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Land Between The Lakes
National Recreation Area
100 Van Morgan Drive
Golden Pond, KY 42211

Phone: 270-924-2000
Toll Free: 800-525-7077
Email: LBLInfo@fs.fed.us

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Upcoming Events

DateEvent Title

Details

6/1/2014 - 8/31/2014
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 Summer Planetarium Shows
GOLDEN POND PLANETARIUM & OBSERVATORY

Daily Planetarium Shows – 10, 11am, and 12, 1, 2, 3, & 4pm     Adults $5; Children $3

Evening Planetarium Shows – 8pm, Sat., June 14; July 12; Aug. 9 & 30     Adults $5; Children $3

Summer Star Parties – 8pm, Sat., June 14 & 18; July 12 & 26; Aug. 9, 23, & 30  Free to LBL visitors.  Weather permitting, call 270-924-2237.

Summer Evening Laser Light Music Shows – 5:30 & 7pm - Tue., Fri., and Sat. and at 8pm on alternate Saturdays.  Doors open 30 minutes before show times, please be on time.  All seats $7

For show titles and descriptions go to www.lbl.org/PLGate.html

6/1/2014 - 8/31/2014
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 Daily Animal Programs & Parade of Raptors
NATURE STATION

Daily Animal Programs – In addition to the programs scheduled below, Nature Station offers daily programs that provide an up-close look at live native animals, including a bald eagle, a bobcat, snakes, and more. You might even be able to catch our animals during feeding time! Call Nature Station at 270-924-2299 any morning to find out what time and which animals will be featured in our programs for that day.

Parade of Raptors – Daily at 4:30pm, you can come face to face with a barn owl, barred owl, screech owl, and red-tailed hawk as our staff moves these birds from their outdoor perches to their indoor shelter. Program free with NS admission.

6/1/2014 - 8/31/2014
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 Feedin' Time on the Farm
HOMEPLACE

Feedin’ Time on the Farm – Daily at 3:30pm,we begin tending and feeding our historic breeds of livestock. Join us as we take care of our animal family at The Homeplace.  Programs free with HP admission.

6/1/2014 - 8/31/2014
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 Wildlife Viewing
ELK & BISON PRAIRIE

The Elk & Bison Prairie is an enclosed 700 acre wildlife viewing area, features three interpretive stops along a 3 1/2 mile paved loop road. The best time to see elk, bison, and other wildlife is late afternoon or early morning.  Also, see summer songbirds, wildflowers, and prairie grasses.  Open daily dawn until dusk.  $5 per automobile

6/1/2014 - 12/31/2014
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 Natural Happenings

Click Natural Happenings  to find out interesting Land Between The Lakes wildlife and nature information throughout the year.

8/1/2014 - 8/1/2014
6pm-8pm
 Dinner with the Hummingbirds
NATURE STATION

Have you ever dined while surrounded by dozens of ruby-throated hummingbirds? Enjoy a delicious catered meal while you dine outside amongst these feathered wonders, who are relishing in their own tasty meal at our backyard feeders. See an up-close demonstration of tiny hummingbirds being banded for the purpose of studying and conserving these amazing creatures. After dinner, stick around for presentation about the fascinating world of hummingbirds. $20 per person. Reservations and full deposits required. Call 270-924-2020 to reserve your space.

8/2/2014 - 8/3/2014
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 Drag Boat Races
PISGAH BAY

For more information contact Kentucky Drag Boat Association at www.kdba.net or 800-732-0088.

8/2/2014 - 8/2/2014
1pm-3pm
 Fence Building Part 2: Constructing the Fence
HOMEPLACE

Have you ever wanted to build a split rail fence?  Now that the rails have been split help The Homeplace staff construct a new split rail fence.  Program free with HP admission.

8/2/2014 - 8/3/2014
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 Hummingbird Festival
NATURE STATION

If you like Ruby throated hummingbirds, this is the weekend for you! Delight in watching more of these flying gems in one place than you can count! This year, discover "The Art of Hummingbirds," featuring the artwork of local nature artists, inspired by the tiny hummingbirds and their outdoor neighbors. View a gallery of wildlife art, get tips from the experts, and even try your hand at wildlife photography and illustration. As always, you can also view our ongoing hummingbird banding demonstrations by licensed banders, as well as participate in a variety of programs and activities going on throughout the weekend. Bring the whole family…there will be plenty for kids to do too! Be sure to check back for further updates about the weekend’s schedule of programs and activities.     $6 for adults; $4 for kids ages 5-12; Free for ages 4 and under. Event will take place rain or shine.

