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Kanawha State Forest Activities

July 10, 2020 @ 1:01 am - July 12, 2020 @ 1:01 am

It’s all about the natural world at Kanawha State Forest with Park Naturalist Casey. Join the fun outside.

Friday, July 10
2:00 p.m. – Something Fishy (YPP)
Learn how to identify local species of fish and how to properly tie a hook to a piece of fishing line using a clinch knot. Great for kids and amateur fishermen looking to learn more about the species they catch! Meet your naturalist at Shelter #4.

4:00 p.m. – Guided Hike (YPP)
Meet your Naturalist at the trailhead to Davis Creek Trail, next to Ellison Pond, for a guided hike. This trail is easy/moderate and runs alongside Davis Creek. Learn about local flora and fauna and ask your Naturalist questions as we move forward! Come prepared with sturdy shoes and water (1 hour).

7:00 p.m. – Why Knot? (YPP)
Knowing how to properly tie and use knots can save your life in the wilderness. Come learn how to tie 5 (or more, if time allows) essential survival knots and what they can be used for. Meet your naturalist at Shelter #4 and you’ll be a pro in no time!

Saturday, July 11

2:00 p.m. – Flower Power (YPP)
Kanawha State Forest has a wide range of wildflowers that play an important part in the ecosystem. Meet your Naturalist at Shelter #4 to learn all about how flowers reproduce and what kinds of flowers you’re likely to see on our trails this summer! Plant your own flower seeds that you can take home!

4:00 p.m. – Turtle Tales (YPP)
Come meet Blaze, our resident Red-Eared Slider turtle, and learn all about the different species of turtles you can find in West Virginia, from diet to habitat and more! Meet your naturalist at Shelter #4 to learn more about these living dinosaurs.

7:00 p.m. – Origami
Meet your Naturalist at Shelter #4 to learn how to make paper cranes and jumping frogs using the ancient art of origami, Japanese paper folding!

Sunday, July 12

4:00 p.m. – Camouflaged Critters (YPP)
Natural camouflage is key to survival as it allows animals to blend into their surroundings. Some animals use this to escape predators and others use it to sneak up on unsuspecting prey. Meet your naturalist at Shelter #4 to learn about this essential trait and how different species use it to survive.

7:00 p.m. – Warts of a Kind (YPP)
All toads are frogs, but not all frogs are toads. Meet your Naturalist at Shelter #4 to learn the difference between frogs and toads and about the 14 species you can find in our state!

Ask about the YPP Program at Kanawha State Forest. YPP is Young People for Parks program. Youth 6-16 participating in three YPP activities and completing the what I discovered leaflet, receive a certificate from the naturalist and/or forest superintendent. Let’s get excited about being outside and learning about Kanawha State Forest and nature.


July 10, 2020 @ 1:01 am
July 12, 2020 @ 1:01 am