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Week nine of Summer in the Park includes canoe ride, nature games, scavenger hunt

Staff Report • Jul 22, 2019 at 5:30 PM

KINGSPORT — There are still a few more weeks of summer break, which means Summer in the Park is still going strong.

The free series of events, held at Warriors Path State Park, offers families an opportunity to experience and learn about the great outdoors. Below is a selection of activities happening this week.

Tuesday, July 23

10 a.m. — Canoe Ride and 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. 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. Meet at the marina.

2 p.m. — Traveling Traders: From beads to beans, our ancestors depended on each other for supplies. Find out about those who traded goods along the Great Indian War and Trade Path, then try trading beads to make bracelets. The park will supply the beads; you supply the trading and crafting skills. Meet at the Open-Air Chapel or main bathhouse if it’s raining.

7 p.m. — Meet the Owls: 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 bathhouse.

Wednesday, July 24

9 a.m. — Rediscovering the Forest: Are people becoming nature-blind? Take a morning forest walk to discover things you may not have noticed before and develop an appreciation for all the lesser-noticed aspects of the forest. Meet at the camp store and bring water, sturdy shoes and a curious mind.

2 p.m. — A Nutty Fruity Hike: No, we’re not nuts; we’re just trying to find some wildlife food. Meet at the main bathhouse to search for some ripe discoveries.

7 p.m. — 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 bathhouse.

Thursday, July 25

9 a.m. — Hike the Boneyard: Come explore a remote corner of Warriors Path, full of geologic discovery. This will be a challenging 2-3 mile hike, so be sure to wear comfortable clothes, good hiking shoes and bring some drinking water. Drive to the camp store and we’ll carpool.

5 p.m. — Edible Plants Ramble: Are they weeds or are they dinner? Learn to make a salad from lawn plants. Meet at the camp store.

7 p.m. — Skulls: Nature’s Toolbox: 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. In case of rain, meet at the main bathhouse.

Friday, July 26

9 a.m. — Bird Scavenger Hunt: Challenge yourself to find the park’s feathered friends. Come to the Open Air Chapel to discuss park birds and get your own park bird checklist. Find them by the end of the day, then meet back at the Open Air Chapel at 9 p.m. to get your birding prize! Be safe while looking for birds and stay on the trails.

2 p.m. — Create a Forest: Here’s your chance to design your own woodland habitat! Meet at the Open Air Chapel and bring your ingenuity. The park will supply all the planning tools. If it is raining, meet at the main bathhouse.

4 p.m. — Healthy Waters: Be a water scientist! Healthy water is essential for us and for all the living things in and around it. Meet at the camp store and we’ll carpool to the creek to test the water pH, oxygen levels and more.

Saturday, July 27

2 p.m. — 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 bathhouse.

5 p.m. — “Flying Squirrels”: There are flying squirrels in the park forests, but these “squirrels” are actually Frisbees. Use the flying disks to play a game about flying squirrels and their lunch. Meet at the Open Air Chapel or main bathhouse if it is raining.

9 p.m. — Campfire Music: Campfires are great, and music makes them even better! Meet at the campfire circle for some musical fun around the bright fire. Discover more about the region’s musical history while we try out some traditional songs. Bring your musical instrument, if you have one. In case of rain, meet at the pool entrance.

Sunday, July 28

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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