Cranberry nature center hosts family fest this weekend

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Crowds gather at the Cranberry Mountain Natural Center in Pocahontas County.

RICHWOOD, W.Va.—Families touring Cranberry Glades and the Falls of Hills Creek this weekend are in store for extra fun on Cranberry Fun Day at Cranberry Mountain Nature Center Saturday, July 20, 2019.

Begin at 11 a.m. and continue all afternoon, the annual event is geared for youth and families with children and includes a program on native snakes and the opportunity for children to have their photo taken with Smokey Bear, according to Diana Stull, director of the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center.

“The Cranberry Fun Day is just that—a lot of fun,” Stull said.

“Come early, bring a picnic lunch, and spend the whole day. It’s enjoyable for all ages.”

Events will include Roy Moose’s “Snakes of West Virginia,” a magic and juggling show with Jim Fregonara, and continuous nature activities.

New this year, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection will exhibit its mobile aquarium filled with native fish species.

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National Forest Service wildlife staff will also have an aquatic display of animals that live in our streams and rivers.

The nature center is located 14 miles west of Marlinton, West Virginia, and 23 miles east of Richwood, West Virginia, at the junction of W.Va. Route 39/55 and Forest Route 150 (Highland Scenic Highway).

The center is a five-mile drive from the Falls of Hills Creek and two miles from the Cranberry Glades Botanical Area.

Hours of operation at the nature center in spring, summer, and fall are Thursday-Monday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The center is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

For more information about Cranberry Mountain Nature Center and its programs, call 304-653-4826.

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