Lake Hope State Park announces remaining events in DecemberFree Access

Lake Hope State Park in Vinton County will host several naturalist programs during the final two weekends of December, which are detailed as follows:

Cozy Craft-ernoon –Friday, Dec. 23 and Friday, Dec. 30 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Join the naturalists for an afternoon of holiday and winter-inspired crafting projects to celebrate the season! A variety of activity stations will be available throughout the afternoon, which are suitable for various ages and skill levels. Meet at the Nature Center. All materials will be provided and are free of charge.

Evergreen Walk – Friday, Dec. 23 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Scope out the trail for anything that is still green within the forest. Identify conifers and a few herbaceous plants on this easy 1.5-mile walk. Meet at the Hope Furnace. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather and sturdy footwear.

Cave Exploration #2 – Thursday, Dec. 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Enjoy a difficult off-trail one-mile hike to discover a recess cave that not many have seen. Discuss the geological forces at work and search for critters that might be calling this cave home. Meet at Oak Point. Please wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes, and dress appropriately for the weather. Feel free to bring along any additional equipment to assist with uneven, steep terrain and potentially snowy conditions.

Ending on a Hike – Saturday, Dec. 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Finish off the year with a walk in the woods. This three-mile moderate hike will take participants along the shores of the lake and through the sheltered forest. Meet at the Hope Furnace. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather and sturdy footwear. Participants are also asked to bring water.

All programs are subject to change. Notify the naturalist if special accommodations are needed for your participation. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Remember, recreation programs and activities can be inherently dangerous. Participants accept and acknowledge that any injury or property damage that occurs during a program or activity is not the responsibility of ODNR or its naturalist educators.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *