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Week eight of Summer in the Park to feature bike hike, creek tour, campfire tales

Staff Report • Jul 15, 2019 at 7:00 PM

KINGSPORT – Summer in the Park is still going strong at Warriors’ Path State Park.

The free series of events is heading into its eighth week, and there is no shortage of fun on the agenda. Below is a selection of activities.

Tuesday, July 16

2 p.m. – Build a Bird’s Nest: Birds can do it, but can we? Let’s find out who is a real “bird brain.” Meet at the main bath house.

7 p.m. – Birds of Prey: Meet some real live feathered hunters. Come to the Open Air Chapel and see “whoo...” is waiting for you. If it is raining, meet at the main bath house.

9 p.m. – Full Moon Kayak Ride: A quiet kayak and a bright moonlit night – there's no better way to enjoy the peace and excitement of night time. Participants must sign up in advance at the camp store, as space is limited. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult, and anyone under 18 must have an adult sign a release form. Bring your flashlight and meet at the Marina.

Wednesday, July 17

2 p.m. – 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. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main bath house if it is raining.

7 p.m. – “Monsters” of the Forest: Monsters?! In the forest?! No way! Come learn about the often misunderstood and important animals in the woods. Meet at the Open-Air Chapel, or main bath house if it’s raining.

9 p.m. – Spider Eyes: Meet at the Open Air Chapel and bring a flashlight as we hunt for the deadliest hunter on eight legs: spiders! Will you be able to spot a spider in the dark? Bring water. Children under 10 must bring a parent.

Thursday, July 18

11:30 a.m. – 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 down to the camp store. All riders must wear a bicycle helmet. Children 10 or under must be accompanied by an adult.

3 p.m. – Wasps and Hornets: They do sting if you bother them, but they are really amazing creatures when you get to know them, from a safe distance. Get a close, stingless look at these common, important, misunderstood park critters. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main bath house if it is raining.

7 p.m. – 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 bath house if it is raining.

Friday, July 19

8:30 a.m. – 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 will get a free doughnut and juice.

2 p.m. – Sinking Waters Creek Tour: Lace up those old sneakers! It’s time to explore this unique wetland home. Drive to the camp store and we’ll carpool. Be prepared to get wet and muddy.

9 p.m. – Cherokee Campfire Tales: Meet at the campfire circle and enjoy the stories told by the first travelers along the Warriors’ Path. If it is raining, we’ll have an indoor “campfire” at the pool entrance.

Saturday, July 20

9:30 a.m. – Devil’s Backbone Hike: Come hike to the high places and get some new views of the park land. Drive to the camp store, and we’ll carpool to the start of an invigorating hike.

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 campfire circle on the east end of the campground.

7 p.m. – 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 bath house.

Sunday, July 21

9 a.m. – Worship Service: Enjoy a peaceful morning worship service at the Open Air Chapel, or at the pool entrance if it is raining. The service is sponsored by Colonial Heights Baptist Church.

To view the complete schedule, visit tnstateparks.com/parks/warriors-path and click “Upcoming Events.”

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