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Dunbar Cave State Park Programs for July 7th through July 13th, 2013

 

Clarksville, TNDunbar Cave State Natural Area has been a State Park since 1973. The cave and its surrounding 110 acres have considerable scenic, natural and historical significance. The entrance offered shelter to prehistoric Native Americans as far back as 10,000 years.

Dunbar Cave State Natural Area will present many nature programs this summer. There are programs for children and adults.

Upcoming events include: Morning Nature Hike, Night Creatures, How to Build and Start a Campfire, Overnight Backpacking Training (Part 1), Wildflowers and so much more!

Geese at Dunbar Cave State Park

Geese at Dunbar Cave State Park

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.

*Designates program that meets Junior Ranger requirements

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.

*Junior Ranger Program – Pick up a Junior Ranger Adventure Guide in the office. Complete the requirements to become a Junior Ranger and get a badge and certificate.

Sunday, July 7th

Morning Nature Hike

Time: 7:00am–8:30am
Ages: 5 and Up

Bring your walking sticks as we make a 2 mile hike , see what animals show themselves and discuss some of the plant life seen along the trail. The hike will be at a slow pace but will be moderately strenuous due to terrain. Please have good hiking shoes, clothing that can get dirty and be ready to ask questions.

Reservations Required.
Program Leader: Shawn Settle, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger


Night Creatures

Time: 8:00pm–9:00pm
Ages: All ages

Come out and enjoy Dunbar Cave State Natural Area while the park is usually closed. We will learn about the animals that come out after we have been in bed.

Reservations Required.
Program Leader: Adam Neblett, Park Ranger

Wednesday, July 10th

Night Hike and Night Sounds

Time: 8:00pm–9:30pm
Ages: 5 and Up

Enjoy Dunbar Cave State Natural Area while the park is usually closed, learn night sounds as well as many of the animals that come out after we have been in bed. The hike will be moderate in difficulty but we will move slowly. Adults please have flashlights as we will try to keep the amount of light to a minimum.

Reservations Required.
Program Leader: Shawn Settle, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger

Thursday, July 11th

How to Build and Start a Campfire

Time: 6:30pm–7:30pm
Ages: All Ages

Come out and learn to start a campfire the way that the Long Hunters did when they first arrived in Tennessee. Materials will be provided and you will get the chance to try your hand using flint and steel.

Reservations Required.
Program Leader: Shawn Settle, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger


Night Walk

Time: 8:00pm–9:15pm
Ages: All ages

For those who want to experience the park at night but don’t want to do the long hike.

Reservations Required.
Program Leader: Amy Wallace, Interpretive Specialist

Friday, July 12th

Overnight Backpacking Training (Part 1)

Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
Ages: 10 and Up

Have you ever wanted to go for an overnight backpacking trip but were worried about how to pack and prepare? We will discuss what to pack and how to prepare for an overnight stay in the wild. Please come dressed and geared up as we will be going for a hike around the park. Training is for ages 10 and up but younger children may attend but not carry a large pack.

Reservations Required.
Program Leader: Shawn Settle, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger


Wildflowers

Time: 7:00pm–8:00pm
Ages: Adults

Take and easy walk around the grounds and learn to identify some of our summer flowers.

Reservations Required.
Program Leader: Amy Wallace, Interpretive Specialist

Saturday, July 13th

Mudbugs and Frogs

Time: 8:00pm–9:00pm
Ages: All Ages

Join us for an evening of hunting Mudbugs (aka crayfish, crawdads) at the lake. I will teach you a near fool proof plan for catching these interesting creatures, and a little bit about them and frogs.

Reservations Required.
Program Leader: Shawn Settle, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger


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