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Week two of Summer in the Park begins Tuesday

Staff Report • Jun 1, 2020 at 9:00 AM

KINGSPORT — Summer in the Park is now in full swing at Warriors Path State Park.

The award-winning series of activities kicked off last week, with a few new safety measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a rundown of this week’s activities.

Tuesday, June 2

9 a.m. — Shoot Nature’s Finest: Find out how to use even the simplest camera as a way of conserving natural memories. Bring your camera to the Open Air Chapel, or main bathhouse if it’s raining. Please preregister for this activity.

10:30 a.m. — Plant Defenses: How do plants defend themselves from weather, hungry critters and other dangers? Get a close look at “war” in the plant world. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main bathhouse if it’s raining. Please preregister for this hike.

3 p.m. — Leaf Rubbings: Let’s “rub up against” some nature discoveries. Create a lasting reminder of nature’s amazing textures. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or pool entrance if it is raining.

6 p.m. — Field Sweep: The green world at our feet is teeming with amazing life. Help us “sweep up” some field discoveries. Park staff will be at the Open Air Chapel to share field discoveries with groups of nine at a time.

9 p.m. — Tennessee Seasons: Enjoy a tour of all four seasons in the hills of Tennessee. With words and pictures, we will experience the excitement of year-round discovery. Park staff will repeat the program for nine people at a time at the Open Air Chapel, or pool entrance if it is raining.

Wednesday, June 3

9 a.m. — Wake Up Walk: Let’s wake up our senses to morning in the forest. Meet at the main bathhouse for a refreshing morning walk. The walk is limited to nine people; please preregister, if possible.

10 a.m. — Waterscopes: Make your own “window” into the world of water. Bring along an old milk carton if you have one and meet at the Open Air Chapel. Build a little tool to see life in the creek. If it’s raining, meet at the main bathhouse. There will be enough supplies for two groups of nine people.

11:30 a.m. — Isopods: How much do you really know about “roly-poly” bugs? Catch and learn about these critters and then have a race to see whose is fastest! Meet at the main bathhouse. Park staff will repeat the program for groups of nine at a time.

3:30 p.m. — Squirrel Search: The more we watch these gray, furry neighbors, the more we can discover about their fascinating lives. Meet at the Open Air Chapel for some critter behavior studies. Please preregister for this activity.

5 p.m. — Magnifying Glass Walk: Use your eyes and some handy little magnifiers to get a close look at nature’s amazing details. Meet at the main bathhouse to begin a short discovery walk. There will be enough supplies for two groups of nine people at a time.

9 p.m. — Night Sounds: Come find out whose noise is whose. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or the pool entrance if it’s raining, for a short slide show of the creatures who “talk” in the night! Park staff will repeat the program for groups of nine at a time.

Thursday, June 4

9:30 a.m. — Sinking Waters Ridge Hike: Explore succession — the changing face of nature — on the first loop of the Sinking Waters Trail. Drive to the camp store, and we’ll caravan to the start of the trail. Please preregister for this hike.

10:30 a.m. — Life Under Logs: Every corner of this earth is a home — and rotten logs are some of the best! Help us “dig into” this unique habitat. Meet at the main bathhouse, and be ready to get your hands dirty. Please preregister for this activity.

2 p.m. — Spider Scavenger Hunt: Come discover more about our eight-legged neighbors! These tiny web-spinners have some incredible stories to tell. Meet at the main bathhouse. Please preregister for this activity.

4 p.m. — Insect Art: Join the “don’t bug me” art. Create critters than can’t bite or sting. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main bathhouse if it’s raining. There will be enough supplies for two groups of nine people.

5:30 p.m. — Birds of Prey: Meet a live, feathered hunter and learn his fascinating life story. A “Wildlife Ambassador” will be at the Open Air Chapel between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. to meet with groups of nine people at a time. In case of rain, meet at the main bathhouse.

8:30 p.m. — Tennessee Tales: Share some good old traditional tall tales around an old-timey lantern. Enjoy new insights into the region’s history. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or pool entrance if it rains. Park staff will repeat the program for groups of nine at a time.

Friday, June 5

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 caravan to the start of an invigorating hike. Please preregister for this hike.

10:30 a.m. — Turtle Talk: Meet some real, live “shelled friends” and find out more about their amazing lives. Park staff will be at the Open Air Chapel, or main bathhouse if it is raining, to meet with groups of nine at a time.

11:30 a.m. — Critter Paths: Be a critter detective! Find out what’s been wandering through the campground habitats. Meet at the camp store. Please preregister for this walk.

4 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. There will be enough supplies for two groups of nine people.

7:30 p.m. — Nosing for Nature: Nature is full of amazing aromas – some things smell great, and some smell terrible! Let’s use our noses to “sniff out” some new discoveries. Meet at the camp store. Please preregister for this walk.

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