What goes on in a state park after the gates are closed after dark?
Do you ever wonder what creatures are roaming the trails and what birds of prey are perched high in a tree watching for a morsel to eat? Now is your chance to see what occupies a park after daylight goes to dark. Pocahontas State Park is partnering with the Friends of Pocahontas State Park to sponsor a creepy fun event at the park on Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Park after Dark is a fund-raising opportunity for the Friends group and is a night filled with fun activities for the entire family.
Educators from AWARE will be on hand to showcase animals of the night.
Off the Ark, an exotic pet store, will display fascinating reptiles and creepy crawlies while educators from the Alliance of Wild Animal Rehabilitators will present educational programs centered around their animal friends including an owl, opossum and more. Children will have the opportunity to handle gooey sensations, eat yummy treats, decorate a pumpkin and enjoy a wagon or barrel train ride. Volunteers and park staff will stage a trunk-or-treat so children are encouraged to wear costumes. Trunk-or-treat is a safe way for children to trick-or-treat by going trunk to trunk.
Plenty of fun-filled activities for the entire family like this wagon ride.
Park after Dark will be held throughout the park and registration is required by calling the park office at 804-796-4255 or by email. The cost is $6 per person and $18 for a family of four or more. Only cash and checks will be accepted for payment. Admission fee goes to the Friends of Pocahontas to support park programs. Other sponsors include Chesterfield Tractor Club and the Chesterfield Berry Farm. For more information, click here.
Enjoy yummy treats and gooey sensations after you take a barrel ride.
The Friends of Pocahontas is a Citizen Support Organizations made-up of volunteers that have a special interest in supporting projects and programs for the park. CSO organize special events, raise money, schedule workdays and partner with local businesses.
The park is located in Chesterfield County, about 20 miles from Richmond. It's easily accessible from Interstate 95, Route 288 and Route 360.
Drive Time: Northern Virginia, two hours; Richmond, half an hour; Tidewater/Norfolk/Virginia Beach, two hours; Roanoke, three hours.