Tygart Lake offers educational experiences through fun activities

TAYLOR COUNTY—If you’re not busy today, Friday,  August 2, then head out to Tygart Lake State Park to play.

Throughout summer, the Nature Center has been hosting numerous activities for children and adults to enjoy.  Join Park Naturalist Jacob Jackson to learn a little more about the park and the wildlife that lives there.

On Friday, August 2, the Nature Center will be hosting an open play day, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Jackson for a fun day enjoying lawn games

At  11:00 p.m., children will learn all about the ladybird beetle (ladybug), why they are important and what they do all while making a fun craft.

At 3:00 p.m., guests will have fun playing the Compass Game. They will learn how to shoot bearings on a compass, then use their new skill to complete the course.

From 5:00-7:00 p.m., be sure to head out to the Lodge for a meet and greet with Jackson.

The day will wrap up with a sweet treat starting at 7:30 p.m., guests will enjoy a campfire and smores at the fire ring between the Cabin and Campground area. Come out and say hello to the weekend with a sweet treat.

The fun continues on Saturday, with another day of play with lawn games at the nature center from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

At 11:00 a.m., get ready to learn the basic of Bocce, the Italian Game.  Learn the basics of this classic lawn game that is fun for all ages.

At 1:00 p.m., get ready to play Frisbee Golf at the filed between the Cabin and Campground area.

Then at 2:00 p.m., find out if you can paint a masterpiece using pine needles as brush.

Then at 3:00 p.m., get ready to get up close. Children will have the opportunity to learn how to use microscopes and see the hidden world in everyday objects.

If you can’t make it out to park on Friday or Saturday don’t fret, the park will be hosting lawn games at the Nature Center again on Sunday, from noon to 4:00 p.m.

At noon, participants can learn about the native wildlife by their pelts and bones they leave behind.

Most of the programs will last approximately 20 minutes and are part of the Young People for Parks (YPP), an initiative that provides environmental education to get youth outdoors and exploring nature.

For more information on these events, please contact Tygart Lake State Park at 304-265-6148, and be sure to like and follow the Tygart Lake State Park Foundation’s Facebook page to keep up-to-date with more fun activities.

Weekly pamphlets containing upcoming events may also be obtained at the Tygart Lake Nature Center.


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