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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

Calendar of Events
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Upcoming Events

DateEvent Title

Details

3/1/2014 - 5/31/2014
4:30pm-
 Parade of Raptors
NATURE STATION

Daily at 4:30pm (weather permitting), 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. Programs free with NS admission.

3/1/2014 - 5/31/2014
3:30pm-
 Feedin' Time on the Farm
HOMEPLACE

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.

4/1/2014 - 4/30/2014
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 Homeschoolers' Month: Explore Your World
THROUGHOUT LBL

Calling all home educators! This April, plan a field trip to Land Between The Lakes and use the outdoors as your classroom!  Pick up your “Land Between The Lakes Explorers Passport” during April at The Homeplace, Nature Station, or Planetarium and complete the activities to earn your official Explorer’s Patch and Certificate!  Also, throughout the month take advantage of unique learning opportunities, hands-on exploration activities, and take-home materials available at all three attractions.  Join us for one of the many family-friendly staff-led programs featured in our April Calendar of Events, including the second annual Homeschoolers’ Day at Nature Station on Friday, April 25.  Come on out and explore your world!

4/1/2014 - 4/30/2014
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 April Natural Happenings
  • Crappie, Largemouth Bass, and Sunfish move o shallow areas in coves to spawn. Catfish begin biting below dams and in the main lakes.
  • Whippoorwills start calling.
  • Bald Eagles still incubating eggs and young are beginning to hatch.
  • Spring migration of Migratory/Neo-tropical Birds is ending.
  • Northern Bobwhite Quail and Eastern Wild Turkey begin to nest
  • Green Frogs, Bullfrogs, and Cricket Frogs calling.
  • Black Locust, Paw-Paw, Redbud, and Dogwood Trees blooming.
4/14/2014 - 4/27/2014
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 KY and TN Non-Quota Turkey Hunt Season

For more information go to  www.lbl.org/Hunting.html and

www.lbl.org/pdf1/2014TurkeyHuntInfoSheet.pdf

4/17/2014 - 4/17/2014
2:30pm-
 Creature Feature: Bald Eagle
NATURE STATION

The eagle is an example of a success story in wildlife conservation. Come learn about the history of our national symbol while taking a close look at our resident bald eagle. We will also discuss all the features and behaviors that make the bald eagle so magnificent.  Program free with NS admission.

4/18/2014 - 4/18/2014
2:30pm-
 Creature Feature: Owls
NATURE STATION

Enjoy face-to-face encounters with the master hunters of the bird world, the owls! By meeting several species of owls, you’ll see first-hand how these birds use stealth, speed, and superior senses to rule the skies.  Program free with NS admission.

4/19/2014 - 4/19/2014
2pm-
 Meet the Oxen
HOMEPLACE

Oxen were an important part of farm life in the 1800s. Did you know that oxen are cattle trained to work?  Meet our working cattle Ozzie and Otis. They are five-year-old Aryshires.  Program free with HP admission.

4/19/2014 - 4/19/2014
2pm-
 Going Batty: Discover Bats for Families and Kids
NATURE STATION

Let’s get a little batty as we learn about one of nature’s most fascinating, but misunderstood creatures—bats! Meet "Betty the Old Bat," a character who will entertain you as she tells you about her life as a bat. She might even teach you a song!  Take the Bat Challenge to compare your size and skills to a bat. Then, we’ll look and listen for live bats roosting in our bat boxes in Nature Station's backyard!  *Ideal for Home Educators.  Program free with NS admission.

4/19/2014 - 4/19/2014
11am-
 Woodworking
HOMEPLACE

In the 1800’s, native hardwood timber in the area proved to be a valuable resource.  Farmers used the timber for splitting logs for fences to chopping it into firewood for woodstove cooking. Lend a hand at the Tool Barn and see if you can help create something to use on the farm. Program free with HP admission.

4/19/2014 - 4/19/2014
10am-
 Meet the Chickens
HOMEPLACE

Join us for the morning chore of letting the Dominique chickens out of the chicken house. Hear the sounds of the chickens, as they get ready for their day on the farm.  Program free with HP admission.

4/19/2014 - 4/19/2014
10am-3pm
 19th Century Drawing Workshop
HOMEPLACE

Step back into time and learn how 19th century artists like John James Audubon used quill pens, walnut ink, charcoal, and sliver point. This unique workshop for beginners, and the more experienced, will not only teach you how to use these 19thcentury drawing tools, but also teach you how to draw life-like animals from mounts and the Homeplace farm animals. Taught by Nashville wildlife artist and art instructor, J. L. “Lennie” Fottrell, this workshop is not only a drawing class, it is a day spent in a bygone era. Supplies, including quill pens, charcoal, and ink, are included in the fee.

*Ideal for Home Educators $50/person. Includes same day HP admission. Registration and full deposit required. For more information or to reserve your space, call 270-924-2020. Bring lunch. Recommended for adults and children 12 years and up.

4/19/2014 - 4/19/2014
9am-4pm
 LBL Hidden Places Photo Tour
Meet at Kenlake State Resort Park

9am-12pm & 1-4pm - Let’s search for some of beautiful and unique hidden treasures of Land Between The Lakes. During this van tour, we'll explore the “nooks and crannies” of LBL, discovering wildlife hotspots, scenic vistas, and historic jewels tucked away in the landscape. Wildlife photographers Gross Magee and Denise Boaz will come along to provide instruction and share their experiences in taking that perfect photo.  $25/person for full day. $15/person for half day. Limited to 16 participants. Beginners are welcome. Advanced registration required. Call 270-924-2020 to register. 

4/20/2014 - 4/20/2014
2pm-
 Dyeing Easter Eggs
HOMEPLACE

Easter is one of the oldest celebrations known to man. Before commercial dyes, families used natural dyes to color their eggs. The Homeplace staff will provide both the eggs and the natural dyes, so you can take part in this colorful part of the past.  Program free with HP admission.

4/20/2014 - 4/20/2014
2pm-
 Lost by a "Hare" Puppet Show
NATURE STATION

Hey Kids! Have you heard Aesop's Fable of a great race between the Tortoise and the Hare? Come by the Nature Station and learn the tale in a puppet show! Then we will race our resident tortoise and hare. Afterwards, you can pet and give a snack to the runners.  Program free with NS admission.

4/21/2014 - 4/21/2014
2:30pm-
 Creature Feature: Opossum
NATURE STATION

Opossums are often referred to as "just big rats," but they are actually one of the most unique mammals around! Did you know they are the only marsupial in North America? Learn many more interesting facts about opossums and meet our resident marsupial mascot.  Program free with NS admission.

4/22/2014 - 4/22/2014
10am-12:30pm
 Earth Day - Dr. Chester's Wildflower Walk
MEET AT SOUTH WELCOME STATION

If you want to see and learn more about spring wildflowers, then this is a walk for you! Dr. Edward W. Chester, Professor Emeritus of Biology, Austin Peay State University and co-author of Wildflowers of the Land Between The Lakes Region, KY and TN will lead a leisurely walk along Bear Creek. This area explodes with spring colors like few other spots we know. Bring your waterproof hiking shoes/boots and your questions.   Program free to LBL visitors. Limited to first 25 participants.  Sign up begins 1 hour before program. Meet at South Welcome Station.

4/22/2014 - 4/22/2014
2:30pm-
 Creature Feature: Bobcat
NATURE STATION

Crazy for cats? Then you will love this close encounter with one of LBL’s most mysterious forest animals. Join us for a discussion about what makes bobcats so cool and why we rarely see them -- all while enjoying the antics of our resident bobcat.  Program free with NS admission.

4/23/2014 - 4/23/2014
2pm-
 Practical Life Skills
HOMEPLACE

Home schooling is thought of as a new concept of teaching. But before there were public education systems, a child’s education was the responsibility of their parents. Their education would have been skills such as sewing, cooking, woodworking, and animal husbandry—instead of a formal education. Join The Homeplace staff each Wednesday in April as they teach one of those very important skills.  *Ideal for Home EducatorsProgram free with HP admission.

4/23/2014 - 4/23/2014
2:30pm-
 Creature Feature: Turkeys
NATURE STATION

Visit with our charismatic flock of turkeys as we explore their behaviors and characteristics, which earned the appreciation of Benjamin Franklin.  Program free with NS admission.

 

4/24/2014 - 4/24/2014
2:30pm-
 Creature Feature: Snapping Turtles
NATURE STATION

People aren’t the only ones in LBL who use lures to catch fish. So do alligator snapping turtles! Let’s take an up-close look at our resident snappers and see why they are such good "fishermen."  Program free with NS admission.

