Wellness at New River Gorge River

Bringing Wellness to West Virginia's New River Gorge National River Area

NPF grant provided health and wellness programing to rural West Virginia's New River Gorge National River area.

A rugged white water river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. Located in southern West Virginia, New River Gorge National River conserves over 70,000 acres of land along the New River between the towns of Hinton and Fayetteville. The park and surrounding area are rich in cultural and natural history, with an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.

NPF brought a multitude of wellness programming to a part of Southern West Virginia that has been disproportionately impacted by a decline in extractive industries and subsequent poor environmental health.

Funding trained volunteer community members to teach wellness activities inside New River Gorge National River. These classes built the capacity to bring wellness activities into the local community and reached new audiences. Partnerships were built with local nonprofits striving to create a happier and healthier West Virginia.