Nature Activities at Pipestem

Enjoy these free activities at Pipestem Resort State Park. Get outside and enjoy the arrival of autumn. Pipestem Nature Center is open from 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily.

MONDAY, October 7

11:00 a.m. Nature Journaling* – An introduction to nature journaling; what it is and how to do it. A blank unlined journal or sketchpad and a pencil are required for this activity. If you don’t have these materials, a starter journal and artist’s pencil can be purchased at the Pipestem camp store for $8.00. Ages 12 through adult welcome.

2:00 p.m. The Great Pretenders*- Learn how the insects of West Virginia use camouflage and mimicry to survive in the wild.

TUESDAY, October 8

10:00 a.m. Beginner Knitting – Learn, hands on, the fundamentals of knitting. Ages 10 years through adult welcome. McKeever Lodge

12:30 p.m. The Mighty Chestnut Tree; Eyewitness Recollections* – Hear the written accounts of eyewitnesses as they recall what it was like when the American chestnut was the primary source of timber in the Appalachian Mountains. See chestnut seedlings that were bred to resist the blight.

2:00 p.m. Leaf Rubbing* – A fun leaf rubbing art activity.

5:00 p.m. Dogwood Hike*– It’s a walk along the Dogwood Trail. This relatively easy trail strolls through the woods and passes by an old farm pond before returning to the Nature Center.

WEDNESDAY, October 9

10:00 a.m. South Side Hike – Meet at Park Headquarters for a walk along the South Side Trail. This relatively easy trail strolls through the woods where watchful eyes may spot split rail fences, rock piles, and other signs of early settlers. (1 hour) YPP

1:00 p.m. Turtle Talk* – Learn about our three turtles. (30 minutes)

THURSDAY, October 10

10:30 a.m. Dogwood Hike and Stretch* – Stretch and Hike where you can enjoy the benefits of stretching muscles coupled with a moderate hike, all while surrounded by the beauty of nature. (1 hour)

12:30 p.m. Suncatcher Craft* – Paint a suncatcher with Natalie.

1:00 p.m. Origami Butterfly* – Make a butterfly using the ancient Japanese art of paper folding called origami. Ages 10 years through adult welcome.

5:00 p.m. Bunny Hat – Meet at the picnic shelter at Park Headquarters to make a cute bunny hat using paper plates, construction paper, and some glue.

FRIDAY, October 11

10:00 a.m. White-tailed Deer Walk* – We will take a walk along the Dogwood Trail and discuss the natural history of the White-tailed Deer as well as see if we can spot a few! (1 hour)

2:00 p.m. Country Roads Walk – Meet at Park Headquarters for a walking introduction to some of Pipestem’s pre-park history. We will walk along the road and go into the woods to look for old farms and home foundations. (1 ½ hours)

5:00 p.m. Survival Basics* – Learn the basics about primitive snares and traps.

7:00 p.m. Story Time – The fire ring in the courtyard at McKeever Lodge is the place to be for some fun and storytelling.

SATURDAY, October 12

10:00 a.m. Bluestone River Walk – Ride the tram down to meet a National Park Ranger on the patio of Mountain Creek Lodge for an interpretive hike along the Bluestone River. Please allow 10-15 minutes for your tram ride down. Participants will receive a coupon for a special tram ticket price. (1 – 1 ½ hrs.) YPP

12:30 p.m. Nature Hunt* – Get your list of objects to look for in Nature. A prize will be awarded for finding them all. (1/2 – 1 hour) YPP

2:00 p.m. Paint a Critter* – Paint a wooden snake with Natalie. (1/2 – 1 hour)

3:00 p.m. Survival 101* – Let’s discuss a basic introduction of survival. You can look at things to use to survive to live another day. (1 hour)

5:00 p.m. Old-time Sling Shots – Meet at the shelter by Park Headquarters to learn how to make a wood sling shot and learn its use. (1 hour)

SUNDAY, October 13

8:30 a.m. Sunday Service – Join us in the Amphitheater for Sunday Service. (1/2 – 1 hour)

9:30 a.m. Bird Walk* – A walk to find some of our feathered friends. There will be a limited number of binoculars to use so bring your own if you have them. All skill levels welcome. (1 hour) YPP

11:00 a.m. Bird Count* – Learn what kind of birds we have at the feeder, count them, and see how many hummingbirds we have. (1 hour) YPP

1:00 p.m. Dragonfly Craft* – A fun craft where we shape dragonflies out of pipe cleaners and add beads. (1/2 – 1 hr.)

3:00 p.m. One Disc Challenge – Meet in the Amphitheater parking lot. Get a disc and we will tee off for 9 holes of disc golf. Best score gets a prize. (1 ½ hours).

6:00 p.m. Hammock Camping* – Things to Know- It’s all about hammock camping and hammocks in general. (1 hour)

Activities marked with * occur at the Nature Center. Fee free unless indicated.

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Event Details

  • Start Date: October 7 - 13, 2019
  • End Date: October 13, 2019

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