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Beech Fork Activities
June 24, 2020 @ 1:01 am - June 28, 2020 @ 1:01 am
Outside activities at Beech Fork State Park are an invitation to summer fun.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
- Wildflower Craft at 11 a.m.
Meet in the activities building to make your own wildflowers using various craft materials! You may even learn something about West Virginia wildflowers in the process!
- “Selfie” Scavenger Hunt at 3 p.m.
Bring your phone or a camera and meet outside the Camper’s Corner Store to pick up your list! The first individual/family to return with the most items found from the list wins a fun prize! Winner will be decided at 4:00 p.m.
- Bird Migration Game – 1-5 p.m.
Journey through the metal tunnel behind the park headquarters to the fitness trail to play this individual but interactive game about bird migration anytime from 1-5 p.m.! You will see a sign on one of the trees as you step out of the tunnel, so follow the instructions and have fun! If you play the game, stop by the headquarters and tell your naturalist to receive a fun prize! YPP
Thursday, June 25, 2020
- Fitness Loop Sketch Walk at 1 p.m.
Do you love art as well as nature? If so, meet your naturalist in front of the Camper’s Corner Store for an easy stroll while we look for interesting things in nature to sketch along the way! Paper and pencil will be provided.
- Story Time! And Craft! – “Monarch Butterfly of Aster Way” at 4 p.m.
Meet in the activities room to learn about the Monarch butterfly and its migratory journey through a fun story followed by a craft! YPP
- Furs of West Virginia at 7 p.m.
Meet in the activities room to learn about animals native to West Virginia AND observe the pelts of four of those animals! You may touch the furs but we will be observing proper social distancing and sanitization. YPP
Friday, June 26, 2020
- Canoe Craft at 2 p.m.
Meet in the activities room to kick off the celebration of National Canoe Day by making your very own canoe and paddles using ONLY popsicle sticks (and glue of course)!
- National Canoe Day!
West Virginia’s state parks and forests are a great place to enjoy a day out on the water. We have guests who bring their own boats, but we also have an affordable selection of canoes and kayaks available to rent if you don’t have one of your own.
- The Beech Fork Creek Paddle launch will start at 4:30 p.m., and participants should meet at the Beech Fork boat launch by 4:15 p.m to get their boats in the water! This will be an individual activity where paddlers can choose where and for how long they want to paddle.
- Night Hike at 8:00 p.m.
Join your naturalist at the campfire circle for a fun nocturnal hike on the Long Branch Trail as we observe the sights and sounds of the forest as nighttime approaches!
Saturday, June 27, 2020
- Story Hour: “The Adventures of Berkeley the Bear” at 10 a.m.
Berkeley is happy to live in the Monongahela Forest with his Sugar Maple friends. Meet in front of the Store to find out what Berkeley does and learn about West Virginia in this interactive story hour!
- National Bingo Day at 1 p.m.
Not your ordinary bingo! It’s West Virginia themed bingo! Meet your naturalist in the activities building to get the game started!
- Make Your Own Rock Animal at 3 p.m.
Meet in the activities room to paint your own rock animal! Paint will be provided. Bring your own rock!
- HISTORY ALIVE! Presents Theodore Roosevelt at 7 p.m.
Come to the activity room to meet a reenactor portraying Theodore Roosevelt. A strong advocate of the “life of strenuous endeavor,” Roosevelt pushed himself to overcome a sickly childhood. The youngest president in our history, he championed progressive reforms and a strong foreign policy. Portrayed by Gene Washington of Fayetteville. YPP
Sunday, June 28, 2020
- Bird Migration Game – 2-5 p.m.
Journey through the metal tunnel behind the park headquarters to the fitness trail to play this individual but interactive game about bird migration any time between 2-5 p.m.! You will see a sign on one of the trees as you step out of the tunnel so follow the instructions and have fun! If you play the game, stop by the headquarters and tell your naturalist to receive a fun prize! YPP
- Tree Walk at 2:00 p.m.
Meet outside in front of the Camper’s Corner Store to take an easy 1-mile hike on the paved fitness loop while identifying trees along the way! YPP
- Turtle Talk at 4:00 p.m.
Join your naturalist in the activities building to learn about turtles in West Virginia and how YOU can help protect the box turtles! A fun craft will follow! YPP
YPP: Young People for Parks is an environmental education program for children ages 6-16. To complete the program, participants attend three specified activities during their stay. These programs are indicated by the YPP logo. Participants will also complete the information on a special YPP brochure. After turning it into the park’s naturalist, each participant will receive a YPP patch. See your naturalist for the brochures and additional information.