Lost River Nature Activities

Enjoy Lost River State Park and these planned activities.

FRIDAY – July 31, 2020

TREE HIKE (YPP)
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Meet Nick the Naturalist at the volleyball parking near Cabin No. 3. at 1:00 p.m. We’ll hike down Howard’s Lick Trail and through the picnic area to see how many of the 35 native species of trees we can identify. Learn their importance as they balance our environment.

BOX TURTLE TAILS (YPP)
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – at the Nature Center
Learn about box turtle and conservation practices. We keep a social distance, and everyone wears a mask.

BEAR NECESSITIES (YPP)
4:00 p.m. at the Nature Center
Learn about the black bear, West Virginia’s state animal.

WALK IN THE TWILIGHT ZONE (YPP)
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Take a night hike and look for bats, owls and other night creatures! Learn how these animals get around in the dark. Bring a flashlight if you have one, and meet Nick the Naturalist at the swimming pool bathhouse at 8:00 p.m.

SATURDAY – August 1, 2020

TREE HIKE (YPP)
9:00 a.m.
Meet Nick the Naturalist at the volleyball parking near Cabin No. 3. at 1:00 p.m. We’ll hike down Howard’s Lick Trail and through the picnic area to see how many of the 35 native species of trees we can identify. Learn their importance as they balance our environment.

SAVE THE MONARCH at the Nature Center
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Learn about our threatened Monarch butterfly, WV’s state butterfly and how you can help keep the population growing.

CAMPFIRE TIME!
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Enjoy a campfire and stories at the fire pit across from the Rec Hall. Bring your own fixings for s’mores if you like. Social distancing of families, couples and singles is required. Plan on an hour of fun.

Creating Realistic Displays
When the Nature Center is open come in and see an ongoing eco-friendly project of creating animal displays for the center using models cast from taxidermy forms of various non-venomous snakes, a box turtle and a green frog. Nick the Naturalist is a realistic artist who shares his talents, creating featured display reptiles and amphibians for Lost River and other state parks.

The NATURE CENTER is open, and you will find all kinds of interesting displays and our creek aquariums of fish and other critters. Here you can get all your nature questions answered. We ask that only one family group, one couple or one single person visit at a time and that social distancing be maintained by those waiting to come in. Nature Center hours are Wednesday and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

LEE HOUSE is open and calls all history enthusiasts to learn about the remarkable past of Lost River State Park: “Light Horse” Harry Lee, the Lee Sulphur Springs Resort and the Civilian Conservation Corps. Follow the sign by Cabins 1 & 2 across from the pool. We ask that only one family group, one couple or one single person visit at a time and that social distancing be maintained by those waiting to come in. Lee House hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; Saturday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Many activities offered are eligible for YPP status. YPP is the Young People for Parks Program, an environmental education program for children 6-16 years of age. Brochure to fill out and receive a state park incentive is available in the office and the Nature Center. Activities at Lost River State Park are open to the public and free to attend.

Rain Policy: Programs will be canceled if rain or T-storm occurs. Nature Center will be open if a program is canceled.

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Event Details

  • Start Date: July 31 - August 2, 2020
  • End Date: August 2, 2020

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