BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING NEWS

Blackwater State Park to host events

Interpretive and

Recreation program

At Blackwater State Park

Today

Nature Center Open – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Boat House Open – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last boat out at 4:30 p.m.)

10:30 a.m. Oh Deer!: White-tailed deer are abundant at Blackwater Falls State Park, but they are not tame. Join the assistant naturalist in Harold Walters Nature Center for a movie entitled “Seasons of the White-tailed Deer” followed by a discussion about this mammal and perhaps a search for signs of its presence in the area. Begin the program with the creation of a plaster track.

1:30 p.m. – Creepy Critters Craft. Meet in Harold Walters Nature Center to create an insect or make a temporary home for an insect.

2 p.m. – Paint a flower. Meet in Harold Walters Nature Center to paint a wooden flower arrangement.

2:30 p.m. – Weed & Wildflowers Walk. Meet the assistant naturalist in Harold Walters Nature Center for an introduction to flower id and enjoy a stroll around the area getting a close up look at these spontaneous shoots of enjoyment. About one hour.

3:30 p.m. – Food Chain Craft. Meet the attendant in Harold Walters Nature Center to create a demonstration of the interdependence that exists within nature-from sunlight and photosynthesis to plants and animals.

Tuesday

Nature Center Open – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Boat House Open – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last boat out at 4:30 p.m.)

11 a.m. – Rainbow Scope. Meet in Harold Walters Nature Center to create this craft about a rainbow.

1 p.m. – Beat the Heat! Meet the assistant park naturalist in Harold Walters Nature Center for an introduction into animal adaptations, how they overcome heat and then make a neck cooler to keep yourself cool.

3 p.m. – Nature Scavenger Hunt. Join the assistant naturalist in Harold Walters Nature Center for a walk around the nature center searching for a list of fun items found in nature. About 30 minutes. YPP

3:30 p.m. – Nature Print. Create a spectacular design with sun-sensitive printing paper! No chemicals, photo equipment or darkroom required. Lay down objects like seeds, leaves, etc., briefly expose to sunlight, rinse and the image appears in minutes. Meet attendant in Harold Walters Nature Center.

Wednesday

Nature Center Open – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Boat House Open – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last boat out at 4:30 p.m.)

9 a.m. – Beginners Early Bird Walk. Meet the park naturalist at Harold Walters Nature Center to enjoy a stroll around the area listening and looking for birds that call Pendleton Lake home.

11 a.m. – Ceramic Bank. Meet in Harold Walters Nature Center to paint a ceramic holder for your cold cash.

1 p.m. – Bust n’ Boom Program. Meet naturalist at the Harold Walters Nature Center to discover the history of area and how it impacted present day Blackwater Falls State Park.

2 p.m. – Water Basketball Craft. Join the recreation attendant in the Harold Walters Nature Center to make hoop for your pool.

2:30 p.m. – Teas and Tonics Walk. Meet naturalist in Harold Walters Nature Center for this walk along a park trail discovering some edible and medicinal qualities of the plants found along the trail.

4 p.m. – Firefly Craft. Meet attendant in Harold Walters Nature Center to make this “glowing” craft.

6 p.m. Yoga in the Park. Meet at Pendleton Point Overlook (rain or wet ground moves class to the front street of Thomas). A vinyasa-style class with focus on breath and alignment. Modifications given to ensure participants are moving at their comfort level.

If you need a mat or have questions, please call Anne Farmer, RYT at 304-614-3478. C

Thursday

Nature Center Open – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Boat House Open – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. (last boat out at 4:30 p.m.)

10 a.m. – Sand Art. Use colorful sand on pre-designed pictures or make a necklace. Meet attendant in Harold Walters Nature Center.

4 p.m. – Sport Bracelet. Meet in Harold Walters Nature Center and choose Basketball, football, tennis, volleyball, baseball or soccer beads to represent your favorite sport on this bracelet.

Friday

Nature Center Open – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Boat House Open – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (last boat out at 8:30 p.m.)

10 a.m. – Sun catcher Crafts- Meet attendant in Harold Walters Nature center to add stunning color to a various themed suncatchers (birds, sports, wildlife, etc.)

