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Holiday Weekend at Blackwater Falls

July 3, 2021 - July 5, 2021

This 4th of July weekend is time to enjoy some nature-based programs and activities at Blackwater Falls State Park and visit the area for additional festivities such as Mountaineer Days in Thomas, WV with fireworks.

We invite you to join us. All programs and hikes begin at the Nature Center, unless otherwise noted and the nature center is open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Craft fees cover materials used only.

Saturday, July 3, 2021

10:00 a.m. RAMBLIN’ RANGER
Find the park naturalist’s in the graveled overflow parking area to check out our display, play a game and perhaps create a craft. YPP

10:00 a.m. TIE DYE FUN
Get creative with a black t-shirt or white t-shirt and dye. Sizes limited to first come basis. Adults: $10.00 size, $8.00 Youth size.

11:00 a.m. A BOX TURTLE STORY
Hear about our only land turtle in West Virginia, why they are declining in numbers and ways you can help. Afterwards, play a game where you experience life as a turtle-great fun for the entire family! About 1 hour. YPP

12:00 p.m. A LIGHT FROM YESTERDAY
This program is all about earlier techniques of lighting your way and then create your own beeswax candle. About 45 minutes. Craft fee: $2.00 YPP.

1:00 p.m. STREAM SAFARI
Meet at the Elakala Trail trailhead (near Blackwater Lodge) for a short stroll to discover what lives beneath the surface of Shay Run. You will get WET! Please, wear sturdy shoes that can get wet. About 1-hour YPP

1:30 p.m. SKULLS, SKINS, and SCAT
West Virginia Wildlife! Explore identification of skulls, skins and scat. Afterwards, create a big ole baggie of slime to take home. About 70 minutes. YPP

2:30 p.m. FIREFLIES
Fireflies/lightning bugs/glowworms and reasons they are declining. Afterwards, create a glowing firefly to take home. Craft fee: $3.00 YPP

3:30 p.m. FERN AND FERN ALLIES WALK
Walk along a section of Balsam Fir trail to hear about some of the ferns found in our woods and their allies. About 1 hour. YPP

4:00 p.m. FBI HIKE
Become a nature detective and find evidence of “criminal activity” within our natural world. About 1 hour. YPP

Sunday, July 4, 2021

10:30 a.m. NATURALIST LOOP WALK
Meet the naturalists at the trailhead of Elakala trail (near Blackwater Lodge) for an interpretive stroll along a section of three park trails. About 2 miles,70 minutes. YPP

11:00 a.m. DRUM CRAFT
Create a foam drum. Craft fee: $3.00

1:00 p.m. SUMMER WILDFLOWER WALK
Take this short easy stroll around the area and along the lake to look for some common summer wildflowers and how to identify them. About 1 hour, 1/2 mile. YPP

2:00 p.m. LEAF/FLOWER PRESS CRAFT
It’s all about plants in general then create a press to take home. Craft fee: $3.00. YPP

3:00 p.m. HABITAT’S STUDIES
Learn a little about habitats while playing a game of diminishing habitats using hula hoops. Great family fun! About 30 minutes. YPP

4:00 p.m. SPARK THE FIRE
The art of sparking a fire using char cloth and “bird’s nest” is a 4th of July memory. Join us for traditional fire making. About 1 hour. YPP

Monday, July 5, 2021

10:30 a.m. NATIVE BEES
What’s all the buzz about mason bees and their advantage over honeybees? Afterwards, make a mason bee house. Craft fee: $3.00 YPP

1:00 p.m. TERRIFIC TREES
Why are trees so terrific? Discover some answers to that question. Afterwards, paint a leaf. Oversized cardboard- $3.00, watercolor paper leaf Free. Little walking. About 1 hour. YPP

2:00 p.m. AWARENESS OF THE ENVIRONMENT SCAVENGER HUNT
Small prize to winner(s). About 1 hour. YPP

3:00 p.m. CREATIVE EXPRESSION
The Outdoors provides a sitting many people find relaxing and comforting. Join our naturalist at beautiful scenic Pendleton Point Overlook as she encourages ways to preserve memories of the great outdoors through notes, thoughts, quotes, poems and drawings. There is no wrong way to create! No experience necessary. Some supplies provided. About 1 hour. Little walking. YPP

4:30 p.m. I SPY WAY UP HIGH
Let’s create a weather window and explore the world of clouds. Afterwards, venture outside to find a comfortable location to lie back and relax as we discuss the clouds and allow our imagination to create shapes. About 45 minutes. Little walking. Craft fee: $2.00 YPP

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!

Cousin is a member of National Association of Interpreters and a Certified Interpretive Guide. For more information, contact [email protected] or call the nature center at Blackwater Falls, 304-259-5511.

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