LEE COUNTY, Va. — A first of its kind outdoor nature skit for kids on Saturday at 7 p.m. highlights the second half of July’s slate of upcoming programs and events at Wilderness Road State Park.
Whether you’re a history buff, love nature, or are simply looking for fun entertainment, Wilderness Road State Park has something for everyone.
Tall Tree Tales with Bucky, Twig and Squirrel is the outdoor comedy skit with a nature theme. Discover interesting facts about native wildlife through embellished stories presented by three very colorful characters who seem to have a rather close connection with their furry friends. Join Bucky, Twig and Squirrel as they search for an iconic symbol while sharing educational, yet entertaining stories about their life in the forest. Ever wonder where a chipmunk’s stripes come from? Or have you ever wondered what month is a tree’s least favorite? Find out these questions and more during this can’t miss live outdoor event presented on stage for children of all ages, including those adults that are really kids at heart. Prepare for an evening of unique stories, jokes and a ton of fun! Live at the amphitheater. Admission is free, parking rates do apply.
A Tree ID Hike will be held on Friday. Tag along with our interpreter for a fun and educational walk on Indian Ridge Trail and learn about the trees growing there. How many can you identify? The fun begins at 4 p.m.
Also on Saturday, a Tales for Tots program begins at 10 a.m. Interpretation through stories can be some of the best memories children experience in parks. Listen closely as our ranger leads children on a nature adventure through story. The What’s Bugging You? Program begins at 2 p.m. Come to the Nature Center and uncover the wild, weird and wonderful world of insects. Learn fun facts about the benefits of some of the peskier bugs in our ecosystem.
Incredible Edibles, Foraging for Food will be held on Sunday. This is an exciting ranger-led hike in search of edible plants. Many of our native plants have been used to eat and for medicinal purposes. Discover which plants are surprisingly tasty and nutritious and which ones to avoid. The program begins at 2 p.m.
On July 29, Backyard Birdwatching begins at 4 p.m. Enjoy a ranger-led hike in search of the area’s most recognizable backyard birds. Listen for their calls, note their distinctive color and markings and see if you can guess the bird’s identity. A checklist will be provided so participants can see how many native birds they encounter along the way.
The fun continues on July 30 with Making Tracks. Discover how to identify animals simply from the tracks they leave behind. Then, create your own animal track souvenir with plaster and molds during the fun and educational ranger led program. The program begins at 10 a.m. Saturday Cinema – Grab your popcorn and join us at the Visitor Center auditorium for a special big screen presentation of Wings of Life in spectacular BluRay. Enjoy stunning footage of some of the most important winged creatures on earth: pollinators. This educational documentary is a wonderful teaching tool to aid young naturalists learn about bees, bats, bugs and more. Appropriate for all ages. Run time is 1 hour, fifteen minutes. Showtime is 2 p.m.
Rounding out the weekend is Lunch for a Bear. What do our native black bears eat? The answer may surprise you. Come have fun identifying a bear’s favorite treats by creating a plate of “bear food” to set the table for one of our most misunderstood creatures. The program begins at 2 p.m.
Life at Martin’s Station is continuing throughout July. Historic Martin’s Station will bring the 18th century Virginia frontier to life with daily interpretation and demonstrations. Join the men and women of Martin’s Station as they demonstrate blacksmithing, gunsmithing, hide-tanning, 18th century gardening, open hearth cooking and other activities you may have witnessed while traveling the Wilderness Road in 1775. The fort is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Monday (closed on Tuesdays).
In addition to these programs, the park offers an ADA handicap accessible playground, a nature playscape, picnic shelters, hiking trails and more. The new nature center is open on weekends and includes interactive and educational activities. See and touch the hides and skulls of several of the area’s native wildlife and more. The park’s visitor center houses guest information, a gift shop, frontier museum and a state-of-the-art theatre that showcases the film, Wilderness Road: Spirit of a Nation.
For more information, please contact the park office at 276-445-3065 or visit the park’s official website at www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/wilderness-road.shtml. You can also visit the Friends of Wilderness Road State Park official website: www.friendsofwildernessroad.org or Martin’s Station’s website at www.historicmartinsstation.com.