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Holly River Nature Activities

July 23 - July 25

Weekend activities include programs about black bears, fireflies, moths, fish and hiking. Join Naturalist Jane for these free programs open to the public to enjoy.

FRIDAY, 7/23
10:00 a.m.
BLACK BEARS
Learn about our largest mammal inhabitant of WV forests. Play a game to understand how they survive, despite humans encroaching on their habitat. Windy Gap schoolyard (YPP)

2:00 p.m.
FIREFLIES
Learn what makes them glow, their evolutionary history, and how to take part in a firefly census. Did you know that West Virginia’s 40 species of fireflies have declined in number due to habitat loss, pesticide use and other environmental causes such as light pollution? As temperatures warm up and these insects become more active, we encourage you to get outside and look for fireflies. Fireflies are soft-bodied beetles that use a light emitting chemical process called bioluminescence to attract mates and prey. Each species has its own unique flashing patterns. (YPP)
Meet Naturalist Jane at the Windy Gap schoolyard to learn about this beetle, color a firefly craft and know more about these winged jewels when they begin to blink at dark.

4:00 p.m.
VERY FISHY
Learn the parts of a fish, fold an origami fish to take home, then feed the baby trout in the trout rearing pond at Holly River State Park. This program is great for any age. (YPP) Old Pavilion

9:00 – 11:00 p.m.
MOTH NIGHT @ Campground 3
Look for the illuminated white sheet to discover some night flying creatures attracted to the light. Did you know that WVDNR has documented something like 800 different species of moths in West Virginia and suspect there as many as 2,000 out there? Moths do not get as much attention as butterflies, but at Holly River, Moth Night continues to attract and look at these nocturnal insects. Location is Campground 3.

SATURDAY, July 24, 2021
9:00 a.m.
HIKE HIGH ROCK TRAIL (1.5 miles, under 2 hours)
Meet on office porch by 9:00 a.m., or at High Rock trailhead bridge below Cabin 9 at 9:15 a.m. Wear sturdy shoes to enjoy this invigorating walk to a special rock overlook. Hiking stick or poles helpful. It’s a great day for a hike. Join us.

2:00 p.m.
INCREDIBLE JOURNEY
Become a water droplet as you move through all the places water can be on planet EARTH. A fun program to talk and learn about water. Open to the public and all ages. (YPP) Windy Gap schoolyard

4:00 p.m.
BUTTERFLIES & MOTHS
Learn their similarities and differences. Choose one to color and take home. (YPP) Windy Gap yard / Balli Shelter if rainy.

9:00 – 11:00 p.m.
MOTH NIGHT @ Campground 4
Look for the illuminated white sheet to discover some night flying creatures attracted to the light. Naturalist Jane is at Campground 4 tonight to attract and look at these nocturnal insects with you. Open to the public of any age. Join us.

SUNDAY, July 25, 2021
10:00 a.m.
TREE ID WALK
Take a stroll around the park office building to learn a few of our Holly River trees by their leaves & bark. Make a rubbing of your favorites to take home. (YPP) Meet on office porch picnic tables.

All naturalist programs are free of charge. YPP (Young People for Parks) encourages youth of ages 6 – 16 to go outdoors and explore nature in our state parks. Completion of three indicated YPP naturalist programs in one week at Holly River State Park earns a certificate and/or a patch.

Jane Birdsong is a Master Naturalist and is the summer naturalist at Holly River State Park.

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