Discover Life in West Virginia at Coopers Rock State Forest

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Saturday, October 17th, come up to the forest and LEARN about the living things that make a forest “alive”! Below is the description of the work they do and the Foundation is excited they are doing this very important work with “citizens” like you!

“The Discover Life in West Virginia (DLiWV) program is a citizen science program with the aim of including non-scientists (community members) in a scientific endeavor by engaging them through hands-on activities within the framework of the scientific process that will both encourage understanding of natural resource sciences as well as foster an appreciation of local flora and fauna. WVU research scientists act as liaisons and guides while the public-turned-scientists collect data for the project at hand. For DLiWV, the citizen scientists have in the past collected information on fish, aquatic macroinvertebrate, salamander, and bird communities within Coopers Rock State Forest.”

Coopers Rock 50K & Half Marathon Trail Runs

COOPERS ROCK 50K and Half Marathon

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Coopers Rock 50 km and Half Marathon

Saturday, April 16, 2016, 7:00 am

Coopers Rock State Forest, West Virginia

(Exit 15 off of I-68, 20 minutes east of Morgantown)

50K: Celebrate Spring time in West Virginia by running the beautiful trails of Coopers Rock State Forest! This rocky and rugged 50 km course will take you through awe inspiring rock formations and dazzling views of the Cheat Canyon! You will run nearly every trail in the forest, including an out-and-back to Cheat Lake and an out-and-back to the Raven Rock overlook. This is a scenic, but difficult course over rough trails with plenty of elevation gain and loss. Carrying a water bottle is mandatory.

Half Marathon: The Half Marathon is a shortened version of the 50 km course that forgoes some of the most difficult trails, but still offers a serious challenge! There’s plenty of elevation gain and loss to contend with on this trail run, and a few rocky sections as well. There are no out-and-backs in the Half Marathon. Carrying a water bottle is also mandatory for this course.

Course Map for the 50K:

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Course Map for the Half Marathon:

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Some of the views along the race course:


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Check back with us for more details and registration.  Coming soon!  

Stump Jump Coming up on August 30th! Pre-registration ends August 19th

10K TRAIL RUN                                    514TN

Event Information

Hop some rocks and jump some stumps at the Coopers Rock Stump Jump! 10K Trail Run. Celebrate the start of fall at Coopers Rock State Forest as trail runners tackle a beautiful and challenging 6.2-mile foot tour or our favorite local forest.

Sunday, August 30th 1:00 pm start time
Race day registration/check-in will be held from 10am to 12:30.

Coopers Rock State Forest
Registration/check-in will be held in Pavilion 2 near the Main Coopers Rock Overlook parking lot

Course Map:

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Entry Fee:
Entry from August 20th through race day the fee will increase to $30.00 . Day of the event entrants welcome!

All runners registered by August 19th are guaranteed a custom event t-shirt! Late registrants will receive t-shirts as long as supplies allow. Delicious post-event food and beverages will be provided.  Hand made trophies created by our own Adam Polinski to the top finishers in major categories.

About the Event:
This event is open to participants age 14 and older. All participants will be required to sign the appropriate race waiver at race check-in. Participants under the age of 18 will also be required to have their parent or legal guardian sign that they are granting permission for the minor to enter the event.
Please note that there is NO Rain Date. We will race rain or shine. Entry fees are non-refundable for any reason.

Special hand made awards will be presented to the top three male, female, and youth girls and youth boys and  runners!  Adam Polinski original designs!  Prizes for top finishers in other categories from the Foundation!

25th Celebration wet but successful



Smokey strolls around the Coopers Rock Overlook area visiting with children at the Celebration of the Outdoors

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A small but hardy group of visitors participated in the Coopers Rock Foundation “25th Anniversary Celebration of the Outdoors”.   Many thanks to all our workshop leaders and Foundation Board members who made this years event a success!  

See below for pictures of the fun and hope to see you at next years Celebration!

Celebration of the Outdoors Gear Sale


First ever “Gear Sale”!

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Make your own T shirt!

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Animal Tracks!


25th Annual Celebration of the Outdoors! Saturday, June 20th 10am to 4pm



Celebration of the Outdoors
Schedule of Workshops and Hikes and Used Gear Sale!

**Schedule is subject to changes in times and we urge you to check back in with us for updates!  We just added a Used Gear Sale so be sure to read all the way to the bottom for these details and come up to check out the items.  All proceeds go to the purchase of a new Day Use restroom!

