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Kayak trip, bird walk, pollinator program among activities at Warriors Path this week

Staff Report • Jun 22, 2019 at 8:30 PM

KINGSPORT — Summertime festivities are in full swing at Warriors Path State Park.

A free series of programs, called Summer in the Park, will begin its fifth week on Tuesday. Below is a selection of activities.

Tuesday, June 25

9 a.m. — Kayak Ride & Aquatic Discovery: A quiet kayak 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. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult, and anyone under 18 must have an adult sign a release form. Snacks, water and sunscreen are highly encouraged for this two- to three-hour event. Meet at the marina.

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. — 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, June 26

11 a.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 its pH, oxygen levels and more.

3 p.m. — Nature Crafts: Create your own creatures using natural materials. Meet at the Open Air Chapel or the main bathhouse if it is raining.

5 p.m. — Bike Ride to Shipley Cemetery: Many years 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 camper check-in station. All riders must wear a bicycle helmet. Children 10 or under must be accompanied by an adult.

Thursday, June 27

8 a.m. — Early Morning Bird Walk: Wake up and smell the worms! Enjoy a nice morning walk around Duck Island and greet the day with some feathered friends. Bring binoculars if you have them.

1 p.m. — Captivating Coyotes: Let’s have a howling good time as we discover more about the “coy” coyote. Find out about coyote life stories and play a coyote game, too. Meet at the Campfire Circle and be sure to wear bug repellant. If it’s raining, meet at the main bathhouse.

7 p.m. — Riverbank Stroll: The green river valley has seen generations of travelers. Search for signs of the wildlife and people who came before us. Meet at the main bathhouse.

Friday, June 28

11 a.m. — Marvelous Milkweed: Let’s hike out in the summer meadows and find out who is at home in the milkweed patch. Drive to the camp store, and we’ll carpool.

3 p.m. — Nature’s Pollinators: Pollinators are precious, and the park is home to many of them. Come to the campfire circle to search for park pollinators and find out why they are so important. In case of rain, meet at the main bathhouse.

7 p.m. — Old-Timey Games: Try some games from the early settlement days of East Tennessee. Meet at the Open Air Chapel or main bathhouse if it’s raining.

Saturday, June 29

1 p.m. — Junior Rangers: Wildlife Shelters: Help the park become a better home for wildlife. Make the land a fine habitat and begin to earn your Junior Ranger badge. Meet at the Open Air Chapel or main bathhouse if it’s raining.

5 p.m. — Dream Catchers: Let’s make these “catchy” little decorations inspired by Native American craft. Meet at the main bathhouse.

9 p.m. — Cherokee Campfire Tales: Meet at the campfire circle and enjoy stories told by the first travelers along the Warriors Path. In case of rain, meet at the pool entrance.

Sunday, June 30

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.”