4/25/2014 - 4/25/2014
10am-3pm
 Homeschoolers' Day at the Nature Station
NATURE STATION

Are you a home educator? If so, bring your family to the 2nd annual Nature Station's Homeschooler's Day for a day full of hands-on activities and programs designed especially for you and your kids. This year, we will focus on insects. Your children will learn about insects through the lenses of science, art, writing, history, and more. The event will offer a great opportunity to explore a wide variety of disciplines in a fun way -- by relating everything to insects! All activities will be ongoing from 10am to 3pm, so arrive any time and experience the full event. We recommend planning at least a 2-hour visit. Recommended especially for students ages 5-12. Take-home educational materials will be available.  *Ideal for Home Educators.  Program free with NS admission. For more information, please call 270-924-2299.     Schedule of Activities

4/26/2014 - 4/26/2014
11am-1pm
 Make a Frog Kite
NATURE STATION

In celebration of Save the Frogs Day, www.savethefrogs.com/day, make a kite in the shape of this awesome amphibian.  Free with NS admission.

4/26/2014 - 4/26/2014
2pm-
 Leapers and Peepers
NATURE STATION

Join us for a fun exploration of all things frog! Meet our resident frogs and toads as we learn about a frog’s life cycle, frog adaptations, and why frogs need our help.  *Ideal for Home Educators.  Program free with NS admission.

4/26/2014 - 4/26/2014
1pm-
 Woodworking
HOMEPLACE

In the 1800’s, native hardwood timber in the area proved to be a valuable resource.  Farmers used the timber to split logs for fences to chopping it into firewood for woodstove cooking. Lend a hand at the Tool Barn and see if you can help create something to use on the farm. Program free with HP admission.

4/26/2014 - 4/26/2014
10am-
 Meet the Sheep
HOMEPLACE

Join us for the morning chore of letting the sheep out of their pen. Learn about the sheep on the farm and get your hands on what a sheep feels like by handling a fleece.  Program free with HP admission.

4/26/2014 - 4/27/2014
10am-3pm
 8th Annual Quilt Show, Quilting Past and Present
HOMEPLACE

Celebrate quilts past and present. Whether made in 1850’s or today, quilts tell a story in every stitch.  This year the story of Land Between The Lakes will be told through quilts made for the 50th Anniversary Homeplace Quilters Showcase. The story continues with treasured quilts made between the rivers from the 1960’s to the 1850’s. From every day to special day quilts, each are a work of art.  Step into the past on the 1850’s farm and try your hand at age-old quilting techniques from carding a cotton batt to hand quilting. Discover the importance of quilts to a mid-19th century farming family and enjoy a display of The Homeplace quilts. Plus, learn how to care for your cherished family quilts and other textiles. View Program Schedule

Bring the family, on-going children’s activities and daily programs for menfolk*Ideal for Home Educators.  Program free with HP admission. For more information call 931-232-6457. 

4/26/2014 - 4/26/2014
11am-
 Blacksmithing
HOMEPLACE

Ping! Ping! Watch the blacksmith working at the forge as he uses fire and iron to make useful objects for the farm.  Wow, that’s a hot fire!  Program free with HP admission.

4/27/2014 - 4/27/2014
10am-
 Woodworking
HOMEPLACE

In the 1800’s, native hardwood timber in the area proved to be a valuable resource.  Farmers used the timber to split logs for fences to chopping it into firewood for woodstove cooking. Lend a hand at the Tool Barn and see if you can help create something to use on the farm. Program free with HP admission.

4/27/2014 - 4/27/2014
2pm-
 Blacksmithing
HOMEPLACE

Ping! Ping! Watch the blacksmith working at the forge as he uses fire and iron to make useful objects for the farm.  Wow, that’s a hot fire!  Program free with HP admission.

4/27/2014 - 4/27/2014
2pm-
 Bonkers for Bald Eagles!
NATURE STATION

Bring the kids to this interactive, family-friendly program focused on the Bald Eagle! Meet Nature Station's resident bald eagle up close, discover the eagle's amazing hunting abilities by putting some of your own skills to the test, and make an eagle craft to take home. We might go a little bonkers, but we promise not to make anyone go bald!  Program free with NS admission.

4/28/2014 - 4/28/2014
2:30pm-
 Creature Feature: Vultures
NATURE STATION

Rotting meat and road kill might not sound appetizing to you, but vultures love all kinds of dead stuff, known as carrion. Visit with our resident vultures as we discover the biology and behavior of Mother Nature’s clean-up crew. Program free with NS admission.

4/29/2014 - 4/29/2014
2:30pm-
 Creature Feature: Coyote
NATURE STATION

How has the coyote survived so well in modern times and spread to inhabit every state in the continental US? Learn more about the adaptations of this cunning canine species and meet our resident coyotes.   Program free with NS admission.

4/30/2014 - 4/30/2014
2pm-
 Practical Life Skills
HOMEPLACE

Home schooling is thought of as a new concept of teaching. But before there were public education systems, a child’s education was the responsibility of their parents. Their education would have been skills such as sewing, cooking, woodworking and animal husbandry instead of a formal education. Join The Homeplace staff each Wednesday in April as they teach one of those very important skills.  *Ideal for Home Educators.  Program free with HP admission.

4/30/2014 - 4/30/2014
2:30pm-
 Creature Feature: Snapping Turtles
NATURE STATION

People aren’t the only ones in LBL who use lures to catch fish, so do alligator snapping turtles! Let’s take an up-close look at our resident snappers and see why they are such good "fishermen."  Program free with NS admission.

5/1/2014 - 5/31/2014
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 May Natural Happenings
  • 1st week - Peak of spring songbird/warbler migration
  • 2nd week - Bison calves being born
  • Monarch Butterfly lay eggs on milkweed
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and Meadowlarks nesting
  • Wood ducklings hatching
  • Summer and Scarlet Tanagers calling
  • Bluegill spawning
  • Butterfly weed, southern blue flag iris, purple coneflower, and Indian pink wildflowers blooming
5/3/2014 - 5/3/2014
2pm-
 Meet Proctor the Mule
HOMEPLACE

Mules were very important work animals on a farm in 1850. They have always had a reputation for being stubborn. Maybe it’s because they are smarter than what we give them credit for. Proctor is our mule here at The Homeplace. Come out today to meet him and learn more about these great animals.  Program free with HP admission.

5/3/2014 - 5/3/2014
5:30pm-8pm
 Sunset Canoe Trip
NATURE STATION

Enjoy the beauty of a Land Between The Lakes 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.

5/3/2014 - 5/3/2014
2pm-
 Kentucky Turtle Derby
NATURE STATION

Today’s the big race! So, get ready, get set...SLOW! We’re not racing thoroughbreds here, we’re racing native turtles! Learn about some turtles of LBL, pick your favorite turtle contestant, and see who crawls over the finish line first. Bring your big hats, sit back with a kiddie mint julep, and enjoy a day at the races.  Program free with NS admission.

5/3/2014 - 5/3/2014
11am-
 Woodworking
HOMEPLACE

In the 1800’s, native hardwood timber in the area proved to be a valuable resource.  Farmers used the timber for splitting logs for fences and chopping it into firewood for woodstove cooking. Lend a hand at the Tool Barn and see if you can help create something to use on the farm. Program free with HP admission.

5/3/2014 - 5/3/2014
10am-1pm
 Dinnertime
HOMEPLACE

Smell something good? That’s the ladies at the Homeplace cooking up dinner for the hard-working family. Drop by to see what we’re cooking on the woodstove today.  Program free with HP admission.

5/3/2014 - 5/3/2014
10am-
 Meet the Chickens
HOMEPLACE

Join us for the morning chore of letting the Dominique chickens out of the chicken house. Hear the sounds of the chickens as they get ready for their day on the farm.  Program free with HP admission.

5/3/2014 - 5/3/2014
11am-
 Hike LBL Spring Series: Woodland Walk
NATURE STATION

Let’s go for a hike on one of our favorite trails, which happens to leave right from Nature Station parking lot! This 1-mile guided hike will take us through the woods, along a lakeshore, and by the edge of a field. As we hike, we will search for signs of wildlife and point out several native trees.  Program free to all LBL visitors. Wear comfortable hiking shoes. Weather permitting.Call 270-924-2299 for directions.

