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Weekend Activities at Blackwater Falls

December 31, 2021 - January 3, 2022

Winding up the 2021 year, you’ll find things to do at Blackwater Falls nature Center. Join us for these activities including the annual First Day Hike on, you guess it January 1, 2022.

Friday, December 31, 2021
Nature Center Open: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m.
End the Year Hike
Earn a hiking patch on this hike to Pase Point Overlook on the last day of 2021. Join the naturalist’s for this interpretive walk that borders the Monongahela National Forest to an unrestricted rock outcropping with a spectacular view of Blackwater Canyon. Trail is intermediate with short but steep inclines. About 3 miles, 3 hours. Sturdy shoes mandatory. Naturalist recommends carrying bottled water and snacks. YPP

11:00 a.m.
The Sly Fox
Join the attendant, Brittany, for this film about the crafty fox and make a fox puppet to take home. About 1 hour. NR YPP

Saturday, January 1, 2022
Nature Center Open: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


10:30 a.m.
Snowbird Hike
Kick off the New YEAR with a little brisk exercise and fun with Blackwater Falls naturalist, Paulita and Madelene. We begin our adventure along
Pendleton Trace trail to Pendleton Point Overlook, then continue along Spudder Track and loop back to the Nature Center along the Gee Haw Ski trail. There will be short snowbird interpretive stops, as well as, a surprise selfie photo opportunity along the way. About 1.5 miles, plan for 1.5 hours. Please, wear appropriate footwear and dress for the weather (trail may be wet). YPP

1:00 p.m.
Wiggly Snake Craft
Use markers or paint on a snake that with a flip of the wrist moves like a snake. Craft fee: $2.50

2:00 p.m. SSSsnakes of West Virginia
Join park naturalist Paulita, to hear about some snakes that call West Virginia home and why they should be your friend. Program may include a live non-venomous snake or two. About 1 hour. YPP

Sunday, January 2, 2022
Nature Center Open: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m.
Tranquility Nature Hike
Join the seasonal naturalist, Madelene, to spend quiet time in the woods to find inner peace, restoration and a restart. About 1 mile, 1 hour. YPP

12:00 p.m.
Create a Herb Garden
Catch up about the herbs you are planting for your kitchen at home. Craft fee: $3.00 YPP

1:00 p.m.
The Buzz on Bees
This activity is about mason bees and their advantage over honeybees. Afterwards, create a bee themed craft. Craft fee up to $3.00 YPP

Monday, January 3, 2022
Nature Center Open: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m.
Candle Making Craft
Join seasonal naturalist, Madelene, and attendant, Brittany, to create a candle for your home. Craft fee: $3.00

12:00 p.m.
Jewelry Craft
Join the staff to create a piece of jewelry. Craft fee varies: up to $5.00.

2:00 p.m.
FBI Hike
Join Madelene, for this kid friendly walk in search of “clues” animals leave behind. About 1 hour. 1/2 mile. YPP

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December 31, 2021
January 3
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