Let’s Finish This Outhouse Project!

Let’s finish this! The Foundation has a challenge for every friend of the forest. We have a donor who will match EVERY DONATION dollar for dollar up to $5,000.00 so we can complete our vault toilet fundraising project below. We have raised $17,000 so far, and have just obtained another $7,500 in matching funds from DNR Parks.
We are very close to our goal, and hope you will help us. Just go to the “donate” page on our web site; http://www.coopersrock.org/donate or come to the Black Bear next week. Any donations of any amount are much appreciated!

New vault toilet design:

'Let's finish this!  The Foundation has a challenge for every friend of the forest.  We have a donor who will match EVERY DONATION dollar for dollar up to $5,000.00 so we can complete our vault toilet fundraising project below.  We have raised $17,000 so far, and have just obtained another $7,500 in matching funds from DNR Parks.<br /><br />
We are very close to our goal, and hope you will help us.  Just go to the "donate" page on our web site; http://www.coopersrock.org/donate  or come to the Black Bear next week.  Any donations of any amount are much appreciated!'

Existing boarded up restroom at the day use parking lot:

Exisiting day use restroom closed due to disrepair

Sign up for Kroger Rewards and help the Foundation build a restroom!

Kroger Rewards:

If you shop at Krogers, please consider helping us by signing up in the Kroger Community Rewards program.  Your  personal shopping “points” are not used for this!  Kroger takes a percentage of the total money spent by participating enrollees and donates it directly to the Coopers Rock Foundation.  Everyone wins!  Will you help us build this restroom this year?

New Front Parking lot bathroom

Interested in helping?  Follow the directions below and thank you!

Dear Coopers Rock Foundation Inc. 

Congratulations on your enrollment into our Kroger Community Rewards Program.  Your participants can begin enrolling online within 48 hours of this notification.  Just go to the appropriate website mentioned below and begin enrolling.  

You have been assigned a new NPO number 91572.

Please refer to this number in all future correspondence.


  • Simply encourage your members to register online at com
  • Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with your organization after you sign up.
  • If a member does not yet have a Kroger Plus card, please let them know that they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.
  • Click on Sign In/Register
  • Most participants are new online customers, so they must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.
  • Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions
  • You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
  • Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
  • Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Update or confirm your information.
  • Enter NPO number or name of organization, select organization from list and click on confirm.
  • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.
  • REMEMBER, purchases will not count for your group until after your member(s) register their card(s).

Pisgah Timber Project Concerns



The trees in the Pisgah section of Coopers Rock are getting some much needed love and attention this February!  Thanks to Aurora Lights and all the area citizens who are stepping up and speaking out against the proposed timber project.   About forty people of all ages gathered for the Hug Our Trees (HOT) day on Valentines Day up in the Pisgah section of the forest to show solidarity for these trees and this region of the forest that has been left untouched by commercial logging since 1936.  Many believe that the best way to “manage” this section of the forest is to allow it to remain untouched.  

Please consider signing our petition for stopping the timber project by clicking on this link.


Winterfest 2015!





CRF Winterfest. 2012 (22)We hope you can make it to Winterfest!  Adam is working hard to prepare all the exciting activities and events!  The fun starts Saturday, Feb. 7th at 10am!  Full schedule and map below.


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Winterfest 2015 map and schedule

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All we need now is YOU!  Adam Polinski, seen above at a past Winterfest and “MC” of this event. and a fleet of volunteers are putting the final touches on all the fun filled and action packed events for Winterfest 2015 and now all we need is lots of adventurous folks to come and enjoy the day with us.  There is plenty of snow, there will be hot chocolate, chili, fresh baked cookies and brownies (in fact, I am baking cookies right now!).   Don’t miss this exciting event.  We are selling Coopers Rock Foundation Winterfest knit caps to raise money for a new restroom at the day use lot.  In fact, all monies raised at Winterfest will help purchase the new facility.  Below is a full schedule for the day and thank yous to our supporting businesses, the Real Restaurant and Southern States!  Thank you both very much for your support.


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Winterfest Schedule of events



Complete Winterfest Schedule:

There are old and new events!  Come on out and celebrate the forest winter wonderland Foundation style!

All day FREE activities: Sledding hill, snow obstacle course, Updated and awesome snow ball throwing target range, free snow shoe try out/hiking areas, free cross country ski try outs.

Hot drinks and Food:  To raise money for our new restroom, we are selling hot chili, hot chocolate, and baked goods at both the front registration area and the Overlook pavilion.

Time specific events:

Two guided naturalist tree identification hikes: Learn about the tree species around the front parking area with tree experts. Times not specified yet but mid-morning and early afternoon are likely. Please email us or reply on our Facebook page if you are interested in this activity and what time you are interested in.

