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Warriors Path: Summer in the Park
July 31, 2017 - August 6, 2017
MONDAY JULY 31
3:30 PM WATER DODGEBALL – Come to the Recreation Building on Duck
Island for a fun twist on this fast paced game.
4:30 PM TORNADO IN A BOTTLE – Bring an empty water bottle to the
Recreation Building on Duck Island and make your own “mini-tornado!”
TUESDAY AUGUST 1
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 PINCHING PENNIES – Come one come all, can you beat the high-score
in this “chilling” game? Meet at the Open Air Chapel to test your strength
of will. (In case of rain, meet at the main bath house)
5:00 PM EVENING LEAF HIKE – Leaves are shade on a hot summer day. Leaves
are the green carpet of the hills. Leaves are full of amazing stories! Let’s
walk under the leaves, and listen in. Meet at the main bath house to start
a leafy hike.
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 TENNESSEE TALES – Enjoy a slide-illustrated talk on Tennessee
Folklife, and then share some good-old traditional tall tales. Meet at the
Open Air Chapel, or pool entrance if it rains.
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 2
8:30 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 “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
12 NOON NATURE SCAVENGER HUNT – Do you have a sharp eye for nature?
Discover the natural wonders around us and see if you can find all the
items on the list! Meet at the Open Air Chapel (main bath house if rain).
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 SEED RACES – Wind, water, and animals carry seeds of new trees and plants
all across the land. Our “wind” can help too! Meet at the Open Air Chapel to
show off your “hot air” and plant some new life. Meet at the main bath house if
7:00 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.
9:00 PM DRAGONFLIES – These fascinating insects have some amazing life stories to
tell. Come enjoy a slide-illustrated talk about these “bugs” that zip through the
summer skies. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or the pool entrance if it’s raining.
THURSDAY AUGUST 3
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.
12 NOON 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.
2:00 PM WETLAND WALK – Wetlands are wet, and full of life! Come along for a soggy
hike near Fall Creek, on the far side of the Devil’s Backbone. We might even
spot a few dragonflies! Drive to the camp store, and we’ll carpool.
4:00 PM MYSTERY BAG – Try your hand at discovering some natural textures. See if
you can guess which natural object is which. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or
the main bath house if it is raining.
5:00 PM SKULLS – NATURE’S TOOL BOX – Every animal carries along all the tools it
needs for survival! Come investigate some natural “tool boxes,” and find out
more about each animal’s job! Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main bath house
if it is raining.
7:00 PM SMITHSONIAN LECTURE SERIES – Each Thursday at 7:00 PM during the
Smithsonian exhibit here at the park, you can hear from a different expert
speaker on a selected Water|Ways topic. Tonight’s speaker is Gary Barrigar of
Boone Watershed Partnership, Trout Unlimited, and the Southern Appalachian
Highlands Conservancy. Gary will share insights into how partnerships between
agencies and the public can lead to better water resources for all of us. Meet at
the Recreation Building on Duck Island.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 4
9:30 AM SINKING WATERS RIDGE HIKE – Explore succession – the changing face of
nature – on the first loop of the Sinking Waters Trail. We’ll discover the
woodlands changing all around us! Drive to the camp store, and we’ll carpool.
12:30 PM SPOTLIGHT STROLL – Let’s shine our light on some bright natural
discoveries. Meet at the camp store to begin a short, sunlit hike
1:00 PM “YOUR STORY FRIDAY” – It’s YOUR chance to be part of the Smithsonian
exhibit at the park. 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 WATER BALLOON PIÑATA – Meet at the Recreation Building on Duck
Island for a smacking wet time!
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 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 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 NATURE’S FIREWORKS – Whether we call them fireflies or lightning bugs,we
sure do enjoy seeing how such a little “bug” can light up the night! Tonight we
can enjoy their “light show” and find out more about their amazing lives. Meet
at the campfire circle, east end of the campground (at the Pool entrance if it’s
SATURDAY, AUGUST 5
11 AM – 9 PM SPECIAL EVENT – 38TH ANNUAL FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL – Come
celebrate the folk traditions of our region with old timey games, music, crafts,
storytelling and more. What a great way to end off our “Summer In The Park”
activities and our Smithsonian Exhibit! It’s all FREE, and it’s all going on today,
down on Duck Island in and near the park’s Recreation Building.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 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.
Just so you’ll know…Warriors’ Path State Park has been hosting a Smithsonian
Institute traveling exhibit called “Water|Ways,” each day from noon to 6 PM.
August 6 is the LAST DAY you can enjoy this amazing interactive exhibit at the
park’s Recreation Building on Duck Island.
SPECIAL NOTE: This is the last week of summer programs.
Remember that the park and many park facilities remain open
year-round. Also, special programs can be arranged for special
groups (schools, scouts, church groups, senior citizens, etc.) upon
request. Thanks for a GREAT summer!
In case of medical emergencies, contact the Park Ranger on duty at 423-765-5534