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Summer in the Park
June 18, 2019 - June 23, 2019
TUESDAY, JUNE 18
9:00 AM BEGINNER BIRDING – You don’t have to be an expert to appreciate
birds, and Warrior’s Path is full of them! Walk the Duck Island loop to
learn about birding and identification. We will meet outside the rec
building. Please bring water, comfortable shoes, and a hungry brain!
Bring binoculars if you have them (we’ll have some extras).
4:00 PM SOIL STUDIES – It’s not just plain old “dirt!” Come “dig into” some new
discoveries about the soil beneath our feet. Meet at the Open Air Chapel.
6:00 PM BIRDS OF PREY – Meet some real live feathered hunters. Come to the
Open Air Chapel and see “whooo…” is waiting for you. If it is raining,
meet at the main bath house.
7:30 PM LIFE UNDER LOGS – Every corner of this earth is a home – and rotten
logs are some of the best! Help us “dig into” this unique habitat. Meet at
the main bath house, and be ready to get your hands dirty.
9:00 PM NIGHT HIKE TO WHITE TAIL LOOP TRAIL – It’s a whole different
world out there at night! Tonight is our chance to explore this rich,
ancient forest, during the dark side of the day. Bring a flashlight and
drive to the camper check-in station. We’ll carpool to the trail.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19
9:00 AM CANOE RIDE & AQUATIC DISCOVERY- A quiet canoe 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.
1:00 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
bath house, and we’ll stroll on down to the shore.
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!
6:00 PM SNAKES – Spooky, slimy snakes! Come to the Open-air Chapel to learn
more about these misunderstood animals that aren’t really spooky or
slimy at all, and meet one of our native species of snakes: the corn snake!
In case of rain, meet at the main bath house.
9:00 PM BUGGING OUT – Don’t let our six-legged friends “bug” you! Come find
out more about the amazing world of “ordinary” insects. Meet at the
Open Air Chapel, or pool entrance if it’s raining.
THURSDAY, JUNE 20
8:30 AM BREAKFAST WITH THE BIRDS – Come wake up to our feathered neighbors.
Meet at the main bath house to begin a stroll through bird country! (The first 12
people to come get free doughnut & juice!)
9:30 AM REDISCOVERING THE FOREST – Are people becoming nature-blind? Take a
morning walk along the Fawn Loop trail to open your eyes to all the lesser-
noticed aspects of the forest. Drive to the Camp Store, and we’ll carpool. Please
bring water, sturdy shoes, and a curious mind!
3:00 PM 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.
5:00 PM PINE CONE BIRD FEEDERS – Let’s make a snack for our feathered friends!
Meet at the main bath house, and you’ll bring home your own little bird feeder.
7:00 PM NATURE GAMES – Don’t miss the natural fun – for the young or the young-at-
heart! Meet at the Open Air Chapel for some lively games about our natural
world. If it’s raining, meet at the main bath house.
9:00 PM PLANTS & POLLINATORS – Enjoy a slide-illustrated talk on native
wildflowers, and the “busy bugs” who help them thrive. Meet at the Open Air
Chapel, or pool entrance if it’s raining.
FRIDAY, JUNE 21
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.
11:00 AM TREE COOKIES – Come read a small slice of nature! The inside of a tree holds
many clues to the outside of the land! Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main bath
house if it is raining.
1:00 PM GRAND-DADDY WHO? – Granddaddy Long Legs may be creepy crawlers, but
they are also an important part of the forest community. Come take a short hike
to search for our little grand-daddies, and to discover more about these
misunderstood leggy neighbors. Meet at the camp store.
3:00 PM CORN HUSK CRAFTS – The early settlers along the Warriors’ Path couldn’t
afford to waste anything! Even old corn husks could become a doll or toy. Meet
at the Open Air Chapel to try this old-timey craft. If it’s raining, meet at the
main bath house.
5:00 PM FIELD SWEEP – This green world at our feet is teeming with amazing life.
Help us “sweep up” some field discoveries. Meet at the campfire circle, east end
of the main campground.
7:00 PM NATURE ART – You’ll be amazed at how creative you can be with nature’s own
“crayons”. Meet at the Open Air Chapel to create your own natural masterpiece.
If it is raining, meet at the main bath house.
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
SATURDAY, JUNE 22
9:30 AM HOLSTON BLUFFS RAILROAD TOUR – Our park is tied to history through
the rails! Let’s hike the old RR grade, and hear the stories of these early
railroaders lives. Meet at the benches behind the OVERFLOW CAMPGROUND
11:00 AM 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 campfire circle, east end of
the main campground.
12 NOON BIKE HIKE TO THE OVERLOOK -Let’s travel together, on bicycle and on
foot, to search for signs of the people and the wildlife that have traveled here.
Pedal on down to the camper check-in station. Note that ALL riders MUST wear
a bicycle helmet. Children 10 or under must be accompanied by an adult!
3:00 PM WEB OF LIFE – Every living thing is part of the web! Help us get really “tied
up” in our work as we build our own living web. You’ll see natural places like
you’ve never seen them before! Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main bath house
if it is raining.
5:00 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!
6:30 PM “MONSTERS” OF THE FOREST – Monsters?! In the forest?! No way! Come
learn about our often misunderstood and important animals in the woods. Meet
at the Open-Air Chapel, or main bath house if it’s raining.
8:00 PM SUNSET HIKE – Watch the sun go down across the green hills. Drive to the
camp store, and we’ll carpool. This is a short, but rather steep hike. Bring a
flashlight for the walk back down.
SUNDAY, JUNE 23
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.