Rocky Habitat Restoration 2014 a huge success!

Our Rocky Habitat Restoration Day on Sunday, October 19 was a huge success with 87 volunteers from three area Universities and the region. Thank you to all who shared in the work of this day of restoration of the rim rock ecosystems at Coopers.  A special thanks to Greg Curio and Brett Hagerty of Adventure WV,  Jan Kiger of Fairmont State University, and Janet Paladino, from Waynesburg University for their leadership and inspiring students to volunteer their time. 



Adam welcoming voluteers to Rocky Habitat Restoration 2014

Rocky Habitat Restoration this Sunday!

Join the Coopers Rock Foundation and Adam Polinski and help us save the Rocky Habitat around the Overlook from too much love!  The event is scheduled for this Sunday, October 19th from 11 to 4.  The meeting place is the big overflow parking lot by the climbers kiosk.   movinglogs

Fall is arriving fast, come on up and take a hike!


The cold temperatures are here and the leaves are changing.  Come up and take a walk, or visit our events page to find out about opportunities to volunteer in October and early November.


Coopers Fall 2013


This photo was taken by Hannah Spencer in 2013 during the peak foliage up at Coopers.  Come up and check it out this weekend!  Visit our information booth and find out how you can get involved in the Foundation!

2nd Annual Black Bear Burritos Benefit a Success!

Black Bear Burritos logo

A HUGE thank-you to everyone who came out to our benefit night at Black Bear Burritos downtown—thanks to all of you, we raised $410 from the food and beer specials, and just over $500 from the raffle—almost $1,000 for our local forest! 

Very special thanks go to Toby Grapner and Patrick McGarry of the WVU Professional Recreation and Parks Society, who organized the benefit.

Special thanks also to Black Bear Burritos and Second Cousin for the awesome music!

Creator of Coopers Rock Bear Recognized in International Competition

Ben Gaszi Bear

The “Bear” sculpture, made of all natural materials, on display at Coopers Rock State Forest.

Ben Gaszi, an undergraduate sculpture major at WVU’s School of Art and Design and creator of the “Bear” sculpture currently on display at Coopers Rock by the Overlook parking lot, recently finished in 6th place in a prestigious international art competition. To read more, see the story at WVUToday:

First-Timer’s Climbing Guide to Coopers Rock

New to Coopers Rock climbing?  Interested in finding some high quality climbing routes you can top-rope?  Maybe get in a few leads?  Where do you go?   This article by veteran Coopers Rock climber (and Foundation board member) Adam Polinski will get you going with a description of Sunset Wall and The Big Blocks, Upper Rock City, and Rattlesnake Trail. Continue reading