8/3/2014 - 8/3/2014
1pm-3pm
 Scavenger Hunt at the Homeplace*
HOMEPLACE

Many of the treasures people find in antique stores were used daily during the 1850’s.  See how many of these ”treasures” you can find on our scavenger hunt.  You can pick up your scavenger hunt list at the Double Pen House.  Have fun!  *Ideal for Home Educators.  Program free with HP admission.

8/3/2014 - 8/3/2014
3pm-
 Hummingbirds 101
NATURE STATION

Cool off in our theater as we talk “all things hummingbird,” from how fast they flap their wings to how many hummingbird species there are worldwide. Also learn more about our local ruby-throated hummingbird, including how they make their incredible migratory journey over the Gulf of Mexico. Everything you ever wanted to know about hummingbirds may just be revealed in this presentation (and if not, just ask!).  Program free with NS admission.

8/5/2014 - 8/6/2014
10am-
 Feeding Frenzy
NATURE STATION

Do you want to be a hummingbird’s favorite person? We know how! Just help us put out our sugar feeders in the morning. With so much hummer activity in August, all of our backyard feeders (over a dozen!) need refilling every morning. The hummingbirds anxiously await this time of day and greet you excitedly as you bring the freshly filled feeders out. Some may hover right in front of your face or even land on the feeder you’re carrying. So, if you want a very close encounter with our hummingbirds, join us promptly at 10am Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.   Free with NS admission.

8/5/2014 - 8/5/2014
1pm-2pm
 Look Who's in the Barnyard*
HOMEPLACE

What do the animals at The Homeplace have in common with a Panda Bear?  They are all endangered animals. Drop by the barnyard to learn how these animals became endangered.  You might even decide to help protect and preserve these amazing Heritage breeds.  Program free with HP admission.

8/6/2014 - 8/6/2014
12pm-1pm
 Taste of the Homeplace
HOMEPLACE

In the garden the vegetables are “coming in”.  That means there is always something fresh to be eaten or that needs to be preserved, ”put by”.  Drop in on the ladies in the kitchen to see what they are working with today.  If you are lucky they might even give you a little taste and get your opinion.  Program free with HP admission.

8/7/2014 - 8/7/2014
2pm-2:30
 From Hawks to Hummers: Backyard Birding
NATURE STATION

Are birds over your head? Well, they may be literally, but they don’t have to be in terms of identifying them. Join us for a brief, FUN PowerPoint presentation where you will learn a few tricks for identifying common backyard birds. Then, we’ll practice our new ID skills on the birds visiting the feeders at Nature Station. Bring binoculars if you have them, but don't worry if you don't…we have extras.  Program free with NS admission.

8/9/2014 - 8/9/2014
9am-10am
 EXCLUSIVE: Early Morning Photo Session
NATURE STATION

Would you like an all-access pass to our backyard before the weekend crowds pick up and the temperature heats up? Nature Station opens to the public at 10am, but come an hour early and have special access to the backyard when it’s abuzz with hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. Only 10 photographers will be allowed, so you’ll essentially have the backyard to yourself (and the hummingbirds, of course).  $10 per person. Price includes NS admission.Reservations and full deposits required. Call 270-924-2020 to reserve your space.

8/9/2014 - 8/9/2014
2pm-
 Writing Poetry is for the Birds!
NATURE STATION

Hey kids, do you love birds? And do you like to be creative? Perfect combination! Using the eagle, owls, and wild hummingbirds in our backyard as inspiration, we’ll learn how to write simple poems that express our love of nature.  Program free with NS admission.

8/9/2014 - 8/9/2014
11am-
 Nature Series for Adults: The Power of Pollinators
NATURE STATION

Did you know pollination is required to produce seeds and fruits in 80% of flowering plants? Wow, that’s a tough job, but we know just the animals to do it. Enjoy this presentation about the fascinating birds, butterflies, and bees that pollinate our local flowers. Then, find out which nectar-rich plants will attract pollinators, as we stroll through our backyard native gardens.  Program free with NS admission.

