[caption id="attachment_54668" align="alignleft" width="400"]<img src="https:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2019\/07\/Kailey.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="521" class="size-full wp-image-54668" \/> Slaty Fork native Kailey Price became the naturalist at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park last year. Price has spent her time at the park organizing programs and adding new activities for visitors to enjoy. S. Stewart photo[\/caption]\r\n\r\nSuzanne Stewart\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nWhat makes Cass Scenic Railroad State Park so unique is its mix of history and nature. For naturalist Kailey Price, that means finding ways to combine typical state park style programs with the historical significance of trains and logging industry.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt was a huge history lesson,\u201d Price said when she began her job two years ago. \u201cI definitely know a lot more than I did last year. I\u2019m just adding on to what I know now.\u201d\r\n\r\nPrice went to school for ecotourism and adventure travel\u00a0\u2013 never expecting she would work at a state park \u2013\u00a0until she took one particular class.\r\n\r\n\u201cThat was interpretive guide techniques, and it was all about interpreting nature and history for guests who visit parks just like this one,\u201d she said. \u201cI took a really big interest in it.\u201d\r\n\r\nAs a native of Slaty Fork, Price knew that Pocahontas County had a variety of jobs in her field of study, but she didn\u2019t plan to return. Soon, though, the county called her back.\r\n\r\n\u201cI lived in Charleston, and worked in the New River Gorge area for a few years, guiding,\u201d she said \u201cThen I met my husband [Nathan], and he used to come here all the time as a kid, and he really wanted to come back. So we just moved back about two years ago. It\u2019s been really nice.\u201d\r\n\r\nAn added bonus for Price was learning her family had a history with Cass, as well.\r\n\r\n\u201cI\u2019m originally from Slaty Fork, but my grandmother was born here, and my great-grandfather was actually a brakeman on the train when the Mower Lumber Company was in operation,\u201d she said. \u201cWhat\u2019s funny is, I knew my grandmother was born in Pocahontas County \u2013\u00a0but I didn\u2019t realize it was here.\u201d\r\n\r\nAs the naturalist at Cass, Price is involved in organizing evening events, large celebrations, as well as day-to-day activities like walking tours of the town.\r\n\r\n\u201cEvening programs \u2013 it can be anything from a nature walk to a craft to something around the campfire,\u201d she said. \u201cI also put together all the bigger events like Logging Days, Harvest Day, Halloween and Christmas. I do some general stuff around here at the park, too, like guided town tours and movie presentations on the history.\u201d\r\n\r\nPrice is always adding to her list of programs and hopes to expand on what people can do while they are in Cass.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe state parks have this opportunity for children that\u2019s called Young People for Parks, or YPP,\u201d she said. \u201cChildren come, and they take three learning-based programs with you. If they go through the three courses with you, they earn a certificate and a patch. We\u2019re a little bit of a different park. I\u2019ve been working on developing just a Cass booklet because we\u2019re train-based and history-based, and the other parks are more nature-based.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe summer is filled with events ranging from guided hikes to visiting artist programs to craft projects. Price keeps a list of events at the Visitor Center beside the Cass Company Store, as well as online at wvstateparks.com\/calendar\/\r\n\r\nUpcoming events\r\n\r\nJuly 12 \u2013\u00a0Eco-trek hike.\r\n\r\nJuly 13 \u2013\u00a0Firefly hike and Irish Road Bowling.\r\n\r\nJuly 12-13 \u2013\u00a0Scout and Explorer weekend.\r\n\r\nJuly 19 \u2013\u00a0Bil Lepp, West Virginia Story Teller.\r\n\r\nJuly 20 \u2013\u00a0National Moth Week.\r\n\r\nJuly 26 \u2013 Make and take painting class.\r\n\r\nAugust 3 \u2013\u00a0Owl prowl hike.\r\n\r\nAugust 15-17 \u2013\u00a0Quilter's Retreat.\r\n\r\nAugust 17 \u2013 Appalachian Heritage Day.