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Cacapon Outdoor Activities

September 9, 2020 @ 1:01 am - September 13, 2020 @ 1:01 am

Cacapon invites you to enjoy programs and experiences during your visit or stay. All planned activities begin at the Campfire Circle near the Nature Center unless noted**. The Nature Center is typically open from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily. Most programs are one hour in length and begin at the nature center or campfire circle. The activity flier is posted at the nature center.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

10:30 a.m. WV Trees
Learn some common WV trees and use the Young People’s Series guide to Trees checklist. Let’s take a walk, then follow it with a craft. YPP

1:30 p.m. Wildflower Meadow Walk
Learn all about the park’s native wildflowers and pollinators. YPP

Thursday, September 10, 2020

10:30 a.m. Who is making all that noise?
Let’s discover the many varieties of woodpeckers that frequently visit Cacapon. Learn them by sight and sound! YPP

1:30 p.m. History Walk
Take a stroll through the lower lake area to learn about the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and their accomplishments during their time here.

Friday, September 11, 2020

10:30 a.m. Butterfly & Moth Video
Meet at the nature center to watch this 30-minute film. Followed by exploring the nature center’s milkweed garden and monarchs!

1:30 p.m. Meadow Film
Learn how to provide natural landscaping with native plants and their benefits. Take a closer look at the wildflower meadow at the nature center planted by a local native plant group, The Blue Ridge Wild Ones. Enjoy informational handouts from two monarch conservation groups that we have teamed up with: Monarch Joint Venture and the Monarch Alliance Group. (1 hour)

Saturday, September 12, 2020

West Virginia Monarch Day!

10:30 a.m. Monarch Art
Join local artists and park volunteers for fun crafts and art on the monarchs!

2:00 p.m. Monarchs in the Meadow
Join the park naturalist for a tour of Cacapon’s wildflower meadows that the monarch butterfly depends on for a nectar source before their long journey south to Mexico.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Nature Center Hours today: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Plant a Monarch Waystation!
The Tom Ambrose Nature Center has been awarded the Monarch Alliance grant to build and maintain a monarch waystation that will help conserve monarchs with other pollinators. The way station will be an integral part of an ecological network throughout the eastern US that supports the monarch on its incredible journey in the fall from its breeding grounds in the north to its wintering grounds in Mexico and then back in the spring!

We have hundreds of native plants and milkweed to plant and are inviting volunteers to help plant and be part of the new Monarch Waystation at the Nature Center! Stop by to check it out.

Volunteers can sign up and choose between two time slots: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. RSVP to [email protected] or call 304-258-1022. ext. 5209. This is a great way to help the park and to encourage pollinators to visit our area. A great family activity.

Young People for Parks
YPP is an environmental education program for children ages 6-16. To complete the program, participants attend three specified activities during their stay. These programs are indicated on the weekly program by the YPP logo. Participants will also complete the information on a special YPP brochure. After turning it in to the park’s naturalist, each participant will receive a state park incentive for participating in three specified programs. All ages are welcome!

Nature Center operations and programs are following recommended social distancing guidelines established by the governor of 6’ apart and maximum gathering of 25. Programs will be first come, first served. Please wear masks when indoors. Let’s all have a fun & safe summer together!

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September 9, 2020 @ 1:01 am
September 13, 2020 @ 1:01 am