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Dunbar Cave State Park Programs for August 17th through August 23rd, 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: Cave Entrance Exploration, Bird Hike, Day Into Night Hike, Port Royal Bird Hike, Cave Hike, and Port Royal History Hike.

Dunbar Cave State Park Visitor Center.

Dunbar Cave State Park Visitor Center.

Monday, August 17th

Cave Entrance Exploration

Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Ages: 4 – adult

Bring a flashlight and see what animals call the cave entrance home.

Reservations Required by: 4:30pm, August 15th.
Program Leader: Amy Wallace, Interpretive Specialist

Tuesday, August 18th

Day Into Night Hike

Time: 7:00pm – 8:15pm
Ages: All ages

Join us as we walk the Short Loop Trail as the sun sets and darkness rises– we might hear owls, frogs and other creatures.

Reservations Required by: 4:30pm, August 16th.
Program Leader: Adam Neblett, Ranger

Thursday, August 20th

Port Royal Bird Hike

Time: 9:00am – 10:00am
Ages: Adults

Bring your binoculars and learn about the birds of Port Royal. Meet at parking lot next to Visitor Center at Port Royal.

Reservations Required by: 4:30pm, August 18th.
Program Leader: Amy Wallace, Interpretive Specialist

Friday, August 21st

Bird Hike

Time: 6:30am – 8:30am
Ages: Adults

Bring your binoculars and learn about our feathered inhabitants.

Reservations Required by: 4:30pm, August 19th.
Program Leader: Amy Wallace, Interpretive Specialist


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.


Port Royal History Hike

Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Ages: 8 – adult

Meet at the upper parking lot next to the Visitor Center to learn about the history of Port Royal Historic Area.

Reservations Required by: 4:30pm, August 19th.
Program Leader: Adam Neblett, Ranger

Saturday, August 22nd

Volunteer Opportunity

Time: 8:00am – 9:00am
Ages: 10 – Adult

If you enjoy our butterfly garden, please come out and help us look after it by weeding. Bring work gloves and water. In the process you’ll learn about our native plants and what we have in our garden. You don’t have to stay the full hour, even 10 minutes will help.

Reservations Required by: 4:30pm, August 20th.
Program Leader: Kala Downey, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger


Cave Hike

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

See Friday, August 21st for details on cave hikes.


Blindman’s Tree Hunt

Time: 1:30pm – 2:00pm
Ages: 5 – 10

In some Native American tribes this game was used as a test of manhood. These days it’s just plain fun. Test your memory and your senses as you trace your way back to a place you’ve never seen.

Reservations Required by: 4:30pm, August 20th.
Program Leader: Kala Downey, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger


Interpretive Afternoon Hike

Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Ages: All Ages

On this guided 1 mile hike we’ll point out the interesting sights our park has to offer.

Reservations Required by: 4:30pm, August 20th.
Program Leader: Kala Downey, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger


Night Hike

Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Ages: All ages

We will walk the Short Loop Trail as the sun sets and darkness rises– we might hear owls, frogs and other creatures as we go.

Reservations Required by: 4:30pm, August 20th.
Program Leader: Adam Neblett, Ranger

Sunday, August 23rd

Volunteer Opportunity

Time: 8:00am – 9:00am
Ages: 10 – Adult

If you enjoy our butterfly garden, please come out and help us look after it by weeding. Bring work gloves and water. In the process you’ll learn about our native plants and what we have in our garden. You don’t have to stay the full hour, even 10 minutes will help.

Reservations Required by: 4:30pm, August 21st.
Program Leader: Kala Downey, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger


Cave Hike

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

See Friday, August 21st 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 21st.
Program Leader: Kala Downey, Seasonal Interpretive Ranger

Sunday, August 23rd

Sinkholes

Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Ages: 9 – adult

Clarksville is built on caves and sinkholes – come out and learn about these holes in the ground on this short hike.

Reservations Required by: 4:30pm, August 21st
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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