Indoor Wildlife Camp at Chief Logan State Park Lodge

It’s about wildlife and fun things to do in the outdoors. Held at Chief Logan Lodge, the weekend activities are designed for youth from 6-16 but open to any age including parents and adults. Meet a Natural Resources Police Officer, a wildlife manager, and a naturalist. Participants will learn about box turtles, play Nature Jeopardy, roast hot dogs, make s’mores and learn how to pitch a tent.

It’s OK to attend one or all of the activities. To attend the cookout, attendees must attend one or all of the Saturday morning programs. Indoor Wildlife Camp at Chief Logan is free; however, preregistration is necessary by emailing [email protected]

Here is a brief outline of the weekend activities:

Friday, March 6, 2020
5:00 p.m. – Winter Meet and Greet. Get a schedule and name tag.
6:00 p.m. – It’s OK! I’m a Naturalist.* Learn about Lauren Cole’s job at Chief Logan State Park and about what Chief Logan State Park offers.
7:00 p.m – Turtle Talk!* Who doesn’t like turtles? Learn about native species in West Virginia and how we all can help them.
7:30 p.m. – Camp snack

Saturday, March 7, 2020
9:30 a.m. – Getting started for the day.
10:00 a.m. – Track Teasers!* Learn how to identify common animal tracks. Compare your hands and feet to wild animals and more fun.
11:00 a.m. – It’s OK! I’m traditionally known as a game warden.* Learn about my job as a Natural Resources Police Officer. This talk may include aspects of firearm safety.
12:00 p.m. – Campfire! We’ll be learning to build a fire at the fire pit and roasting hot dogs for lunch. Chips, cookies and beverage provided. This is outdoors if weather allows. Bundle up.
1:30 p.m. – It’s OK! I’m a Wildlife Biologist.* Learn about what biologists do and how this biologist is helping to restore Elk in West Virginia. Touch an elk antler and other elk parts.
2:30 p.m. – Pitching a tent* is something every camper needs to know. We’ll be pitching pup tents and learning simple hands-on tent craft.
3:30 p.m. – Keeping our Wildlife WILD!* An interactive activity about WV’s native animals. Attendees receive a free pass to return and visit the wildlife exhibit at the park in 2020.
6:30 p.m. – Wildlife Jeopardy!* Everyone teams up to play this interactive jeopardy game. Win prizes. Have fun learning.
7:30 p.m. – Marking S’mores at the fire pit.

Sunday, March 8, 2020
9:00 a.m. – Get together and get ready to go on a morning hike.
9:15 a.m. – Winter Woods Hike: Birding and more!* Step outside with Naturalist Lauren Cole for a winter hike to see birds, trees, and early sings of springs. We’ll have some binoculars. Anyone welcome to attend. Bird checklist of Birds of Logan distributed.
10:00 a.m. – Wrap up, thank you.

Youth 6-16 that participate fully in a minimum of three activities marked with an * will qualify for a YPP (Young People for Parks) certificate.

All programs during the Wildlife Camp are free and open to the public to attend, however, the activities focus on 6-16 year old interest. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adults. It is recommended children between 12-16 be accompanied by an adult. Some programs and activities may cover topics such as hunting, firearm safety, safety around wildlife, wildlife-related illness and others. The goal is to introduce youth to WV natural resources and individuals in natural resource careers. Preregistration is necessary for camp planning. Folks do not have to attend all activities. Lauren welcomes attendance at one, several or all. Email [email protected] to register or to inquire about the weekend.

Overnight and meals are on your own. Reserve overnight room that includes express breakfast using the “Book Now” button or call Chief Logan Lodge at 304-855-6100. A room reservation is not preregistration for camp.

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Event Details

  • Start Date: March 6 - 8, 2020
  • End Date: March 8, 2020

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