VIPP Winter Dinner & Weekend at Cacapon

Learn about VIPP – West Virginia State Park’s Very Important Parks Person Program – and enjoy a full weekend of activities and discoveries. Clark and Ora Dixon, VIPPers and Master Naturalists, along with Park Naturalist Valerie Chaney, are your weekend hosts and welcome special guest, Sue Olcott, Lepidoptera and Pollinator Conservation Project Leader, WVDNR for an evening program about Monarchs, Butterflies & Pollinators.

Take advantage of these free activities, open to anyone to attend.

FRIDAY NIGHT – January 24, 2020
7:30 p.m. Cocoa & Chatter
Join Naturalist Valerie Chaney in the lodge lobby. Learn a little about Cacapon, the lodge expansion and other park projects. Meet other guests. Enjoy the warmth of the fire. Strike up some casual conversation. Valerie will have out some board games and jigsaw puzzles.

SATURDAY – January 25, 2020
10:00 a.m. Discover and Explore
Wings of Winter: Winter Birding in West Virginia

Meet the Naturalist Chaney in the main lobby of Cacapon Lodge for a morning walk. Bundle up if the weather is brisk. We’ll go wandering for about 45 minutes. Excellent for any age.

11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Nature Center
The nature center has a collection of exhibits, animal mounts and information. The structure is an example of the park’s foundation’s work and dedication to sharing nature with visitors and encouraging stewardship of our resources. We hope you drive or walk to the Nature Center sometime during your stay.

Free Time – Berkeley Springs State Park
The town of Berkeley Springs is only a 15-minute drive from Cacapon Resort State Park. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the area’s warm springs and learn the local history. There are antique shops, artisan shops, historic buildings and Berkeley Springs State Park, America’s Favorite spa, featuring Roman Baths and Spa Services. Make a reservation at the Berkeley Springs State Park Bathhouse for a variety of spa services: 304-258-2711. Driving to Berkeley Springs is on your own. Lunch is on your own. Restaurant hours at Cacapon Lodge for lunch are from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m. Wild & Wonderful WV Art Collage
Join local artist and park volunteer Ari Gejevski and get creative! Make a collage with some of your favorite WV State Park pictures: wildlife, flowers, scenery, and more. Location: Nature Center

Discover and Explore
4:30 p.m. Cacapon Resort State Park – Welcome
If you are a first-time visitor to Cacapon State Park and the lodge, this half-hour or maybe a little longer program is an introduction to this park’s history, unique interests and area heritage. Location: Lodge Lobby

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Meet the Butterfly Lady, Biologist Sue Olcott at her Monarch / Pollinator Display
Lepidoptera and Pollinator Conservation Project Leader, WVDNR
Take advantage of meeting and talking one-on-one with our evening program guest. A bird watcher, as well as West Virginia butterfly and pollinator conservation project leader, Sue is someone to meet and discuss wild gardens, pollinator plots and conservation of native species. Location: Lodge Lobby

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
VIPP Program Information w/Clark Dixon and friends
The Very Important Parks Person Program (VIPP) has welcomed individuals, families and friends to park programs and recreation since 1985. The reward is enjoying special places across West Virginia, state park and forests, sharing nature with children, and relaxing. If you are a VIPPer stop by and get a name tag. Show others your involvement in the VIPP program.

Not a VIPPer? Take advantage of this opportunity in learning more about this visitation program. Clark welcomes the opportunity to meet and get you started in this special memory maker. Location: Lodge Lobby

6:00 p.m. VIPP: Winter Dinner
Location: Cacapon Restaurant
Enjoy dining with new friends and old friends. A few door prizes and getting a Winter Dinner memento from Valerie and Clark. Dinner is on your own. Likely a yummy dinner special is planned.

7:30 p.m. Special Program by the Division of Natural Resources
Monarch and Pollinator Conservation: Ecosystem Genesis w/Sue Olcott
Location: Washington/Fairfax room

West Virginia hosts over 2,300 species of flowering plants. Although many of these are pollinated by the wind, most are pollinated by insects or other animals, making them vital to the health of ecosystems and our own survival. Pollinators are integral to plant production, which supports everything else. If you enjoy gardening, bee keeping, and landscaping with flowers, this is an evening program for you. Questions and Answers. Light refreshments. Enjoy meeting new people.

SUNDAY – January 26, 2020
10:00 a.m. Plan and Plant a Monarch Way Station w/Sue Olcott Location: Nature Center

Take advantage of learning how to plan and plant a monarch way station and general citizen science programs you or groups you are involved with can create. Sue Olcott presents a short program to help you get started.

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Event Details

  • Start Date: January 24 - 26, 2020
  • End Date: January 26, 2020

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