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Family-friendly Activities: Pipestem
July 10 – July 13
Pipestem sits on the east rim of the Bluestone River Gorge, which carves through the plateau to the scenic Bluestone River 1,200 feet below. Enjoy these activities when you visit July 10 – 13, 2023. The Nature Center is open Wednesday – Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Visit our exhibits and heritage structures and sit a spell in West Virginia made rocking chairs and watch the birds.
MONDAY, July 10, 2023
Barney Law Orchard Walk- Meet Bob at the Nature Center for a short hike to the homesite and orchard of former park resident, Barney Law. YPP
Nature Center Open House- Stop by the Nature Center to meet Bob and have a tour of our Nature Center and Historic Structures. YPP
Lake Dip- Meet Bryce at the pedestrian bridge near McKeever to walk to a nearby lake to see what critters we might catch. YPP
Ultimate Frisbee- Meet Bryce at the Campground store to learn how to play Ultimate Frisbee.
TUESDAY, July 11, 2023
Kickstart your Day with Bob at the Nature Center-Meet Bob at the Nature Center to walk along the pollinator zone while getting your steps in for the day while doing some simple exercises. After the warm-up, join Bob as he guides you along the Dogwood Trail.
Turtle Talk- Meet Kristen at the activities shelter behind the Nature Center to learn about turtles and what you can do to help them in the wild. Great for ages young and old. YPP
An Extraordinary Ordinary Moth- Meet Kristen in the Activity Shelter behind the Nature Center to hear a storybook story about a moth. Then color a picture of a moth any color you
want. A great activity for kids or adults who love moths. YPP
Go Batty for Bats- Cute or creepy, bats are an important part of our environment. Join Kristen at the Activity Shelter behind the Nature Center to learn about some of WV’s native bat species and ways that they support our ecosystem. YPP
WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2023
Deer Talk Time- Join Kristen at the activities shelter behind the nature center to learn about deer. We will talk about the different signs and behaviors of adult white-tailed deer and give participants a chance to touch a deer pelt. Additionally, Kristen will discuss what to do if you come across a fawn. YPP
Plaster Tracks- Meet Kristen in the Activity Shelter behind the Nature Center to make a plaster track to take home. Drying times may vary due to weather conditions, but please allow for a minimum of 30 minutes. YPP
Wildlife of North America Game- Meet Julie at the Nature Center for a quiz game about North American wildlife. YPP
THURSDAY, July 13, 2023
North Side Hike- Meet Bryce at the Picnic Shelter at Park Headquarters for a hike along the North side Trail. YPP
Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air- Meet Kristen at the Activity Shelter behind the
Nature Center to learn some interesting facts about our favorite little feathered friendsYPP
Amphibians of West Virginia Craft- Meet Kristen at the Activity Shelter behind the Nature Center to learn about our state’s amphibians while we create frog craft. YPP
Pond Walk- Join Bryce at the Activity Shelter behind the Nature Center following the Amphibians of West Virginia Craft on a pond walk located below the Nature Center to see what amphibians and other critters call the pond home. YPP
Young People for Parks
YPP is an environmental education program for children ages 6-16. Participants attend three specified activities during their stay. For more information inquire at the Nature Center.