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Dunbar Cave State Natural Area Programs for the week of August 1st

 

Dunbar 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. 

Upcoming events include: Spinning Snakes, Reptiles!, Make Your Own Cave Art!, Fossils, Pine Cone Bird Feeder, Hoppers and Croakers, Insects, Butterfly Mobile, All About Bats, and so much more! 


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.

Sunday, August 1st     

SPINNING SNAKES 

Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm       
Ages: All Ages 

This will be a fun indoor craft project to make and color our own spinning snakes. 

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


REPTILES!
Time: 2:30pm – 4:00pm              
Ages: All Ages 

Tennessee is home to many types of these cold-blooded animals, join us for a discussion on them, then a quick search for any of these cool creatures. 

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


MAKE YOUR OWN CAVE ART!

Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm          
Ages: 5-12
    
Hundreds of years ago Native Americans drew symbols on the cave walls of things that were important to them. Come learn about some of these symbols and then draw your own!
    
Program Leader: Adam Neblett, Park Ranger
Reservations by: 4:30pm July 30th.        

Monday, August 2nd

FOSSILS

Time: 9:00am – 10:30am             
Ages: All Ages 

Fossils are everywhere! You just need to know what to look for. If you come to this program you will learn all about fossils, and we will try to find some!
     
Program Leader: Michael Fulbright, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger
Reservations by: 4:30pm July 31st.       


PINE CONE BIRD FEEDER 

Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm    
Ages: 3-10 

Make your own feeder for the birds in your neighborhood out of a pine cone, and later take a short hike (to see what birds might come by to say “hello”). ANY CHILDREN WITH PEANUT ALLERGIES SHOULD NOT ATTEND.  Bring binoculars (if you have some). 

Program Leader: Andy Riggs, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger
Reservations by: 4:30pm July 31st.            

Tuesday, August 3rd  

HOPPERS AND CROAKERS 

Time: 8:30am – 10:00am  
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 August 1st.         

Wednesday, August 4th        

INSECTS 

Time: 9:00am – 10:30am 
Ages: 5 – 12 

We’ll learn about insects and their life cycles, then go out and catch some.
    
Program Leader: Amy Wallace, Interpretive Specialist
Reservations by: 4:30pm August 2nd.                 


BATS ARE FUN                            

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm      
Ages: 5 – 8 
    
Learn about bats through videos, books and games.
    
Program Leader: Amy Wallace, Interpretive Specialist
Reservations by: 4:30pm August 2nd.               

Thursday, August 5th              

PAWPRINTS AND POOP 

Time: 8:30am – 10:00am    
Ages: 5 – 12 

Learn about the clues and signs that animals leave behind.
     
Program Leader: Amy Wallace, Interpretive Specialist
Reservations by: 4:30pm August 3rd.              


GALLS: INSECT CONDO’S 

Time: 10:00am – 11:00am   
Ages: 6-12
    
Ever wonder what those big lumps on your favorite tree were? Join us to hear the answer and take a hike (easy) to see them in nature. 
    
Program Leader: Andy Riggs, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger
Reservations by: 4:30pm August 3rd.         


BUTTERFLY MOBILE 

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm      
Ages: 3-10
    
Come and create your own hanging mobile of the life cycle of butterflies, and later take a short hike (easy) to see if we can find any along the trail.
    
Program Leader: Andy Riggs, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger
Reservations by: 4:30pm August 3rd.         

Friday, August 6th          

BAT MOBILE 

Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm            
Ages: All Ages 

Come and create your own hanging mobile of bats and what they eat!
      
Program Leader: Michael Fulbright, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger
Reservations by: 4:30 August 4th.  


ALL ABOUT BATS                                    

Time: 6:40pm – 8:30pm           
Ages: All Ages 

Bats are the only mammals that can fly. Come learn all about these unusual aviators and why they are so important to the park as we watch them come out of the cave. Meet at the cave. 

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

Saturday, August 7th     

SNAKES 

Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm     
Ages: All ages 

Join Sherry and Donnie of Reptiliacs for a close up look at live snakes – ONLY if you want to (otherwise sit in the back!)  
    

Reservations by: 4:30pm August 6th. 


BATS TAKE FLIGHT
   
Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm 
Ages: 5-Adult
   
Meet at the mouth of the cave to witness a true miracle of nature as our bats emerge from their sleep to get a bite to eat.
   
Program Leader: Andy Riggs, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger
Reservations by: 4:30pm August 5th.          


OWL PROWL
        
Time: 8:00pm – 9:30pm   
Ages: All Ages
   
Come out and walk the Recovery Trail (2 miles) as we search and call for owls that may be out hunting in the night!
   
Program Leader: Adam Neblett, Park Ranger
Reservations by: 4:30pm August 5th.


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