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Warriors Path kicks off Summer in the Park activities

Staff Report • May 28, 2019 at 8:30 AM

KINGSPORT — As summer break begins for many local schools, so will Summer in the Park activities at Warriors Path State Park.

The award-winning series of free events will start Tuesday and run through mid-August. Below is a selection of activities beginning this week.

Tuesday, May 28

10:30 a.m. — Mindful Meditation: Get in tune with nature and learn a great relaxation method for the week ahead. Meet at Campfire Circle on the east end of the campground and wear comfortable clothing.

4 p.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.

7 p.m. — Meet the Owl: Meet a real, live feathered hunter. Come to the Open Air Chapel and see “whooo...” is waiting for you. If it is raining, meet at the main bathhouse.

Wednesday, May 29

11:30 a.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 the natural world. If it’s raining, meet at the main bathhouse.

1 p.m. — Energy Cycles: The turtle shell may be empty, but where’s the turtle? Discover how energy cycles through all living things on Earth, and how those that are gone still contribute to the environment. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main bathhouse if it’s raining.

6 p.m. — Granddaddy Who?: Granddaddy long legs may be creepy crawlers, but they are also an important part of the forest community. Come take a short hike to search for our little granddaddies and to discover more about these misunderstood, leggy neighbors. Meet at the camp store.

Thursday, May 30

2 p.m. — Monsters of the Forest: Monsters in the forest? No way! Come learn about some often misunderstood and important animals in the woods. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main bathhouse if it’s raining.

4 p.m. — Tree Cookies: Let’s read a small slice of nature. The inside of a tree holds many clues to the outside of the land. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main bathhouse if it is raining.

9 p.m. — 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.

Friday, May 31

11 a.m. — Nature Poetry: Listen to some inspiring words about nature. Then amaze yourself by writing your own poem about the great outdoors. Bring your favorite poem if you’d like and meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main bathhouse if it’s raining.

7 p.m. — Beginner Birding: You don’t have to be an expert to appreciate birds, and Warriors Path is full of them. Walk the Duck Island loop to learn some tips about birding and identification. Meet outside the recreation building and bring water, comfortable shoes and binoculars if you have them.

9 p.m. — Spider Eyes: Meet at the Open Air Chapel and bring a flashlight to hunt for the deadliest hunter on eight legs: spiders! Will you be able to spot a spider in the dark? Children under 10 must bring a parent. In case of rain, meet at the pool entrance.

Saturday, June 1

3:30 p.m. — What’s a Path?: There are so many kinds of paths at Warriors Path. Meet at the Open Air Chapel to find out why it’s called Warriors Path and to discuss the many paths you can discover there. In case of rain, meet at the main bathhouse.

6 p.m. — Creek Walk: Here’s another chance to celebrate National Trails Day, with a short hike in the creek. Explore the cool, clear waters and discover a world of amazing life. Wear old clothes and tennis shoes, drive to the camp store and we’ll carpool. Be prepared to get wet!

9 p.m. — Night Hike to Sinking Waters: One last hike on National Trails Day — a hike in the night! We’ll discover the peace and the excitement of a night in the Sinking Waters wetland. Bring a dim flashlight and drive to the camp store. We'll carpool to the park back country.

Sunday, June 2

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.”