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Bluestone Outdoor Programs
July 23, 2020 @ 1:01 am - July 27, 2020 @ 1:01 am
Outdoor activities at Bluestone State Park encourage exploration of nature from stream walks to fire building and unique activities like candle making and moth watch! Join Naturalist Jonathan Lipscomb as we adapt to distancing and have a great time participating. Youth, adults and families welcomed.
Thursday, July 23, 2020
5:00 p.m. Stream Walk
Meet beside the fishing pier to explore the wildlife that lives in Surveyors Creek along the Rhododendron Trail. *YPP
7:00 p.m. Spoon/Bowl Carving Demonstration
Meet at the shelter behind the activities building to learn about the basics of how spoons and bowls were carved before power tools. *YPP
9:00 p.m. NEOWISE comet
Join Naturalist Jonathan in the field behind the activities building to observe the Neowise comet as it finishes its pass. This comet won’t return for 6800 years. *YPP
Friday, July 24, 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. Moth Watch
Let’s celebrate National Moth Week by meeting directly behind the activities building to watch and learn about some of the nocturnal insects that we have in our park. *YPP
Saturday, July 25, 2020
2:30 p.m. Candle Making
Join me beside the Meador bathhouse 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
5:00 p.m. Fishing
Meet at the fishing pier below the office for a couple hours of relaxing evening fishing.
7:00 p.m. Nature Hike
Starting from the office, it’s a hike along the River View Trail. This 2-mile trail follows a stream with several waterfalls before continuing along the Bluestone River.
9:00 p.m. Moth Watch
Join Naturalist Jonathan in celebrating National Moth Week by meeting at the pool picnic area to watch and learn about some of the nocturnal insects that we have in our park.
Sunday, July 26, 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
Naturalist Jonathan will be 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
Monday, July 27, 2020
10:00 a.m. It’s a great day! Meet behind the activities building for a fun morning of making giant bubbles and kites. Learn the science behind these classic favorites.
1:00 p.m. Nature Hike
Let’s go for a hike along the Kanawha, Fayette Turnpike Trail and the Cabin Trail. This is around 1.5 miles. We will begin in front of the activities building.
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)