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Warriors' Path: Summer in the Park
July 11, 2017 - July 16, 2017
NOTE: All activities meet in and near the park’s Main Campground, unless otherwise specified.
TUESDAY JULY 11
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 camp store. Note that ALL riders MUST wear a bicycle helmet. Children 10 or under must be accompanied by an adult!
3:00 PM LEAF ART – Explore the artistic side of nature as we make leaf rubbings and decorate frames for our artwork! Meet at the main bath house. We’ll supply the materials, you supply the creative fingers.
5:00 PM PARACHUTE GAMES – Meet at the Open Air Chapel for some lively, cooperative games with the giant parachute. If it rains, we’ll have some smaller games 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.)
WEDNESDAY JULY 12
9:00 AM WAKE UP WALK – Let’s wake up our senses to morning in the forest. Meet at the main bath house for a refreshing morning walk.
11:00 AM “WONDERFUL WACKY WET WEDNESDAY” – Enjoy kid-friendly water play and learning activities, every Wednesday at 11:00 AM. This is part of the Smithsonian Exhibit being hosted here at the park this summer. Meet at the recreation building on Duck Island. Be prepared to get wet!!
3:30 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 WATERMELON SEEDS – Come enjoy a fresh summer treat and show off your seed spitting skills. Meet at the main bathhouse for a friendly and delicious completion!
7:00 PM EVENING STROLL – Let’s wake up our senses to evening in the forest. Meet at the main bath house for a short, refreshing hike.
9:00 PM STAR GAZING – There’s a universe waiting to be discovered just above our heads. Let’s look up and wonder at the stars. Meet at the campfire circle, east end of the main campground. In case of rain, meet at the pool entrance for some night sky legends.
THURSDAY JULY 13
9:00 AM FUN RUN – Interested in becoming a runner? Get started with a brisk morning jog around Duck Island. All experience levels welcome! Lace up your running shoes and meet at the camp store.
11:00 AM PICNIC HIKE – Let’s “feed” our eyes and ears on park scenery, feed our minds on the Web of Life, and then feed ourselves a picnic lunch. Bring your bag lunch and meet at the campground boat ramp.
1:00 PM NATURE MATCHING GAME – See if you can “match up” natural and human discoveries. Meet at the Open Air Chapel for a new look at some common but amazing natural objects. In case of rain, meet at the main bath house.
3:30 PM CRITTER SNACKS – Let’s make a snack for our feathered and furry friends! Meet at the Open Air Chapel, and you’ll be able to bring back home your own little “critter feeder.” In case of rain, meet at the main bath house.
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 bath house.
7:00 PM SMITHSONIAN LECTURE SERIES – Each Thursday during the Smithsonian exhibit here at the park, you can hear from a different expert speaker on a Water|Ways topic. Tonight’s speaker is State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath. Randy will share an entertaining, engaging photographic tour of water’s journey across Tennessee. Travel with the Tennessee River from the comfort of your seat! Meet at the Recreation Building on Duck Island.
FRIDAY JULY 14
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 SMOOTH, SPIKY, OR STICKY – Come get a FEEL for nature as we use our sense of touch to explore the forest! Meet at the Open Air Chapel for a hands-on walk. Don’t forget your water and sturdy, close-toed shoes!
1:00 PM “YOUR STORY FRIDAY” – Here’s YOUR chance to be a part of the Smithsonian exhibit here at the park. Each Friday at 1:00 PM, we’ll have a sound recording booth where you can record your family history and how our region’s water resources have affected you! Meet at the Recreation Building on Duck Island.
1:30 PM JUNIOR RANGERS: WILDLIFE SHELTERS – Help our park become a better home for wildlife. You’ll make our land a fine habitat, and begin to earn your Junior Ranger badge. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main bath house if it’s raining.
3:00 PM CRITTER PATHS – Be a critter detective! Find out what’s been wandering through the campground habitats. Meet at the camp store.
5:00 PM MAGNIFYING GLASS HIKE – Use your eyes and some handy little magnifiers to get a close look at nature’s amazing details. Meet at the main bath house to begin a short discovery walk.
7:00 PM EVENING BIKE RIDE – Meet at the camp store and we’ll pedal around the park. Enjoy the cool of the evening, the wind in your face, and the richness of park scenery. Note that ALL riders MUST wear a bicycle helmet. Children 10 or under must be accompanied by an adult!
9:00 PM NIGHT EYES – Who are those critters whose eyes shine at night? Discover why they shine and come walk into the night to search for them. Bring a flashlight to the camp store.
SATURDAY JULY 15
9:30 AM DEVIL’S BACKBONE HIKE -Come hike to the high places, and get some new views of our park land. Drive to the camp store, and we’ll carpool to the start of an invigorating hike.
1:00 PM FIELD DAY GAMES – Hula-hoops, bouncy balls, jump ropes, and Frisbees! Come down to the Open Air Chapel for a fun afternoon of games! (In case of rain, meet at the main bath house).
4:00 PM PAPER FLOWER MAKING – We love flowers, but we hate that they die so quickly! Join us at the main bathhouse to make your own flowers that will never wilt!
7:00 PM NATURE GAMES – Don’t miss the natural fun – for the young or the young-atheart! 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 TENNESSEE WILDERNESS – Enjoy a slide-illustrated tour of Tennessee’s wild, scenic places and the special values they hold. After the slide show, well have a demonstration of how to read wildlife signs. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or pool entrance if it’s raining.
SUNDAY, JULY 16
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.
Just so you’ll know…Warriors’ Path State Park is hosting a Smithsonian Institute traveling exhibit called “Water|Ways” this summer: Each day from noon to 6 PM, through August 6, you can enjoy this amazing interactive exhibit at the park’s Recreation Building on Duck Island.
In case of medical emergencies, contact the Park Ranger on duty at 423-765-5534