5/4/2014 - 5/4/2014
2pm-
 Meet the Oxen
HOMEPLACE

Oxen were an important part of farm life in the 1800s. Did you know that oxen are cattle trained to work? Meet our working cattle Ozzie and Otis. They are five-year-old Aryshires.  Program free with HP admission.

5/4/2014 - 5/4/2014
2pm-
 Geocaching 101
NATURE STATION

Join us for a high tech treasure hunt as we introduce you to the world of geocaching! We’ll teach you the basics of geocaching, as well as some important etiquette. Then we’ll try to find some hidden caches!  Program free with NS admission. If you have your own GPS unit or a Smartphone, please bring it. If not, GPS units will be provided.

5/4/2014 - 5/4/2014
11am-
 From Rags to Riches
HOMEPLACE

Holes in that old shirt or tears in that old dress. Don’t just throw them away! Try your hand at some old-fashioned recycling as we turn these rags into rugs.  *Ideal for Home Educators.  Program free with HP admission.

5/10/2014 - 5/10/2014
10am-4pm
 Beginning Mountain Dulcimer Workshop
HOMEPLACE

Instructors - Dulcimer performers and makers, Susan and Kelly Amsden

Got a Mountain Dulcimer, but don’t know how to play? Want a dulcimer, but want to know more about them before you buy one? Then this is the workshop for you! Long-time dulcimer teachers, Susan and Kelly Amsden, will teach the basics of dulcimer playing during this day-long workshop. You will be playing songs on a dulcimer at the end of the day! Bring your lunch.  $25. Includes same-day HP admission. Registration and full deposit required. Limited to 12 participants.  For more information and to reserve your space, call 270-924- 2020.

5/10/2014 - 5/10/2014
2pm-
 Woodworking
HOMEPLACE

In the 1800’s, native hardwood timber in the area proved to be a valuable resource.  Farmers used the timber for splitting logs for fences to chopping it into firewood for woodstove cooking. Lend a hand at the Tool Barn and see if you can help create something to use on the farm. Program free with HP admission.

5/10/2014 - 5/10/2014
1pm-
 Planting By the Signs
HOMEPLACE

By the mid-19th century, the Old Farmer’s Almanac (1792) was printing a planting guide based on the relationship between the moon’s phases and the 12 zodiac signs. Stop by the Double Pen House as we discuss the most favorable days to plant our garden or set the chickens.  Program free with HP admission.

5/10/2014 - 5/10/2014
11am-3pm
 A Simple Cake for Mom
HOMEPLACE

In preparation for Mother’s Day, bring the kids by The Homeplace to see a simple 1, 2, 3, 4 cake demonstration. Have a sample of the cake and take the recipe home.  Program free with HP admission.

5/10/2014 - 5/10/2014
11am-
 Blacksmithing
HOMEPLACE

Ping! Ping! Watch the blacksmith at work at the forge as he uses fire and iron to make useful objects for the farm.  Wow, that’s a hot fire!  Program free with HP admission.

5/10/2014 - 5/10/2014
10am-4pm
 Birding Bonanza!
NATURE STATION

If you like birds, this is the day for you! We are celebrating International Migratory Bird Day, the holiday on 2nd Saturday of May that honors earth’s most amazing international travelers, birds! Join us for any or all of these programs. 

Ongoing, 10am-4pm - Backyard Bird Scavenger Hunt – Calling all kids! Want to learn your backyard birds? Stop by anytime to do a scavenger hunt on local birds. Follow the clues, answer the questions, and you’ll earn a prize!  Free with NS admission.


10am - Truly Talon-ted – As we bring our birds of prey out for the day, enjoy face-to-face encounters with these master hunters of the bird world! By meeting several species of owls and a hawk, you’ll see first-hand how these birds use stealth, speed, and superior senses to rule the skies.  Program free with NS admission.

11am - NEW! Adult Nature Series: Warbler Walk – Colorful songbirds, known as warblers, dot springtime trees canopy. Warblers are notoriously difficult to identify and locate. During a brief indoor presentation, we’ll give useful tips for identifying a dozen or more warblers that migrate through or breed in LBL. Then, we’ll head out on a 1-mile hike during the peak of spring migration to practice our warbler-watching and listening skills.  Program free with NS admission.

1pm - From Hummingbirds to Hawks: Backyard Birding for Kids – Curious about those critters in the air? Come visit our backyard to meet some common backyard birds like cardinals, hummingbirds, nuthatches, woodpeckers, and even hawks. You will learn how to identify these birds, which you can then do in your own backyard! Bring binoculars if you have them, but don't worry if you don't…we have extras.  Program free with NS admission.

3pm - Welcome Back Hummingbirds! – They’re back! Our beloved ruby-throats have made their amazing flight back from Mexico and Central America. Sit back and enjoy a presentation about the incredible lives of these tiny wonders and watch them as they buzz around the backyard.  Program free with NS admission.

5/10/2014 - 5/10/2014
7pm-
 Evening Star Party
GOLDEN POND PLANETARIUM

Join the Western KY Amateur Astronomers for a look at the night sky.

Program free to LBL Visitors.

5/10/2014 - 5/10/2014
12pm-4pm
 National Astronomy Day
GOLDEN POND PLANETARIUM & OBSERVATORY

Free Planetarium shows, telescope displays, solar observing, literature for all ages, and activities for kids will take place throughout the afternoon.  For more information go to www.wkaa.net/astronomy_day.php  Program free to LBL Visitors.

5/10/2014 - 6/8/2014
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 Early Squirrel Hunting Seasons

Early Squirrel Hunting Seasons - May 10–June 8, 2014 on the Tennessee portion of LBL.  May 17-June 20, 2014 on the Kentucky portion of LBL.  All hunters age 16 and older are required to purchase an LBL Hunter Use Permit, in addition to the appropriate state hunting licenses.  Tick repellent use is highly encouraged.  Check LBL’s Small Game Information Sheet for more information.

5/10/2014 - 5/10/2014
10am-
 Meet the Pigs
HOMEPLACE

Raising hogs was essential to the survival of a family farm in the South during the 1850s. Come out and learn why this animal was so important in the past.  Program free with HP admission.

5/11/2014 - 5/11/2014
2pm-
 Reading to the Children
HOMEPLACE

It’s story time at The Homeplace! Join us for interactive reading of traditional stories from times gone by.  Program free with HP admission.

5/11/2014 - 5/11/2014
11:30am-
 A Face Only a Mother Could Love
NATURE STATION

Not all animals look cute and cuddly. In fact, some could be described as downright ugly! But, they are still fascinating animals with amazing adaptations for survival. In celebration of Mother’s Day, come face to face with several animals that only a mother could love, such as alligator snapping turtles, vultures, turkeys, and more.   Program free with NS admission.

5/11/2014 - 5/11/2014
11am-
 Fairy House
HOMEPLACE

The corners of the garden are the perfect place for fairies to live. Visit the "Fairy Corner" of the Homeplace vegetable garden and discover its benefits as well as its beauty.  Program free with HP admission.

5/15/2014 - 5/17/2014
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 Jeep Jamboree
TURKEY BAY OHV AREA

For information and to register go to www.jeepjamboreeusa.com

5/17/2014 - 5/17/2014
10am-
 Meet Smokey, The Homeplace Cat
HOMEPLACE

Cats had an extremely important job on the farm. Do you know what their job was? Come to the Double Pen House and meet Smokey the Cat and learn the importance of cats on a farm.  Program free with HP admission.

5/17/2014 - 5/17/2014
11am-
 Woodworking
HOMEPLACE

In the 1800’s, native hardwood timber in the area proved to be a valuable resource.  Farmers used the timber for splitting logs for fences to chopping it into firewood for woodstove cooking. Lend a hand at the Tool Barn and see if you can help create something to use on the farm. Program free with HP admission.

5/17/2014 - 5/17/2014
2pm-
 Meet the Oxen
HOMEPLACE

Oxen were an important part of farm life in the 1800s. Did you know that oxen are cattle trained to work? Meet our working cattle Ozzie and Otis. They are five-year-old Aryshires.  Program free with HP admission.

5/17/2014 - 5/17/2014
2pm-
 Pollinator Pals
NATURE STATION

Hey kids, did you know that one bee can visit up to 5,000 flowers in a single day, and bats take the night shift for pollination? Come learn about nature’s pollinators, make a mask, and pollinate some of your own flowers.  Program free with NS admission.

