— Cumberland Mountain State Park Naturalists Kelsey Whitefield and Justin Williams will be hosting several programs throughout the week. All programs are considered PG-13, which means parental guidance is recommended.
Wednesday, July 10
9 a.m. — Canoe Float: Meet at the boat dock to begin the day with a nice relaxing cruise around the lake and learn some of the history behind its creation. Please sign up at the boat dock.
11 a.m. — Kickball: Bring your friends and family to the softball field and meet the naturalists for a fun game of kickball.
Thursday, July 11
9 a.m. — Let’s Go Fishing!: Meet Whitefield and Williams at the wooden dock below the restaurant to join them 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.
11 a.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.
1 p.m. — Watermelon Eating Contest: Bring your appetite and meet the naturalists at the restaurant terrace for a tasty competition. Watermelons will be provided, but please wear clothes that you don’t care to get messy.
3 p.m. — Nature Hike: Meet at the restaurant terrace and join the naturalists for a hike on the Cumberland Plateau Trail. Don’t forget to bring water and wear sturdy shoes.
Friday, July 12
8 a.m. — Canoe Float: Meet at the boat dock to begin the day with a nice relaxing cruise around the lake and learn some of the history behind its creation. Please sign up at the boat dock.
11 a.m. — WHOooo Knows: Meet at the restaurant terrace for a presentation with MacKenzie the Barred Owl and Trillium the Screech Owl to clear up those myths and facts about owls, learn why owls are good hunters and discover their amazing anatomy.
1 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.
3 p.m. — Festivities in the Field: Bring the whole family and join us at the ball field near shelter 1 for a relay race including wheelbarrow race, 3-legged race, egg toss, super soak race, and more! Please wear clothes that you do not care to get messy.
8 p.m. — Movie in the Park: Grab a blanket or your favorite lawn chair and hurry down to the outdoor amphitheater for a movie in the park. They will show be showing A Bug's Life on the projector screen. Pack a picnic dinner or a favorite snack and bring the entire family!
Saturday, July 13
8 a.m. — Piney Falls Natural Area Trip: Meet the naturalists at the front office for a trip to Piney Falls Natural Area. This hike will lead you through pristine forestland featuring creeks, deep gorges, waterfalls and old growth forest. Bring lots of water and make sure to wear sturdy hiking shoes. (Strenuous hike; approximately two miles)
1 p.m. — Slime!: It’s ooey, it’s gooey and it is fun to play with! Meet the naturalists at the restaurant terrace to learn the important role slime plays in nature.
2 p.m. — Big Splash: Join Whitefield and Williams at the pool entrance for the big splash competition. Make sure to wear sunscreen as well as appropriate clothing for the pool. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Prizes will be awarded.
5 p.m. — Snakes Alive!: Love them or hate them... everyone is fascinated by those interesting reptiles known as snakes. Come join the naturalists 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.
7 p.m. — Campfire Cooking!: Join the naturalists at the campfire ring behind cabin No. 6 to end the day with a tasty treat. Learn how to make a cobbler over the fire in a dutch oven. Don’t forget to bring chairs, blankets, a flashlight and a glass of milk or your favorite drink.