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Dunbar Cave State Natural Area Programs for August 5th through August 10th

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.

Upcoming events include: Frogs and Toads, Hunters of the Past, Junior Ranger Kickoff, Night Flight 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.

Friday, August 5th

Fossil Fun

Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

Ages: 6 to adult

Uncover the secrets of prehistoric life with a hands-on fossil exhibit and fun activities.       

Program Leader:  Jerrod Manning, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger

Reservations By: 4:30pm August 4th.


Hunters of the Past

Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Ages: 8-adult

The atlatl is a hunting tool used for millennia.  See how you would do hunting wild game with a stick!

Program Leader:  Jerrod Manning, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger

Reservations By: 4:30pm August 4th.


Junior Ranger Kickoff

Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Ages: 6-14

Pick up a Junior Ranger Adventure Guide and complete some of the activities to get your badge!

Program Leaders:  Park Interpretive Specialist, Ranger and SIR

No Reservations Needed.

Saturday, August 6th

Idaho Springs Exploration

Time: 9:00am – 10:30am

Ages: 6-12

There’s no better way to beat the heat than playing in a creek!  Expect to see crayfish, minnows, insects, salamanders and lots of other fun stuff.  You WILL get wet – wear old clothes and shoes (required).

Program Leader:  Jerrod Manning, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger

Reservations By: 4:30pm August 4th.


Hunters of the past (the art of the atlatl)

Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Ages: 8-adult

The atlatl is a hunting tool used for millennia.  See how you would do hunting wild game with a stick!

Program Leader:  Jerrod Manning, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger

Reservations By: 4:30pm August 4th.


What’s Wild?

Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Ages: 6 to adult

Learn the difference between wild and domesticated animals by making a collage.  Bring old magazines and newspapers with animal pictures.

Program Leader: Adam Neblett, Park Ranger

Reservations By: 4:30pm August 4th.


Night 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: Adam Neblett, Park Ranger

Reservations By: 4:30pm August 4th.

Sunday, August 7th

Fossil Fun

Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Ages: 6 to adult

Uncover the secrets of prehistoric life with a hands-on fossil exhibit and fun activities.  

Program Leader:  Jerrod Manning, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger

Reservations By: 4:30pm August 5th.


Tree Identification Hike

Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Ages: 6 – adult

Walk around the park discovering some of the common trees found in our area.

Program Leader: Adam Neblett, Park Ranger

Reservations By: 4:30pm August 5th.

Monday, August 8th

Hunters of the Past (the art of the atlatl)

Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Ages: 8-adult

The atlatl is a hunting tool used for millennia.  See how you would do hunting wild game with a stick!

Program Leader:  Jerrod Manning, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger

Reservations By: 4:30pm August 6th.


Bats and Cave Salamanders

Time: 7:45pm – 8:45pm

Ages: All Ages

Stick around after the park closes and view some of the nocturnal delights that emerge from our cave once day turns to night.  Bring a flashlight!

Program Leader:  Jerrod Manning, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger

Reservations By: 4:30pm August 6th.


Wednesday, August 10th

Frogs and Toads

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Ages: 3 – 8

Join us as we learn the difference between these two and take a short frog hike to TRY to find some.

Program Leader:  Amy Wallace, Interpretive Specialist

Reservations By: 4:30pm August 8th.

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