Monongahela National Forest Featured on PBS

Darley Newman and Forest Supervisor Clive Thompson smile for a photo.

Thomas Minney, State Director of The Nature Conservancy in West Virginia, Forest Supervisor Clyde Thompson, and Darley Newman visited with families enjoying the booths and activities at the Pocahontas County Opera House Aug. 11 in Marlinton.

Ice Cream, live snakes and real TV stars were some of the highlights during a special screening of "Travels with Darley" at the Pocahontas County Opera House in Marlinton, August 11. The evening began with activities and booths highlighting Monongahela National Forest. Staff from the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center brought native snakes, including baby snakes born just the night before. The event was extra sweet thanks to the Women's Club who welcomed guests with their delicious kettle corn.

Darley Newman nervously holds a baby snake.
Two women smile wile painting rocks at a Forest Service community event.

Participants and visitors enjoyed live snakes, rock painting, and other activities before the special screening of Travels with Darley.

The screening was sponsored and hosted by many different community groups and organizations such as The Nature Conservancy, Trout Unlimited, the National Forest Foundation, Snowshoe Mountain Resort, WV Department of Natural Resources, Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Pocahontas Opera House.

Two forest service employees share kids education materials at a community event.

Monongahela National Forest employees Kristen Doss and Anne Workman provided activities for children and showed off a new book called “The Pests that Girdle the Home of Tucker the Turtle”.

The evening concluded with a showing of two Travels with Darley episodes featuring West Virginia in the Pocahontas County Opera House. The audience enjoyed ice cream sundaes provided by the Last Run Restaurant from Cass, and had a chance to talk with Darley Newman and a panel of local experts who were featured in the episodes. The stars came out early in Marlinton that night!

The episodes can be found airing on PBS, Create TV, and Amazon Prime. The episodes featuring Monongahela National Forest and Pocahontas County are titled "West Virginia Adventures" and "Monongahela and Finger Lakes National Forests." For more information about the event and to view the episodes, visit Darley's blog at

A big thanks to everyone who contributed to the episodes and special screening event!