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Nature Activities

July 14, 2020 @ 1:01 am - July 16, 2020 @ 1:01 am

Blackwater Falls offers a variety of activities to enjoy outdoors. Unless otherwise indicated, activities are held at the nature center area.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Nature Center Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Young People for Parks Opportunity: 8:00 a.m.
Beginners Bird Walk—Join the park naturalist, Paulita, in the Falls Overflow Parking near park intersection for this walk along the park road listening and looking for feathered friends. Binoculars helpful but not necessary. About 70 minutes. All ages welcome to join this walk.

Craft of the Day – Butterfly House
Join the naturalist at 10:00 a.m. to put together a small wooden butterfly house. Craft fee: $1.00

Young People for Parks Opportunity: 11:00 a.m.
Butterfly Vs Moth Nature Film– About 1 hour. NR

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Craft of the Day – Compass
The craft begins at 11:00 a.m. to use make a compass. Supplies limited to first come. Craft fee: $2.00

1:00 p.m. Lighting Bug Craft $2.00

Young People for Parks Opportunity: 12:00 p.m.
A Murder of Crows Nature Film– About 1 hour. NR

Young People for Parks Opportunity: 2:00 p.m.
Eco-Enrichers
Naturalist Carly really digs dirt. Visit with her to hear about the importance of dirt. About 1 hour, some walking.

Young People for Parks Opportunity: 3:00 p.m.
Map & Compass Fun
Join the park naturalist, Paulita, to learn about a topography map and how to read one, experience a short compass course and perhaps hear how they can be used together. About 1 hour, some walking.

Young People for Parks Opportunity: 4:00 p.m.
Stream Study
Naturalist Carly will meet you at Blackwater Falls Main Entrance to walk to Shay Run. Discover what makes a stream healthy and possibly discover some critters that live in or near the stream. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes that can get WET! About 1 hour.

Young People for Parks Opportunity: 8:30 p.m.
Sundown at Pendleton Point Overlook & Lightning Bugs – Join the park naturalists to walk to Pendleton Point to experience the sights and sounds of the area either going to sleep or waking up. Also, hear about lightning bugs and the plight they are currently in and how you can help keep the night aglow with these amazing insects for future generations. About 1 hour. 1/2 mile with some incline.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Craft of the Day – Snakes
Meet at 11:00 a.m. to use paint on wooden snake. Supplies limited to first come. Craft fee: $3.00

Young People for Parks Opportunity: 10:00 a.m.
Stem-winder Grade Trail – Join the park naturalist, Paulita, and recreation enthusiast, Inza, to walk along a section of three park trails at Blackwater Falls. Short interpretive stops along the way. We’ll pace ourselves to enjoy time outdoors. About 90 minutes, 2 miles. Hikers should meet at the Davis Trailhead (former petting zoo and stable area) and pack extra water.

Young People for Parks Opportunity: 12:00 p.m.
World Snake Day
Join naturalist, Carly, to learn why snakes are reptiles and other interesting facts about snakes. Also hear about snakes that call West Virginia home and perhaps meet one or two of them. About 1 hour.

It’s World Snake Day. We’re celebrating the birthday of our Nature Center Snakes.
Come to the Nature Center to wish our Snakes an early Happy Birthday at 1:00 p.m. A birthday present isn’t necessary, however, donations to West Virginia State Park Foundation are always appreciated and put to good use. Birthday cards (especially hand made) are welcomed. We just want to welcome you to celebrate our loved reptiles and hum Happy Birthday with us.

Young People for Parks Opportunity: 3:00 p.m.
Poisonous VS. Venomous
Join naturalist Carly to learn and understand the difference in these two terms. WV doesn’t have poisonous snakes, but does have two venomous ones. Also, hear about some venomous organisms in West Virginia and some poisonous organisms in West Virginia. About 1 hour.

YPP– YOUNG PEOPLE FOR PARKS PROGRAM
Program listed as YPP is open to all ages but qualifies to meet the YPP requirements. To earn a certificate, you must be age 6-16 years, attend three Blackwater Falls State Park activities listed as YPP qualified, complete the ‘I discovered this . . . ‘ sheet and meet with us at the Nature Center for your recognition of accomplishment.

Exclusive at Blackwater Falls State Park—The Rattlesnake Pin–ask at Harold Walters Nature Center how your child can earn this pin.

Activities planned will observe social distancing. Please honor guidance provided by park naturalist based on directives currently in place as established by the Governor. Face coverings inside public buildings are required by Executive Order as of July 7, 2020. Social distancing encouraged.

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July 14, 2020 @ 1:01 am
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July 16, 2020 @ 1:01 am