Description - Located at the junction of Route 150 and Route 39/55, the Nature Center offers information about the National Forest and other nearby attractions. An exhibit hall and audio visual programs provide interpretation of forest ecosystems and local history. Special programs and guided tours can be arranged.
- Jo Santiago, the Center Director, cares for an injured redtail hawk that had a wing permanently damaged in a collision with a car. Jo volunteered to take on the responsibility for
looking after him as long as he lives (25-30 years). For his part of the bargain the redtail hawk has become a spokesbird for Conservation Education and Outreach at the Nature Center.
April and November the Center is open Thursday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. During the months of May through October the Center is open daily from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. The Center is closed December 1 through March 31.
Recreation - The Cranberry Mountain Nature Center is committed to delivering free live programs on birds of prey as well as poisonous and nonpoisonous snakes of West Virginia to under-served youth in rural and urban communities. To request our free outreach programs for the current season please call the nature center.
Climate - West Virginia experiences four distinct seasons, none of which are extreme. Temperatures in the highlands of the Allegheny Mountains are somewhat more severe than the rest of the state. Generally temperatures during the winter months range from 15 to 40 degrees F. Ample snow accumulation provides for cross-country and downhill skiing opportunities. Spring brings blooming trees and shrubs to the forested regions of the state, as well as warmer temperatures. During this season, March through May, expect mild temperatures between 45 and 70 degrees F. Summers are normally hot with high humidity, especially at lower elevations. Expect temperatures to range from 70 at night to 95 during the dog days of August. Fall brings cool, crisp air to West Virginia and spectacular foliage color changes. Bring a light jacket for this season, which brings temperatures between 35, at night, to 70 degrees F, during the day.
The Nature Center is located at the junction of Route 150 and Route 39/55.