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Dunbar Cave State Natural Area Programs for the week of June 20th

 

Dunbar Cave will present many nature programs this summer. Upcoming events include: Blowgun Workshop, Cave Formations, Bats, Area Geology, History Tour and so much more!

Program Schedule

Sunday, June 20th

BLOWGUN WORKSHOP
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm.
Ages: 7-Adult

Native Americans utilized Dunbar Cave and the surrounding area for over 12,000 years! One common hunting tool they used was the blowgun. Test your blowgun skills with this fun and educational workshop. Meet at the Cave.

Program Leader: Michael Fulbright, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger
Reservations by: 4:30pm June 19th.


CAVE FORMATIONS
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Ages: 3-12

Although we can’t go into the cave this year, that doesn’t mean we can’t learn about the cave’s formations. We will also try and replicate these cool calcite shapes with play-dough.

Program Leader: Michael Fulbright, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger
Reservations by: 4:30pm June 19th.


DISCUSSION ON SWAN LAKE
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Ages: 6-adult

Come learn how the lake of Dunbar Cave was created and how it has changed throughout the years.
Be prepared to walk about 2/3 of a mile.

Program Leader: Adam Neblett, Park Ranger
Reservations by: Noon June 20th.

Monday, June 21st

EYES OF THE NIGHT
Time: 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Ages: 5 – adult

Bring a flashlight and we will hike around the lake hoping to catch the eyes of our nocturnal animals.

Program Leader: Amy Wallace, Interpretive Specialist
Reservations by: Noon June 21st.

Tuesday, June 22nd

HOPPERS AND CROAKERS
Time: 9:00am – 10:30am
Ages: 3-12

Sit in for a quick slideshow of all the wonderful amphibians that inhabit Swan Lake, and later take a short hike (easy) to see if we can spot some in the water or on the bank. Bring shoes you can get wet, water and sunscreen.

Program Leader: Andy Riggs, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger
Reservations by: 4:30pm June 20th.

Wednesday, June 23rd

ANIMAL DETECTIVES
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am
Ages: 5 – 12

Learn about the clues and signs that animals leave behind in this indoor and outdoor program. Wear sunscreen and bring water.

Program Leader: Amy Wallace, Interpretive Specialist
Reservations by: 4:30pm June 21st.


STREAM STOMP
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Ages: 5-13

Streams are amazing habitats for lots of different types of life. Join Dunbar Cave Staff for a walk through the stream at Rotary Park (get directions when you sign up) to see what we can find. Make sure to bring shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting wet. Meet at Rotary Park – look for park vehicle next to stream and a sign.

Program Leader: Michael Fulbright, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger
Reservations by: 4:30pm June 21st.


BATS TAKE FLIGHT
Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Ages: 5-Adult

Meet at the cool mouth of the cave to witness a true miracle of nature as our bats emerge from their sleep to get a bite to eat. Learn more about White –Nose syndrome and how it’s affecting our bats here in Tennessee. Bring appropriate clothing, water, flashlight, and a camera (optional).

Program Leader: Andy Riggs, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger
Reservations by: Noon June 23rd.

Thursday, June 24th

FROGS AND TOADS
Time: 9:00am – 10:30am
Ages: 3 – 8

Join us as we learn the difference between these creatures and take a short frog hike.

Program Leader: Amy Wallace, Interpretive Specialist
Reservations by: 4:30pm June 22nd.


GEOLOGY OF OUR AREA
Time: 11:00am – 12:00am
Ages: 6-adult

Ever wonder why there are so many sinkholes in Clarksville, or how fossilized coral ended up
in your backyard? Come learn the answers to these and other questions about our local geology.

Program Leader: Adam Neblett, Park Ranger
Reservations by: 4:30pm June 22nd.

Friday, June 25th

BLOWGUN WORKSHOP
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Ages: 7-Adult

Native Americans used Dunbar Cave and the surrounding area for over 12,000 years! One common hunting tool they used was the blowgun. Test your blowgun skills with this fun and educational workshop. Meet at the Cave.

Program Leader: Michael Fulbright, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger
Reservations by: 4:30pm June 24th.


EXPLORE OUR HISTORY
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Ages: 10-Adult

Dunbar Cave has changed a lot over the past 10,000 years. Join a member of our staff for a walk around the park stopping at some of the historic places and try to imagine what it looked like years ago. Wear good walking shoes.

Program Leader: Michael Fulbright, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger
Reservations by: 4:30pm June 24th.

Saturday, June 26th

INDIAN POTTERY
Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Ages: 3-Adult

Create your own piece of authentic clay pottery just like the Woodland Indians did long ago, and then take it home with you. Bring your imagination and an old shirt. Meet at the cave entrance.

Program Leader: Andy Riggs, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger
Reservations by: Noon June 26th.


NIGHT EYES
Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Ages: 6-Adult

Ever wonder what comes out in the woods at night? Well, wonder know more; because we are going into the dark for a long hike (medium) to spot and identify the things that go bump in the night! Bring appropriate clothing, hiking boots, water, and a flashlight.

Program Leader: Andy Riggs, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger
Reservations by: 4:30pm June 26th.


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