Cumberland Mountain State Park Naturalists Kelsey Whitefield and Justin Williams will be hosting several programs July 2-6. All programs are considered PG-13, which means parental guidance is recommended.
Tuesday, July 2
9 a.m. — Take a Hike!: Meet at the restaurant terrace for an easy hike on the Cumberland Plateau trail. Please bring water and wear sturdy shoes.
11 a.m. — Let’s Go Fishing!: Meet Whitefield and Williams at the restaurant terrace as they try and catch the big one. Poles and bait will be provided, but feel free to bring your own gear if you would like. Don’t forget to bring the sunscreen and water.
Wednesday, July 3
8 a.m. — Morning Canoe Float: Start the day off with a nice relaxing cruise around the lake and learn some of the history behind the creation of the lake. Please sign up at the boat dock.
10 a.m. — Homestead Tower Museum: Meet outside the park office to carpool over to the Historic Homestead Tower to learn some of the area's rich history. Get a bird’s eye view of the homesteads as you climb to the top of the tower. The cost is $2 for children ages 6-12 and $4 for adults. Don’t forget to bring money for old-timey souvenirs.
1 p.m. — Snakes Alive!: Love them or hate them, everyone is fascinated by those interesting reptiles known as snakes. Join them at the restaurant terrace and learn all about snakes up-close and personal. This program features live animals as well as educational props to highlight interesting adaptations, lifestyles and habits of snakes.
3 p.m. — Ultimate Frisbee: Join the naturalists at the softball field for a great afternoon game of Ultimate Frisbee. This is a wonderful time for the whole family.
Thursday, July 4
9 a.m. — Paint the Pet Rock: Join the naturalists at Shelter 3 to paint your very own pet rock. They will provide all materials. So all you have to bring is your imagination and creativity.
11 a.m. — WHOooo Knows: Meet at the restaurant terrace for a presentation with MacKenzie the Barred Owl to clear up those myths and facts about owls, learn why owls are good hunters and discover their amazing anatomy.
1 p.m. — Pool T-shirt Relay: This game starts out like any other relay race. So what makes this relay race different? The wet T-shirt. Join them at the pool for a relay race like no other that is fun for all ages.
3 p.m. — Bridge the Gap: Think you can build the strongest bridge? Come to Shelter 3 and see if you have what it takes to build a bridge that holds steady. Then they will test the bridges to see how many pennies they will hold before they start to buckle.