— Cumberland Mountain State Park Naturalists Kelsey Whitefield and Justin Williams will be hosting several programs July 17-20. All programs are considered PG-13, which means parental guidance is recommended.
Wednesday July 17
9 a.m. — Let’s Go Fishing!: Meet at the fishing dock behind 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. — 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! Cost for children ages 6-12 is $2 each and $4 for adults. Don’t forget to bring money for old-timey souvenirs.
1 a.m. — Pinecone Birdfeeders!: Meet the naturalists at Shelter 3 to make a tasty treat for their feathery friends. You can hang them at your camp site and watch the birds flock.
Thursday, July 18
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. — 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.
1 p.m. — Big Splash: Join the naturalists 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.
2 p.m. — Scavenger Hunt: Meet the naturalists at the restaurant terrace for a list of fun things to find around the area. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest gatherers.
Friday, July 19
9 a.m. — Morning Paddle Boat 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.
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. — Paint the Pet Rock: Join the naturalists at Shelter 2 to paint your very own pet rock. They will provide all materials. So all you have to bring is your imagination and creativity.
3 p.m. — Kickball: Bring your friends and family to the softball field for a fun game of kickball.
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 be showing Yogi Bear on a projector screen. Pack a picnic dinner or your favorite snack and bring the entire family to enjoy a great night on the park!
Saturday, July 20
8 a.m. — Ozone Falls Hiking Trip: This 110-foot waterfall was chosen to be a film location for the movie The Jungle Book. Meet the naturalists at the front office and carpool to Ozone Falls (transportation will not be provided). Wear sturdy shoes and sunscreen and bring water. Swimming will be optional. (strenuous hike)
1 p.m. — Ultimate Paddle Boat Dash: Meet at the boat dock for an awesome race on the lake. Grab a partner and join the naturalists to see who is the fastest on the water. So grab a partner and meet them for an afternoon of fun. Please sign up using the sheet at the boat dock.
3 p.m. — Outdoor Cooking: Join the naturalists at the campfire ring behind Cabin 6 to learn how to make an a tasty treat called monkey bread. Don’t forget to bring chairs, blankets and maybe your favorite drink.
7 p.m. — Fire Starting: Try your hand at starting a fire without a lighter or matches. Meet behind Cabin 6 at the fire ring. Bring your friends, family and chairs.
7:30 p.m. — Camp Fire: Meet Whitefield and Williams behind Cabin 6 at the fire ring for ghost stories and good times. Don’t forget to bring the S’mores, chairs, blankets, guitars and your scariest ghost stories.