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Warriors Path State Park: Summer in the Park
July 9, 2019 - July 14, 2019
TUESDAY JULY 9
10:00 AM KAYAK RIDE & AQUATIC DISCOVERY- A quiet kayak in the bright
waters – there’s no better way to enjoy the peace and excitement of life in
the lake! See nature from a whole new perspective. NOTES: You must
sign up in advance at the camp store, since space is limited. Children
under 12 must be accompanied by an adult, and anyone under 18 must
have an adult to sign a release form. Meet at the Marina.
3:00 PM “ALIENS” AMONG US – Not creatures from Mars, but non-native plants
and animals. Come find out how these “invaders” traveled here, and how
they affect our native species. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main bath
house if it is raining.
5:00 PM EDIBLE PLANTS RAMBLE – Are they weeds or are they dinner?
Learn to make a salad from lawn plants. Meet at the camp store and let’s
walk on down.
7:00 PM MEET THE OWLS – Meet a real live feathered hunter. Come to the
Open Air Chapel and see “whooo…” is waiting for you. If it is raining,
meet at the main bath house.
9:00 PM NIGHT HIKE TO SINKING WATERS – It’s a whole different world out
there at night! Tonight is our chance to discover the peace and the
excitement of a night in the Sinking Waters wetland. Bring a dim
flashlight and drive to the camp store. We’ll carpool out to the trail.
WEDNESDAY JULY 10
9:30 AM RIVERBANK STROLL -This green river valley has seen generations of
travelers. This morning, we’ll travel together, and search for signs of the
wildlife and the people who came before us. Meet at the main
campground bath house.
11:00 AM TRAVELING TRADERS – From beads to beans, our ancestors
depended on each other for supplies. Come find out about those who
traded goods along the Great Indian War and Trade Path. Then try
trading beads to make bracelets. We’ll supply the beads, you supply the
trading and crafting skills. Meet at the Open-Air Chapel, or main bath
house if it’s raining.
3:00 PM “WONDERFUL WACKY WET WEDNESDAY” – Let’s enjoy some kid-
friendly water play and learning activities. Meet at the Open Air Chapel
and be prepared to get VERY WET!
5:00 PM ISOPODS – How much do you really know about “roly-poly” bugs? Let’s catch
and learn about these critters, and then have a race to see whose is fastest! Meet
at the main bath house.
8:00 PM REDISCOVERING THE FOREST – Are people becoming nature-blind? Take
an evening walk down a section of the Devils Backbone Trail to discover things
you may haven’t noticed before, and develop an appreciation of all the lesser-
noticed aspects of the forest. We will meet at the Camp Store. Please bring
water, sturdy shoes, and a curious mind! Also be sure to bring a flashlight or
headlamp – it will be dark on the way back.
THURSDAY JULY 11
9:00 AM HIKE THE “DARWIN’S REVENGE” TRAIL – It may have a very strange
name, but it is an awesome trail! Come spend several hours in one of the most
beautiful and wildest parts of the park. Be sure to wear good walking shoes,
comfortable clothes, and bring some drinking water. Drive to the camp store and
1:00 PM UN-NATURE HIKE – Every part of nature is important. Even the small and
the common things have their place. But on this hike, some things just don’t
belong! Help us find the nature mistakes. Meet at the main bath house.
3:00 PM PINE CONE BIRD FEEDERS – Let’s make a snack for our feathered friends!
Meet at the main bath house, and you’ll be able to bring back home your own
little bird feeder.
5:00 PM MICRO SAFARI – Let’s follow the “hidden trails” to new discovery. Meet at the
main bath house.
7:00 PM NOISY TOYS – How did the pioneer children make music or noise? Make your
very own “musical” instrument with a few simple things from nature. Meet at
the Open Air Chapel to create some “beautiful music.” In case of rain, meet at
the main bath house.
9:00 PM NIGHT SOUNDS – Nature is full of sounds when the sun goes down! Some
seem eerie, but there’s no need to be nervous. Come find out whose noise is
whose. Meet at the Open Air Chapel for a short slide show of the creatures who
“talk” in the night! (At the pool entrance if it is raining.)
FRIDAY JULY 12
9:30 AM FALL CREEK LOOP TRAIL -Let’s hike the park’s most scenic trail! Enjoy
beautiful vistas of the summer fields, as we search for signs of the unique
habitats in the open country. Drive to the camp store, and we’ll carpool to the
start of a two hour hike.
1:00 PM 100 INCH HIKE – Especially for small, tired feet! Discover life on the tiny side.
This will also be a great chance to catch a critter for the races! Meet at the main
1:30 PM CRITTER RACE FOR FREEDOM – Bring your best creepy crawler to the
main bath house. They’ll all win, because they’ll all get their freedom. No pets or
flying creatures please.
3:00 PM CREATE A FOREST – Here’s your chance to design your own woodland
habitat! Meet at the Open Air Chapel, and bring your ingenuity. We’ll supply all
the planning tools. If it is raining, meet at the main bath house.
5:00 PM HEALTHY WATERS – Be a water scientist! Healthy water is essential for us,
and for all the living things in and around it! Meet at the camp store and we’ll
carpool to the creek to test the water pH, oxygen levels, and more!
7:00 PM TRADITIONAL BASKETS – We use bags to carry our goods from the store, but
our Appalachian ancestors used baskets! Take a peek at some old-time baskets,
then make your own basket to keep! We’ll make ours out of invasive
honeysuckle, so we can help clear the forest of some non-native plant pests, and
make some great little baskets at the same time. Meet at the Open Air Chapel,
or main bath house if it’s raining. If possible, please sign up in advance at the
camp store, so we’ll have enough supplies for everyone. (Sign up sheet will be
available starting Tuesday morning).
SATURDAY JULY 13
8:00 AM EARLY MORNING BIRD WALK – Wake up and smell the worms! Come for a
nice morning walk around Duck Island and greet the day with our feathered
friends! Bring binoculars if you have them (we’ll have a few extras).
1:00 PM ENERGY CYCLES – The turtle shell may be empty, but where’s the turtle?
Discover how energy cycles through all living things on Earth, and how those
that are gone still contribute to the environment. Meet at the Open-Air Chapel,
or main bath house if it’s raining.
3:00 PM CREEK WALK – Get on your old clothes and tennis shoes. It’s time to explore
the cool, clear creek waters. We’ll discover a world of amazing life. Drive to the
camp store, and we’ll carpool. Be prepared to get wet!
5:00 PM WHAT SMELLS? – The nose knows! Nature is full of amazing smells – some
delightful, some disgusting! Let’s follow our noses to nature discovery. Meet at
the Open Air Chapel for a short “smelly” walk.
7:00 PM OLD TIMEY GAMES – Enjoy some good-old fun! Try some games from the
early settlement days of East Tennessee. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main
bath house if it’s raining.
9:00 PM CAMPFIRE – What a perfect combination: A dark night, a crackling fire, and
some local, traditional ghost tales. Meet at the campfire circle, east end of the
main campground. If it is raining, we’ll have an indoor “campfire” at the pool
SUNDAY, JULY 14
9:00 AM WORSHIP SERVICE – Enjoy a peaceful morning worship service at the Open
Air Chapel, or at the pool entrance if it is raining. Sponsored by the Colonial
Heights Baptist Church.
SPECIAL NOTE: We work hard to make our programs both safe and fun!
However, as with any outdoor activity, there is always a risk of personal
discomfort or even personal injury. Please use your common sense and care
whenever you enjoy activities in the Great Tennessee Outdoors.