Water Safety Weekend Launches Summer Season into Full Swing at New River Gorge National River

ranger teaching kids to use a throw bag
Park ranger helps visitors learn how to use a safety throw bag during Water Safety Weekend


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News Release Date: May 21, 2018

Contact: Richard Altare, 304-466-0417

Glen Jean, WV — Summer is almost here and it’s the perfect time to explore parks like New River Gorge National River. Stop by a park visitor center to find out how to explore the area’s rich natural and cultural history on your own outdoor adventure, or join a free guided activity.
To kick-off a safe and fun summer on the water, the National Park Service (NPS) and the US Army Corps of Engineers are once again hosting the annual Water Safety Weekend on May 26 and 27. The weekend is filled with FREE hands-on water safety activities, where anyone can learn and try techniques to protect family and friends while recreating in, on, or around waterways. Learn proper fitting and use of a PFD (personal flotation device) or life jacket, plus try your hand at things to do to stay safe while boating on rivers and lakes. These smart tips can be used on any water adventure, be that activity on a waterway or shore-based recreation like fishing and wading. All event programs will help people safely prepare for the season’s activities on rivers and lakes. Check out the event schedule at www.nps.gov/neri/planyourvisit/water-safety-weekend.htm, and follow us on social media with #WaterSafetyWKND.
Looking for other ways to enjoy the parks? A variety of FREE guided activities are available throughout the holiday weekend and all summer long. Explore the wonders of the Bluestone National Scenic River with a riverside walk conducted every summer Saturday ($3.00 for tram ride), or try your hand in a variety of outdoor activities in Get Active in the Park programs, like yoga, stand up paddle boarding, biking, and more. See the park’s complete Guided Activity list at www.nps.gov/neri/planyourvisit/programs.htm.
This weekend also marks the beginning of summer hours at the four NPS visitor centers:
·         Canyon Rim Visitor Center in Lansing: open daily 9:00 am to 5:00 pmstarting May 24 this facility will have extended hours on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
 ·         Thurmond Depot Visitor Center in Thurmond: opens May 25, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily
 ·         Grandview Visitor Center at Grandview: opens May 26, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm daily
 ·         Sandstone Visitor Center in Sandstone: open daily 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Last updated: May 21, 2018

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