people learn about the 102-acre nature area — a bird-watching hike, a geology and history hike, and a kayak “floating nature hike.”

Check-in for the float will begin at 8:45 a.m. The cost is $20 for those who plan to use their own kayaks and $25 for those who need to rent one. The fees also cover shuttle service and a snack. Participants must preregister and pay by Sept. 18.

Information for preregistration and payment can be found online at or the foundation’s Facebook page, or by calling 304-543-1948 or 304-982-2008.

Sign-up for the nature hikes will take place at 9:30 a.m., and the hikes will depart at 10 a.m. In addition to the hikes and float trip, a variety of educational exhibits will be in place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A book sale and a food and bake sale are also planned.

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