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Bluestone State Park Goes Outdoors

June 25, 2020 @ 1:01 am - June 29, 2020 @ 1:01 am

Outdoor activities at Bluestone State Park encourage exploration of nature from cicadas to moths and traditional activities, from primitive fire building to giant bubbles. Join Naturalist Jonathan Lipscomb as we adapt to distancing and still have a great time participating. Youth, adults and families welcomed.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

12:00 p.m. Cicada Talk
Meet under the pines next to the activities building playground and learn about the brood IX cicadas that you hear making so much noise. *YPP

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Bowl/Spoon Carving
Come see how wooden kitchen wares were created using historic hand tools. Demonstration and conversation with Naturalist Jonathan, a heritage artisan. *YPP

Friday, June 26, 2020
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Let’s Go Fishing!
Join the park naturalist for a relaxing afternoon fishing and learning about different types of fishing equipment at the fishing pier below the Bluestone State Park Office. Bring your own equipment or borrow one of ours. All ages are welcome to join, although ages 15 & up require a license which can be purchased at www.wvfish.com. *YPP

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Primitive Fire Starting
Join us in the shelter behind the activities building before the weekly campfire to learn about how to start a fire without a lighter or match. *YPP

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Campfire
Meet in the shelter behind the activities building for our weekly campfire, come to relax, talk, sing, and learn about the local area. We’ll watch our distances. Talk about critters and things that measure six feet and have good evening.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Scavenger Hunt
It’s time to go searching. Meet at the playground behind the activities building to compete in a scavenger hunt around the field. Fun for the family, youth and the young at heart. *YPP

4:30 p.m. Nature Hike
Meet Jonathan the Naturalist at the activities building for a nice evening stroll along the Kanawha/Fayette Turnpike trail and the cabin trail. This hike is around 1.5 miles. We go at an easy pace. Bring water if you want. We’ll be back in time to start supper. *YPP

8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Moth and Lightning Bug Survey
Meet behind the activities building to learn about the nocturnal insects that call our park home. These are creatures that are only out at night. One lights up the night, and the other is attracted to light. *YPP

Sunday June 28, 2020

8:00 a.m. Bird Watching
Join Naturalist Jonathan at the shelter behind the activities building for a relaxing morning of bird watching.

10:00 a.m. Nature Hike
Learn about the local flora and fauna with a hike along the cabin and rhododendron trail. We will meet in front of the activities building for this 1.5-mile hike.

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Giant Bubbles!
If the humidity is high and the wind is calm, we will make some seriously large bubbles behind the activities building. This activity is a hit with all ages. Plan to enjoy time outside.

Monday, June 29, 2020

10:00 a.m. Nature Hike
Join the naturalist at the office to take a hike along the Big Pine Trail. This is a longer hike around 4 miles. Closed-toe shoes, long pants, and water are recommended. We pace ourselves for a pleasant hike.

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Turtle Talk
Meet at the shelter behind the activities building to learn about turtles and other reptiles that live at our park. Help WVDNR survey box turtles here and where you live. We as citizen scientists can make a difference. *YPP

*YPP is the Young People for Parks program. These programs are focused on fun education for ages 6-16. Although, all ages are welcome to attend.
** All children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
***Masks are recommended for all activities. We appreciate your responsibility when outdoors and when we are closer than six feet.

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June 25, 2020 @ 1:01 am
June 29, 2020 @ 1:01 am