8/9/2014 - 8/9/2014
1pm-3pm
 Oxen Workshop
HOMEPLACE

Learning to drive and work a team of oxen was a necessary skill for farmers in the 1850’s.  A teamster and their team had to develop a bond of trust in order to work as a team.  Sign up to get a chance to spend the afternoon with our head teamster and Ozzy and Otis, our Ayrshire oxen, to experience what it took to become an ox driver.  Limited to 1 person – ages 12 and up; under the age 18 must have legal guardian present.  Call 270-924-2020 to reserve your spot.  Cost $50

8/10/2014 - 8/10/2014
11:30am-
 For Goodness Snakes
NATURE STATION

There are over 25 species of snakes in Land Between The Lakes, only four of which are venomous. We’ll teach you how to recognize some common native snakes, including the venomous ones, and how to share the outdoors with these misunderstood creatures.  Program free with NS admission.

8/10/2014 - 8/10/2014
1pm-3pm
 Barn Loom Weaving*
HOMEPLACE

Weaving useful textiles was one of many women’s work on an 1850 farm. Middle class farms strived to be as self-sufficient as possible; sheep, flax, and cotton were raised, processed, and spun in to yarn and thread. Like the 1850 farm children, lend a hand beating the threads into place or help wind the weft on a shuttle. *Ideal for Home Educator.Program free with paid admission.

8/10/2014 - 8/10/2014
3pm-
 Hummingbirds 101
NATURE STATION

Cool off in our theater as we talk “all things hummingbird,” from how fast they flap their wings to how many hummingbird species there are worldwide. Also, learn more about our local ruby-throated hummingbird, including how they make their incredible migratory journey over the Gulf of Mexico. Everything you ever wanted to know about hummingbirds may just be revealed in this presentation (and if not, just ask!).  Program free with NS admission.

8/12/2014 - 8/12/2014
1pm-2pm
 Look Who's in the Barnyard
HOMEPLACE

What do the animals at The Homeplace have in common with a Panda Bear?  They are all endangered animals. Drop by the barnyard to learn how these animals became endangered.  You might even decide to help protect and preserve these amazing Heritage breeds.  Program free with HP admission.

8/13/2014 - 8/13/2014
12pm-1pm
 Taste of the Homeplace
HOMEPLACE

In the garden the vegetables are “coming in”.  That means there is always something fresh to be eaten or that needs to be preserved, “put by”.  Drop in on the ladies in the kitchen to see what they are working with today.  If you are lucky they might even give you a little taste and get your opinion.  Program free with HP admission.

8/14/2014 - 8/14/2014
2pm-
 Migration Miracles
NATURE STATION

Did you know ruby-throated hummingbirds fly non-stop over the entire Gulf of Mexico during their annual migration? Or that some monarch butterflies travel over 2000 miles to reach their wintering destination? Join us for a presentation that highlights the feats of these and other amazing migratory species.  Program free with NS admission.

8/16/2014 - 8/16/2014
9am-10am
 EXCLUSIVE: Early Morning Photo Session
NATURE STATION

Would you like an all-access pass to our backyard before the weekend crowds pick up and the temperature heats up? The Nature Station opens to the public at 10am, but come an hour early and have special access to the backyard when it’s abuzz with hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. Only 10 photographers will be allowed, so you’ll essentially have the backyard to yourself (and the hummingbirds, of course).  $10 per person. Price includes NS admission.Reservations and full deposits required. Call 270-924-2020 to reserve your space.

8/16/2014 - 8/16/2014
11:30am-
 Backyard Garden Tour
NATURE STATION

Did you know native trees and wildflowers are a low-maintenance, beautiful option for your landscape? As we stroll around the backyard, discover which species of trees, shrubs, and wildflowers do best in our area and how they can help attract a diversity of wildlife including hummingbirds.  Program free with NS admission.

