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Dunbar Cave State Park Programs for July 1st through July 6th, 2013

Posted By Clarksville Online News Staff On Saturday, June 29, 2013 @ 10:00 am In Events | No Comments

Clarksville, TNDunbar Cave State Natural Area [1] 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: Evening Nature Hike, Fish, Insects and Freshwater Mussels of the Red River, Lake Critters, Fishing Equipment and Techniques and so much more!

The Dunbar Cave State Natural Area's Visitors Center

The Dunbar Cave State Natural Area’s Visitors Center

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.

Monday, July 1st

Evening Nature Hike

Time: 6:00pm–7:30pm
Ages: 5 and Up

Bring your walking sticks as we do a 2 mile hike around the trails. We will see what animals will 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 shoes that are good for hiking, clothing that can get dirty and be ready to ask questions.

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

Wednesday, July 3rd

Night Hike

Time: 8:00pm–9:15pm
Ages: 5 and Up

Dunbar Cave is a happening place after the gates close. Enjoy an evening stroll through the woods as we listen for Owls, Frogs, Toads, Crickets and other creatures of the night.

Reservations Required.
Program Leader: Adam Neblett, Park Ranger

Thursday, July 4th

Fish, Insects and Freshwater Mussels of the Red River

Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm

Have you ever wondered what really lives under the water? Come join us at Port Royal State Park near Adams, TN and I bet I can show you fish, mussels and insects that you have never seen before. Please wear closed toe shoes and clothing that can get wet (or waders). Children under the age of 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Meet at Port Royal State Park’s riverside parking lot.

Reservations Required by: 4:30pm July 3rd.
Program Leader:  Shawn Settle, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger

Night Lights

Time: 8:00pm–9:15pm
Ages: 4-adult

We will walk around the lake and find out what we can see at night.

Reservations Required.
Program Leader:  Amy Wallace, Interpretive Specialist

Friday, July 5th

Fishing Equipment and Techniques

Time: 10:00am–12:00pm
Ages: All Ages

Are you new to fishing or have children that really want to learn how to fish? Please meet me at the visitor’s center or join us at Swan Lake beside the visitor’s center as I bring out different equipment and discuss the different techniques of fishing in Middle Tennessee.

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

Evening Woods Walk

Time: 6:30pm–8:00pm
Ages: All ages

This time of day is great for seeing wildlife such as deer. Come walk the Recovery Trail (2 miles) with a Ranger in the evening and beat the heat. Bring water and sturdy shoes.

Reservations Required.
Program Leader: Adam Neblett, Park Ranger

Saturday, July 6th

Lake Critters

Time: 10:00am–11:30am
Ages: 4 and Up

Come out and explore Swan Lake as we find animals to talk about and learn their importance to the natural world around us. Please wear closed toed shoes, clothing that can get wet and insect repellent. We will play in the shallow water and see what animals  allow us to capture them.

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

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