Guided hikes to the Overlook where a warm fire and hot drinks and hot dogs await! One hike will leave at 11am and another at 1pm. This is a 6 mile round trip hike on the main forest road or roadside trail. Wear sturdy winter hiking boots and layers. The walk has one or two steeper uphills and a beautiful view at the turnaround, of course!  You are invited to sit in the Overlook Pavilion and visit with our Foundation President, Dave Hopkinson, your host, enjoy hot drinks, food, and snacks and warming up and then head back to the front gate. Please let us know if you would like to join one of these hikes so we can plan accordingly.

Guided snow shoe hikes:  We have added this special hike for the more adventurous.  Times are to be determined by interest. If you would like to do a guided snow shoe hike, please post that request in an email to us using the contact us tab, or send a message to us on our Facebook page. We are trying to determine interest and a good time for this hike.

1,000′ Cross-Country Ski Sprint:  This is a new event for the Foundation and will be run by Mark and Eleonore Jones.  The event is open from 10-11: The course is flat and grassy. This is a timed competitive event that anyone can try!  There will be a prize for the individual with the fastest time.

Downhill Time Trial:  “Master of Ceremonies” for the Winterfest, Adam Polinski, opens the competitive Winterfest events with this downhill “thrill ride” on cross country skis from 11am to 12:  One of our originals, this is for intermediate level or above cross-county skiers. Prize to the individual with the fastest time.

Slingshot Paintball Biathlon:  Adam will move to this event and plan to open from 12-2:15.  My personal favorite,  you are required to ski a 1,500′ loop armed with a slingshot and paintballs (both are supplied by us for the race). Hit 5 targets en route to finish line.  If you can move around pretty well on cross-country skis, you really should try this out!  This is a timed event, and a prize will be awarded for the fastest time.

Snowflake Stumble 5K Run:  This is a new and exciting edition to the Winterfest supervised by Mark and Eleonore Jones.  The race time is set for 1pm. Register the day of the event. Starting area is near the front gate. Course is on paved roads, and the race will go snow or no snow.  Prize to the fastest male and fastest female.

Mass Start Downhill Dash:  The final skiing event of the day is set to start at 2:30 and has been a favorite of the skiers.  This event features a 600′ long easy downhill ski run on grassy surface.  Adam claims the course is big enough for 40 racers at once!  Lets try to get a bunch of you out there for this one massive downhill sprint! Break the finish line tape and achieve world-wide fame and glory!  A prize to the first one to the finish!

Womens Frying Pan Toss: 3pm start time. In the short three year history of Winterfest, this event, borrowed from an upstate New York winter festival, is the most popular event of the Winterfest! Come and join the fun of hurling a 5lb cast iron frying pan as far a you can! Winner gets a very cool trophy! Obviously you must be a female to compete!

4th Annual “Winterfest” set for Saturday, February 7


Fun for the whole family!  Come and try out cross-country skiing, or snow shoeing for an hour or two with our free rentals, or take the tiny tots down our sledding hill, and through our obstacle course! Teach your children the secrets of making a great snowball or snow man!  Take a guided hike with one of our talented young Board members and learn about the kinds of trees that live in the forest.  

Maybe you are more adventurous or competitive and would like to talk a long winter walk out to the overlook and back (6 miles round trip).  We will have a warm fire going in the Pavilion and you can purchase a cup of hot chocolate and some hot home made chili or a hot dog to fuel you return trip.  A memory making day for sure!

 For the competitive crowd, we have a variety of events including the very famous women’s frying pan toss!  We also have competitive skiing events such as a downhill slalom, a slingshot paintball biathlon, and maybe even a first ever Winterfest race!  Details coming soon.



Full schedule of events are coming soon!

2014 Annual Membership Meeting a success!

Thanks to all our guests who attended our Annual Membership meeting at the Evansdale Black Bear. Special thanks to Senator Bob Beach who presented a CPP grant check to support our restroom fundraising effort. Great fun with a wonderful, talented group of dedicated volunteers! Thank you all for a very productive year!
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Mountain SOL presentation
State Senator Bob Beach presents certificate of funds for restroom project to
Foundation President Dave Hopkinson
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WVU Landscape Architecture Professor and Foundation Board member Peter Butler presents about the Summer Field School and other Historic Preservation initiatives he has led this year.
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Cultural History Professor Jenny Boulware informs the group about a project her class worked on to explore the history of the forest.
DOE Project Leader and Foundation Board member Ted McMahon updates the members on the progress made this year to restore the historic CCC fireplaces and picnic areas.