8/16/2014 - 8/16/2014
1pm-3pm
 Feet on the Farm*
HOMEPLACE

Hooves, flippers, claws and paws.  Have you ever looked at all the feet on the farm?  Each animal has feet made just for them to help do the jobs they need to do.  Follow your feet to the farm today and step into some of their shoes.  Try walking across the yard with duck flippers or climbing a hill with hooves.  Discover how different feet can be!  *Ideal for Home Educators.  Program free with HP admission

8/16/2014 - 8/16/2014
2pm-
 The Role of the Rattlesnake
NATURE STATION

Love 'em or hate 'em, rattlesnakes are a critical part of the LBL ecosystem. Find out more about this misunderstood creature (in the safety of our theater!). Learn about their natural history, conservation and what to do if you run into one on the trail.  Program free with NS admission.

8/16/2014 - 8/16/2014
5:30-7:30
 Sunset Kayak Trip
Location TBA

Enjoy the beauty of an LBL sunset as we paddle the waters of one of Lake Barkley’s scenic bays. We’ll search for wildlife that visits the lake at twilight such as osprey, herons, beavers, and songbirds. Beginners are welcome!

$20 per kayak. Cost does not include same day NS admission. NS closes at 5pm. Registration limited. Reservations and full deposits required. Call 270-924-2020 to reserve your space and for meeting location.

8/17/2014 - 8/17/2014
3pm-
 Hummingbirds 101
NATURE STATION

Cool off in our theater as we talk “all things hummingbird,” from how fast they flap their wings to how many hummingbird species there are worldwide. Also, learn more about our local ruby-throated hummingbird, including how they make their incredible migratory journey over the Gulf of Mexico. Everything you ever wanted to know about hummingbirds may just be revealed in this presentation (and if not, just ask!).   Program free with NS admission.

8/17/2014 - 8/17/2014
2pm-3pm
 The Woodwright's Apprentice
HOMEPLACE

There are many facets to traditional woodworking, but the basics are always learned first.  See how old time woodworkers could start with a log, split it open, and create something useful, plain, or beautiful with a few basic hand tools.  Don’t miss out on this chance to watch, learn, and try out these historical tools.   Program free with HP admission

8/21/2014 - 8/21/2014
2pm-
 Hummingbird Folklore
NATURE STATION

Hummingbirds have a rich history in many ancient and modern cultures. Cool off in our air-conditioned theater as we discuss hummingbirds as the bringers of life, the protectors of soldiers, and the harbingers of spring, just to name a few of their important roles in folklore.  Program free with NS admission.

8/23/2014 - 8/23/2014
9am-10am
 EXCLUSIVE: Early Morning Photo Session
NATURE STATION

Would you like an all-access pass to our backyard before the weekend crowds pick up and the temperature heats up? Nature Station opens to the public at 10am, but come an hour early and have special access to the backyard when it’s abuzz with hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. Only 10 photographers will be allowed, so you’ll essentially have the backyard to yourself (and the hummingbirds, of course).  $10 per person. Price includes NS admission. Reservations and full deposits required. Call 270-924-2020 to reserve your space.

8/23/2014 - 8/23/2014
11am-1pm
 Getting Crafty with Hummingbirds
Meet at Taylor Bay

Make a special hummingbird-inspired craft while you watch dozens of hummingbirds whiz back and forth in the backyard.  Free with NS admission.

8/23/2014 - 8/23/2014
1pm-3pm
 My Family Tree*
HOMEPLACE

Families in 1850 recorded family ancestry.  Today, at The Homeplace we will look at how people in 1850 kept records of their family tree and how you can too.  *Ideal for Home Educators.  Program free with HP admission

8/23/2014 - 8/23/2014
1:30pm-3pm
 Skirmish at Pine Bluff
HOMEPLACE

Invited historian: Susan 'Ski' Witzofsky    The Civil War was not just big battles; it was also many small skirmishers. One little known skirmish happened on a hot August day in 1864. During this theater program, learn about this tragic incident that happened “near Great Western Furnace” and discover what happened to the 83rd Illinois Company attacked by a greatly outnumbered guerrilla force 150 years ago.  Program free with paid admission.

8/23/2014 - 8/23/2014
2pm-
 Bugs for Brunch: Insect-Eating Animals
NATURE STATION

How much do you like bugs? Enough to eat?! You may not enjoy eating bugs, but many of our animals love to snack on them. Come and meet some of Nature Station’s bug-loving animals like the opossum and toads as they chow down on their grub. Maybe you’ll even be bold enough to crunch a cricket or two!  Program free with NS admission.

