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Summer Activities in the Park
June 1 - June 6
It’s almost summertime, and that means it’s almost time for the award-winning “Summer In The Park” activities at Warriors’ Path State Park.
These nature discovery activities will begin Memorial Day weekend and continue into mid-August. Each week, you and your family can enjoy guided nature hikes, evening campfire talks, wildlife demonstrations, nature arts & crafts, night walks, creek explorations, and much more. The schedule is different each week but always packed full of hands-on nature experiences. And it’s all FREE!
TUESDAY, JUNE 1
1:00 PM AMPHIBIAN “ATTACK” – Let’s search for our slippery friends! We’ll “hunt” for frogs, toads and salamanders, and discover more about their amazing, changing lives. Meet at the campground boat ramp.
3:00 PM TAG – You’re it! You’re the one we need to make all these great tag games work. Meet at the Open Air Chapel for all kinds of tag games. If it is raining, meet at the main bathhouse.
4:00 PM MEET YOUR FEATHERED NEIGHBORS – Learn how to use a field guide to get to know the common birds of the park. Meet at the Open Air Chapel (main bathhouse if it is raining).
5:00 PM PLANKTON – For us, the lake is a place to go boating or fishing. But for the micro-world of plankton, it’s a home. Come help us sample this incredible world of tiny lives floating in lake water. Meet at the main bathhouse, and we’ll stroll down to the shore.
7:30 PM NATIVE POTTERY – With a bit of clay and a bit of creativity, we can create some authentic-looking pottery. Meet at the Open Air Chapel to learn this ancient skill. In case of rain, meet at the main bathhouse.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2
10:00 AM TREE ID GAME – Come on down and enjoy a fine little game that will help you get to know the local trees a little better. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main bathhouse if it’s raining.
1:30 PM SPORE PRINTS – Come join us for some old-fashioned mushroom hunting! Find out more about how mushrooms spread their spores, and create some amazing art with mushroom spores. Meet at the main bathhouse.
4:00 PM NATURE “JEOPARDY” – Let’s try out this natural version of the famous game show. Test your skills and see how much you REALLY know about nature. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main bathhouse if it is raining.
5:00 PM RIVERBANK STROLL -This green river valley has seen generations of travelers. This evening, we’ll travel together, and search for signs of the wildlife and the people who came before us. Meet at the main campground bathhouse.
7:00 PM TREE TOOLS – How big is that tree? How old is it? What wildlife could be hiding in it? Come see and try out some of the tools that foresters use to study and protect our native trees. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main bathhouse if it is raining.
9:00 PM FOREST TREES – Take a “hike” from the comfort of your seat. Enjoy a “tour” of our nearby forest habitats using words and pictures. After the slide show, we’ll share a demonstration of how to identify our local trees. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or pool entrance if it is raining.
THURSDAY, JUNE 3
9:30 AM WAKE UP WALK – Let’s wake up our senses to morning in the forest. Meet at the main bathhouse for a refreshing morning walk.
11:30 AM JUNIOR RANGERS: TRAIL CLEANUP – Make our park a cleaner, healthier environment! You’ll make a big difference for our earth, and begin to earn your Junior Ranger badge. Meet at the main bathhouse. Be prepared to get dirty!
1:00 PM COOL DOWN LAKE WALK – Let’s dabble our toes in the water and enjoy all the “cool” discoveries. Meet at the campfire circle, east end of the campground.
3:00 PM SOIL CREATURES – Discover the amazing world of life in the ground at our feet. Meet at the Open Air Chapel to “dig into” a new world.
4:00 PM HUMMINGBIRD FEEDERS – Everyone loves to watch these tiny, speedy birds! You can get a much closer look if you offer them the right kind of snack. Meet at the main bathhouse to find out about the best plants for hummingbirds, and to make your own hummingbird feeder. Bring an empty 1 liter soft drink bottle if you have one (we’ll have extras if you don’t).
8:00 PM CAPTIVATING COYOTES – Let’s have a howling good time as we discover more about the “coy” coyote! Find out about coyote life stories and play a coyote game too. Meet at the Open Air Chapel! If it’s raining, meet at the pool entrance.
FRIDAY, JUNE 4
10:00 AM BIRD WALK – Let’s be “early birds” and catch some new discoveries about park birds. We’ll use our eyes and ears to “listen in.” Meet at the main bathhouse to begin our walk through bird country.
1:30 PM WASPS & HORNETS – Yes, they do sting if you bother them! But they are really amazing creatures when you get to know them, from a safe distance… Let’s get a close, stingless look at these common, important, misunderstood park critters. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main bathhouse if it is raining.
4:00 PM LEAF ID BOOK – Leaves are shade on a hot summer day. Leaves are the green carpet of the hills. Leaves are full of amazing stories! Let’s find out more about the names and stories of our green neighbors. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main bathhouse if it is raining.
6:00 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 bathhouse if it’s raining.
9:00 PM TENNESSEE TALES – Enjoy new insights into Tennessee Folklife as we share some good-old traditional tall tales. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or pool entrance if it rains.
SATURDAY, JUNE 5
Celebrate NATIONAL TRAILS DAY with a day full of trail activities SEE POSTERS FOR MORE DETAILS.
SUNDAY, JUNE 6
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.
All activities meet in and near the park’s Main Campground unless otherwise specified.
For more information, visit https://tnstateparks.com/parks/warriors-path.