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Blackwater Falls Nature Activities

September 4, 2020 @ 1:01 am - September 7, 2020 @ 1:01 am

Getting outdoors on Labor Day Weekend at Blackwater Falls finds a variety of activities to enjoy. Unless otherwise indicated, activities are held at the nature center area.

Friday, September 4, 2020

Nature Center Open: 10:00 a.m.—4:30 p.m.

Young People for Parks Opportunity
11:00 a.m. History Stroll
Join park naturalist, Paulita, at the trailhead of Gentle Trail for this stroll to a view of Blackwater Falls as we discuss and learn about the amazing history of the area. About 30 minutes. Easy walking 1/4 mile.

Young People for Parks Opportunity
1:30 p.m. Skulls, Skins and Scat
Join the park naturalist, Paulita, to explore West Virginia animals through skulls, skins and replica scat. Also, create a plaster of Paris deer track to take home. About 1 hour.

Young People for Parks Opportunity
3:00 p.m. Nature Fun
Join the park naturalist, Paulita, for a fun scavenger hunt, then choose a item approved by the naturalist to make a sun print to take home. About 45 minutes.

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Nature Center Open: 10:00 a.m.—4:30 p.m.
Young People for Parks Opportunity
11:00 a.m. Backyard Bugs Nature Film with Aspen, recreation assistant.

Young People for Parks Opportunity
3:00 p.m. AMERICAN BLACK BEARS with guest speaker, Bernie Howe!
What should people do if they see a black bear in the wild? Black bears are a very interesting species and understanding them is important to your safety as well as the safety of the bear. This program is designed to create a better understanding of the black bears and how to interface with them in a positive manner. Bernie is a certified West Virginia Master Naturalist with 9 years of experience and 8 years experience as a certified WV interpretive guide. Please join us for this presentation about our state mammal.

Young People for Parks Opportunity
5:00 p.m. Bust n’ Boom Campfire
Join the park naturalist, Paulita, at the fire circle of Harold Walters Nature Center to hear a little history of the area and perhaps roast a marshmallow. About one hour.

Young People for Parks Opportunity
7:30 p.m. Sundown Stroll to Pendleton Point
Join the park naturalist, Paulita, for this interpretive stroll to a scenic overlook as the sun sets and enjoy hearing about the importance of dark skies, perhaps a little on constellations and learn how animals adapt to the world of darkness. About one hour, about 1/2 mile.

Sunday, September 6, 2020
Nature Center Open: 10:00 a.m.—4:30 p.m.

Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
Join Pastor Ruth Bullwinkle at Pendleton Point Overlook for this morning’s interdenominational worship service. Please bring something to sit upon and face mask required. Inclement weather cancels this service. About 30 minutes.

Craft Opportunity
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Tie Dye!
Join recreation assistants, Aspen and Brittany, to make your own black or white tie dye souvenir shirt. Supplies are Limited! Youth size is $8.00 and adult size is $10.00. Please, don’t bring your own clothing to tie dye.

Young People for Parks Opportunity
11:30 a.m. West Virginia Snakes
Join Paulita, park naturalist, for this interpretive talk about snakes that call West Virginia home, perhaps dispel some myths about snake and leave the program with an appreciation of snakes. About 1 hour. Perhaps, a live eastern ratsnake or eastern milksnake will be highlighted during presentation.

Craft Opportunity
12:00 p.m. Wooden Snake
Join Aspen, recreation assistant, to paint a wooden snake that wiggles with a flip of your wrist. Craft fee: $3.00

Young People for Parks Opportunity
2:30 p.m. Elakala Trail Walk
Join the park naturalist, Paulita, at the front entrance to Blackwater Lodge for this walk along a section of one of our most popular trails. Along the trail you will have an opportunity to view the first cascade of Elakala and a little more about the falls and some facts about nature along the walk. About one hour. One mile.

Movie Time– 3:00 p.m.
Rated G.

Monday, September 7, 2020

Nature Center Open: 10:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m.

Young People for Parks Opportunity
1:00 p.m. Monarch Butterfly
Join the park naturalist, Paulita, for a short introduction to our state butterfly. It includes a metamorphosis craft at no charge.

Craft Opportunity
1:30 p.m. Butterfly House
Assemble and paint a pre-cut butterfly house. Craft fee: $2.00-$12.00 depending upon craft selection.

Young People for Parks Opportunity
11:00 a.m. Late Summer Wildflower Stroll
Join park naturalist, Paulita, for a leisurely stroll around the area and lake shore looking for some late summer wildflowers to test your skills on identifying.

Face covering is required inside public buildings by Executive Order. Social distancing is encouraged. Thanks for staying safe. Park activities and other useful information is available at lodge, camping area and nature center.

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September 4, 2020 @ 1:01 am
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September 7, 2020 @ 1:01 am