8/24/2014 - 8/24/2014
1pm-3pm
 Spinning Straw into Gold*
HOMEPLACE

Flax has been a very important field crop for thousands of years.  It has helped to provide food, oil, cordage, and clothing for people around the world.  Today you can feel the softness of the golden flax after it has been brushed through the hackles. Then watch the steady spinning of the wheel that transforms this plant into fine linen and rough tow.  *Ideal for Home Educators.  Program free with HP admission

8/24/2014 - 8/24/2014
3pm-
 Hummingbirds 101
NATURE STATION

Cool off in our theater as we talk “all things hummingbird,” from how fast they flap their wings to how many hummingbird species there are worldwide. Also, learn more about our local ruby-throated hummingbird, including how they make their incredible migratory journey over the Gulf of Mexico. Everything you ever wanted to know about hummingbirds may just be revealed in this presentation (and if not, just ask!).  Program free with NS admission.

8/24/2014 - 8/24/2014
11:30am-
 For Goodness Snakes
NATURE STATION

There are over 25 species of snakes in Land Between The Lakes, only four of which are venomous. We’ll teach you how to recognize some common native snakes, including the venomous ones, and how to share the outdoors with these misunderstood creatures.  Program free with NS admission.

8/26/2014 - 8/26/2014
1pm-2pm
 Look Who's in the Barnyard
HOMEPLACE

What do the animals at The Homeplace have in common with a Panda Bear?  They are all endangered animals. Drop by the barnyard to learn how these animals became endangered.  You might even decide to help protect and preserve these amazing Heritage breeds.  Program free with HP admission.

8/27/2014 - 8/27/2014
12pm-1pm
 Taste of the Homeplace
HOMEPLACE

In the garden the vegetables are “coming in”.  That means there is always something fresh to be eaten or that needs to be preserved, “put by”.  Drop in on the ladies in the kitchen to see what they are working with today.  If you are lucky they might even give you a little taste and get your opinion.  Program free with HP admission.

8/28/2014 - 8/28/2014
2pm-
 Beautiful and Bizarre Birds of LBL
NATURE STATION

From the stunners, like the ruby-throated hummingbird, to the strange, like the chuck-will’s widow, we have some amazing bird species in Land Between the Lakes! Join us for an informative PowerPoint presentation about some of the most unique and unusual birds in our area.  Program free with NS admission.

8/30/2014 - 9/1/2014
10am-4pm
 Extreme Scavenger Hunt
NATURE STATION

Calling all kids! Show us how extreme you are! Scour the NS backyard in search of the answers to our scavenger hunt and you’ll earn an extreme prize!  Free with NS admission.

8/30/2014 - 8/30/2014
5:30pm-8pm
 Sunset Canoe Trip
Location TBA

Enjoy the beauty of an LBL sunset as we paddle the waters of one of Lake Barkley’s scenic bays. We’ll search for wildlife that visits the lake at twilight such as osprey, herons, beavers, and songbirds. Beginners are welcome!     $25 per canoe. Cost does not include same day NS admission. NS closes at 5pm. Registration limited. Reservations and full deposits required. Call 270-924-2020 to reserve your space and for meeting location.

8/30/2014 - 8/30/2014
3:30pm-
 Kentucky's Most Venomous
NATURE STATION

Discover Kentucky's most dangerous critters. Which snake has the strongest venom? Which spider? How about insect?  Are there any venomous mammals? Join  us as we explore “all things venom!”  Program free with NS admission.

8/30/2014 - 8/30/2014
1:30-3:30
 Slithering Snake Craft
NATURE STATION

Hey kids! Show your love for our slithering friends by creating your very own snake finger puppet!  Free with NS admission.

8/30/2014 - 8/30/2014
1pm-
 Turtle Talladega
NATURE STATION

Ready, get set, SLOW!  Cheer on your favorite racing turtle as we race the biggest against the smallest, the strongest against the ugliest. Who will win?  Program free with NS admission.

8/30/2014 - 8/30/2014
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 Visit with Smokey Bear!
NATURE STATION

Scheduled appearances throughout the day.  Smokey Bear will be making appearances throughout the day. Bring the kids to meet Smokey and pose for some great pictures!  Free with NS admission.

