West Virginia State Wildlife Center reopens to the public

CHARLESTON, WV — The West Virginia State Wildlife Center in French Creek has reopened to the public after completing a federal relicensing process.

“We faced numerous challenges and overcame several obstacles, but we fought tirelessly to reopen our center,” Gov. Jim Justice said. “It’s truly amazing to see our doors open again, inviting visitors from around the world to experience one of West Virginia’s treasured attractions.”

The Wildlife Center had been temporarily closed due to a relicensing procedure through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). As part of the relicensing agreement, the WVDNR has enacted conservation measures at the Wildlife Center while staff works on completing a perimeter fence around the facility.

Read My Buckhannon’s previous coverage of the closure by clicking here.

As of Wednesday, the Wildlife Center will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults 16 and older and $2 for children 6–15. Children 5 and younger get in for free. Tickets can be purchased at the welcome gate upon arrival.

“With affordable admission rates and convenient ticketing options, West Virginia’s State Wildlife Center is dedicated to providing enriching and educational experiences for families, students and nature lovers alike,” WVDNR Director Brett McMillion said. “I want to thank the folks at the USDA and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service for their cooperation during this process and for helping us resume daily operations so we can continue the important work of educating the public about protecting our state’s abundant wildlife and natural resources.”

In addition to daily admission, the Wildlife Center offers annual passes, which entitle pass holders to unlimited visits for one year from the date of purchase. These can be purchased at the Wildlife Center by visiting a West Virginia State Park gift shop or online. Those interested in group visits, pavilion reservations or guided tours should contact the business office at 304-924-6211. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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