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Week four of Summer in the Park features photography, bike ride, nocturnal walk

Holly Viers • Updated Jun 18, 2018 at 12:35 PM

KINGSPORT — Enjoy a week full of outdoor discovery and fun next week during week four of Summer in the Park.

Held at Warriors Path State Park, Summer in the Park is a free series of summer activities for children and adults alike. Below is a sampling of activities you and your family can enjoy this week.

Tuesday, June 19

2:30 p.m. — Recycle for the Birds: Don’t throw away that empty milk carton! Bring it to the Open Air Chapel and we’ll recycle it into a useful bird feeder. In case of rain, meet at the main bathhouse.

4:30 p.m. — Bird Walk: The park’s feathered creatures have some fascinating stories to tell. We’ll use our eyes and ears to help us “listen in.” Meet at the main bathhouse to begin a walk through bird country.

9 p.m. — 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.

Wednesday, June 20

3 p.m. — 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 bat house, and we’ll stroll down to the shore.

4 p.m. — 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!

5:30 p.m. — Make a Star Wheel: Want to learn the names of the stars and constellations? Want a new view of the night sky? Come to the Open Air Chapel to make your own guide to the starry heavens. In case of rain, meet at the pool entrance.

Thursday, June 21

3 p.m. — Weird Science: Come awaken your inner scientist and observe some weird, wacky science experiments, no lab needed! Meet at the Open Air Chapel or the main bathhouse if it’s raining.

7 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. You’ll see natural places like you’ve never seen them before! Meet at the Open Air Chapel or main bathhouse if it is raining.

9 p.m. — Nature Photography: Pictures are a perfect way to preserve memories of beautiful outdoor places. Find out how to use even the simplest camera as a way to conserve natural memories. Meet at the Open Air Chapel for a slide-illustrated nature photography lesson. In case of rain, meet at the pool entrance.

Friday, June 22

3 p.m. — Bike Ride to Shipley Cemetery: Long before Warriors Path was a park, it was the Shipley family farm. As we visit their family cemetery and the green hills beyond, we can get a better feeling for their land and their lives. Pedal down to the camp store. Note that all riders must wear a bicycle helmet, and children 10 or under must be accompanied by an adult.

6:30 p.m. — Tracking: Find out how to be a “wildlife detective” — how to read the tracks, dens and other signs of our fellow creatures. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main bathhouse if it is raining.

9 p.m. — Night Walk on the Golf Course: By day, it’s a busy place full of golf carts and clubs, but at night, it’s a peaceful field full of wildlife discovery. Tonight is our chance to explore these rolling, grassy hills during the dark side of the day. Bring a flashlight, drive to the camp store and we’ll carpool.

Saturday, June 23

9:30 a.m. — Bird’s Eye View: Take a hike to the Overlook and look at our world from a different perspective. Don’t forget your camera! Meet at the camp store, and we’ll carpool to the trail.

3 p.m. — Tea Time: Enjoy an old-timey favorite — sassafras tea! We’ll also “brew up” some memories of the old days along the Warriors’ Path. Meet at the Open Air Chapel or main bathhouse if it is raining.

9 p.m. — Campfire: What a perfect combination: a dark night, a crackling fire and some local, traditional ghost tales. Meet at the campfire circle on the east end of the main campground. If it is raining, we’ll have an indoor “campfire” at the pool entrance.

Sunday, June 24

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.

For the complete Summer in the Park schedule, visit tnstateparks.com/parks/about/warriors-path.

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