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Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: January 08, 2014

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

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Renee Fincham, Naturalist, Cacapon State Park 304-258-1022 CacaponSP@wv.gov


Saturdays at Cacapon Resort State Park in January and February 2014

            BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. – People who visit a West Virginia state park in winter months will find trails for hiking, rooms and cabins for winter retreats with family and friends, and nature-based activities. Saturdays at Cacapon State Park near Berkeley Springs offer free events to brighten wintry days.

Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014
10 - 11:15 a.m. – Back through Time

            CCC Camp Morgan helped construct many of the structures at Cacapon. Meet Renee Fincham, Cacapon naturalist, at the Nature Center to learn more about the Civilian Conservation Corps and its impact on this area. This will be an easy 1-mile walk through the park.

1 - 1:30 p.m. – Snowflakes, Snowflakes, Everywhere

            Inside every plain piece of paper is a unique snowflake just waiting to take shape. All it requires is a little imagination, a few folds and a couple of cuts. Snowflake creation will take place in the Nature Center.

Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. – Winter Wonderland Hike

            Celebrate winter! Meet Naturalist Renee Fincham at the Nature Center to explore the natural and historic landscape of the Ridge Trail. It is approximately 1 ½ miles with a few hills.

1 - 1:30 p.m. – A Look into the Past

            The CCC boys left a legacy that can still be enjoyed all over West Virginia in the forests they planted and parks they helped build. Meet the park naturalist at the Nature Center to watch a movie about this legacy.

2 - 2:30 p.m. – Pileated Woodpecker Craft

            Young naturalists and the young at heart can have fun by creating an impressive work of art. Meet at the Nature Center to make a pileated woodpecker, one of the most frequently seen majestic woodpeckers at Cacapon.

Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014
10 - 11 a.m. – The Story of the Landscape

            Join this winter hike to hear the marvels of the Ridge Trail. Meet at the Nature Center for the walk up and over the historic landscape of this 1 ½ mile trail.

1 - 1:45 p.m. – Winter Tracking

            Tracking is a great way to learn about the diversity of wildlife and their behavior. The activity begins with the creation of a plaster of Paris track to take home.

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014
10 - 11:15 a.m. – Back Through Time

            CCC Camp Morgan helped construct many of the structures at Cacapon. Meet the park naturalist at the Nature Center to learn more about the Civilian Conservation Corps and its impact on this area. This will be an easy 1-mile walk through the park.

1 – 2 p.m. – Shadow Boxes

            In an early celebration of Groundhog Day and the debated question of will he or won’t he see his shadow, participants will be making their own shadow boxes using recycled items. Meet at the Nature Center. Bring your own shoebox lid or use one that will be supplied.

            Cacapon State Park is open year-round and is an attractive vacation destination in Morgan County. The park opened to the public in the mid-1930s during the Great Depression and has provided public recreation and service for close to eight decades. Activities and events are posted online. To learn more about Cacapon State Park visit www.cacaponresort.com or call 304-258-1022. Cacapon is one of 49 areas that comprise the West Virginia State Parks system.

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