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Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: May 20, 2013

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Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov


Sissie Summers, Programming Services, 304-558-2764; dnr.parks@wv.gov; www.wvstateparks.com

Kids to Parks Day May 18

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kids to Parks Day is a National Park Trust program to encourage youth to get outdoors. State parks and forests offer plenty of outdoor activities from fishing, hiking and biking to organized activities.

Some events the weekend of May 17 for kids and adults include:

The 50th year of Youth Environmental Day at North Bend State Park is May 18 with a variety of activities scheduled as part of a rewards weekend for youth conservation program participants. For 50 years, youth groups throughout the state have gathered to honor one another for their conservation efforts. Highlighting the activities is the presentation of more than $11,000 in cash awards and scholarships in recognition of outstanding environmental accomplishments by the youth groups enrolled in the program. The event is sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

Running and walking – May 18

An American Cancer Society 5K Walk/Run is scheduled at Bluestone State Park on May 18 and sponsored by the American Cancer Society. This event is open to the public to walk or run for the cause. Race starts at 9 a.m. at Meador Campground. Call Bluestone State Park at 304-466-2805 for registration details.

A Cystic Fibrosis Walk at Kanawha State Forest is planned for May 18. It is organized and sponsored by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and open to the public for participation. Contact Will Bobinger 304-357-1763 or Linda Bobinger 304-610-2559 for registration details.

Dirty Dog 15K Trail Run, a trail race with dogs, is organized and sponsored by the West Virginia Mountain Trail Runners. This event is held at Kanawha State Forest. The event contact is Daniel Todd at 304-741-3531.

Kids to Parks Activities – May 18

Kids to Parks Nature Center Discoveries at Pipestem Resort State Park is at the park nature center from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Meet Naturalist Jim Phillips at Pipestem Nature Center to see displays, enjoy critter talks and learn about birding. To learn more about nature programs at Pipestem State Park, call 304-466-1800 x 344

Bird Walk at Blackwater Falls State Park in Tucker County invites youth and families to meet Naturalist Paulita Cousin at the Harold Walters Nature Center for a stroll around the area in search of feathered friends. About one hour, ¼ mile. Birding begins at 9 a.m.

Paint a Dragonfly is an 11 a.m. watercolor craft at the Harold Walters Nature Center.  The activity is open to anyone ages 5 and older. There is a 50 cent craft fee.  To learn more about nature interpretation programs at Blackwater Falls State Park, call 304-259-5216.

Cultural & Natural History at Twin Falls Resort State Park focuses on the Falls Trail area with a one-hour hike beginning at 3 p.m. Meet at the Falls Trail parking lot for this outdoor learning experience with Discovery Leader Bryan Danford, Naturalist.

Little Brown Bug Eating by Creatures of the Night is a one-hour program at the Twin Falls State Park Nature Center (Lodge). Learn about bats and their feeding habits at the edge of dark, 8 p.m. To learn more about Danford’s discovery programs, call 304-294-4000.

A Remote-Controlled Aircraft Event at Hawks Nest State Park is slated from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sponsored by members of the Beckley Model Airplane Club (BMAC), club members will launch and fly electric RC airplanes and helicopters on the lodge front lawn. Additionally BMAC will display a large runway aircraft. Event is open to the public. For more information about Hawks Nest State Park, call 304-658-5212.

Furs, Fins & Scales is a 9 a.m. nature program at the Cacapon State Park Nature Center.  The new displays of wildlife of West Virginia can be viewed and Naturalist Renee Fincham will be on hand to answer questions. For more information about Cacapon State Park, call 304-258-1022.

History Alive! – May 19

History Alive! Harriet Tubman: Behind Enemy Lines by Ilene Evans is Sunday, May 19 at Prickett's Fort State Park. Harriet Tubman was born into slavery in Maryland but escaped through the Underground Railroad in 1849. Tubman became the most famous leader of that network, aiding slaves in their escape to free states and Canada. When the Civil War erupted, her underground experiences and knowledge of covert operations made her an invaluable resource to Federal officers. She served as a spy, nurse, scout and guide for Union troops, and was present at the ill-fated assault of Fort Wagner by the 54th Massachusetts in South Carolina. For event details and Prickett’s Fort hours, call 304-363-3030.


 Hawks Nest State Park playground. Photo by Steve Shaluta for WVDNR.
 Hawks Nest State Park playground. Photo by Steve Shaluta for WVDNR.