Meet native plants and animals during the summer in the park | Sunday stories

KINGSPORT – Summer in the Park offers hands-on, family-friendly outdoor discovery events each week at Warriors’ Path State Park.

During the week of July 10, participants can hike the highs and lows, encounter native plants and animals, learn about nature’s history and creativity, and much more – and it’s all free. Highlights are included in Sunday Stories each week:

Monday July 11

4 p.m. — Mystery Bag: Try your luck discovering natural textures. See if you can guess which natural object is which. Head to the outdoor chapel or the main bath if it’s raining.

8:30 PM — Sunset Hike: Watch the sun set over the green hills. Meet at the camp store to carpool to the trailhead. It’s a short but quite steep hike. Bring a flashlight for the descent.

tuesday july 12

9:00 am — Hike to Childress Town: A vigorous hike up the high ridges will bring us to the ruins of the park’s first settlement. It will be a three to four hour hike, so wear good walking shoes and comfortable clothes. Meet at the camp store to carpool to the trailhead.

2:00 p.m. — Meet the Snakes: These aren’t the fearsome creatures you’ve been led to believe. Come and find out the facts about these interesting and useful animals. Meet at the outdoor chapel. In case of rain, go to the main bath.

7:00 PM — Meet the Owl: Meet a real, living feathered hunter and learn his fascinating life story. Head to the outdoor chapel or the main bath if it’s raining.

Wednesday July 13

9:00 am – Sinking Waters Ridge Hike: Explore the changing face of nature on the first loop of the Sinking Waters Trail. Drive to the RV camp store to the trailhead.

3:00 p.m. — Wacky Wet Wednesday: Enjoy kid-friendly water games and learning activities. Head to the outdoor chapel and be prepared to get very wet.

7:00 p.m. — Turtle Talk: Meet a shelled friend and learn more about the amazing lives of these creatures. Head to the outdoor chapel or the main bath if it’s raining.

Thursday July 14

9:00 a.m. — Hike in the Boneyard: Come and explore a remote corner of the Chemin des Guerriers, full of geological discoveries. This will be a tough two to three mile hike, so be sure to wear comfortable clothes, good hiking shoes, and bring drinking water. Meet at the park’s ATV parking lot at the end of Freeman Road, Blountville.

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Noon – Junior Rangers: the incredible water journey. Do you know where the water comes from? This activity combines beading with a game of dice to create a beautiful bracelet representing where your water has traveled. Meet at the main bath.

6:00 p.m. — Earthball Games: Try lively cooperative games with a 6-foot ball. Meet at the outdoor chapel. If it’s raining, there will be smaller ball games at the main bath.

friday july 15

9:00 a.m. — Fall Creek Loop Trail: Take the most scenic trail in the park. Enjoy beautiful views across summer fields, as we search for signs of unique countryside habitats. Meet at the camp store to carpool to the start of a two-hour hike.

12:30 p.m. — Field Habitat Watch: The green, grassy world is full of amazing life. Help in researching certain discoveries in the field. Go to the camp store.

3:00 p.m. — Poison Ivy: Don’t let the fear of a little itch stop you from going to the summer woods. Learn how to be safe around this “sneaky” plant. Head to the outdoor chapel or the main bath if it’s raining.

9 p.m. — Night Sounds: Nature is full of sounds when the sun goes down. Come find out who owns the noise. Head to the Open Air Chapel for a short slideshow of talking creatures in the night. There will be a special nocturnal sounds contest for children after the show. If it’s raining, go to the pool entrance.

Saturday July 16

11:30 a.m. — Creek Walk: Put on your old clothes and tennis shoes to explore the clear, cool waters of the creek. Drive to the caravan camp store. Be prepared to get wet.

1:30 p.m. — Wasps and Hornets: Discover these amazing, important and misunderstood creatures from a safe distance. Head to the outdoor chapel or the main bath if it’s raining.

6 pm — Weaving: Learn the ancient art of transforming fiber into fabric. Head to the outdoor chapel and see how creative you can be. If it’s raining, go to the main bath.

Sunday July 17

9:00 a.m. — Worship Service: Enjoy a peaceful morning service at the open-air chapel, or at the pool entrance if it’s raining. The service is sponsored by Colonial Heights Baptist Church.

For a full schedule of events, visit tnstateparks.com/parks/warriors-path and click “Upcoming Events”.

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