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Summer in the Park to begin next week with new safety measures

Staff Report • May 22, 2020 at 2:30 PM

KINGSPORT — Warriors Path State Park is about to kick off its award-winning Summer in the Park series with a few new safety measures.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, programs will be limited to 10 people (one Ranger leader and nine participants). Some activities will require preregistration, while others will be repeated for groups of nine at a time. All participants are asked to practice social distancing.

Below is a selection of activities taking place next week. To view more events, visit tnstateparks.com/parks/warriors-path and click “Upcoming Events.”

Tuesday, May 26

9:30 a.m. — Leave No Trace: Find out how to camp and hike, but leave no signs of your presence. Meet at the campfire circle, or main bathhouse if it is raining. Please preregister for this program.

11:30 a.m. — Build a Cabin: Create a model log cabin with some sticks, glue and creativity. Meet at the main bathhouse. Please preregister for this program.

4 p.m. — Tree Cookies: The inside of a tree holds many clues to the outside of the land. Park staff will be at the Open Air Chapel from 4-5 p.m. and will repeat the program with nine people at a time until everyone has a chance to enjoy some tree science. If it rains, meet at the main bathhouse.

Wednesday, May 27

10 a.m. — Holston Bluffs Railroad Tour: Hike the old railroad grade and hear the stories of old railroaders’ lives. Meet at the overflow campground. Please preregister for this program.

3 p.m. — Noisy Toys: Make your own musical instrument with a few simple things from nature. Meet at the Open Air Chapel to create some “beautiful music.” If it rains, meet at the main bathhouse. There will be enough supplies for two groups of nine people each.

8:30 p.m. — Critter Communication: Meet at the Open Air Chapel to learn about how critters talk to each other. Park staff will repeat the program for nine people at a time. If it rains, meet at the pool entrance.

Thursday, May 28

9:30 a.m. — Un-Nature Hike: There are some unnatural things living in the woods. Discover what and where they are on this scavenger hunt-style hike along campground trails. Meet at the Open Air Chapel. Please preregister for this program.

2 p.m. — Micro-Parks: Plan and share your own nature park. Bring your best park-managing skills to the Open Air Chapel, or main bathhouse if it’s raining. There will be enough supplies for two groups of nine people each.

3:30 p.m. — Paw Paw Patrol: Let’s go “way down yonder to the Paw Paw patch!” Discover more about this native fruit tree. Drive to the pool parking lot and caravan to the trail. Please preregister for this program.

Friday, May 29

2 p.m. — Smooth, Spiky or Sticky: Come get a feel for nature by using your sense of touch to explore. Meet at the Open Air Chapel for a hands-on experience. There will be enough supplies for two groups of nine people each. If it rains, meet at the main bathhouse.

5 p.m. — Meet the Owl: Meet a real, live feathered hunter and learn his fascinating life story. A “Wildlife Ambassador” will be at the Open Air Chapel from 5-6 p.m. to meet with groups of nine people at a time. If it rains, meet at the main bathhouse.

8:30 p.m. — Campfire: What a perfect combination: a dark night, a crackling fire, and some local, traditional ghost tales. Park staff will be at the campfire circle on the east end of the main campground to share campfire tales with three groups of nine people at a time (8:30, 9 and 9:30 p.m.) If it’s raining, there will be an indoor “campfire” at the pool entrance.

Saturday, May 30

9 a.m. — Hike the “Darwin’s Revenge” Trail: Come spend several hours in one of the most beautiful and wildest parts of the park. Wear good walking shoes and comfortable clothes and bring some drinking water. Meet at the mountain bike trail parking lot. Please preregister for this program.

4 p.m. — Wildlife Tracking: Learn to read the tracks, scats and other signs of our nearby wild creatures. Park staff (and a small native animal) will be at the Open Air Chapel from 4-5 p.m. to meet with groups of nine people at a time. If it rains, meet at the main bathhouse.

9 p.m. — Night Woods: Discover the peace and the excitement of forest life on the dark side of the day. Bring a dim flashlight to the main bathhouse to begin a night hike. Please preregister for this program.

Sign up for programs at tnstateparks.com/parks/events/warriors-path/#/?park=warriors-path.

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