5/17/2014 - 5/17/2014
6pm-8:30pm
 Sunset Kayak Trip
NATURE STATION

Enjoy the beauty of a Land Between The Lakes’ sunset as we paddle the waters of one of Lake Barkley’s scenic bays. Kayaks are very stable on the flat water at LBL. No whitewater here!  We’ll search for wildlife that visits the lake at twilight such as osprey, herons, beavers, and songbirds. Beginners are welcome!  See how easy it is to paddle a kayak.  $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.

5/17/2014 - 5/17/2014
10am-3pm
 Beginning Traditional Spinning Workshop
HOMEPLACE

Learn the ancient craft of hand spinning and make your own yarn!  Instructor - Cindy Earls, Homeplace Living History Interpreter.  During this hands-on workshop, you will begin spinning using a drop spindle, then learn to prepare wool and other fibers for spinning. Once you have mastered the spinning technique, try your hand on a treadle and walking wheel. A drop spindle, wool to practice with, and instructions are included with the workshop fee.  $40. Registration and full deposit required. Limited to 10 participants. For more information and to reserve your space, call 270-924-2020. Bring a lunch.

5/18/2014 - 5/18/2014
11am-
 Blacksmithing
HOMEPLACE

Ping! Ping! Watch the blacksmith at work at the forge as he uses fire and iron to make useful objects for the farm.  Wow, that’s a hot fire!  Program free with HP admission.

5/18/2014 - 5/18/2014
1pm-
 Mysteries at The Homeplace Museum
HOMEPLACE

The Homeplace Interpretive Center houses a small museum of local 19th century artifacts, our study collection. Hidden among the pieces of iron, wood, and fabric are untold stories of 1850’s life in the area. Spend the afternoon! 1, 2 , and 3 pm - each hour a different artifact will be displayed and its hidden mystery revealed. Program free with HP admission.

5/18/2014 - 5/18/2014
2pm-
 Babytime for Birds
NATURE STATION

Cheep! Cheep! Early summer is prime time for baby birds! Just right here, we have families of purple martins, bluebirds, and barn swallows raising their young. Join one of our naturalists to learn all about how baby birds grow up in their nests, and then go for a stroll to peek inside a few real nests!  Program free with NS admission.

5/24/2014 - 5/24/2014
2pm-
 Blacksmithing
HOMEPLACE

Ping! Ping! Watch the blacksmith at work at the forge as he uses fire and iron to make useful objects for the farm.  Wow, that’s a hot fire!  Program free with HP admission.

5/24/2014 - 5/24/2014
5:30pm-
 Laser Light Music Shows are Back!
GOLDEN POND PLANETARIUM

Join us once again, for our popular Laser Light Music Shows!  Doors open 30 minutes before show times, please be on time.  All Seats $7

5:30pm–Laser Zepplin

7pm–Pink Floyd The Wall

8pm–Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon

5/24/2014 - 5/24/2014
11am-
 Woodworking
HOMEPLACE

In the 1800’s, native hardwood timber in the area proved to be a valuable resource.  Farmers used the timber for splitting logs for fences to chopping it into firewood for woodstove cooking. Lend a hand at the Tool Barn and see if you can help create something to use on the farm. Program free with HP admission.

5/24/2014 - 5/24/2014
10am-
 Meet the Sheep
HOMEPLACE

Join us for the morning chore of letting the sheep out of their pen. Learn about the sheep on the farm and get your hands on what a sheep feels like by handling a fleece.  Program free with HP admission.

5/24/2014 - 5/26/2014
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 Wildlife Celebration
NATURE STATION

This Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 24 thru Monday, May 26, come out to Nature Station for our Wildlife Celebration! Live animals, activities, games, and programs will help us take a closer look at some of LBL conservation successes and struggles. Bald eagles, osprey, beavers, and more have made astounding comebacks in this area, while some, like the red wolf, are still working towards recovery.  Check out all the programs listed below!

Saturday, May 24

Appearances Throughout the Day - Meet Smokey Bear – Nature Station  Visit with Smokey Bear! Smokey will be making scheduled appearances throughout the day. Bring the kids to meet Smokey, pose for photos, or get a big bear hug.  Free with NS admission.

Ongoing Throughout the Day - CSI: Critter Scene Investigation – Nature Station - Hey kids, we need your help! Something wild has happened at the Nature Station and we need you to help us solve the mystery. Come examine the critter scenes and put your detective skills to work to figure out who done it! Solve the mysteries to become a first-class wildlife detective and win a nature prize!  Free with NS admission.

11:30am - Build-a-Beaver – Nature Station - The best builders on the block are the beavers, but now it’s your turn! Several adaptations allow beavers to construct and live in freshwater marshes. We will “create” a dressed-up version of a beaver to show the amazing adaptations of these animals.  Program free with NS admission.

1-3pm - Crazy Quackers Craft – Nature Station - Cheese and quackers, kids! We’ve got rubber duckies up to our bills and we sure could use your help sorting out who’s who. Come by and decorate your own duck while learning about the different types of LBL waterfowl.  Free with NS admission.

1:30pm - Meet a Gentle Giant: Alligator Snapping Turtle – Nature Station
Join us for lunch with the largest turtle in Land Between The Lakes, the Alligator Snapping Turtle. We’ll look at what makes this huge hunter such a good predator of marshes and river bottoms. Get ready for a feeding frenzy!  Program free with NS admission.

3pm - New to the Neighborhood – Nature Station - What was that? I’ve never seen one of those before! Coyotes, armadillos, and pelicans are moving in and making themselves at home in Land Between The Lakes. Get the scoop on these and other newcomers during this presentation. Afterwards, we’ll try to get our coyotes to howl!  Program free with NS admission.

6-8:30pm - Sunset Canoe Trip – Meet at Nature Station - Join us for a scenic canoe trip on Honker Lake. We’ll explore the sights and sounds of an evening on the lake, while learning about some of the residential wildlife, such as osprey, beavers, deer, herons, and more. 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.

Sunday, May 25

Ongoing Throughout the Day - CSI: Critter Scene Investigation – Nature Station - Hey kids, we need your help! Something wild has happened at the Nature Station and we need you to help us solve the mystery. Come examine the critter scenes and put your detective skills to work to figure out who done it! Solve the mysteries to become a first-class wildlife detective and win a nature prize!  Free with NS admission.

11am - Beasts of the Barrens* – Nature Station - Travel back with us to discover an endangered habitat called the “Barrens.” To help us discover this disappearing environment, we will meet some live animals that make the barrens their home, such as barn owls, pine snakes, groundhogs, turkeys, and more. We’ll also look at some barrens that Land Between The Lakes has been returning to their original glory.  *Ideal for Home Educators.  Program free with NS admission.

1-3pm - Animal Origami Craft – Nature Station - Hey kids, do you like cool animals? Have you ever wanted to try origami? Well, here’s your chance to combine the two into one awesome project! Come out to the Nature Station and make your own folded paper wolves, frogs, and more!  Free with NS admission.

1:30pm - Queen of the Fishermen: The Bald Eagle – Nature Station - Visit with a live eagle and learn about the adaptations that allow this bird of prey to control the skies and be named “Queen of the Fishermen.” We’ll also look into her reign within Land Between The Lakes, the force that almost ended her rule, and the steps taken to ensure her dominion over the skies.  Program free with NS admission.

3:30pm - “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs” Puppet Show* – Nature Station - Do you know the real story of the “Three Little Pigs”? Come to this puppet show to meet Mr. Alexander T. Wolf, who will tell his side of this classic fairy tale.  *Ideal for Home Educators.  Program free with NS admission.

6-8:30pm - Sunset Family Canoe Trip – Meet at Nature Station - Join us for a scenic canoe trip on Honker Lake. We’ll explore the sights and sounds of an evening on the lake, while learning about some of the residential wildlife, such as osprey, beavers, deer, herons, and more. Great for families; 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.

Monday, May 26

Ongoing Throughout the Day - CSI: Critter Scene Investigation – Nature Station - Hey kids, we need your help! Something wild has happened at Nature Station and we need you to help us solve the mystery. Come examine the critter scenes and put your detective skills to work to figure out who done it! Solve the mysteries to become a first-class wildlife detective and win a nature prize!  Free with NS admission.

11am - Back From the Brink – Nature Station - Join us for a tour of our exhibits featuring creatures that have journeyed back from the brink of extinction, such as the bald eagle, white-tailed deer, red wolves, and more. Program free with NS admission.

1-3pm - Afternoon Kayak Trip – Location TBA - Join us for a fun-filled kayak trip. No whitewater here – just nice, calm lake paddling.  We’ll explore the sights and sounds of an afternoon on the lake, while learning about some of the residential wildlife, such as osprey, beavers, deer, herons, and more. 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.

