Watoga State Park Activities – 6/9 – 6/13


Activities at Watoga State Park for the week of June 9th – 13th include:


7:30 -8:30 pm

Campfire.  Come and play games, bring some ghost stories, and guess what’s in the infamous “Mystery Box”.


12:00 – 1:00 pm   *YPP Eligible*

Poison Ivy  Learn to identify it and avoid it and what to do if you can’t!

1:00 2:00 pm  *YPP Eligible*

Creek Crawl  Come play in the creek.  You will identify 4 components of the creek environment, as well as catching crawdads to observe.

2:00 – 3:00pm

Crafts  We will be making the Thaumatrope and  learning  about this popular optical illusion!


Story Hour  for our  younger campers.


12:00 – 1:00 pm   *YPP Eligible*

Bats What do you know about bats?  Are they blind?  Are they flying mice?  Lets decorate the Rec Hall with as many bats as we can.

1:00 – 2:00pm  *YPP Eligible*

Beginning Birding  Learn the basics about binoculars and  bird identification.

2:00 -3:00 pm

Story Hour  for our  younger campers.


12:00  – 1:00pm   *YPP Eligible*

Beginning Journaling  Follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark and learn how to keep your own Naturalist’s Journal.

1:00 – 2:00pm  *YPP Eligible*

Plaster Tracks  Come and make your track to take home, and learn what to look for outside.

2:00 – 3:00pm.

Crafts  Make your own designer nest with real eggs as baby birds.

4:00 – 5:00pm.

Story Hour  for our younger campers.


8:00 -11:00 am  *YPP Eligible*

Fern Walk  Take a walk on the prehistoric side and discover ferns!

12:00 -1:00 pm

Story Hour  for our younger campers.

1:00 –2:00 pm  *YPP Eligible*

Beginning Birding  Learn the basics about  binoculars and bird identification.

3:00 –4:00pm  *YPP Eligible*

Box Turtles  Everything you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask.

Most programs begin at the Nature Center located at the Rec Hall behind the pool, unless otherwise noted.

Many of these activities are Young People for Parks eligible. Open to young people between the ages of 6 – 16 years of age,  participants must attend three 1Hour Programs within the course of one week and fill out a YPP brochure.  The brochure may be picked up from the Naturalist at the Nature Center.

For successful completion of this program children will receive a certificate and a YPP patch.

Watoga State Park is located 14 miles south of Marlinton, West Virginia. For more information, visit their website at www.watoga.com.

Story By

Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

Current Weather