Blackwater Falls Weekday Activities

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

Monday, June 29, 2020

11:00 a.m. Earth Awareness
Join the summer naturalist to learn ways you can help the world around you. About 30 minutes. YPP

1:00 p.m. Ants on a Twig
Let’s explore the ant world and play a game. About 1 hour, little walking. YPP

3:00 p.m. Habitrekking
Join naturalist, Carly Cunningham, for a short hike to discuss characteristics of the habitat. About 1 hour, little walking. YPP

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Wooden Craft
Stop in the Nature Center any time between 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to stain or paint a project. Craft fee: $1.00 to $10.00 depending on craft selected.

3:00 p.m. Eco-enrichers
Carly introduces a new appreciation for the importance of dirt. About 1 hour, little walking. YPP

5:00 p.m. Nature Drawing
Gather together to sit outside and draw a picture of a nature subject. Bird, Plants, Animals, oh my. What will you draw? About 30 minutes. YPP

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Butterfly Transformation Craft
Stop in the Nature Center any time between 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for this craft. Craft fee: $2.00

2:30 p.m. Be Bear Aware
Do you know what to do in a surprise encounter with a Black Bear? Is your pet dog a deterrent for a Black Bear? Join the park naturalist, Paulita Cousin, for this presentation about Black Bears and Bear Safety. Program includes a family friendly game and bear craft. Craft fee: $2.00 About 1 hour. YPP

4:00 p.m. Raptors of West Virginia
Join Paulita Cousin, park naturalist, to hear about some raptors that appear in West Virginia. Sorry, No Live Birds. About 1 hour. YPP

7:00 p.m. Sacagawea – HISTORY ALIVE!
When Lewis and Clark hired her French-Canadian husband as an interpreter for their 1804 expedition, Sacagawea came along as the lone female member of the Corps of Discovery. She gave birth to a son in early 1805 and cared for the newborn on the grueling journey to the Pacific. Aside from her value as an interpreter with knowledge of the landscape, her presence with the expedition communicated to tribes along the way that the Corps had peaceful intentions. Presented by Mary Dailey of Ronceverte. This evening program is open to the public at no cost. History Alive! program is made possible by the West Virginia Humanities Council and WV State Parks interpretive programming services. YPP

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Log Cabin/Gingerbread Cabin Craft
Stop in the Nature Center any time between 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for this craft. Craft fee: $10.00

10:00 a.m. Celebrating The Past
Join the park naturalist, Paulita, and recreation assistant, Inza, to car caravan to nearby points of interest. Stops include Fairfax Stone and Cathedral State Park. Don’t forget to pack a lunch, something to drink and a light jacket.

Participants have the opportunity to enjoy the History Alive! presentation in the beautiful forest at Cathedral. Cathedral State Park is the state’s largest old-growth forest and contains one of the largest stands of virgin hemlock in West Virginia. Designated a National Natural Landmark, this 133-acre park offers sanctuary for these ancient trees, as well as 170 species of trees, ferns and wildflowers. During spring and summer, Cathedral State Park offers excellent hiking on its three miles of trails and unique photography opportunities. Fairfax Stone State Park is comprised of four acres and named after the Fairfax Stone, a surveyor’s marker and boundary stone used in the 1700s to settle a dispute over land in the English colonies of Maryland and Virginia. YPP

Encore! History Alive! at Cathedral State Park
1:30 p.m. Sacagawea – History Alive! If you missed the Sacagawea History Alive! performance on Wednesday at Blackwater Falls or just want to attend another performance in an enchanted setting then come to this presentation at Cathedral State Park. YPP Stop by the Harold Walters Nature or call 304-259-5511 for directions to Cathedral State Park.

Activities planned will observe social distancing. Please honor guidance provided by park naturalist based on directives currently in place as established by the Governor.

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Event Details

  • Start Date: June 29 - July 2, 2020
  • End Date: July 2, 2020

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