5/24/2014 - 5/24/2014
10am-2pm
 Spring Cleaning
HOMEPLACE

A winter’s worth of smoke and dirt has left the farm house in need of a good spring cleaning. Lend a hand as the ladies throw open the windows, air the beds, and beat the dust from the rugs.  Program free with HP admission.

5/24/2014 - 5/24/2014
8pm-
 Summer Star Party
GOLDEN POND OBSERVATORY

Join the West Kentucky Amateur Astronomers for a look at the night sky.  For more information go to www.wkaa.net/   Program free to LBL Visitors.

5/25/2014 - 5/25/2014
12pm-3pm
 Frolic on the Farm
HOMEPLACE

Come one, come all!  Bring the kids to our frolic on the farm. Children will enjoy a variety of games from the 1850s (and a bit of gardening).  Program free with HP admission.

5/26/2014 - 5/26/2014
2pm-
 Did They Really Have That?
HOMEPLACE

Rain gutters, window glass, oil lamps…Did they really have that? See if you can tell what was really available to farm families in this area in 1850.  Program free with HP admission.

5/31/2014 - 5/31/2014
8pm-
 Evening Planetarium Show & Star Party
GOLDEN POND PLANETARIUM & OBSERVATORY

See one of our planetarium shows, then go outside to the observatory for a look at the real night sky with our Summer Star Party, weather permitting.  Adults $5; Children $3

5/31/2014 - 5/31/2014
1pm-4pm
 Children's Day on The Farm
HOMEPLACE

1850 farm children worked alongside their parents to help raise crops and livestock. Extra crops, animals, and animal products were sold or traded at the local general store. Other farm-made items and chores were traded with neighbors; for example, a widow might trade a pair of hand knitted socks for a rick of firewood.  Just like in 1850, children will learn to do 1850s farm chores and earn credits for their hard work. Later, children can shop or trade credits at Children’s Day General Store for 1850-type goodies. *Ideal for Home Educators.  $5 adults/$4 children. Includes HP admission.

5/31/2014 - 5/31/2014
2pm-
 Astro-Tales
NATURE STATION

Bears and eagles, dogs and swans, snakes and rabbits…There is a whole menagerie of animals represented in the constellations! Join us on a journey through the stars as we learn the stories behind the beautiful night sky and meet a few of the animal characters.  Program free with NS admission.

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 - 6/1/2014
2pm-2:30pm
 Nature's Zombies
NATURE STATION

Ok, so zombies may not actually be real, but certain animals in nature have zombie-like tendencies. Brains, anyone? They don’t find humans too tasty, but other animals need to watch their backs! Come to Nature Station and learn all about the natural “undead:” what they eat, where they live, and more! Don’t miss out or you might be unprepared when zombies take over the world!  Program free with NS admission.

6/1/2014 - 6/1/2014
1pm-3pm
 Making Charcoal at Home
HOMEPLACE

Charcoal was important to the area around The Homeplace.  It was a main ingredient in firing iron ore in the furnaces.  We will build a small historical charcoal pit, then step out of 1850 to make charcoal a modern way that you can recreate at home.  Program free with HP 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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 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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 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

6/3/2014 - 6/3/2014
11am-12pm
 Woodland Walk
NATURE STATION

Let’s go for a hike on one of our favorite trails! This 1-mile guided hike will take us through the woods, along a lakeshore, and by the edge of a field. As we hike, we will search for signs of wildlife and point out several native trees.  Program free to all LBL visitors. Weather permitting.

6/3/2014 - 6/3/2014
1pm-2pm
 Looks Who's in the Barnyard
HOMEPLACE

What do the animals at The Homeplace have in common with the 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.

6/4/2014 - 6/4/2014
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.

6/5/2014 - 6/5/2014
2pm-
 Creature Feature: Raptors
NATURE STATION

Enjoy face-to-face encounters with master hunters of the bird world, the raptors! By meeting several species of owls and a hawk, you’ll see first-hand how these birds use stealth, speed, and superior senses to rule the skies.  Program free with NS admission.

6/6/2014 - 6/6/2014
2pm-
 Feed the Animals Friday: Deer
NATURE STATION

Come help feed Nature's Station's resident deer during their chow time today!  Join our staff in giving the deer some of their favorite fruit and veggies such as grapes, carrots, or apples. While we enjoy watching the deer munch on their lunch, we'll learn about deer in Land Between The Lakes and how they survive in their wild habitat.  Program free with NS admission.

6/7/2014 - 6/8/2014
10am-5pm
 Drag Boat Races
PISGAH BAY

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

6/7/2014 - 6/7/2014
10am-3pm
 How Does Your Garden Grow*
HOMEPLACE

The garden gates are open for visitors to come in and explore.  A garden is a fundamental element here on the farm.  Learn mid-19th century gardening techniques and discover the heirloom varieties of vegetables we’ve planted this year.  Our garden requires a lot of tending, so don’t be surprised if you’re asked to get your hands a bit dirty.  *Ideal for Home Educators. Program free with HP admission. 10am-12pm and 1-3pm

6/7/2014 - 6/7/2014
11am-
 Long Creek Trail Hike
Meet at Long Creek Trailhead

Meet at Long Creek Trailhead (1/4 mile from NATURE STATION) - Join us for a leisurely nature walk on a .2 mile, paved trail. Guided by a naturalist, you will learn more about the many fascinating plants and animals such as beavers and songbirds that make Long Creek their home.  Program free to all LBL visitors. Weather permitting.

6/7/2014 - 6/7/2014
2pm-
 Wildlife Artists in the Making
NATURE STATION

Calling all young artists – Join us and a special animal guest as we learn about some famous wildlife artists like John James Audubon. Then, we will create our own masterpieces!  Program free with NS admission.

6/8/2014 - 6/8/2014
2pm-
 Happy Birthday, Coyotes!
NATURE STATION

Our coyotes are turning 2 years old! They grow up so fast. Let’s put on a proper celebration for these charismatic canines. How do you throw a birthday party for coyotes? Think birthday cakes made of meat and the tune of “Happy Birthday” howled in unison. Plus, see what kinds of “scrumptious” presents our birthday boy and girl will receive. Don’t miss the fun!  Program free with NS admission.

6/8/2014 - 6/8/2014
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 White Lightning Mountain Bike Race
CANAL LOOP TRAILS

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

6/8/2014 - 6/8/2014
1pm-3pm
 Make Your Own Corn Shuck Doll*
HOMEPLACE

Get your hands wet and make your own corn shuck doll to take home. *Ideal for Home Educators.  Program free with HP admission.

6/10/2014 - 6/10/2014
11am-
 Woodland Walk
NATURE STATION

Let’s go for a hike on one of our favorite trails! This 1-mile guided hike will take us through the woods, along a lakeshore, and by the edge of a field. As we hike, we will search for signs of wildlife and point out several native trees.  Program free to all LBL visitors. Weather permitting.

6/10/2014 - 6/10/2014
1pm-
 Look Who's in the Barnyard
HOMEPLACE

What do the animals at The Homeplace have in common with the 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

6/11/2014 - 6/11/2014
12pm-1pm
 Taste at 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

6/12/2014 - 6/12/2014
2pm-
 Creature Feature: Vultures
NATURE STATION

Rotting meat and road kill might not sound appetizing to you, but the vultures at Nature Station love all kinds of dead stuff, known as carrion. Visit with our resident vultures as we discover the biology and behavior of Mother Nature’s clean-up crew.  Program free with NS admission.

6/13/2014 - 6/13/2014
2pm-
 Feed the Animals Friday: Groundhog
NATURE STATION

Come help feed Nature Station's resident groundhog during his chow time today! Join our staff in giving the groundhog some of his favorite treats. While we enjoy watching the groundhog munch on his lunch, we'll learn about groundhogs and how they survive as nature's expert excavators.  Program free with NS admission.

6/14/2014 - 6/15/2014
10am-5:30pm
 16th Annual Pickin' Party Old-Time Music Festival
HOMEPLACE

Celebrating Land Between The Lakes’ 50th anniversary.  Preserving local music heritage has long been a part of Land Between The Lakes, from Devils Elbow’s Fiddler’s Competition and Four Rivers Folk Festival to the Pickin’ Party.

Adults $7/Children $5 per day. Includes same day HP admission. For more information, call 931-232-6457.

