Summer in the Park is back for its second week, with a full slate of free events for all ages. Below is a sampling of activities you and your family can enjoy.
Monday, June 4
4:30 p.m. — Bike Ride to Duck Island: Meet at the camp store and we’ll pedal down to Duck Island. We’ll watch the ducks and discover more about their fascinating behavior. All riders must wear a bicycle helmet, and children 10 or under must be accompanied by an adult.
7 p.m. — Nature Jobs: People have different jobs, and so do animals and plants. Let’s take a short hike to find out who is “at work” out there. Meet at the camp store.
9 p.m. — Story Hour: Evening is a perfect time to share nature stories under a big shade tree. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or pool entrance if it is raining.
Tuesday, June 5
9:30 a.m. — Lake Hollow Hike: Let’s enjoy the rich discoveries of land and water life along the Lake Hollow trail. Meet at the main bathhouse.
2 p.m. — Build a Boat: Are you ready to sail across ponds and puddles? Meet at the main bathhouse to build your own little boat. Bring your creative fingers!
5 p.m. — Boat Race: Come race the boat you made at 2 p.m. or come cheer on the racers. Meet at the camp store.
Wednesday, June 6
3 p.m. — Junior Rangers Trail Cleanup: Make the park a cleaner, healthier environment. You’ll make a big difference for our earth and begin to earn your Junior Ranger badge. Meet at the main bathhouse. Be prepared to get dirty!
6:30 p.m. — Four-Legged Friends Hike: Let’s get some exercise for ourselves and our dogs as we go hiking with man’s best friend. Bring along your dog or come share the love of other dogs. All dogs must be on a leash. Meet at the main bathhouse.
9 p.m. — Firefly Watch: Come watch (and gently catch and release) our glowing friends. See who is the best “lightning bug wrangler.” Bring a flashlight and meet at the Open Air Chapel. In case of rain, meet at the pool entrance.
Thursday, June 7
11 a.m. — Wonderful Wildflowers Walk: Early summer is a perfect time for blooming things! Come for a hike among the beautiful wildflowers of the park. Drive to the camp store, and we’ll carpool.
3 p.m. — Nature “Jeopardy”: Let’s try out this natural version of the famous game show. Test your skills and see how much you really know about nature. Meet at the Open Air Chapel or main bathhouse if it’s 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 tools that foresters use to study and protect native trees. Meet at the Open Air Chapel or main bathhouse if it’s raining.
Friday, June 8
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.
3 p.m. — Bike Ride and Stream Stomp: Cool creek water sure will feel good after a warm bike ride. Pedal to the camp store, and we’ll ride down to the creek. Be sure to wear old clothes and shoes; we will get wet and muddy! All riders must wear a bicycle helmet, and children 10 or under must be accompanied by an adult.
5 p.m. — Ultimate Frisbee: Join us for an extreme game … some might say, the “ultimate” hobby. Meet at the playground entrance and we’ll head up to the fields together.
Saturday, June 9
9:30 a.m. — Fall Creek Loop Trail: Let’s hike the park’s most scenic trail. Enjoy beautiful views of the summer fields as we search for signs of unique habitats in the open country. Drive to the camp store, and we’ll carpool to the start of a two-hour hike.
6 p.m. — Earthball Games: Let’s have a ball — a six-foot tall ball! Meet at the Open Air Chapel for some lively, cooperative games. If it rains, we’ll have smaller ball games at the main bathhouse.
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’s raining, we’ll have an indoor “campfire” at the pool entrance.
Sunday, June 10
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.