Watoga State Park is offering Naturalist Activities throughout the 2018 Memorial Day Weekend. Join us!
Friday May 25, 2018
3 PM History Hike
Watoga has a long rich history even from the time before its official opening as a Park 80 years ago. Join Park Naturalist Christopher Bartley near Park Headquarters building for a 1.5 mile walk around the lake. Please wear closed toe shoes and bring along something to drink.
7 PM What’s Bugging You
Have you seen an insect that you never saw or one you did not know what it was? Meet us at the Nature Center located near the swimming pool park lot as we explore the insects we have around us. Afterward, we will look at our surroundings and see what tiny creatures we can find.
9 PM Float Your Boat
Cap the evening off with a peaceful and relaxing evening on the lake as we learn about nocturnal animals, park history, star gazing, and anything else you would like to talk about. You can choose to take a paddleboat out, or bring you own watercraft. Sign up and purchase a ticket in the main office for $5 per boat.
Saturday, May 26, 2018
1 PM Watoga Wildlife: Birds
Join Naturalist Chris Bartley at the Nature Center, located beside the Activities Building near the swimming pool parking lot and learn about our feathered friends that can be found in the area. You can also hear the different sounds that each bird makes and see if you can identify what each bird is. Kids can also make a fun craft.
3 PM Nest in Peace
Want to be able to attract song birds to the own backyard? Meet Naturalist Chris Barley by the Nature Center located near the Activities Building and Swimming Pool parking lot to build a bird house. Each kit is $10 and all materials are provided.
7 PM Campfire Cookery
Join Watoga staff for an evening of fun and fellowship at the Riverside Campground behind the check-in station. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on as we cook up some dessert in a Dutch over over a campfire. All ages are welcome and will be able to sample the banana bread we make.
9 PM Stories and S’mores
Wind down from the day and enjoy your time sitting around the campfire ring at Riverside Campground behind the check-in station. We will have marshmallows to roast and all the fixings to make s’mores. Campfire stories are encouraged as long as they are family friendly and appropriate.
Sunday May 27, 2018
11 AM Worship Service
Meet us at the Amphitheatre located behind the Activities Building near the Swimming Pool parking lot for a non-denominational worship service. In the event of rain we will relocate inside the Activities Building.
1 PM Watoga Wildlife: Salamanders
Join us at the Nature Center located beside the Activities Building near the swimming pool parking lot and learn about these snake-like amphibians with legs. Afterward, we will take a small walk to look for and identify the salamanders found in the area.
3 PM Tie Dye T-Shirts
Have some fun with art and make a keepsake to take home to remind you of your time here with a Watoga State Park Tie Dye T-Shirt. Please sign up in the main office and bring your ticket with you to the Activities Building. Cost of shirt will be $8 or $10 depending on size. Shirt sizes from Youth Small to Adult 3XL
7PM Family Movie Night
Join Park staff for a family fun evening at the Picnic Shelter area as we watch a family friendly movie on our inflatable movie screen. Be sure to bring a lawn chair or something to sit on. Popcorn will be provided.
9PM Owl Prowl
Meet Park staff at the Picnic Shelter area as we go on a short walk looking and listening for owls. We will be using different calls for each of the different species of owls in the area to entice these birds of prey to come in. Be sure to wear closed toe shoes.