Things to Do at Blackwater

Find things to do at Blackwater Falls Park July 12 – 14, 2019. Activities with an * indicate starting at the Nature Center. Full details are on the park’s bulletin boards, lodge front desk and nature center.

Friday, July 12, 2019

2:00 p.m. Backyard Bugs is an introduction to things that creep, crawl, climb and flutter. We begin the exploration indoors with introduction to identifying insects by creating a craft and fun activities, then venture outside for a hands-on search for six-legged friends. About 70 minutes, 1/2 mile. YPP NO FEE for this craft.

3:30 p.m. Be Bear Aware is all about WV’s state mammal, bear safety and how you can help save a bear’s life. About 1 hour. YPP

5:00 p.m. Aquatic Fun searches the local streams and the lake with some fun activities. You will probably get wet! About 1 hour. 1/2 mile. YPP

9:00 p.m. Drive-In Cardboard and Duct Tape Movie – An orphaned brontosaurus teams up with other young dinosaurs in order to reunite with their families in the valley. Rated G About 1 hour.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

2:00 p.m. West Virginia Snakes is a fun program about snakes of West Virginia. Live Eastern Rat snake highlighted. About 1 hour. YPP

4:00 p.m. Who Claims this Territory? finds weekend explorers making plaster of paris wildlife tracks. Then it is outdoors into the world of wildlife by investigating their tracks, scat, habits and habitats in this program that begins indoors then ventures outside to test the skills you just learned in the field. About 90 minutes, 1/2 mile. YPP

7:00 p.m. Ferns and Fern Allies Walk is a walk along a section of the Balsam Fir Trail. Find out how to identify ferns, what spores are and more in this beginner’s introduction to ferns and fern allies found along the trail. About 1 mile, 1 hour. YPP

9:00 p.m. Night Prowl moves into the world of darkness with fun activities. About 1 hour and only about one mile or less along a section of park trails. Note: Please leave flashlights in your pocket for this program and sturdy shoes required (no flip flops/sandals). Whooo knows what we may hear, sense or smell. YPP

Sunday, July 14, 2019

10:00 a.m. Monarch Butterflies and a craft is about the Mountain State’s butterfly, as well as other pollinators. Youth and family have the option to create a metamorphous craft for a small craft fee to cover materials. YPP

11:30 a.m. Wildflowers! Helps anyone to learn how to use a Peterson Wildflower Field Guide using flower characteristics. Sometimes we find a flower or bloom and the best way to identify it is to use a book (or an app) to figure things out. About 1 hour. 1/2 mile. YPP

1:30 p.m. Tree-mendous Trees! is basic identification skills to identify trees using a dichotomous key. Then we test out new identification skills on nearby trees. Participants also have an opportunity to make a tree-related craft for a small fee following the program. About 70 minutes. 1/2 mile or less. YPP

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  • Start Date: July 12 - 14, 2019
  • End Date: July 14, 2019

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