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16 Nature Programs at the Huntington Museum of Art TheC.FredEdwardsConservatory opened in 1996 and is West Virginias only plant conservatory. It features tropical and subtropical plants that are warm-growing non-native plants. The plants in the collection fall into four general categories Orchids Agriculturally Important Fragrant and Unusual. In addition the conservatory functions as a mini- ecosystem where plants and animals live together to the benefit of one another. This mutually beneficial relationship is apparent in two of our three fish ponds which function without filtration. Due to the presence of a sculpture the Koi pond does contain a filtration system. The Museums 52-acre property includes more than 40 acres of hillside that is retained in its natural woodland state. This is where youll find our nature trail a well-marked maintained trail approximately one mile in length. The trail has a variety of inclines from nearly flat to gently sloping to steep. HMAs trail tour called a Walk in the Woods takes place spring through fall when the weather is comfortable and agreeable. HMAs Nature Docent program provides training on touring techniques as well as information about the flora and fauna within our wooded trails. In addition Nature Docents help to keep the trails in good shape for touring. Nature camp has taken place at HMA for decades. Campers enjoy walks on the trails learning tree identification and studying root formations among other things. A favorite activity is exploration in the creek. In addition campers enjoy time inside participating in studio activities. Learning how to use a microscope and dissecting owl pellets are just two of the really exciting indoor activities. Shown is a peaceful path in the C. Fred Edwards Conservatory at HMA. Students led by Nature Docent AJ Stovitz view the woodlands from the Othel Rogers Overlook on the nature trail.