The Eighth Annual Spring Meltdown is coming soon to the Morgantown Brewing Company!
Whether there is snow to melt or not - Mark your calendars, and make it out for this exciting event on Friday, April 25th, 2014!
Here's how the night is going down:
- 6 PM - Come have some delicious dinner, mingle and start bidding on silent auction items
- 8 PM - Live Auction
- 9 PM - Start of $10 admission
- 9:30 PM - Music - TBA!
- 10 PM - Free Finger foods
- 11 PM - Silent auction closes
The Live and Silent Auctions will feature a huge selection of Patagonia outdoor gear, local art and photography, salon and massage gift packages, and outdoor recreation trips.
All proceeds support FODC hosting our OSM/VISTA position. Come on down, bring your friends, family, dancing shoes and lots of $$$ all in support of Friends of Deckers Creek! See you there!
Friends of Deckers Creek Seeks Executive Director
Friends of Deckers Creek (FODC) is a small, but extremely effective non-profit watershed group located in Morgantown, West Virginia with a mission to improve the natural qualities of, increase public concern for, and promote the enjoyment of the Deckers Creek watershed.
We are searching for an Executive Director who will be responsible for the day to day management of the organization. The Executive Director manages environmental data collection and reporting, community outreach campaigns, environmental education initiatives, communicates with state and federal regulatory agencies and numerous organization partners, and serves as a mentor to the FODC Youth Advisory Board. The Executive Director supervises and mentors staff including a Water Remediation Director, Education Coordinator, and Americorps VISTA worker and volunteers. The incumbent will manage grant writing, budgeting, and fundraising. The Executive Director is responsible for FODC’s communications including membership development, outreach, education, and media relations. The Executive Director oversees and contributes to the seasonal newsletter and website, writes donation appeals, and organizes yearly fundraising events. The Executive Director works with the FODC board to develop positions on key environmental issues and assists with long-term planning and board development.
- A degree or experience in natural resources, environmental science, watershed management, environmental policy or,
- A degree or experience in communication studies, non-profit management, public relations, business management, advertising, or similar field with a passion for the environment;
- Strong fundraising, grant writing, budgeting, and project management skills required;
- Superior leadership, team building, and management skills a must. Previous nonprofit leadership experience is a plus;
- Excellent organization skills; the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects is essential;
- Superior written communication skills; Experience with public speaking including oral presentations, facilitating meetings, and speaking with the press preferred;
- Budgeting and financial management using computerized financial systems is a plus (Quickbooks and others);
- Solid computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point. GIS program, Microsoft Access, and Adobe Creative Suite skills is a plus;
- Willingness to work a flexible schedule that includes some travel, evening and weekend duties;
Friends of Deckers Creek
Outdoor Learning Park
“Final Reveal” of the Sabraton Outdoor Learning Park Community Makeover
Friends of Deckers Creek (FODC) hosted our “Final Reveal” of the Sabraton Outdoor Learning Park Community Makeover on Saturday, July 13th from 11am to 2pm. Located behind Kroger and along the Deckers Creek Rail-Trail, the Sabraton Outdoor Learning Park (OLP) is an inclusive greenspace that engages users in meaningful, educational opportunities and unique passive, recreational experiences. A ribbon-cutting ceremony introducing the community to and highlighting the role of local partners in the makeover occurred at 12 pm. The “Final Reveal” showcased new features of the OLP, including 3 educational signs, a picnic pavilion and landscape additions and enhancements.
Funding from the Chesapeake Bay Trust has been used to create three educational kiosks as well as written guides and kits to support educators interested in providing a hands–on, educational experience for their students. The three signs provide information on Celebrated West Virginia Trees, West Virginia Backyard Conservation, and What Nature Does for You: Ecosystem Services. The educational guide provides hands-on activities for formal and non-formal educators to use in the OLP with students aged K-12. An additional sign on composting will be provided by WVU students from the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design.
About Friends of Deckers Creek
Deckers Creek is a scenic tributary to the Monongahela River in north central West Virginia. From its headwaters outside the historic town of Arthurdale, Deckers Creek meanders through Preston County into Monongalia County where it descends through a steep scenic gorge. This beautiful section of Deckers Creek is filled with waterfalls, boulders, and rock slides, contains world class kayaking, and is frequented by kayakers, rock climbers, bikers, and swimmers. From here, Deckers Creek passes through several communities and into Morgantown, where it empties into the Monongahela River.
Over the years, Deckers creek has been degraded by numerous pollutants. These pollutants include, but are not limited to, acid mine drainage (AMD), bacteria from combined sewage overflows, heavy metals, sediment, trash, and general abandonment, which negatively impact the 64-square mile watershed. The biggest threat to the watershed is AMD. This product, of abandoned coal mines, destroys the environmental quality of Deckers Creek and its tributaries, turns the waters red-orange, and creates acid conditions in which fish and macroinvertebrates cannot live.
FODC Mission: To improve the natural qualities of, increase the public concern for, and promote the enjoyment of the Deckers Creek Watershed