Cranberry Mountain Nature Center

Visitors Center

Status: Open

This area is Open


The exhibit hall features many interactive displays which are both educational and entertaining to young and old alike. The auditorium offers short films on request on topics, such as Smokey Bear Story, Jewels of the Monongahela, Cranberry Glades, wildflowers, and many others.

It is host to several very popular events during the open season. Kids Night activities include live snake shows, other educational programs, and entertainment such as magic shows, wildlife presentations, games and visits by Smokey Bear.

The Center is committed to delivering free live programs on poisonous and nonpoisonous snakes of West Virginia to visitors to the nature center and to youth and adults alike in rural and urban communities. Roy Moose’s provides this service with his very popular interpretive program, "Snakes of West Virginia". He also maintains a permanent live display of these snakes inside the nature center.  Roy's presents his program most Sundays at 1:00 p.m., followed by a tour of the Cranberry Glades at 2:30 p.m. through mid-October.

Another popular feature of the center is its nature store, which feature a wide selection of nature-related books and field guides, books on area history, folklore, recipes, hiking and biking, plants, animals, and much more. A large selection of clothing, postcards and children’s books are also available.

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