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Nature Weekend at Blackwater Falls
September 3 - September 5
When visiting Blackwater Falls, the nature center is the starting place and the hub of activities and programs, unless noted. Meet naturalist Paulita Cousin and park employees.
FRIDAY, September 3, 2021
Nature Center Open: 1 p.m.
10 a.m. Mason jar Craft
Join the attendant, Brittany, to create your own art on a gold/silver flecked mason jar. Craft fee: $5 includes candle.
10:30 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
2 p.m. Tie Dye Fun
Join the attendant, Brittany, and naturalist, Paulita, at the intersection in the bus parking/ overflow parking graveled parking area to tie dye a white souvenir shirt. Adult sizes: $10, Youth Sizes: $8. Cash only. Sizes limited. Inclement weather moves this activity to the Harold Walters Nature Center Covered Porch. Station set up until 3 p.m. Craft supplies limited to first come basis at scheduled time of activity
SATURDAY, September 4, 2021
Nature Center Open: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
9 a.m. Birds and Blooms Walk
Join park naturalist, Paulita, for a walk along park trails to Pendleton Point Overlook listening and looking for feathered friends and late blooming flowers. About 1 mile, 1 hour. YPP
10 a.m. Plants that Changed the World
Join summer naturalist, Inza, to hear about some plants that impacted our history and try to find some of them in the area. About 1 hour. YPP
11 a.m. Ramblin’ Ranger
Find the naturalist, Paulita, at the inter section in the bus parking/overflow parking graveled parking area. Today’s display will focus on geology. About two hours. YPP
1 p.m. Creative Jewelry Craft Time
Join craft hosts Brittany and Olivia, to get creative with beads, arrowheads, crystal, sport beads, parachute cord, embroidery floss and more to create a necklace or bracelet. Craft fee varies according to selected craft/ supplies selected: $1 to $5.
1:30 p.m. FBI Hike
Join the summer Naturalist for this kid friendly detective walk where we search for evidence of “criminal activity” within our natural world. About 1 hour, some walking. YPP
2 p.m. Skulls, Skins Scat & Slime
Join park naturalist, Paulita, to learn how to identify a predator or prey skull, the purpose of fur and how to identify scat. Includes the creation of slime during program. About one hour. No walking. YPP
3 p.m. Para cord Critters
Naturalist Inza invites you to create a critter out of Para cord. Small children will need assistance from an adult. FREE
SUNDAY, September 5, 2021
Nature Center Open: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
10 a.m. Twisted Tie Dye
COLORED SHIRTS- Join the attendant, Brittany, to get creative with a colored souvenir shirt and dye. Black or Purple shirts available. Sizes limited. Adult sizes: $10, Youth Sizes: $8 . Station set up until noon.
1 p.m. SSSSnakes of West Virginia
Join park naturalist, Paulita, to enjoy learning about some of snakes that call West Virginia home, expel some myths and perhaps leave with a new appreciation of snakes. Live Eastern Rat Snake/Milksnake showcased during program. About 1 hour. YPP
2:10 p.m. Fireflies & Craft
Join Paulita, and Olivia for a program about fireflies while creating a glowing craft. Craft fee: $2. YPP
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