Education & Outreach


On September 29th, 2018, help Friends of the Cheat raise funds for our Education and Outreach program!  You can run the 5k, walk the 2k, or hang with us at the High-Five Station located in the middle of the race. Can’t make it to the race? Don’t feel left out – you can sponsor our team by adding to our race purse! Sponsored by the Tucker Community Foundation, Run For It is held yearly during the Leaf Peepers Festival in scenic Davis, WV. The event aims to raise funds and awareness for community organizations, projects, nonprofit agencies, educational activities, and charities located within the Foundation’s service area: Barbour, Grant, Mineral, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, and Tucker County in West Virginia, and Garrett County, Maryland.

2017 Team FOC at Run For It in Davis, WV

2017 Team FOC at Run For It in Davis, WV

In 2017, FOC raised $15,740, coming in 2nd overall. We had 25 registered participants – our largest team ever! FOC wants to beat that record.  Join now – make sure to select Friends of the Cheat as your team!


FOC staff and volunteers educate people of all ages about the Cheat River watershed, the work of FOC, and the importance of environmental stewardship.  We educate children about aquatic insects, present at community events, facilitate interpretive trails, and provide training and support for a variety of volunteer activities related to the health of our environment, particularly our water.

Summer 2018 Summer Camp with Fellowsville After School Explorers

Summer 2018 Summer Camp with Fellowsville After School Explorers

Our personnel frequently interact with the public in an education and outreach capacity, from 4H camp to community meetings on pressing current events, but we also work to provide permanent education opportunities that citizens and visitors and interact with on their own time including the River of Promise Trail and Doug Ferris Outdoor Classroom.  Since 2015, we’ve been partnering with Adventure WV  – leading hundreds of incoming WVU freshmen in educational service each summer.


2018 Allegheny Trail Service Day with Adventure WV


Summer 2018 Allegheny Trail Work Day with Adventure WV Students


Summer 2017 Rowlesburg Post-Flood Clean Up with Adventure WV Students

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Summer 2017 Cheat Festival Site Painting Event with Adventure WV Students


Summer 2018 Outreach Event with Experience Learning Participants on the Cheat River Water Trail


Education & Outreach