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Bluestone Outdoor Programs
September 4, 2020 @ 1:01 am - September 6, 2020 @ 1:01 am
Summer programming concludes this weekend at Bluestone State Park. Naturalist Jonathan Lipscomb’s outdoor activities encourage exploration of nature from primitive fire starting and fishing to unique activities like a heritage art of candle making! Plan on participating as we adapt to distancing and have a great time outdoors. Youth, adults and families welcomed.
Friday, September 4, 2020
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Fire Building
Learn how to start a fire without matches. We will also cover the basics of fire safety. Located at the shelter behind the activities building. *YPP
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Campfire
Join us at the shelter behind the activities building for a weekend campfire. Come to talk, sing, and enjoy the glow.
9:30 p.m. Telescope Astronomy
Join Naturalist Jonathan behind the activities building for an introduction into telescope astronomy (weather permitting) *YPP
Saturday. September 5, 2020
1:00 p.m. Compass Navigation
Join the naturalist at the pool house to learn the basics of compass navigation. This isn’t GPS, it’s old school compass use. Join us. *YPP
2:30 p.m. Candle Making
Beside the Meador bathhouse, you’ll learn about how dip candles are made. These are the candles that were used in many areas up to the invention of the light bulb. This activity costs $1 per person. *YPP
5:00 p.m. Fishing
Meet at fishing pier below the Bluestone State Park office for a couple hours of relaxing evening fishing. *Free biodegradable igloo cooler with attendance, one per family while supplies last.
7:00 p.m. Nature Hike
Join the naturalist at the office for a hike along the River View Trail. This 2-mile trail follows a stream with several waterfalls before continuing along the Bluestone River. Weather permitting.
Sunday, September 6, 2020
2:00 p.m. River View Trail Hike
Meet beside the Meador Campground bathhouse for a hike along the River View Trail. This 2-mile trail follows a stream with several waterfalls before continuing along the Bluestone River.
4:30 p.m. Animal Show and Tell
Meet behind the activities building to learn about the different types of animals in our park and how you can help protect them. *YPP
5:00 p.m. Candle Making
Meet behind the activities building to learn about how dip candles are made. These are the candles that were used in many areas up to the invention of the light bulb. This activity costs $1 per person. *YPP
6:30 p.m. Friendship Bracelets
We will be meeting behind the activities building to create basic friendship bracelets. These are $1 each.
Children age 12 and under must have an adult present at activities.
Fishing licenses are required for anyone 15 years and older.
Licenses may be purchased at www.wvfish.com and at local bait shops.
Masks are required for all activities in close proximity.
We appreciate your social responsibility when outdoors and when we are closer than six feet.
*YPP Young People for Parks program (see naturalist for more information)
A note from Naturalist Jonathan
There is plenty to see and do at Bluestone State Park and in the area. Summer activities may have concluded at Bluestone State Park but there is fishing, hiking, visiting Pipestem, Sandstone Falls, and the historic town of Hinton to welcome travelers. Camping and cabin information is on our website to encourage your visit in autumn, winter and spring, as well as summertime.
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