Picnic in the Park July 16

Article Published: Jul. 14, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Picnic in the Park July 16

The Watauga River runs alongside Valle Crucis Park, site of the Watauga River Partners' Picnic in the Park Saturday.

Photo by Frank Ruggiero

Stretching from Grandfather Mountain to Kingsport, Tenn., the Watauga River is a valuable resource to thousands of people and countless animal populations.

The Watauga River Partners' Picnic in the Park is an opportunity for the community to learn about the Watauga River and ways to protect and preserve it. The Picnic in the Park will take place July 16, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Valle Crucis Park in Valle Crucis.

The Picnic in the Park features music, educational activities for children and information for those concerned about the future of the Watauga River. Roots-rock band the Worthless Son-In-Laws will perform at the beginning and conclusion of the event. Guest speaker Kristan Cockerill will talk about North Carolina's High Country water resources.

Demonstrations of the Enviroscape and an aquatic bug station will be available during the Picnic at the Park. These two activities have been popular with not just children, but adults also, at past Watauga River Partners events. The aquatic bug stations will allow attendees to see, touch and learn about creek critters, while the Enviroscape model shows how life on land affects life in the waters.

Valle Crucis Park, the site of Picnic in the Park, is frequented by thousands during the summer months and provides scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, river access, walking trails and a playground for children. Tributaries of the Watauga River run through the park, making it an appropriate venue to showcase the Watauga River.

The Picnic in the Park is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own picnic. There are stationary grills available at Valle Crucis Park for those interested in cooking out.

About Watauga River PartnersThe Watauga River Partners formed in 1999 as a chapter of the Western North Carolina Alliance in response to the growing pressures on the water quality of the Watauga River and its tributaries. The purpose of the organization is to educate the community about the Watauga River and to promote conservation and rehabilitation of the river.

Watuaga River Partners' efforts to protect the Watauga River serve communities along the 60-mile stretch of river. For more information, call (828) 278-9660 or email (ashley@wataugariverpartners.org)

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