"Experience West Virginia" offers more than 60 workshops to fit a variety of interests.
The initiative is being presented by colleges and universities in southern West Virginia during the national Boy Scout Jamboree in July at Summit Bechtel Reserve in Fayette County. Organizers are hoping tourists and families of Jamboree participants will take advantage of some of the numerous opportunities to experience the beauty and the culture of the area.
"We have had a few people to register, but we definitely need to get the word out," Holly Clark said. "There is a lot to offer in West Virginia."
Clark is a team leader for the group that has been meeting for nine months to organize offerings.
"This was an idea that Mary Hunt-Living with the Benedum Foundation came up with," Clark said. "She saw this as an opportunity for new visitors to be exposed to college campuses in the southern part of the state. We have a team that has been working hard at this. Team members are from each college."
A grant from the Benedum Foundation through West Virginia Campus Compact helped to launch the project, Clark said.
Registration is now open for workshops to take place in the New River Gorge area July 15 to 24.
The offerings are diverse, said program coordinator Karen Vuranch.
"Participants can complete an artistic craft at Tamarack, hike the Appalachian Trail, absorb a lecture on Appalachian history, see a baseball game, learn about coal mining and alternative energies, participate in a mad scientist workshop, tour the towns of Lewisburg and Bramwell, and learn about Civil War medicine," Vuranch said.