Birding hike
LeJay Graffious will meet you at 7:30am at the Ravens Rock trailhead parking area.
Birds offer a colorful, musical connection with the biodiversity in nature, and birding can lead you to a greater appreciation for a variety of habitats. Join us in a spring identification through song as well as by sight. Bring binoculars if you have them. Limit:15
LeJay Graffious is a professional educator of thirty-six years. He donates time to administration of the Brooks Bird Club as well being a past president, serves on the WV Bird Records Committee, coordinates the Morgantown Audubon Christmas Bird Count, does DNR Point Count Surveys and leads other bird watching field trips.
Come out and see some of our amazing spring/early summer bird guests in the forest. 7:30am
Raven Rock Trail head.

Introduction to Rock Climbing
Each participant will be given an opportunity to try rock climbing in the Upper Rock City area during this workshop. The focus will be on providing a beginning experience for those interested who are age five and older. Basic climbing technique and communication used in climbing will be taught. All necessary equipment will be provided. Wear loose-fitting clothing and sneakers. No limit. Open event– stop in and try it out!
Brett Hagerty has been climbing since his time in the Boy Scouts in the mid 1980’s and currently manages the WVU Climbing Wall.  Workshop begins at 11 and goes to 3pm. Get directions for the short walk at the Registration table

Build a Bird Box
Make your own bird house out of western cedar. Pieces are prepared in a “cut out” puzzle fashion. Requires an extra small fee to cover the cost of materials. Open event: Walk-ins welcome. Located in Pavilion 2 from 10am to 3pm. Limit: 20.
Rob Bailey is a 1975 Agriculture graduate of WVU, and an alumnus of TABS, Terra Alta Biological Station. He has built flying squirrel lodges with associated coconut sunflower seed feeders, blue bird houses, and osprey nest towers on Wallops and Chincotigue Islands for NOAA.

T shirt making
Hannah Spencer  will help you to make your own cool t shirt to take home and remember the forest. Hannah Spencer is a co-director of the Mountain SOL school. This summer Hannah has lots of great summer adventures for school age young people at Mountain SOL summer camp. Come to the workshop and meet her.  All day workshop in Pavilion 1.

Cool Spots Hike
Adam Polinski is your host for this memorable walk that will involve hiking both on and off trail, visiting both natural and man-made wonders, big and small, dramatic and subtle. Come along for the ride and perhaps you’ll see something you’ve never seen before, even if you are a Coopers Rock veteran. For persons interested in a shorter hike, there are turn-around spots in the first half of the route. Hiking boots recommended. Limit:15
Adam Polinski is a Coopers Rock lifer. His favorite spots in the forest are where there are big rocks and big trees together. He’s rooting for the American Chestnut to make a comeback, and has been with the Coopers Rock Foundation since it began. 10:30am and 1pm. Meet at the Registration table.

Wild Birds!
The Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia live bird presentation and talk at 11am in Pavilion 2. Our friends at ACCA will be talking about and showing examples of owls and raptors they have rescued that live in the state. This live presentation for the Celebration will be in Pavilion 2 at 11am. They also have information and activities for younger children.

Civilian Conservation Corps Interpretive Walk
Take a walk in a shady, little visited corner of the Overlook area and see one of the current  Foundation work projects underway.  The walk will begin at the registration table and will be about one mile in length. We will tour the CCC built fireplaces in the lower picnic loop. We will review progress in rebuilding the CCC fireplaces, and discuss the design elements used in the fireplaces and pavilions. We will discuss a brief history of the CCC and look at some old photographs of the CCC at Coopers Rock. Walks will take place at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  Meet at the Registration table.
Ted McMahon is a Foundation Board member and is coordinating the effort to re-build the CCC fireplaces.  Ted is interested in the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps, and the preservation of the architectural elements they created in Coopers Rock.

Tree Identification Hike
Learn how to identify some of the trees that live up at Coopers Rock with Lauren McPherson, a graduate student at WVU with a love of trees. Time: 1pm, Meet at the Registration table

Smokey Bear! 
Your friend Smokey will be visiting at Coopers Rock State Forest during the “Celebration of the Outdoors,” reminding you to be a responsible recreationist and take the necessary precautions to prevent wild fires. Because he has a very busy day scheduled that day Smokey will only be here for the lunch hour. Don’t miss him! Noon to 1pm near the Concession Stand

Archery Workshop
Join Marc Fox from the WV Bow Hunters Association to learn the basics of archery! Try your hand at aiming and shooting a bow and some safety tips ! Marc Fox is a WV Bow Hunters Association Director and loves to share his favorite past time with young people. All day
Directions to Archery area at Registration table

