TAYLOR COUNTY—If you’re not busy today, Friday July 12, then head out to Tygart Lake State Park to play. The Nature Center will be hosting an open play day, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Join Park Naturalist Jacob Jackson for a fun day enjoying lawn games.
At 11:00 a.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.
The at 3:00 p.m., kids will get a chance to identify animals by their skins and bones and learn about some of the native wildlife and what they leave behind
From 5:00-7:00 p.m., be sure to head out to the Lodge for a meet and greet with Jackson.
Starting at 7:30 the fun day will end with 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 p.m., get ready to have fun with frog friends. Participants will learn about native frog and toads, while making a fun frog craft.
Then at 1:00 p.m., get up close and look at everyday things a new way by using the power of microscopes.
At 3:00 p.m., take a walk down to the water and see what lives in the creek. Participants will be departing from the Nature Center.
The exploring doesn’t stop there at 4:00 p.m., join the park employees for a hike on the Ridge Trail. Be sure to wear good shoes and bring water for this hour and half walk that will depart at the Nature Center.
After exploring and playing all day, take time to wind down and watch a free family-friendly movie at the Tygart Theater. All are welcome to come out to the field between and the campground. The movie will begin at 8:30 p.m. will last approximately 90 minutes.
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.
Then at 1:00 p.m., children will have the opportunity to learn about the state bird the cardinal while making a craft to take home.
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.