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Dunbar Cave State Natural Area Nature Programs

 

Dunbar Cave will present many nature programs this summer. The schedule for the first week of June has programs on Trees, Wildflowers, Native Americans, Man’s Use of the Area, Birds, Turtles, Bats, Top Ten Hiking Essentials and Fuzzy Critters. Schedule of events below. Later programs planned will include Salamanders, Night Hikes, Sunset Hikes, Early Morning Hikes, Blowguns, nature crafts, Snakes, Bat Emergence, Dragonflies, Fishing, Bird Feeders, and many others.

Red Eared Slider

Red Eared Slider

What else is happening at Dunbar? Several frogs are calling, including Bullfrog, Green Frog, Cricket Frog and Leopard Frog; our Green Heron has returned for the summer; birds are nesting; flowers are blooming (look for Indian Pink, Wild Petunia, and Water Willow); cleanup from the flood is progressing.

 

Program Schedule

Wednesday, June 2nd

TREES ARE TERRIFIC HIKE
Time: 8:30 am – 10:30 am.
Ages: 7 – adult

Learn the trees of the region on our one mile trail.

Program Leader: Amy Wallace, Interpretive Specialist
Reservations by: 4:30 pm June 1st.

Thursday, June 3rd

WILDFLOWER WALK
Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am.
Ages: 8 – adult

Join us for a 1-mile hike on the Short Loop Trail to discover these beautiful park residents. Wear good hiking shoes, and bring field guides if you own them.

Program Leader: Michael Fulbright, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger
Reservations by: 4:30 pm June 1st.


NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
Ages: 10 – adult

Many groups of Native Americans have called Dunbar Cave their home. This program will discuss their lifestyles and why they would have used this area. Meet at the Cave.

Program Leader: Michael Fulbright, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger
Reservations by: 4:30 pm June 1st.

Friday, June 4th

BIRD HIKE
Time: 7:30 am – 9:30 am.
Ages: 15 – Adult

Bring your binoculars and learn about the colorful birds of our Area.

Program Leader: Amy Wallace, Interpretive Specialist
Reservations by: 4:30 pm June 2nd.


TURTLES
Time: 9:00 am – 10:30 am.
Ages: Open to all ages

This program will explore the many species of turtles that call our park home, with a slide show and a brief walk around the lake. We may even have a few on hand so you can see them up close and personal.

Program Leader: Michael Fulbright, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger
Reservations by: 4:30 pm June 2nd.


MAN’S USE OF DUNBAR CAVE THROUGH TIME
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am.
Ages: 10 – adult

Gain a better appreciation for your local park by viewing a slideshow covering the past 10,000 years of human activity at Dunbar Cave.

Program Leader: Adam Neblett, Park Ranger
Reservations by: 4:30 pm June 2nd.


BATS AND WHITE NOSE SYNDROME
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
Ages: 10 – adult

America’s bats are dying at an alarming rate. Find out why Dunbar Cave is closed indefinitely.

Program Leader: Michael Fulbright, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger
Reservations by: 4:30 pm June 2nd.


Saturday, June 5th

TOP TEN ESSENTIALS
Time:: 9:00 am – 10:30 am.
Ages:: 5 – 12

Learn the ten most important things you should have with you every time you go into the woods. Afterwards join us for a hike on the Recovery Trail (2 miles) to see where these items could come in handy. Bring hiking boots, water and sunscreen.

Program Leader: Andy Riggs, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger.
Reservations by: 4:30 pm June 4th.


FUZZY CRITTERS
Time:: 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm.
Ages:: 4 – 10

Take a quick tour of the Museum at Dunbar Cave to get a “feel” for all the animals that call it home. Later take a hike to see if we can spot any of them in the wild. Bring hiking boots, water, sunscreen and camera (optional).

Reservations by: 4:30 pm June 4th.
Program Leader: Andy Riggs, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger.

Program Information

Programs are free unless noted otherwise. All programs require Reservations by the deadline listed. Programs with no Reservations by the deadline are canceled.

All programs begin at the Visitor Center unless another site is listed.

Children must be accompanied by an adult (one adult for each three children).
The age limits are definite – please do not sign up a child who is too young or too old for the program.

Call (931) 648-5526 for reservations.


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