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Clarksville’s Dunbar Cave State Park Programs for August 6th through August 9th, 2015

 

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 during the year. There are programs for children and adults.

Some of the upcoming events include: Port Royal Trail of Tears, Wildflower Walk, Cave Hike, Evening Hike and Herpetological Morning Hike.

Dunbar Cave State Park Visitor Center.

Dunbar Cave State Park Visitor Center.

Thursday, August 6th

Port Royal Trail of Tears

Time: 9:00am – 10:00am
Ages: 7-adult

Learn about the Trail of Tears at Port Royal Historic Area. Hike will begin at the River Bottom Trail parking lot.

Reservations Required by: 4:30pm, August 5th.
Program Leader: Adam Neblett, Ranger


Wildflower Walk

Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Ages: 6 – adult

Learn to identify the late summer wildflowers of Dunbar Cave on this easy walk.

Reservations Required by: 4:30pm, August 5th.
Program Leader: Amy Wallace, Interpretive Specialist

Friday, August 7th

Cave Hike

Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Ages: 5 – adult

Due to the presence of White Nose Syndrome (WNS) in our cave, clean caving protocols are in effect. Each person must bring two pairs of shoes- boots or shoes with good traction, and any type of footwear to change into so that the WNS fungus is not carried out on your shoes. The park will provide bags and instructions on cleaning the shoes so that we do not spread WNS to other areas.

The hike is not handicap accessible and not recommended for people with mobility issues. Every person on a cave hike must sign a release of liability waiver, and bring a working flashlight. Cost: $10.00 ages 13 +, $5.00 ages 5 – 12 (for safety reasons, no children under age 5 are allowed.)

Reservations are required and can be made only during office hours (8:00am – 4:30pm Monday-Friday), and can be made by phone or in person. Hike is limited to 20 persons.


Insects

Time: 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Ages: 5 -12

Come out and learn about our six-legged friends in this indoor and outdoor program.

Reservations Required by: 4:30pm, August 5th.
Program Leader: Amy Wallace, Interpretive Specialist


Evening Hike

Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Ages: All ages

We will walk the one mile Short Loop Trail at this cooler time of day.

Reservations Required by: 4:30pm, August 5th.
Program Leader: Adam Neblett, Ranger

Saturday, August 8th

Herpetological Morning Hike

Time: 8:00am – 9:00am
Ages: All Ages

Come out for a morning of hunting down our park reptiles and amphibians.

Reservations Required by: 4:30pm, August 6th.
Program Leader: Kala Downey, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger


Cave Hike

Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Ages: 5 – adult

See Saturday, August 7th for details on cave hikes.


Port Royal Creek Exploration

Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Ages: All Ages

See some of our creek creatures as we break out the nets and scoop up some of our aquatic fauna. Wear clothes you’re willing to get wet and shoes that can stay on your feet. Fair warning, we’ll be kicking at rocks and flipflops won’t protect your toes.

Reservations Required by: 4:30pm, August 6th.
Program Leader: Kala Downey, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger

Saturday, August 8th

Cave Critter Meet and Greet

Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Ages: 5 – Adult

Missing out on our cave hikes and the creatures we see? Or did your tour lack a cave critter or two? Take this chance to see some of our cave guests and cave lovers up close and personal, and learn a little about how they live their lives.

Reservations Required by: 4:30pm, August 6th.
Program Leader: Kala Downey, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger

Sunday, August 9th

Volunteer Opportunity

Time: 8:00am – 9:00am
Ages: 5 – Adult

This morning we’ll be picking up trash around the park and on the trails. Gloves and trash bags will be available.

Reservations Required by: 4:30pm, August 7th.
Program Leader: Kala Downey, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger


Cave Hike

Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Ages: 5 – adult

See Saturday, August 7th for details on cave hikes.


Volunteer Opportunity

Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Ages: 12 – Adult

Our new property has a healthy batch of kudzu and privet! Grab some work gloves and take the week’s frustrations out on an invasive species (looks great on resumes). Bring water and wear bug spray. Eat lunch before you come.

Reservations Required by: 4:30pm, August 7th.
Program Leader: Kala Downey, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger


Dunbar Cave History

Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Ages: 5 to adult

Join us for a walk around the area and learn about Dunbar’s past.

Reservations Required by: 4:30pm, August 7th.
Program Leader: Adam Neblett, 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.

Port Royal State Historic Park is located at 3300 Old Clarksville Springfield Road, Adams, Tennessee.

Call 931.648.5526 for reservations.


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