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April 2021

Wood Duck Day with Joey Herron

April 15

Come out and enjoy the day welcoming the return of the Wood Ducks to Prickett's Fort State Park. There will be opportunities to take photographs of the many species of birds and wildlife the park has to offer, so bring your camera, binoculars, or spotting scope with a snack and folding chair to witness the return of one of the most spectacular birds in North America. This activity is from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit our…

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Steam Engine Tours at the Museum

April 16 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Chief Logan Lodge United States + Google Map

Tours of the C&O #2755, authentic steam engine, are open from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Naturalist Lauren Cole is your tour host. Walking up and down flights of stairs is required. Small groups of 10 or fewer at a time are observed. Tours run every 15-30 minutes. Masks requested and social distancing is required. Steam engine tours are at Chief Logan Museum area. Please, dress for weather conditions. Young children should be accompanied by an adult. All ages welcomed.…

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Coopers Rock Reservoir Life Hike

April 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Outdoor activities at Coopers Rock State Forest encourage exploration of nature and traditional activities. Join your guide for the 6:00 p.m. activity: "A look at the life surrounding the reservoir." Meet at the reservoir parking area across from McCollum Campground. Youth, adults and families welcomed.

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Prickett’s Fort – Annual Bird Walks

April 17

Celebrate the joys of spring with a Saturday morning bird walk beginning at 8:00 a.m. The staff of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will lead the public on this annual rite of passage. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring binoculars if you have them. Free to the public. Learn about other Prickett's Fort events and activities at www.prickettsfort.org or by calling 304-363-3030. When visiting, consider staying in accommodations at Tygart Lake State Park. Reserve lodging online:

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Starry Saturday Night Telescope Program

April 17
Chief Logan Lodge United States + Google Map

Star gazing is amazing with clear, wintry into spring skies inviting you to Starry Saturday Night from 8:00 until 10:00 p.m. Meet at Chief Logan Lodge fire pit to look through a computerized telescope at various celestial bodies including the moon, planets, galaxies and more. Learn spring constellations and other cool facts about the night sky - the potential to see meteors from the Lyrid meteor shower is possible if the sky is clear. In case of rain, this activity…

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Spring Clean

April 17
Blackwater Falls State Park United States + Google Map

It's a great day to pitch in and help with some spring cleaning at Blackwater Falls on April 17, 2021. From 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., join Paulita Cousin, park naturalist, and Brittany Ramsey, recreation assistant, at the Nature Center. Get a little fresh air, meet new friends, and help clean up your state park by taking part in a clean-up event. Park trails, Pendleton Lake shoreline, parking lots, and lawn cleanups are just as important as roadside litter pick…

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Walk Among Wildflowers at Chief Logan

April 18
Chief Logan Lodge United States + Google Map

Wild About Wildflowers is another opportunity to spy spring wildflowers with a park naturalist. Join park naturalist Lauren Cole at the flag pole at Chief Logan Lodge at 10:00 a.m. to head out on an easy walk to see the spring wildflowers. The pace is easy because we stop to look for and talk about spring blooms and relationships between flora and fauna in West Virginia. We'll look around for about an hour. Join us. Free to attend and open…

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Begin to Bird at Chief Logan Lodge

April 23
Chief Logan Lodge United States + Google Map

Birding for Beginners starts at 10:00 a.m. at Chief Logan Lodge. Open to the public and geared for any age, meet in the main lobby of Chief Logan Lodge and join park naturalist Lauren Cole on a beginner birding experience. Learn binocular use, basic birding techniques, easy bird identification, and more, as we take a gentle hike up the hill around Chief Logan's vacation cottages. We'll have some binoculars to borrow if attendees forget to bring a pair. Free to…

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Coopers Rock Eagle Loop Trail Hike

April 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join your guide for the 6:00 p.m. activity: "The Eagle Loop Trail." Meet at the Trading Post. Youth, adults and families welcomed.

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Prickett’s Fort – Annual Bird Walks

April 24

Celebrate the joys of spring with a Saturday morning bird walk beginning at 8:00 a.m. The staff of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will lead the public on this annual rite of passage. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring binoculars if you have them. Free to the public. Learn about other Prickett's Fort events and activities at www.prickettsfort.org or by calling 304-363-3030. When visiting, consider staying in accommodations at Tygart Lake State Park. Reserve lodging online:

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