Things to Do at Blackwater

Find things to do at Blackwater Falls State Park July 17 – 19, 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.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Nature Center Open: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

10:00 a.m. Wildlife Observation Hike*– It’s a fun walk around the area to find plants and animals in eight categories. About 1 hour. YPP

11:30 a.m. Paracord Critter Craft*– Make a butterfly or millipede with paracord. Small craft fee.

1:00 p.m. Meet our Turtles & Craft*- Meet our resident turtles, hear their story and create a turtle to take home. About 30 minutes. Free YPP

2:00 p.m. Rambling along a Trail – Walk the Balsam Fir Trail. Little to no interpretation. About 1 hour, 1.5 miles. (Emily may choose another nearby trail if trail conditions along Balsam Fir are undesirable for hiking due to wet/mud areas due to recent storms.) YPP

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Nature Center Open: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

10:00 a.m. Ornament Craft – Paint or create an ornament for your Christmas Tree. Craft fee: $3.78 + tax.

1:00 p.m. Snowman Craft – Meet recreation attendants: Amie Dumrie and Emily Crosten, at Harold Walters Nature Center to paint or create a snowman. Small craft fee.

2:00 p.m. Leave No Trace Principles – Learn about the principles of Leave No Trace with fun activities. About 30 minutes. YPP

3:00 p.m. Bear-ly there & Craft– Learn about our state animal through the reading of Bear-ly There book with some extra bear safety tips and create a necklace to take home. About one hour. Small craft fee.

8:00 p.m. SPECIAL SHOW. Teddy Roosevelt is History Alive! Theodore Roosevelt, in addition to being the 26th president of the United States (1901- 1909), won the Nobel Peace Prize, led the Rough Riders in the Spanish-American War, served as governor of New York, authored more than 35 books, ranched in the Badlands of the Dakota Territory, lectured around the world and established some of our most beloved national parks. A strong advocate of the “life of strenuous endeavor,” Roosevelt pushed himself to overcome a sickly childhood. The youngest president in our history, he championed progressive reforms and a strong foreign policy. Portrayed by Gene Worthington of Fayetteville, this History Alive! portrayal will be at Blackwater Falls Lodge. Program lasts about one hour. Family-friendly. Open to the public at no cost. YPP

The Teddy Roosevelt presentation is a History Alive! program made possible by the West Virginia Humanities Council and West Virginia State Parks.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Nature Center Open: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. Sport Bracelet Craft* Make a bracelet using your favorite sport beads. Craft fee: 0.94 + tax.

1:00 p.m. Mammals Nature Film* Learn some amazing facts and folklore about our favorite furry animals. About 30 minutes. YPP

5:00 p.m. Welcome to Blackwater Falls*—Join the park naturalist Paulita Cousin to learn about the park and area, and have an opportunity to ask questions. About 1 hour. YPP

6:00 p.m. BINGO*– Some old-fashioned fun for the entire family with a game of BINGO. Small novelty prize to winners.

7:30 p.m. Marshmallows and Flames* Enjoy a fire, sing some songs, try some West Virginia Trivia and consume some toasted marshmallows. About one hour. YPP

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Event Details

  • Start Date: July 17 - 19, 2019
  • End Date: July 19, 2019

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