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Season 4, Episodes 11-15 - Energy Express on WVPB 

Monday, July 3, 2023, 5:30 p.m.   

Today we’re learning all about the creepy crawlies in the world around us. Elizabeth Rowen, a service assistant professor of entomology, guides us on a tour of WVU’s insect zoo, getting up close and personal with some tarantulas, scorpions and more. Next, 4-H youth and development agent Jocelyn Crawford teaches us all about what makes up an ecosystem and shows us how to make one in a jar! For this activity, all you need is a jar, a scoop of water from an outdoor water source, like a creek or pond, and objects around the water source, like leaves or rocks. Then we jump back to Elizabeth Rowen to go on a scavenger hunt for insects that you can find in your own backyard.  

Season 4, Episodes 6-10 - Energy Express on WVPB 

Monday, June 26, 2023, 5:30 p.m.  

The Wild Owens kick us off today talking about bear dens and cubs. WVU Extension specialists Sheldon and Sarah Owen are joined by Colin Carpenter, black bear project leader at the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources to hug some black bear cubs and learn about their habitats. Next, Alex Coffman, 4-H youth development agent, discusses keeping public parks and spaces clean with Leave No Trace. And while you’re out in these parks, you may come across some plants that could be dangerous. Bruce Loyd and Mike Shamblin, Extension agriculture and natural resource agents, walk us through the woods while showing us plants to avoid and how to identify them.