8/30/2014 - 9/1/2014
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 Nature's Most Extreme Weekend!
NATURE STATION

Hey kids! Are you extreme? Then Nature Station is the place for you! Join us as we wrap up summer by honoring the most extreme animals in Land Between The Lakes and around the world. Live animal programs will be offered daily. Crafts, games, and an extreme scavenger hunt are also included in the detailed programs on this page.  Free with NS admission.

8/30/2014 - 8/30/2014
10am-4pm
 The Homeplace Trades Fair
HOMEPLACE

This Labor Day weekend, we are celebrating the hard labor and hand work skills of our ancestors during The Homeplace Trades Fair. At a time when few things were manufactured, people had to rely on their skills or their neighbors to produce everything from knitted socks to horseshoes. Visit this weekend with local historical trades and craft people, as they share their skills and knowledge of these lost folk art. Hand crafted items will be available for purchase. *Ideal for Home Educators.  $3 children/$5 adults. For more information, call 931-232-6457.  

8/30/2014 - 8/30/2014
11am-
 Gross Up Close
NATURE STATION

Eww! Gross! Come revel in the delightfully disgusting as we explore funky feeding habits, beastly bodily functions, and other abhorrent acts of nature. “What’s inside an owl pellet? Why do vultures vomit?” Discover these and other gross, but effective ways animals survive in the wild.  Program free with NS admission.
 

8/31/2014 - 8/31/2014
11am-
 Of Monsters and Mini's
NATURE STATION

Land Between The Lakes hosts the biggest land mammal in the US (the bison) and the smallest (the pygmy shrew). It has the largest bird (pelican) and the smallest (ruby-throated hummingbird) in Kentucky/Tennessee. Get up close and personal with some of Land Between The Lakes’ monsters and miniatures, such as our giant snapping turtles and our tiny screech owl.  Program free with NS admission.

8/31/2014 - 8/31/2014
1pm-3pm
 Make Your Own Extreme Animal
NATURE STATION

Hey kids, put your imagination to the test and create your very own extreme animal.  Free with NS admission.

8/31/2014 - 8/31/2014
1:30pm-
 Eagle Extreme
NATURE STATION

Discover the extraordinary adaptations of eagles – their strength, their eyesight, and their size – as we give our resident eagle her favorite meal. Program free with NS admission.

8/31/2014 - 8/31/2014
3pm-
 Hummingbird Heroics
NATURE STATION

Buzzz! A hummingbird can flap its wings 80 times per second and fly 50 miles per hour.  Join us as we learn all the amazing abilities of Kentucky’s smallest bird.  Afterwards, we will step on the patio to view hundreds of hummingbirds!  Program free with NS admission.

8/31/2014 - 8/31/2014
5:30pm-8pm
 Sunset Canoe Trip
Location TBA

Enjoy the beauty of an LBL sunset as we paddle the waters of one of Lake Barkley’s scenic bays. We’ll search for wildlife that visits the lake at twilight, such as osprey, herons, beavers, and songbirds. Beginners are welcome!  $25 per canoe. Cost does not include same day NS admission. NS closes at 5pm. Registration limited. Reservations and full deposits required. Call 270-924-2020 to reserve your space and for meeting location.

9/1/2014 - 9/1/2014
11am-
 Animal X-Men
NATURE STATION

Some animals are so amazing, they might as well be superheroes! As we tour the Nature Station backyard, meet several animal champions and explore their “super power” adaptations.  Program free with NS admission.

9/1/2014 - 9/1/2014
1pm-
 A Serious Case of the Uglies
NATURE STATION

They have a face only their mother could love! Join us as we feed three of our ugliest animal species – opossum, vultures, and alligator snappers.  Program free with NS admission.

9/1/2014 - 9/1/2014
3pm-
 Pee Wee Predators
NATURE STATION

Not all predators are big and furry with sharp teeth. Frogs, lizards, salamanders, and other small creatures are predators too. During this program, you’ll get a close-up look at some of these tiny meat eaters and find out more about their fascinating lives.  Program free with NS admission.

9/27/2014 - 9/27/2014
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 12 Hours on the Canal Loop
CANAL LOOP TRAILS

For race registration and more information contact www.woodnwave.com or call 270-362-2453.

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