Wildflower walk
Take a relaxed walk in the grassy fields along the edge of the Reservoir at Coopers and learn to identify wildflowers  with Master Naturalist, flower enthusiast, and Foundation Board member, Dee Fulton. Time: 1pm, Meet at Registration table

Pond Walk 
Take a relaxing hike with Master Naturalist Vince Collins along the Reservoir Pond (pond across road from McCollum Campground). Learn to identify basic trees (maples, oaks, poplar),and animals (red-backs, big bugs, frogs), and how to identify animals signs such as small tracks. 11am. Meet at Registration table and drive over to the Pond parking area.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side 11am                                                                           Josh Armstrong of the Coopers Rock Climbing Guides will lead you through a rappel tour of the crags at Coopers Rock. Learn about all of the climbing opportunities that exist here, and have fun with a real climbing expert and enthusiast. Josh Armstrong is the owner of Coopers Rock Climbing Guides and loves to share his favorite sport of climbing with children of all ages!

Remembering Coopers Rock
Join Adam Polinski, our longest serving Board member for “storytime’ on the Overlook, and share some Coopers Rock stories. Adam serves as the host of this event and will invite you to tell your stories, and promises to fill in the gaps with his own when there is a lull. 3pm or later

MARG to the Rescue!
The Mountaineer Area Rescue Group (MARG) will be conducting a practice search and rescue operation for members, and will have their equipment available to the public for viewing. Stop in and see how they keep us all safe in the woods and get some great safety tips for staying safe yourself while enjoying all that Coopers has to offer! All day open house in the Overflow Parking Area.

Used Gear Sale from 9am to 4pm
Donate those items you no longer need and make room to bring home more gear.
50% goes to CRF and 50% to donor. 
Sale 9-4:00. 
Unsold items must be picked up by 4:00 or they will be donated to charity.
Drop off items with suggested price between 8-9:00 at the Overlook Pavilion
For more info and to donate items before June 20, contact Ann Devine-King at 304-594-2636

Spring 5K a great time!


We had some rain just prior to the start which perhaps kept some folks home, but a hardy group came out to participate in our Spring 5K and took home some fantastic momentos.

Below are some photos from the day as well as the race results.  Thanks to all the participants as well as our Foundation Board members for a fun day.  Special thanks to Mark and Eleonore Jones our race coordinators and to Adam Polinski for his wonderful hand made trophies.spring5Kstart

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Here are our winners!

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Race Results:

1 78 Colin Ware 19:17.1
2 80 Kari Selin 20:30.3 +1:13.2
3 57 Davd Wray 24:22.2 +5:05.1
4 59 Steven Kirchner 24:47.0 +5:29.9
5 85 Daniel Polinski 25:00.4 +5:43.3
6 84 Adam Polinski 30:05.4 +10:48.3
7 55 Jessica Summers 31:48.0 +12:30.9
8 72 William Kirchner 31:57.4 +12:40.3
9 58 Megan Kirchner 31:58.3 +12:41.2
10 83 Scott Daffner 34:34.2 +15:17.1
11 79 Nancy Pope 35:01.3 +15:44.2
12 87 Beth Hestech 35:40.7 +16:23.6
13 82 Audrey Longenecker 36:52.6 +17:35.5
14 81 Andrew Longenecher 36:53.4 +17:36.3
15 88 Dylan Butler 38:01.1 +18:44.0
16 76 Kathryn Gardner 39:10.7 +19:53.6
17 86 Josh Armstrong Jr 39:22.5 +20:05.4
18 75 Joshua Armstrong 39:23.1 +20:06.0
19 90 Becky Stemple 47:31.4 +28:14.3
20 89 Denice Lindstrom 49:44.3 +30:27.2



The first ever ” Coopers Rock Foundation Spring 5K Trail Run”

The Coopers Rock Foundation is excited to announce our first annual Coopers Rock Foundation Spring 5K Trail Run.    

The race date is set for Sunday, May 17th! Come enjoy our 5K trail run through Coopers Rock State Forest. The race starts near the overlook parking lot, and is an out and back on the Roadside Trail, with a lollipop loop near the reservoir. Registration is under a tent near the start from 11:00-12:30. The race begins at 1 pm.  Register using the paypal button below.Coopers Rock Cel.ebration 2014 017 (2)

 Register today using the paypal button below, and be sure to indicate your t shirt size for our very cool Coopers Rock Foundation 5K race t shirt!

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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; 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 />
We are very close to our goal, and hope you will help us.  Just go to the "donate" page on our web site;  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).