Welcome to Woodlands Nature Station, your gateway to encounters with the natural world. Our interpreters, staffed by our partners at "Friends of LBL,"are here to guide you through the real web-the web of life, which connects humans to nature and the environment. Click HERE to see a map of our backyard!
You'll find a variety of natural experiences-from our indoor discovery center to the live wildlife of our Backyard exhibits. Numerous trails embark from our center. Experience the outdoors at your leisure, or join one of our guided hiking or canoe excursions. Trips embark from the Nature Station throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Come outside and play!
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The Nature Station is located north of the Golden Pond Visitor Center. Travel north on The Trace about 8 miles, turn on Mulberry Flat Road and travel another 5 miles.
Nature Station GPS Coordinates:
N 36° 54' 5.56" W 88° 2' 10.31"
|SEASON: Mar. 1 - Nov. 30
DAYS: Wed. - Sun. in Mar. & Nov. and Daily Apr. - Oct.
HOURS: 10am - 5pm
ADMISSION: $5 ages 13 & up; $3 ages 5-12; 4 & under, free. Pre-scheduled Group rates are available. Call 270-924-2020.
GROUP LEADERS: Click HERE for group information.
Click HERE for Canoe & Kayak rentals and trip guidelines. (print on 8.5" x 11")
SEPTEMBER 2013 UPDATE ~ No Canoe/Kayak rentals available rest of season, due to thick vegetation in lake that has made it too difficult to paddle through. Previously scheduled guided trips will go forward as planned, but new locations will be determined.
Click HERE for New LBL Birding Checklist (print on 8.5" x 14" paper)
Click HERE for Tick Information (print on 8.5" x 11" paper)
Click HERE for Nature Station Trail Map (print on 8.5" x 14" paper)
Click HERE for Bald Eagle Information (print on 8.5" x 11" paper)
Step into our Backyard, where youll experience an up-close encounter with the plants and animals of the region. You can stand just a wingspan from the Great Horned Owl, see the rare and elusive Red Wolf, or howl with a Coyote. Look up -- can you see our Bobcat, eyeing you from a high tree branch? Look for majestic palmated antlers and youll spot our European Fallow Deer.
Tour the animal exhibits at your leisure, or join one of our many daily programs. Accompany our staff at feeding time and you'll learn what our Backyard animals eat and what special adaptations they have evolved. Attend one of our special programs and learn how the different species communicate.
All our Backyard animals are here because they could not survive in the wild -- they have either been injured, orphaned, or have lost their natural fear of humans. The exception is our Red Wolves, part of a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service captive breeding program which is attempting to restore this extremely endangered species.
Come meet a few of our Backyard residents:
Great Horned Owl. The newest addition to our Parade Of Raptors, the mighty Great Horned Owl is known as a fierce predator. It is the only raptor species known to regularly hunt animals larger than itself. This animal was orphaned and had become imprinted on humans before it came to the Nature Station in October 1996 from a wildlife rehab center in Hopkinsville, Ky.
Fallow Deer. This is the only non-native wildlife species on display. LBL has the oldest herd of Fallow Deer in the country, and they can be seen in the wild near the Nature Station. Native to Europe, Fallow Deer were brought to the area in 1918 by the Hillman Land Company for hunting. They are easily distinguished from their White-Tail cousins by their palmated antlers which resemble a moose's, and color variations, including spotted adult coats.
Red Wolf. LBL is proud to be a member of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Red Wolf Recovery Team. There are fewer than 300 Red Wolves left on the planet today. Because they are so endangered, the few animals remaining are being carefully monitored or housed in breeding facilities until we can bring their numbers up to safe levels. Pups from the captive breeding program have been released into the wild in such places as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. However, there are no plans to release Red Wolves at LBL.
Bald Eagle. Native Bald Eagles had disappeared from the region when TVA took over Land Between The Lakes in 1963; habitat loss and pesticides such as DDT caused numbers to fall to just over 400 pairs nationwide. Restoration efforts and pesticide bans have made the Bald Eagle one of this country's environmental success stories, however. LBL played a part in that success by participating in a raise-and-release technique called "hacking." From 1980-1988, 44 eaglets were "hacked" into LBL under the premise that eagles will return to nest where they learned to fly. In 1983, the first active Bald Eagle nest was spotted in Land Between The Lakes in more than 50 years -- the first sign of their return to LBL. This year, 10 Bald Eagle nests were seen at LBL.
At the Nature Station, we believe the best teacher is nature itself. One of our goals is to encourage visitors to have a face-to-face, hands-on encounter with the outdoors. The Nature Station serves as a starting point for many types of outdoor experiences. Our staff leads canoe and hiking excursions themed to a variety of topics, from wildlife viewing and animal tracking to nature photography and wetlands exploration.
We also invite you to explore on your own. Rent one of our canoes and paddle the shores of Honker Lake, where you'll float among blue herons and giant Canada geese. Landlubbers can rent mountain bikes at Hillman Ferry Campground and pedal in search of European fallow deer, white-tails, wild turkey and hawks.
Five hiking trails also embark from or near the Nature Station, ranging in length from 4.5 miles to a .2-mile wheelchair-accessible paved walk. Trails wind through a diversity of habitats: woodlands, wetlands, and meadows.