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Nature Programs at Kanawha State Forest

July 24, 2020 @ 1:01 am - July 26, 2020 @ 1:01 am

It’s all about the natural world at Kanawha State Forest with Park Naturalist Casey. Join the fun outside.

Friday, July 24, 2020

2:00 p.m. Summer Butterflies (YPP)
West Virginia hosts 138 species of butterflies, many of whom have established permanent populations in the state. Meet your naturalist at Shelter #6 to learn about some of the species you will see this summer and take home your own identification guide!

4:00 p.m. Easy Mask Making
Do you have an old T-Shirt you no longer use? Bring it to Shelter #6 and learn how to make it into an easy face covering using just scissors! Covering your mouth around others can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and helps keep yourself and others safe. Must bring your own shirt.

9:00 p.m. Moth Night (YPP)
To wrap up National Moth Week, we invite you to Shelter #6 to learn about the moths (other than Mothman) that call the Mountain State their home! Using a sheet and light method, we’ll be able to see some of our flying friends up close!

Saturday, July 25, 2020

2:00 p.m. Snake of the Week: Timber Rattlesnake (YPP)
The unmistakable rattle of a timber rattlesnake is enough to strike fear in the hearts of even the most fearless hiker, but there’s more to this fearsome reptile than meets the eye. Meet your naturalist at Shelter #6 to learn more about our state reptile!

4:00 p.m. How It Works: Lightning (YPP)
Nature is as fierce as it is beautiful, and these summer storms can attest to that! We all know that lightning precedes thunder, but how does it all work? What causes this magnificent surge of electricity, and how do I stay safe during a storm? Meet your naturalist at Shelter #6 to find out the answers to these questions and more.

7:00 p.m. Cryptids of WV
A cryptid is loosely defined as a creature that has been claimed to exist, but has never been proven. Meet your naturalist at Shelter #6 to learn about the cryptids supposedly lurking in the Mountain State based on sightings and historic record.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

4:00 p.m. Earth’s Resources (YPP)
Earth provides all of the resources we need to survive. Meet your naturalist at Shelter #6 to learn about renewable/non-renewable resources and how we use them. This is coal country, after all!

7:00 p.m. Wild Berries (YPP)
Berries are a favorite among birds, bears, and people alike, and there is enough to go around! Meet your naturalist at Shelter #6 to learn about the types of berries, both delicious and deadly, that grow wild in West Virginia.

Ask about the YPP Program at Kanawha State Forest. YPP is Young People for Parks program. Youth 6-16 participating in three YPP activities and completing the what I discovered leaflet, receive a certificate from the naturalist and/or forest superintendent. Let’s get excited about being outside and learning about Kanawha State Forest and nature.


July 24, 2020 @ 1:01 am
July 26, 2020 @ 1:01 am