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Nature Activities at Blackwater Falls

July 2, 2021

Take advantage of nature-based programs and activities at Blackwater Falls State Park to kick off this holiday weekend. We invite you to join us. All programs and hikes begin at the Nature Center, unless otherwise noted and the nature center is open from 10:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Friday, July 2, 2021

10:00 a.m. Naturalist Loop Hike
Join the park naturalist, Paulita, at the trailhead of Elakala (Blackwater Lodge) for an interpretive stroll along a section of three of her favorite trails. About 2 miles, 90 minutes. YPP

11:00 a.m. Tie Dye an Orb
Join attendant, Brittany, to paint the inside of a glass orb in a tie dye pattern. Craft fee: $3.00

1:30 p.m. Black Bear Aware & Craft
Join the park naturalist, Paulita, at the park triangle intersection (large directional wooden sign in middle of intersection) to hear about our state mammal, how to protect yourself, your pet and the bear and conclude with the creation of replica bear claw necklace. Craft fee: $2.00

2:30 p.m. Nature Photography
Grab your phone/camera and join summer naturalist, Kacey, at Elakala Trailhead (Blackwater Lodge) to stroll along the trail to snap photos of plants, insects and wildlife. About 1 mile, 1 hour. YPP

3:00 p.m. Private Life of Deer Nature Film
Join the attendant, Olivia, for an hour-long film about white-tailed deer. YPP

5:00 p.m. I Spy Way Up High
Join the summer naturalist, Kacey, to create a weather window, learn about clouds, then go outside (weather permitting) to lay back and observe clouds while using imagination to create fun shapes. About one hour. Little walking. YPP

7:00 p.m. Log Cabin Craft
Crafty Olivia invites you to her Log Cabin Craft activity. Glue together and stain a wooden decorative cabin. Can be converted into a gingerbread house. Craft fee: $10.00

8:00 p.m. Campfire Fun & Constellations
Join Kacey, summer naturalist, for a classic state park campfire with campfire songs, s’mores and perhaps a touch of interpretation about constellations you may view in the night sky. About 1 hour. YPP

Young People for Parks

YPP is an environmental education program for children ages 6-16. To complete the program, participants attend three specified activities during their stay. These programs are indicated on the weekly program by the YPP logo. Participants will also complete the information on a special YPP brochure. After turning it in to the park’s naturalist, each participant will receive a state park incentive for participating in three specified programs. All ages are welcome!

Cousin is a member of National Association of Interpreters and a Certified Interpretive Guide. For more information, contact Paulita.L.Cousin@wv.gov or call the nature center at Blackwater Falls, 304-259-5511.

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July 2, 2021


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