Fascination with Nature

After Valentine’s Day, many look outdoors and are fascinated with nature. Join Naturalist Paulita Cousin to learn more about Blackwater Falls flora and fauna at planned hikes, crafts and presentations.

February 15, 2019
10:00 a.m. Park Rambling for Birds explores the Balsam Fir Trail and Pendleton Lake for birds. Plan on 90 minutes of outside observations.

1:30 p.m. The Love of Bugs Craft Project is indoor learning at the Nature Center. There is no fee for this craft and open to one and all.

3:30 p.m. Nature Rocks! Valentine is at the Nature Center and all about the geology of the Blackwater Falls and Canaan Valley area. Includes the creation of a geology card to take home to your valentine. A $1 craft fee covers materials.

7:30 p.m. Yips, Hoots and Howls Walk begins at the Campground office to explore the park at night. Whooooo’s out there on a sweetheart weekend? You will also learn about some animals that mate in the winter. Please, leave the flashlight in your pocket for this program. It’s easy walking and lasts about an hour.

Saturday, February 16, includes 8:30 a.m. Rambling “Ranger” – with Park Naturalist Paulita Cousin, in Blackwater Lodge. It’s a morning meet and greet to learn more about the park and area.

Heart Healthy Nature Walk at 10:00 a.m. gets folks outside and moving with Paulita Cousin, for a walk along a section of three park trails at Blackwater Falls. Meet in the Blackwater Lodge Lobby. Program includes short interpretive stops and covers about two miles of trails.

2:00 p.m. For the Love of Birds and Chocolate is a 2:00 p.m. introduction to bird watching at our Nature Center window feeders. Blackwater Falls and the area are noted for a variety of winter birds, as well as spring and fall migratory species. Hot cocoa provided. The nature center and exhibits are open from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.

5:00 p.m. Bust n’Boom Walk begins at Gentle Trail for this easy walk to an overlook of the falls while learning a little of the area history. About 45 minutes of being outside and a beautiful view as the finale.

7:30 p.m. Heart Reflector Exploration is a hunt and seek activity at the Nature Center. You’ll be looking for red reflectors outside and then go on a red heart hunt in the dark using your flashlights. Each heart found will have an informational yet fun moment with the naturalist. It’s a find a valentine in nature scavenger hunt with a message.

Sunday, February 17, begins with a 10:00 a.m. ‘Hike with your Hunny Bunny’ beginning at the trailhead of the Gentle Trail. The hikes will include walking a section of Yellow Birch Trail to a Mountain Bog. at 1:30 p.m. enjoy a presentation about Raptors in WV and a 3:30 p.m. Bird Feeder Craft.

If you extended your stay or visit to Presidents Day, get creative with tie-dye fun and create a souvenir at the Nature Center. At 11:00 a.m., Brittany will teach how to tie-dye and the complete process. T-shirts are available to purchase, however the dye, rubber bands, gloves and instruction are free.

Nature Center and Exhibit Hours are posted at the lodge, sled run and throughout the park.

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Event Details

  • Start Date: February 15 - 18, 2019
  • End Date: February 18, 2019

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