Elk NetworkWest Virginia Site Offers Interactive Wildlife Experience

General | September 6, 2022

Visitors who want to know more about wildlife and fish in West Virginia can get a good handle on that at a one-stop location.

The Claudia L. Workman Wildlife Education Center opened in June 2022. The 9,500-square-foot educational facility, found at the Forks of Coal State Natural Area in Alum Creek, features wildlife displays and nature exhibits that highlight West Virginia’s unmatched natural beauty.

“The whole building is magnificent beyond belief,” said Governor Jim Justice at a ribbon-cutting celebration. “This is an incredible day. There is truly nothing better than our natural resources in West Virginia. Our wildlife, our mountains, all the different things that go into making us who we are, it’s all off the charts, and this spectacular facility captures that goodness.”

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided grant funding in 2021 to help with construction and other costs.

“This facility will also serve as a gateway to the elk restoration area in southern West Virginia. As we continue to grow our elk herd, we anticipate wildlife viewing opportunities to continue to expand as the public rediscovers this magnificent animal,” said West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Director Brett McMillion. “I want to thank Governor Justice for always taking an interest in what we’re doing here at the WVDNR and for his tremendous leadership.”

It is open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.

(Photo credit: State of West Virginia)