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Clarksville’s Dunbar Cave State Park Programs for August 10th through August 16th, 2014

 

Dunbar Cave State Park - Clarksville TNClarksville, 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.

Some of the upcoming events include: Nature Boot Camp, Evening Nature Hike, Nature Readings: Friends, Port Royal History Walk, and Lake Life.

Swan Lake at Dunbar Cave State Park.

Swan Lake at Dunbar Cave State Park.

Sunday, August 10th

Nature Boot Camp

Time: 5:30am–6:30am
Ages: 12 and up

Want to learn different ways to use nature as a gym? Let us show you how to use things found on the park as gym equipment and train to use the human body how nature intended. Please sign up as only 16 people will be admitted per class.

Reservations By: 4:30pmpm August 8th.
Program Leader: Shawn Settle, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger


Evening Nature Hike

Time: 7:15pm-8:30pm
Ages: All ages

This time of day is great for seeing wildlife such as deer, owls and bats. Come walk the 1 mile trail and beat the heat.

Reservations By: 4:30pm August 8th.
Program Leader: Adam Neblett, Park Ranger

Monday, August 11th

Nature Readings: Friends

Time: 3:30pm–4:00pm
Ages: 5-7

Meet at the cool cave entrance and listen to stories about friends in nature.

Reservations By: 4:30pm August 9th.
Program Leader: Amy Wallace, Interpretive Specialist

Tuesday, August 12th

Port Royal History Walk

Time: 9:00am–10:30am
Ages: 4- adult

We will make our way around the park as we talk about its history. Meet at Port Royal in the upper parking lot next to the old building.

Reservations By: 4:30pm August 10th.
Program Leader: Adam Neblett, Park Ranger

Wednesday, August 13th

Evening Hike

Time: 7:30pm-8:30pm
Ages: All ages

This time of day is great for seeing wildlife such as deer, owls and bats. Come walk at the cooler time of day.

Reservations By: 4:30pm August 11th.
Program Leader: Adam Neblett, Park Ranger

Thursday, August 14th

Friends of Dunbar Cave Meeting

Time: 6:00pm–7:00pm

If you use the park, please support the park by becoming a Friends member (then you can join us for the Saturday canoeing/kayaking as well). Meet in the Visitor Center AV room.

Friday, August 15th

Morning Nature Hike (Port Royal)

Time: 9:00am–10:00am
Ages: All ages

Bring your walking sticks as we make a 1 mile hike around the park trails. We will see what animals will show themselves and will 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 shoes that are good for hiking, clothing that can get dirty and be ready to ask questions. We will meet at the visitor’s center at Port Royal State Park.

Reservations By: 4:30pm August 13th.
Program Leader: Shawn Settle, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger


Lake Life

Time: 6:30pm–8:00pm
Ages: 4-12

What lives in the lake? We’ll walk around the easy Lake Trail and learn about aquatic plants and animals.

Reservations By: 4:30pm August 13th.
Program Leader: Amy Wallace, Interpretive Specialist

Saturday, August 16th

Nature Boot Camp

Time: 5:30am–6:30am
Ages: 12 and up

Want to learn different ways to use nature as a gym? Let us show you how to use things found on the park as gym equipment and train to use the human body how nature intended. Please sign up as only 16 people will be admitted per class.

Reservations By: 4:30pm August 14th.
Program Leader: Shawn Settle, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger


Friends of Dunbar Cave Kayak/Canoe Day

Time: 9:00am–3:00pm

As a thank-you to members of the Friends of Dunbar Cave, we will allow them to bring their canoes or kayaks and enjoy paddling on the lake. Bring your own kayak or canoe and launch it anytime between 9 and 3. THIS IS LIMITED TO MEMBERS OF THE FRIENDS OF DUNBAR CAVE.

If you are not a member and wish to participate, please pick up and application in the Visitor Center Lobby and pay your membership dues before this day.


Night Hike

Time: 7:45pm–9:30pm
Ages: 5 – adult

Join us after the sun has set and night falls over the Natural Area. We will hike the Short Loop and Lake Trails to look for owls, spiders, and any other nocturnal animals we may come across.

Bring a flashlight and wear bug spray.

Reservations By: 4:30pm August 14th.
Program Leader: Amy Wallace, Interpretive Specialist

Begin Planning for this Special Program coming up:

Saturday, August 23rd

Float The Red River

Time: 8:00am–2:00pm

Join us for a float down the Red River from the 41 bridge in Adams to Port Royal State Park. Cost is $30.00 per boat. Call Dunbar Cave State Park 931.648.5526 for boat availability.

Float will include instruction of safe floating and talks about the wildlife seen along the river. 8 canoes, 7 tandem kayaks, 24 kayaks, and 6 paddle boards available. Ages 12 and up for kayaks, canoes available for families, children under 30 lbs will need a life jacket provided by parents.

Reservations Required.
Presented by: Shawn Settle, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger

Dunbar Cave State Park Programs Information

Programs are free unless noted otherwise. All programs require reservations by the Deadline Listed. Programs with no reservations by the deadline will be 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).

Age limits are definite – please do not sign up a child who is younger or older than the age limits given.

Dunbar Cave State Park is located at 401 Old Dunbar Cave Road, Clarksville Tennessee.

Call 931.648.5526 for reservations.


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