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July 19, 2018 @ 9:01 pm
Enjoy these activities and visit the Nature Center between 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. All activities held at Blackwater Falls Nature Center unless indicated.
9:30 a.m. Wood Amphibians: Meet the naturalist at Sled Run fire circle for an introduction to amphibians and then head to the woods to actively search for amphibians and perhaps a reptile. About 1 hour. 1/2 mile off trail in the woods. Sturdy shoes required.
11:00 a.m. Sun Catcher Craft: Harold Walters Nature Center. Craft fee: $1.00—$10.00
11:30 p.m. Ferns and Fern Allies Walk: Meet the naturalist and then walk along a section of Balsam Fir Trail. Find out how to identify ferns, what spores are and more in this beginner’s introductory course. About 1 mile, 1 hour.
1:30 p.m. Snake Crafts: Harold Walters Nature Center side porch. Craft fee varies: $1.00 to $3.00
3:30 p.m. Cool Off Neckerchief Craft: Harold Walters Nature Center. Craft fee: $1.00
5:00 p.m. West Virginia Snakes: Meet the park naturalist to enjoy learning about the snakes of West Virginia. Live Eastern Rat snake highlighted. About 1 hour. YPP
1:00 p.m. Who Claims This Territory?: Join guest naturalist Doug Wood to investigate territorial behavior among wildlife species and among humans during the 18th century of the Trans-Allegheny region. The similarities are greater than you think. Meet at Harold Walters Nature Center. Rain alternative is an indoor presentation by Doug Wood. Be prepared to walk in the woods. It’s a great opportunity to be outdoors. All ages welcomed.
8:00 p.m. Gabriel Arthur!: Arthur is believed to be the first white man to see the Kanawha Valley during his travels with Native Americans in 1674. He was sent with a partner and others from Fort Henry (present-day Petersburg, Virginia) to explore western lands and trade with Native Americans. His partner was killed and Arthur traveled widely with the natives, apparently participating in raids in the Ohio Valley and elsewhere. During this time, he followed the Big Coal River to its mouth at the Kanawha River. Arthur and the southern Indians with whom he traveled were welcomed at the large Moneton Indian village at present-day St. Albans before returning to Fort Henry with a load of furs. Arthur will be portrayed by Doug Wood of Hurricane. Program lasts about one hour. Family-friendly. Open to the public at no cost. The Gabriel Arthur presentation is a History Alive! program made possible by the West Virginia Humanities Council and West Virginia State Park system.