Born of the heartland, raised in the river valleys, old-time country music this weekend will once again echo in the hills and hollows of Land Between The Lakes. For two days, experience the best of old-time music through workshops, jamming sessions and energized performances of folk, string band, old-time fiddle, banjo, and bluegrass music. Bring your banjo, guitar, fiddle, or harmonica and join in on the fun during daily open mic sessions.

Throughout the day, stroll through the historic buildings, fields and gardens, and talk with the 1850s farm family as they go about their daily chores. 1850s children’s activities are provided throughout the weekend. Bring lawn chairs or ground blankets, coolers, and snacks.

Sit back under the shade trees and enjoy the best old-time music around. The 16th annual Pickin Party brings back our favorite musicians and welcomes new ones to our family. Returning this year is Flat Foot Dancer, Thomas Maupin accompanied by his grandson, Daniel Rothwell and Overall Creek; folk singer, fret-less banjo picker, and blues guitar performer, Mark Dvorak, our favorite Homeplace, Old Time String Band, The Dixie Volunteers, and Common Thread, talented women who come together once a year to perform traditional favorites.

We are pleased to have local performer, songwriter, and folklorist, Nathan Blake Lynn and fabulous fiddler, Josh Coffey to MC the Pickin Party again this year. This talented pair is part of a trio, Wheelhouse Rousters that perform traditional river songs collected by Paducah native Mary Wheeler in the early 1900s. 

6/14/2014 - 6/14/2014
6pm-8:30pm
 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 visit 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.

6/14/2014 - 6/14/2014
11am-
 Nature Series for Adults: Providing for Purple Martins
NATURE STATION

National Get Outdoors Day - Interested in becoming a purple martin landlord? Join us for an informative presentation on these voracious insect eaters and how they depend on the kindness of strangers during nesting season. Then, take a look inside the gourds of Nature Station's large purple martin colony. You might just see some chicks peering back at you! Learn how you can attract these beneficial birds to your yard and maintain ideal accommodations for your tenants.  Program free for National Get Outdoors Day.  

6/14/2014 - 6/14/2014
2pm-
 Be an Outdoors Kid
NATURE STATION

National Get Outdoors Day - Are you ready for an outdoor adventure? Join us to learn some basic outdoor skills and become an official Outdoor's Kid! Learn what you should bring for an outdoor trip, how to identify poison ivy, how to follow a trail without getting lost, and more.  Program free for National Get Outdoors Day.

6/15/2014 - 6/15/2014
2pm-
 Slimy Science*
NATURE STATION

Did you ever wonder how some reptiles and amphibians can hear with no ears or how to tell if a turtle is a boy or girl?  Come face to face with some “creepy crawly critters” as we investigate these and other questions through fun activities, demonstrations, and up-close observations.  *Ideal for Home Educators.  Program free with NS admission.

6/17/2014 - 6/17/2014
11am-
 Woodland Walk
NATURE STATION

Let’s go for a hike on one of our favorite trails! This 1-mile guided hike will take us through the woods, along a lakeshore, and by the edge of a field. As we hike, we will search for signs of wildlife and point out several native trees.  Program free to all LBL visitors. Weather permitting.

6/17/2014 - 6/17/2014
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.

6/18/2014 - 6/18/2014
12pm-1pm
 Taste at 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.

6/19/2014 - 6/19/2014
2pm-
 Creature Feature: Wolves
NATURE STATION

Did you know we used to have red wolves roaming this area? What happened to them? Learn the story of one of the most incredible animals to inhabit the South, while watching our two resident wolves chow down on treats. We’ll discuss the difficult, but hopeful road to recovery for this species.  Program free with NS admission.

6/20/2014 - 6/20/2014
2pm-
 Feed the Animals Friday: Snapping Turtles
NATURE STATION

Come help feed Nature Station's resident snapping turtles during their chow time today! Join our staff in giving the turtles some of the favorite fishy fare. While we enjoy watching the snappers munch on their lunch, we'll learn more about these denizens of the deep and whether we should be afraid of them or not.  Program free with NS admission.

6/21/2014 - 6/21/2014
1pm-3pm
 Let's play Town Ball*
HOMEPLACE

Baseball is called America’s pastime, but what was before baseball?  Historical interpreter Kristopher Adam will lead a game of “town ball”, the stepping stone towards modern baseball.  Bring your coolers and join in “the old ball game”.  *Ideal for Home Educators.  Program free with HP admission.

6/21/2014 - 6/21/2014
2pm-
 Light Brights: The Luminous Creatures of Summer
NATURE STATION

We’ll turn our theater into a dark night as we discover how creatures such as lightning bugs shine from the inside out. Through a fun presentation and game that will make you glow with excitement, find out how bioluminescence (bio-luma-what?) helps animals survive and thrive.  Program free with NS admission. 

6/21/2014 - 6/21/2014
7pm-9:30pm
 Summer Solstice Kayak Trip
Location TBA

Join us on the longest day of the year as we take a kayak trip on one of Lake Barkley’s scenic bays. Come learn about the summer solstice and listen to some folklore about this astronomical event. We’ll also 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. Weather permitting.

6/22/2014 - 6/22/2014
2pm-
 Nature's Urban Legends
NATURE STATION

Have you heard about the alligators in the sewer?  How about the duck whose quack doesn’t echo?  Are daddy longlegs really the most venomous spiders in the world?  Put your knowledge of urban legends to the test.  Help us debunk some well-known myths and see if there are any grains of truth behind the fantastical creatures of modern lore.  Program free with NS admission.

6/22/2014 - 6/22/2014
2pm-3pm
 Traditional Forge Welding
HOMEPLACE

Historically “forge” or “hammer” welding was one of the hardest skills for a blacksmith to learn.  This skill was necessary to make chain links, rings, tools, and other hardware that was made in the shop.  Bring your broken link by the blacksmith shop to see how it’s done.   Program free with HP admission.

6/24/2014 - 6/24/2014
1pm-
 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

6/24/2014 - 6/24/2014
11am-
 Woodland Walk
NATURE STATION

Let’s go for a hike on one of our favorite trails! This 1-mile guided hike will take us through the woods, along a lakeshore, and by the edge of a field. As we hike, we will search for signs of wildlife and point out several native trees.  Program free to all LBL visitors. Weather permitting.

6/25/2014 - 6/25/2014
12pm-1pm
 Taste at 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.

6/26/2014 - 6/26/2014
2pm-
 Creature Feature: Coyotes
NATURE STATION

How has the coyote survived so well in modern times and spread to inhabit every state in the continental US? Learn more about the adaptations of this cunning canine species and meet our resident coyotes. Even try your hand at howling like a coyote and see if our coyotes howl back.  Program free with NS admission.

6/27/2014 - 6/27/2014
2pm-
 Feed the Animals Friday: Turkeys
NATURE STATION

Come help feed Nature Station's resident wild turkeys during their chow time today! Join our staff in giving the turkeys some of their favorite treats. While we enjoy watching them sample their snacks, we'll observe these fascinating birds up close – how they strut, cluck, and maybe even gobble!  Program free with NS admission.

6/28/2014 - 6/28/2014
10am-4pm
 Picture Perfect Scavenger Hunt
NATURE STATION

Hey kids, are you a budding wildlife photographer?  Maybe you just like capturing the wild sights of nature on camera?  Come on out to Nature Station for a great opportunity to take pictures of our unique animals and complete our photo scavenger hunt. Prizes will be awarded. Pack your camera (can also be a smartphone) and your enthusiasm, and we will supply the wonders of nature!  On going throughout the day.  Free with NS admission.  Ideal for children 8-14 years old. Bring your camera or smartphone.

6/28/2014 - 6/28/2014
1pm-3pm
 Name That Plant*
HOMEPLACE

Classification of plants has been extremely important since the beginning of doctors, farmers, herbalist, and cooks.  At the Double Pen House catch a glimpse of taxonomy, the practice and science of classification, and how it was used in 1850.  *Ideal for Home Educators  Program free with HP admission.

6/28/2014 - 6/28/2014
2pm-
 Tales of Scales*
NATURE STATION

Get up close and personal with reptiles and amphibians such as snakes, salamanders, and turtles. We’ll introduce you to several ambassadors from the cold-blooded world as we explore the fascinating ways these slimy and scaly critters survive.  *Ideal for Home Educators  Program free with NS admission.

