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Nature Things at Kanawha State Forest

August 21, 2020 @ 1:01 am - August 23, 2020 @ 1:01 am

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

Friday, August 21, 2020

2:00 p.m. Unbe-leaf-able (Craft, no fee)
Meet your naturalist at Shelter 6 to learn how trees use their leaves and how to identify various tree species that may be in your own backyard. Make your own booklet to remember common types of trees.

4:00 p.m. Guided Hike (YPP)
Meet your naturalist at the trailhead of CCC Snipe Trail (behind the gift shop) for a guided hike. Learn about local flora, fauna and the history of this park while you make your way up this easy/moderate trail. Come prepared with sturdy shoes and water. (1 hour, weather pending)

7:00 p.m. Friendship Bracelets (Craft, fee $1)
Make your own souvenir! Meet your naturalist at Shelter 6 to make your own friendship bracelet! We have multiple colors and patterns to make your bracelet unique, craft fee of $1 per bracelet required (cash/coin only please).

Saturday, August 22, 2020

2:00 p.m. Spider Saturday (YPP)
Spiders are all arachnids, but not all arachnids are spiders. Meet your naturalist at Shelter 6 to learn about the different types of spiders that crawl around the Mountain State and their important role in the ecosystem. (1 hour)

4:00 p.m. Pressed Plant Bookmarks (Craft, no fee)
Make your own Kanawha State Forest souvenir! Meet your Naturalist at Shelter 6 and learn how to make a simple bookmark using pressed plants/flowers and materials you may have at home! This easy craft is for all ages.

7:00 p.m. Invasive Species (YPP)
West Virginia is home to a vast and unique collection of plants and animals, but not all of them belong here and some are even threatening to our environment. Meet your naturalist at Shelter 6 to learn about the invasive species that have moved into WV, some may surprise you! (1 hour)

Sunday, August 23, 2020

2:00 p.m. Prehistoric WV (YPP)
Meet your naturalist at Shelter 6 to see fossils found in Kanawha State Forest (and elsewhere) while you learn what plants and animals once made up the Mountain State. Also find out how coal, one of our most prized exports, is formed over millions of years. (1 hour)

4:00 p.m. Wild Adaptations (YPP)
Animals have evolved to meet the needs of survival whether that means using camouflage to escape predators or using specialized beaks to eat certain foods. Meet your naturalist at Shelter 6 to learn how various species have adapted over time to survive the harsh wilderness. (1 hour)

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.

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August 21, 2020 @ 1:01 am
August 23, 2020 @ 1:01 am