Weird Wonderful West Virginia


View and discuss the short programs in this collection to examine recreation, history, exceptional individuals and groups, geography, the arts, and oddities in West Virginia.  Content is appropriate for anyone with an interest in West Virginia.

  • Mothman

    Explore the Mothman legend and learn how it became an annual festival and economic boost for a small West Virginia town.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Moundsville Ghosts

    Learn why the old Moundsville Penitentiary appears to be haunted.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Mummies Dearest

    Examine the history and science relating to the Philippi Mummies.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Sasquatch

    Follow a group of trackers as they search for Sasquatch in West Virginia and learn the techniques they use to prove their theory that Sasquatch is real.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Identifying Flying Objects

    Learn how scientists examine the soil and vegetation in an area to try to determine if a UFO ever landed there.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Dracula Takes the Stage

    Students examine the aspects of theater by learning the process used by a high school and community group to produce an original ballet based on the  Dracula character.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Oh Suite!

    Learn how a local dance council brings together individuals of all ages and from different communities to present The Nutcracker ballet.

    Grades: 5-12
  • BASEc Facts

    Learn about the science behind making a safe landing during parachuting or base jumping.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Links to the Past

    Examine the history of the Oakhurst Golf Club in White Sulphur Springs, WV from its creation in 1884 to the present and learn about how some golf equipment and rules have changed.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Mountain Highs

    Learn how a rock climbing enthusiast turned a scenic wonder into an adventure.

    Grades: 5-12
  • 27 Seconds Downhill

    Examine the history of the Kanawha Valley Soapbox Derby and get a brief description of how the cars are built and what the event means to participants.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Gauley Season

    Experience the excitement of rafting on the Gauley River.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Water Water

    Learn about the great distances water travels in order to enter the Berkeley Springs, West Virginia International Water Tasting competition, the qualities judges are looking for in the winning entries, and the impact winning can have on the entrants.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Burning Springs

    Learn why Wirt County West Virginia considers itself to be the birthplace of the oil and gas industry, how oil is removed from the ground and the impact oilmen had on WV statehood.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Digging Ginseng

    Learn about the uses for ginseng, regulations for harvesting the crop, and the economics related to its sale.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Wild Ramps!

    Learn about the taste of the wild ramp and explore the many ways it can be used in cooking at the Randolph County International Ramp Cook-Off.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Jack Frosty

    Learn the history behind the classic children's songs "Frosty the Snowman" and "Peter Cottontail" through the eyes of lyricist Jack Rollins.

    Grades: PreK-12
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    Toy Story

    Explore the amazing toy collections at the Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum and learn how it all began.

    Grades: PreK-12
  • Stradivarius of Steel

    Learn about the invention of the steel drum and how it can be used to create various tones and pitches.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Honky Tonked Hank

    Examine the final days in the life of Hank Williams Sr.

    Grades: 5-12