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Mid-week Summer Fun: Cacapon

July 18, 2022 - July 21, 2022

Mid-week at Cacapon there are programs about kayaking, primitive fire building and more. Join Naturalist Valerie Chaney and summer team, Garrett, Allen, and Mary and the park volunteers at the nature center (unless another location is indicated), July 18-21, 2022.

Monday, July 18, 2022

Tai Chi
This class will help increase balance, flexibility, and focus on connection to mind, body, & spirit. Location near nature center.

Seeds of History
Learn about our rich Appalachian subsistent past in our CCC heritage garden. YPP

Power of Pollinators
Join the summer naturalist to learn the importance of pollinators and try to find some! YPP

Native Wildflower Field Tour
Take a walk to fields of flowers to learn more about how they help our pollinators. YPP

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Kayaking 101
Learn basic kayak safety and enjoy a naturalist guided tour of the lake. Meet at boat docks.
Kayaks are limited to ten. $5 each. RSVP to cacaponnaturecenter@gmail.com

Nonnative Invasive Plants
Discover what plants are hurting our park and what you can do to help!

West Virginia Snakes
Learn the difference between venomous and non-venomous snakes. Coloring activity. *no live snakes* YPP

WV Trees
Learn how to identify common trees, followed by a craft. YPP

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Primitive Fire Building
Learn the basics of flint and steel fire building and sample a campfire breakfast treat.

Youth Geology Game
Learn about Cacapon and WV geology while playing a fun game.

Leave No Trace (LNT)
Discover some helpful principles to recreate in public land responsibly! YPP

West Virginia Geology Presentation
Join Ken Ashton, Geologist with the West Virginia Geological & Economic Survey in Morgantown, WV for a presentation on West Virginia and Cacapon Geology at the nature center. Following morning Ken will lead a geology hike at 10AM.

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Geology Hike
Join Geologist Ken Ashton for hike on the Piney Ridge Trail and discover many types of
sandstone. Earn a geology rocks patch too! YPP

Special Guest Storytellers
Story Telling
Join Natalya and Nate Smith, a daughter-father storytelling duo from Knoxville, TN. Stories will feature local stories about the wild, wonderful land around us.

West Virginia Snakes
Learn the difference between venomous and non-venomous snakes. Coloring activity. *no live snakes* YPP

Mark you calendars for these upcoming events:
July 29-Snakes Lives with Biologist Jim Fregonara
July 30-Flying Squirrels presentation
August 13-Champion liar, storyteller, author Bil Lepp
August 20-National Honey Bee Day (live bees presentation)

Come and visit the Tom Ambrose Nature Center! The nature center is a great stop for all ages, showcasing exhibits on the park’s history and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp Morgan 1934-41.

Other West Virginia natural exhibits include an extensive taxidermy collection of wildlife- fish, birds, fox, bobcat, mountain lion, deer, elk, and eastern grey wolf! Also, hands-on sand displays for wildlife tracks and a new geology interactive map to design your own mountains, rivers and lakes. Take a park naturalist guided hike or join the daily activities! The Nature Center is open daily from 9AM-5PM.

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July 18, 2022
July 21, 2022
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