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Kanawha State Forest Activities

July 31, 2020 @ 1:01 am - August 2, 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 31, 2020
Shelter #4 is located across from the campground entrance
2:00 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 essential survival knots and find out what they can be used for. Meet your naturalist at Shelter #4 and you’ll be a pro in no time!

4:00 p.m. – Guided Hike (YPP)
Meet your naturalist at the trailhead to Davis Creek trail, next to Ellison pond at the entrance to the park for a guided hike. This trail is easy/moderate and runs alongside Davis Creek. You will have the opportunity to ask your naturalist questions while you learn about local flora and fauna. Come prepared with sturdy shoes and water. (1 hour, weather permitting)

7:00 p.m. – All About Coyotes (YPP)
Did you know that the coyotes that scatter our mountainsides are not true coyotes? Meet at Shelter #4 to learn all about the habitat, habits and interesting facts about eastern coyotes in West Virginia.

Saturday, Aug 1, 2020

2:00 p.m. – Snake of the Week: Northern Copperhead (YPP)
Of the 20 species of snakes in the Mountain State, only 2 are venomous. Meet your naturalist at Shelter #4 to learn all about the Northern Copperhead including how to identify and what to do if you encounter one.

4:00 p.m. – How it Works: Hibernation (YPP)
Bats, bears, frogs and box turtles all have one thing in common; they prefer to spend their winters in a state of hibernation. Meet your naturalist at Shelter #4 to learn how this fascinating process works and how animals use it for survival.

7:00 p.m. – Opportunistic Opossum (YPP)
The opossum is one of the most misunderstood animals in our forest. Come learn all about North America’s only marsupial and how they benefit a healthy ecosystem. Meet at Shelter #4.

Sunday, Aug 2, 2020

4:00 p.m. – Accessible Guided Hike (YPP)
Meet at the Spotted Salamander Nature Trail for a guided walk. You’ll have the opportunity to ask your naturalist questions while you learn about the local flora and fauna in Kanawha State Forest (ADA Accessible paved trail, 1 hour weather permitting).

7:00 p.m. – Crystals 101 (YPP)
Humans have always been fascinated by these sparkling, iridescent or otherwise beautiful stones. Meet at Shelter #4 to see some of the different types of crystals and learn how they were formed, as well as how they are used today.

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 31, 2020 @ 1:01 am
August 2, 2020 @ 1:01 am