12:30 p.m. – Laces and Loops. Meet in Harold Walters Nature Center to create a project using plastic lacing or loops. Available projects include: pot-holder, keychain, bracelet, necklace, lanyard, etc.

2:30 p.m. – Friendship Flip-Flops Craft. Meet attendant in Harold Walters Nature Center to decorate comfortable, stylish footwear. Make straps with a knotting technique.

4 p.m. – Parachute Cord Bracelet or Bottle Buckle Clip- Make a trending fashion bracelet or a tether for your water bottle with parachute cord in cool colors. Meet attendant in Harold Walters Nature Center.

5 p.m. – Cabin Craft. Make a log cabin replica. Supplies limited: Register for this craft with the attendant in Harold Walters Nature Center by calling 304-259-5511 or in person at Harold Walters Nature Center

7:30 p.m. – The Bear Facts. Biologist Karen McClure talks about bear safety, what black bears really eat and bear family life. Learn how to identify bear tracks and scat. Know more than the average bear about our state animal! A native West Virginian, Karen has worked as a field biologist and an environmental educator. Meet in Blackwater Falls Lodge.

Saturday

Nature Center Open – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Boat House Open: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (last boat out at 8:30 p.m.)

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Tie Dye Fun. Meet attendants on the side porch of Harold Walters Nature Center to dye a shirt. Supplies limited to first come.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Duck Pond Fun. Meet attendants on the side porch of Harold Walters Nature Center to purchase tickets to play the duck pond game for a small prize.

1 p.m. – West Virginia Snakes. Do you know a copperhead from a water snake? Does West Virginian have water moccasins? Come to this educational program presented by park naturalist to learn about snakes found in West Virginia, their senses, their habitats and their behaviors. Touch a live snake if you DARE.

2 p.m. – Snake Crafts. Create a snake from the previous program or invent your own with paint and other craft supplies.

4 p.m. Time Out for Play. Come play a game with the park staff. It can be softball, kickball, volleyball, basketball, bocce, Murbles, ladder golf, croquet, horseshoes, corn hole, whatever. The game will be selected by the recreation staff with a goal to have fun. Meet in Harold Walters Nature Center.

8 p.m. – The Coyote Challenge. Come to this fun, informative program to learn how coyotes got to the Mountain State. Biologist Karen McClure will talk about coyotes habitat and habits, what’s for dinner, and coyote behavior. We’ll go outside and howl, maybe some coyotes will howl back! Karen is a native West Virginian and has worked for several years as a field biologist and an environmental educator. Meet in Harold Walters Nature Center.

Sunday

Nature Center Open – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Boat House Open – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last boat out at 4:30 p.m.)

11 a.m. – Neon Woven Bracelet Craft. Meet attendant in Harold Walters Nature Center to weave a wild and colorful bracelet using a loom.

1:30 p.m. – Dream catcher Craft. Meet attendant in Harold Walters Nature Center to make this dream weaver.

2:30 p.m. – Laces and Loops- meet in Harold Walters Nature Center to create a project using plastic lacing or loops. Available projects include: pot-holder, keychain, bracelet, necklace, lanyard, etc.

3 p.m. – Bear-ly There Storytime. Black bears is common to Blackwater Falls State Park but they are not tame! Join the assistant park naturalist in Harold Walters Nature Center to listen to the story of a black bear that creates a ruckus in a neighborhood and how a family helped the bear. Book by Rebekah Raye. Follow up this program with some finger-painting fun.

Monday, June 23

Nature Center Open – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Boat House Open – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last boat out at 4:30 p.m.)

11 a.m. – Wooden Tray Craft Meet in Harold Walters Nature Center to paint and decorate a wooden serving tray. Register with attendant by calling 304-259-5511 or in person at Harold Walters Nature Center.

1:30 p.m. – Butterfly Wings Craft – Enjoy painting of Butterfly Wings to wear (youth size) while enjoying learning about the Monarch Butterfly in Harold Walters Nature Center.

2 p.m. – Amazing Insects. What is the difference between an insect and a bug? Come to this educational program presented by assistant park naturalist to learn some insect facts followed by a creepy crawlies hike in search of things that creep or crawl.