6/29/2014 - 6/29/2014
2pm-
 Nature's Got Talent
NATURE STATION

We all know that “America’s Got Talent,” but did you know animals do too? Check out some of Nature Station’s resident animals such as the barn owl and snapping turtle, as they show off the talents that help them survive in nature. Then you get to be the judge and vote for the winner! Program free with NS admission.

6/29/2014 - 6/29/2014
1pm-3pm
 Textile Work for Children*
HOMEPLACE

Are you an expert seamstress or just starting to learn to sew?  Either way, we’ve got crafts for you to work on at the Homeplace.  This will be a great opportunity for children to try their hand at sewing, knitting, and/or crocheting.  *Ideal for Home Educators.  Program free with HP admission.

7/1/2014 - 7/1/2014
2pm-
 Storytime on the Wild Side
NATURE STATION

Bring your little ones for this unique storytime program! Come join us at Nature Station to explore the wonders of the natural world with a fun story and a visit from a wild animal!  Program free with NS admission.

7/1/2014 - 7/31/2014
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 LBL Quota Deer Hunt Application period

Quota Deer Hunt Applications -  for LBL fall hunt dates, will be available July 1-31, 2014 online at www.lbl.org/Hunting.html  For more information call 270-924-2065.

7/1/2014 - 7/1/2014
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.

7/2/2014 - 7/2/2014
1pm-3pm
 Taste of The Homeplace
HOMEPLACE

The vegetables in the garden 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.

7/3/2014 - 7/3/2014
2pm-
 Name That Critter
NATURE STATION

Hey folks, it’s time for “Naaaaaame That Critter!” (Cue game show music!). We’ll give you a series of clues about one of our animals, and you’ll have to guess who it is! Whoever guesses gets a prize! Then, we’ll bring out the mystery critter for an up-close encounter.   Program free with NS admission.

7/4/2014 - 7/4/2014
2pm-
 Amazing Animal Picnic
NATURE STATION

After your July 4th picnics, come help us prepare the perfect picnic for the “stars” of Nature Station! Learn about our animals’ favorite foods, how we prepare them, and watch as they gobble down this festive feast!  Program free with NS admission.

7/4/2014 - 7/4/2014
6pm-8:30pm
 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 visit 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.

7/4/2014 - 7/4/2014
1pm-4pm
 Independence Day Celebration
HOMEPLACE

Enjoy an afternoon of holiday fun and entertainment at The Homeplace as we celebrate one of the biggest holidays in the1850’s, Independence Day. Festivities kick off with a visit from the popular Kentucky statesman Henry Clay as he regales us with stories of his life: his adventures as a Kentucky senator, Speaker of the House, Secretary of State and his unsuccessful run for the presidency. Then let the games begin! Join in on the fun! Play old-time games; enjoy a cool slice of watermelon, cool under the shade of the maple trees while enjoying music and a few tall tales.  *Ideal for Home Educators.  Program free with paid admission.

Henry Clay is portrayed by George McGee and the program is funded in part by the Kentucky Humanities council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.   

7/4/2014 - 7/4/2014
2pm-
 Amazing Animal Picnic
NATURE STATION

After your July 4th picnics, come help us prepare the perfect picnic for the Nature Station “Stars”! Learn about our animals’ favorite foods, how we prepare them, and watch as they gobble down this festive feast!  Program free with NS admission.

7/4/2014 - 7/4/2014
10am-4pm
 Red, White, & Blue Scavenger Hunt
NATURE STATION

Celebrate the 4th of July with a scavenger hunt inspired by our nation's flag. Search Nature Station’s backyard for all things red, white, and blue and you may just be rewarded with a patriotic prize!  Ongoing throught the day.  Free with NS admission.

7/4/2014 - 7/4/2014
12pm-
 Bald Is Beautiful: The Bald Eagle
NATURE STATION

Bald eagles may not actually be bald, but they certainly are beautiful! While visiting with our resident bald eagle, we will discuss all the features and behaviors that make this bird worthy of national symbol status (despite Ben Franklin’s opinion!). We’ll also discuss why the eagle is an example of a conservation success story.   Program free with NS admission.

7/5/2014 - 7/5/2014
11:30am-
 National Symbols Showdown
NATURE STATION

The Bald Eagle has been our symbol for over 200 years! But, was it the best choice? Come visit with several native animals as we investigate our founding fathers’ other possible candidates, such as the wild turkey and even the rattlesnake! We will conclude our program with your vote for the “Best National Symbol Ever!”  Program free with NS admission.

7/5/2014 - 7/5/2014
1pm-3pm
 Traditional Chair Making*
HOMEPLACE

Invited Artist: Newberry & Son’s Chairs, Master Chair Makers www.newberryandsonschairs.com At least 5 generations of Newberry’s have been making chairs in Macon County, TN since the early 1800s. In 2009, the Newberry family received the Governor’s Arts Award, Tennessee’s highest honor in the arts. Visit Louie (4thgeneration) and sons Mark & Terry (5th generation) continue the traditional craft of making quality handmade chairs that will last for generations to come.  *Ideal for Home Educators.  Program free with HP admission.     

7/5/2014 - 7/5/2014
2pm-
 What Lurks at Night by Your Campsite?
NATURE STATION

What was that noise? What is that smell? Come find out which curious critters are milling about near your campsite while staying here in LBL. The more you know about these animals, the more you’ll realize there is no need to be afraid of your nocturnal neighbors.  Program free with NS admission.

7/5/2014 - 7/5/2014
6pm-8:30pm
 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.

7/6/2014 - 7/6/2014
11:30-
 Animal Meet & Greet Tour
NATURE STATION

Would you like a guided tour of the animal exhibits in our backyard? Let one of our naturalists give you the inside scoop on the stories and habits of our resident wildlife, including the red wolves, owls, and bobcat, just to name a few.  Program free with NS admission.

7/6/2014 - 7/6/2014
1pm-3pm
 Red, White, and Blue Dying*
HOMEPLACE

“O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, for purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain!”  Celebrate your patriotism for our beautiful nation today at The Homeplace with color.  Make and take a handkerchief tie-dyed with natural red, white, and blue dyes that were available in the 1850s.  *Ideal for Home Educators.  Program free with HP admission.

7/6/2014 - 7/6/2014
2pm-
 Let the Turtle Race Begin!
NATURE STATION

We all know the turtle can beat the hare, but what if only turtles were racing? Which turtle species would win? Let’s stage an official turtle race and find out! Meet the competitors, learn what makes each turtle different, and vote for the one you think will win.  Program free with NS admission.

7/8/2014 - 7/8/2014
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.

7/8/2014 - 7/8/2014
2pm-
 A Real "Hoot"-enanny
NATURE STATION

Join us for this wild program about owls! From their asymmetrical ears to their giant eyeballs, owls are fascinating creatures. Come learn about their amazing adaptations, as we meet several native owls up close and personal.  Program free with NS admission.

7/9/2014 - 7/9/2014
1pm-3pm
 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.

7/10/2014 - 7/10/2014
2pm-
 Name That Critter!
NATURE STATION

Hey folks, it’s time for “Naaaaaame That Critter!” (Cue game show music!). We’ll give you a series of clues about one of our animals, and you’ll have to guess who it is! Whoever guesses gets a prize! Then, we’ll bring out the mystery critter for an up-close encounter.  Program free with NS admission.

7/12/2014 - 7/12/2014
10am-4pm
 Cool & Crawly Critters Day*
NATURE STATION

Hey kids! Explore the exciting world of cool & crawly critters with an up-close look at big bugs, slender snakes, terrific turtles, bodacious bats, and more! Learn about these unusual and awesome animals from the scientists and naturalists who study them. Special guest Bob Tarter, of Natural History Educational Company of Midsouth, will return to present several live animal programs throughout the day.  Experts from Murray State, Austin Peay, University of Kentucky, and more will be here to introduce you to animals they study.  Also, enjoy games, crafts, jokes, and lots of real, live cool and crawly critters to see! Go home with a new word for these critters – COOL!  *Ideal for Home Educators.  $5 Ages 5 and up; free for ages 4 and under.  Program will be held rain or shine.

