As a general rule, I don’t move around a lot, especially in the winter. It’s cold. I’m lazy. I have three extremely comfortable couches to sink into. And, as a habitually clumsy person, ice is my sworn enemy.

But now that the ground is no longer a death trap and I’ve managed to re-watch every season of my favorite shows, while squeezing new programs like “Westworld,” “Insecure” and “Mr. Robot” into the mix, I am finally in the mood to unglue myself from the laptop screen and reacquaint myself with the real world.

Here are few upcoming events to entice you get up and get outside.

Trail opener

On Saturday, Mon River Trails Conservancy will host a handmade market and spring two-mile walk in honor of Opening Day for Trails. This national event encourages walkers, runners, cyclists and anybody who wants to get outside to explore trails in their communities.

The Conservancy will be set up at the Terra Café outdoor patio from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Trail maps and information about the rail-trails and the group’s upcoming big-vision projects will be available.

Area artists will offer handmade jewelry, artwork and ceramics at the market. Ten percent of each purchase will benefit the rail-trails.

The Mon River Rail-Trail walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Terra Café. This is a family-friendly event.

Explore the arboretum

WVU’s Core Arboretum is one of the first places I ventured with my dogs while attending college here. It’s filled with all kinds of interesting flora and fauna and is still one of my favorite places to take the pooches, or visit canine-free.

I’ll admit, though, that after years of meandering through the flora and fauna myself, I still don’t know what much of what’s in front of me.

So my plan is to check out the WVU Department of Biology spring ephemeral wildflower walks and Mountaineer Audubon spring bird walks, happening this month and next at the arboretum.

The wildflower walks are set for 2 p.m. Sunday, and April 16 and April 23. The bird walks will be at 7:30 a.m. the last Tuesday in April and the first two Tuesdays in May — April 25, May 2 and May 9. The free, guided tours will meet in the Arboretum parking lot.

According to a WVU press release, “last year, in the course of three wildflower walks and four bird walks, more than 45 species of plants were seen in bloom and more than 70 species of birds were seen and/or heard.”

The wildflower walks are led by WVU faculty and graduate students, who will point out the names of flowers, facts about the blooms and what we can use them for.

The bird walks are led by members of Mountaineer Audubon who identify birds by sight and sound for participants.

Additional free parking is available at the nearby WVU Coliseum. You don’t need to worry about making reservations. But be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and hiking.


Lindsey Fleming is a writer/copy editor for The Dominion Post. Email her at