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Nature Activities

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

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

Friday, July 10, 2020

Craft of the Day – Wood Cabin
From 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., stain a replica wood cabin or make it into a wooden gingerbread house. We’re indoors and social distanced. Please wear a mask if possible. Craft fee: $10.00

Young People for Parks Opportunity: 10:00 a.m.
Ferns and Fern Allies Walk
This is a gentle hike along a section of Balsam Fir Trail enjoying a closer look at some of the area ferns and their allies. About 1 hour.

Young People for Parks Opportunity: 12:00 p.m.
Habitat Scene Drawing
Learn about habitat components, then enjoy drawing and coloring pictures. About 30 minutes.

Young People for Parks Opportunity: 1:00 p.m.
Northern Hardwood Forest Walk
Meet at the Blackwater Falls Sled Run campfire circle to hike along a section of two trails experiencing a northern hardwood forest while learning some interesting tidbits about the forest. About 1 hour. 1 mile.

Young People for Parks Opportunity: 2:00 p.m.
Bugs, Arachnids and Beyond
Carly loves insects. You’re invited to join her for this exciting program about things that creep and crawl. Please, wear sturdy shoes for the adventure outside as we actively search for these multi-legged creatures. About 1 hour.

3:00 p.m.
Experience the game of Disc Golf
You’ll have instruction to help you through the basics of disc golf in a short version of the 9- to 18-hole game. About 45 minutes.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Craft of the Day – Tie Dye
From 2:00 until 4:00 p.m.. you can dye a white or black t-shirt into a work of wearable art. Craft fee: $8.00 youth, $10.00 Adult, Size availability limited to first come.

Young People for Parks Opportunity: 2:30 p.m.
Plant Dye
Let’s learn a little about the history of dyes derived from plants and how they can still be used today. About 30 minutes.

Young People for Parks Opportunity: 3:00 p.m.
Fossils
We’ll learn how fossils are made and likely areas fossils may occur. Conclude the program by learning how to create your own fossil to take home. About 45 minutes.

Young People for Parks Opportunity: 5:00 p.m.
Amphibians of the Woods & Water
Join naturalist Carly at the campfire circle of Sled Run, to enter the woods and actively search for amphibians (and perhaps a reptile!) in their natural habitat. Carly will assist in identifying the local herps, along with instructing the correct techniques to handling and searching for herps. Please, leave the hand sanitizer off until the conclusion of the program– It’s harmful to salamanders, frogs, and other amphibians and reptiles! About 1 hour.

Young People for Parks Opportunity: 9:00 p.m.
Night Sky Adventures
Join naturalists Carly and Inza to look up at the night sky, determine what phase the moon is in and enjoy learning some fun facts about the night sky. About 1 hour.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Craft of the Day – Suncatchers
From 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., use glass stain on a pre-designed suncatcher. Craft fee: $1.00 small, $10.00 large.

Young People for Parks Opportunity: 11:00 a.m.
Animal Yoga
Let’s stretch and bend with naturalist Carly on the fenced basketball court (inclement weather moves us indoors) for some fun yoga animal poses. About 1 hour.

Young People for Parks Opportunity: 2:00 p.m.
Woodland Box Turtle – Join naturalist Carly to meet Leonardo, a box turtle, and hear about West Virginia’s only land turtle and why the DNR is asking you to tell them when and where you see a box turtle in West Virginia. Afterward, enjoy a craft and perhaps a fun game. About 1 hour.

Young People for Parks Opportunity: 3:00 p.m.
Beavers! Nature Film
Join the recreation enthusiast Inza to experience the life of the largest rodent in North America on the big screen. 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.

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