7/12/2014 - 7/12/2014
1pm-4pm
 Nature Series for Adults: Fort Henry Revisited
HOMEPLACE

Invited historian: Susan ‘Ski’ Witzofsky  In 1861 on the shores of the Tennessee River, once called Kirkmans Landing, a Confederate fort was built to defend the Southern heartland.  Through period images and maps, you are there as Federal forces from land and river surround Fort Henry.  During the theater program, begin to understand the early years of the Civil War and the actions that led to the attack on Fort Henry, the heroic battle, its impact on the Civil War, and its legacy.  The program continues at the Fort Henry site, gather for a guided walk along roads and trails and relive the battle.  Program free with HP admission

7/12/2014 - 7/12/2014
1pm-3pm
 Period Pastimes*
HOMEPLACE

Children in the past didn’t have a lot of time to play and have fun.  When they did, their imagination could take them anywhere.  Skip over to the Double Pen House and join us in some homemade fun.  *Ideal for Home Educators.  Program free with HP admission

7/12/2014 - 7/13/2014
10am-5pm
 Drag Boat Races
PISGAH BAY

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

7/13/2014 - 7/13/2014
1pm-3pm
 History Mystery*
HOMEPLACE

Put your thinking cap on and head out to The Homeplace to test your knowledge of 19th century implements and tools.  What is that thing and what on earth is it used for.  See if you can figure it out, before the staff tells you!  *Ideal for Home Educators.  Program free with HP admission.

7/13/2014 - 7/13/2014
2pm-
 Insect Safari*
NATURE STATION

Let’s discover the miniature world of butterflies, beetles, and other insects. Using nets, bug boxes, and magnifying glasses, we will explore our backyard gardens in search of these often overlooked creatures.  *Ideal for Home Educators.  Program free with NS admission.

7/15/2014 - 7/15/2014
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.

7/15/2014 - 7/15/2014
2pm-
 Totally Turkeys
NATURE STATION

Want to meet a kooky bunch of birds? Come get to know our charismatic flock of turkeys. We'll observe these fascinating birds up close – how they strut, cluck, and gobble – while we feed them some of their favorite snacks.  Program free with NS admission.

7/16/2014 - 7/16/2014
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.

7/17/2014 - 7/17/2014
2pm-
 Name That Critter!
NATURE STATION

Hey folks, it’s time for “Naaaaaame That Critter!” (Cue game show music!). We’ll give you a series of clues about one of our animals, and you’ll have to guess who it is! Whoever guesses gets a prize! Then, we’ll bring out the mystery critter for an up-close encounter.   Program free with NS admission.

7/18/2014 - 7/19/2014
8pm-10pm
 Wranglers Rodeo
WRANGLERS CAMPGROUND

Rodeo is scheduled for both Friday and Saturday nights.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. For more information call 270-924-2200. Admission $10 all ages.

7/19/2014 - 7/19/2014
11am-
 Turtle vs. Food: A Competitive Eating Competition
NATURE STATION

The International Federation of Competitive Eating, Reptile Chapter, is pleased to announce its second public event! Come watch our distinguished slate of turtle contestants go head to head in a raw fish eatoff. Will Alligator Snapper Joey Shellnut hold on to the title? Will Common Snapper Takeru Slow-bayachi make a surprise comeback? Meet each contestant before the competition, and then cheer for your favorite as you watch them chow down.  Program free with NS admission.

7/19/2014 - 7/19/2014
2pm-
 Venomous Snakes in LBL
NATURE STATION

Copperheads, cottonmouths, and timber rattlesnakes all make their home in Land Between The Lakes. We’ll teach you how to recognize these native venomous snakes and how to share the outdoors safely with them.  Program free with NS admission.

7/19/2014 - 7/19/2014
10am-12pm
 Fence Building Part 1: Making Split Rails
HOMEPLACE

One of the first steps in building a fence is to split logs in rails. Get ready to swing a maul and move the wedge as The Homeplace staff teaches you how to split a rail.  By helping make fence rails you can have something in common with our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, who was known as the “The Rail-Splitter”.  Program free with HP admission.

7/20/2014 - 7/20/2014
2pm-
 Roaming the Nights in Shining Armor: Armadillos
NATURE STATION

"Wait, was that an armadillo I just saw on the side of the road?"  You’re not just seeing things if you’ve caught a glimpse of these odd animals in Land Between The Lakes. In recent decades, armadillos have made their way into our neck of the woods. Now that we have armadillos in LBL, come learn some fun facts about these unique creatures during a PowerPoint presentation. Program free with NS admission.

7/20/2014 - 7/20/2014
1pm-3pm
 Donít Let the Bed Bugs Bite!
HOMEPLACE

Insects caused everything from rashes to epidemics, making living in the 1850's very uncomfortable.  A desperate house wife tried many different home remedies to free her home of these unwanted guests.  She again turned to home remedies if these tiny animals cause illness in her family.  Join in the "fun" as we create concoctions to both prevent and cure insect borne summer maladies.  Program free with HP admission.

7/22/2014 - 7/22/2014
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.

7/22/2014 - 7/22/2014
2pm-
 Storytime on the Wild Side
NATURE STATION

Bring your little ones for this unique storytime program! Come join us at Nature Station to explore wonders of the natural world with a fun story and a visit from a wild animal!  Program free with NS admission.

7/23/2014 - 7/23/2014
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.

7/24/2014 - 7/24/2014
2pm-
 Name That Critter!
NATURE STATION

Hey folks, it’s time for “Naaaaaame That Critter!” (Cue game show music!). We’ll give you a series of clues about one of our animals, and you’ll have to guess who it is! Whoever guesses gets a prize! Then, we’ll bring out the mystery critter for an up-close encounter.  Program free with NS admission.

7/26/2014 - 7/26/2014
9am-12pm
 Walk to Town
HOMEPLACE

Meet historical interpreter, Kristopher Adam, at The Homeplace where he will lead a mile walk to the Great Western Iron furnace.  Along the way he will discuss the active town of Bass, TN.  At the furnace he will inform you about the impact the iron industry had in the area of “land between the rivers” as you enjoy slices of spring cooled watermelon. Walk limited to the first 25 visitors.  Program free with HP admission

7/26/2014 - 7/26/2014
1pm-3pm
 Scavenger Hunt (Iron on the Farm)*
HOMEPLACE

The iron industry was a very important industry to the people in the area known as “land between the rivers”.  Drop by the Double Pen House today, pick up your scavenger hunt list and see how many iron items you find as you explore the farm.  *Ideal for Home Educators.  Program free with HP admission.

7/26/2014 - 7/26/2014
2pm-
 The 7 Deadly Sins of the Animal Kingdom
NATURE STATION

Wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony – all the deadly sins exist in the animal kingdom. During this PowerPoint presentation in our air-conditioned theater, we will pick which over-the-top animals worldwide represent each deadly sin the best. Can you guess which animals will be chosen? Join us to find out!  Program free with NS admission.

7/26/2014 - 7/26/2014
6pm-8:30pm
 Sunset Kayak Trip
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.

7/27/2014 - 7/27/2014
1pm-3pm
 Homeplace Ice Cream Social*
HOMEPLACE

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!  There’s nothing better on a hot summer’s day than ice cream, but wait it is 1850 so we’ll have to make it first.  The ladies at the Double Pen House have the ice cream pail ready and we need your help to turn the pail.  *Ideal for Home Educators.  Program free with HP admission.

7/27/2014 - 7/27/2014
2pm-
 Creatures of the Night*
NATURE STATION

How do nocturnal animals like owls, bobcats, frogs, and bats get around so well in the dark? Let’s discover the world of nature at night! We’ll explore special abilities such as night vision, echolocation, and daytime camouflage that native critters use to survive. Plus, see how your skills match up. You’ll also get to meet some live nocturnal critters up close.  *Ideal for Home Educators.  Program free with NS admission.

7/29/2014 - 7/29/2014
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.

7/29/2014 - 7/29/2014
2pm-
 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.

7/30/2014 - 7/30/2014
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.

7/31/2014 - 7/31/2014
2pm-
 Name That Critter!
NATURE STATION

Hey folks, it’s time for “Naaaaaame That Critter!” (Cue game show music!). We’ll give you a series of clues about one of our animals, and you’ll have to guess who it is! Whoever guesses gets a prize! Then, we’ll bring out the mystery critter for an up-close encounter.  Program free with NS admission.

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 - 8/3/2014
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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.

8/2/2014 - 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.

8/3/2014 - 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 - 8/5/2014
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.

8/5/2014 - 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.

8/6/2014 - 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
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

8/9/2014 - 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.

8/10/2014 - 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.

8/10/2014 - 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.

8/12/2014 - 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
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

8/17/2014 - 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.

8/21/2014 - 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
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.

8/23/2014 - 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

8/24/2014 - 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.

8/24/2014 - 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.

8/26/2014 - 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 - 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.
 

8/30/2014 - 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
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
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 - 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
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.

8/31/2014 - 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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