New River college to offer nature, birding classes in March

Chestnut-sided Warbler by Randy Bodkins
The chestnut-sided warbler migrates to breeding grounds in the New River region in summer. Photo courtesy Randy Bodkins.

New River Community and Technical College is offering classes in bird-watching and nature exploration in March at its campuses across southeastern West Virginia.

Students can expect to learn about bird species, habitats, and activities in the bird-watching classes and plants, animals, and the environment in the nature-exploration classes.

Families are encouraged to participate, says Jenni R. Canterbury, the college’s director of communications.

The nature-exploration classes are scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. March 9 in Beaver, March 16 in Summersville, March 23 in Lewisburg, and March 30 in Princeton.

The bird-watching classes are scheduled from 3-5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday March 8-9 in Beaver, March 15-16 in Summersville, March 22-23 in Lewisburg, and March 29-30 in Princeton.

Tuition for the bird-watching class is $50 and for the nature class is $40 for families, $20 for adults. and $10 for children. Pre-registration is required for all classes.


The classes are administered through the college’s Workforce Education Division, which provides classes and employable educational opportunities through noncredit courses, workforce-development programs, and customized training.

New River serves nine counties in southeastern West Virginia from campuses located in Mercer County at Princeton, Raleigh County at Beaver, Nicholas County at Summersville, and Greenbrier County at Lewisburg.

For pre-registration deadlines or to register, visit or contact Gloria Kincaid at 304-793-6101 or or Jeanne Stone at 304-883-2469 or


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