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Clarksville’s Dunbar Cave State Park Programs for March 26th – 31st, 2016

 

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: Evening Hike, Wildflower Hike, Bird Hike, Walk with the Ranger and Trail of Tears at Port Royal.

Entrance to Dunbar Cave.

Entrance to Dunbar Cave.

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Dunbar Cave State Park Programs for October 9th through October 15th, 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: Evening Hike, Wildflower Walk, Kid’s Nature Hike, Beginning Birding, Little Ones Night Hike and Port Royal Hike.

Dunbar Cave State Park Visitor Center.

Dunbar Cave State Park Visitor Center.

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There is some Interesting Information in the Wacky World of Wildflowers

 

Clarksville Book ReviewClarksville, TN – Wildflower Folklore by Laura C. Martin is a book I recently found at a library book sale. It has extensive information about many plants that Southerners have been familiar with for generations.

For instance, kudzu was first introduced to the United States through the Japanese Pavilion during the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876. The Japanese used kudzu for food, medicine, and as a forage plant. Their intensive land-use practices kept it under control in their country, but we Southerners let it get out of control.

Kudzu was first thought to be a wonder cure for eroded areas here in the South because it would grow quickly even in our red clay. At first, it was grown commercially as a forage plant and was hailed as “King Kudzu.”

Kudzu, the plant that ate the south.

Kudzu, the plant that ate the south.

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Clarksville’s Dunbar Cave State Park Programs for April 8th through April 13th, 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 History Walk, Dunbar Cave History, Friends of Dunbar Cave Meeting, Bird Hike, Volunteer Day/Mulching Day and The Secret World of Bats.

Dunbar Cave State Park

Dunbar Cave State Park

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Clarksville’s Dunbar Cave State Park Programs for September 23rd through September 29th, 2014

 

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 this summer. There are programs for children and adults.

Some of the upcoming events include: Wildflower Hike, Dunbar Cave History, Life of the Lake, National Public Lands Day Hike and Trail Cleanup, National Public Lands Day Hike at Port Royal, and Bird Hike.

Dunbar Cave State Park.

Dunbar Cave State Park.

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Dunbar Cave State Park Programs for July 7th through July 13th, 2013

 

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. There are programs for children and adults.

Upcoming events include: Morning Nature Hike, Night Creatures, How to Build and Start a Campfire, Overnight Backpacking Training (Part 1), Wildflowers and so much more!

Geese at Dunbar Cave State Park

Geese at Dunbar Cave State Park

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Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan joins local club for Wildflower Sign Installation

 

City of ClarksvilleClarksville, TN – Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan joined members of the Beachaven Garden Club who installed wildflower markers along the Pollard Road Walking Trail in Clarksville.

“These ladies have done a remarkable job of identifying these beautiful wildflowers and marking them along the trail,” said Mayor McMillan. “Most of them will be in full bloom soon and it’s just gorgeous along the trail.”

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan and the Beachaven Garden Club at the wildflower sign installation at Clarksville Greenway.

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan and the Beachaven Garden Club at the wildflower sign installation at Clarksville Greenway.

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Dunbar Cave State Natural Area Nature Programs

 

Dunbar Cave will present many nature programs this summer. The schedule for the first week of June has programs on Trees, Wildflowers, Native Americans, Man’s Use of the Area, Birds, Turtles, Bats, Top Ten Hiking Essentials and Fuzzy Critters. Schedule of events below. Later programs planned will include Salamanders, Night Hikes, Sunset Hikes, Early Morning Hikes, Blowguns, nature crafts, Snakes, Bat Emergence, Dragonflies, Fishing, Bird Feeders, and many others.

Red Eared Slider

Red Eared Slider

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The Wacky World of Wildflowers Holds Some Interesting Information

 

Wildflower Folklore by Laura C. Martin is a book I recently found at a library book sale. It has extensive information about many plants that Southerners have been familiar with for generations.

For instance, kudzu was first introduced to the United States through the Japanese Pavilion during the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876. The Japanese used kudzu for food, medicine, and as a forage plant. Their intensive land-use practices kept it under control in their country, but we Southerners let it get out of control.

Kudzu was first thought to be a wonder cure for eroded areas here in the South because it would grow quickly even in our red clay. At first, it was grown commercially as a forage plant and was hailed as “King Kudzu.” When it began to “eat” telephone poles and trees, people became more than disenchanted with it and began calling it the “plant that ate the South.” Since it can grow 80 to 100 feet during one growing season, kudzu can be controlled by grazing goats but the highway department has yet to discover this fact.

Kudzu, the plant that ate the south.

Kudzu, the plant that ate the south.

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The Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail: Retreat to the natural world

 

Daytrips and Weekenders. As the summer months and the vacation/travel season approaches, we offer you, our readers, ideas for day trips and weekend excursions to places and events that can be done in a day, or maxed out over a weekend. Time and the high cost of gas fuel our efforts to find local entertainment and activities. This column will appear each Thursday through Labor Day.

Does it get any better than this?

Looking for a scenic bike trail, horse riding trail, or a walking trail? What once was a railroad bed running between Nashville and Clarksville was turned into a beautiful, fairly level and almost completely paved trail. It is perfect for biking, hiking, power walking or a leisurely stroll with the intent of observing nature’s best offerings. You can find it all on the Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail. «Read the rest of this article»

 



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