Interpretive Programs for July 2011
Contact: Howard Duncan, 423-569-9778
The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will host a series of day and evening programs during the month of July. Park rangers will present a variety of programs in both Tennessee and Kentucky. The programs in Tennessee will be held at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center or nearby facilities. Programs in Kentucky will be at the Blue Heron Campground or the Stearns Depot Visitor Center. In addition to these programs, park rangers will present short talks at the Blue Heron Mining Camp during scheduled trips by the Big South Fork Scenic Railway. All programs are presented on Eastern Time.
7:00 p.m. - Scavenger Hunt - Bandy Creek Campfire Circle - Join Park Ranger Dustin Beaty for an exciting and fun filled scavenger hunt. Please wear sturdy shoes, bring a flashlight and use an insect repellent. Children need to be accompanied by an adult. This activity will take approximately 1 1/2 hours.
7:30 p.m. - “We only wanted to be left alone”, True Stories of the Civil War on the Cumberland Plateau - Blue Heron Campground - Come meet “Lizzy”, a fictitious lady who lived in the Big South Fork country during the Civil War. She has “stories that will make your skin crawl because they are the truth as best I know”. This program commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. You will hear about events that actually took place on the land that became Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.
7:00 p.m. – In Cold Blood – Bandy Creek Visitor Center – Is this a murder mystery? Not really. Some animals actually are called cold-blooded. Park Ranger Jessica Moore will tell you about cold blooded reptiles that live in Big South Fork.
7:30 p.m. - Turtle Tracks – Blue Heron Campground - The box turtle is the most common terrestrial turtle in the eastern United States. He carries his home with him and eats poisonous mushrooms. Join Park Ranger Debby Zimmerman as she introduces a few special guests.
7:00 p.m. – What’s in a Name? - Bandy Creek Campfire Circle - There really is a town in Tennessee called “No Name!” Why would anyone want to visit a place called “No Business?” Join Park Ranger Brenda Deaver and discover the stories behind some unusual names given to places in the Big South Fork. Meet at the campfire circle behind Loop B in the Bandy Creek Campground. In case of rain, the venue will be changed to the building across from the visitor center.
7:30 p.m. - Blue Heron Campground – It Started with the Gum Tree - Join Ranger Lynn Thornton as she tells the story about how the town of Stearns was developed as the Stearns Company began. Original photographs will be used to show the history of the town throughout different years.
7:00 p.m. - Mini Beasts – Bandy Creek Campfire Circle - What kinds of eyes are watching you from the forest? Who is lurking about your feet on the ground? Who is watching who? See if you can find them. Join Ranger Bill Herman on a quest for the mini beasts.
7:30 p.m. - Wonders of the Wild – Blue Heron Campground – There are some animals in Big South Fork to be avoided and Park Ranger Shauna Milillo will be telling you what they are.
Other July Programs at the Wayne County Library
July 19 - Eastern Box Turtle – 1:00 p.m.
July 21 - Exotic Animals – Hedgehogs – 1:00 p.m.
July 22 - Snakes – 1:00 p.m.
Daily Bleacher Features short talks will be presented about various cultural, historical and natural resources topics at the Blue Heron Depot according to the following schedule:
Wednesday- Friday at 12:30 p.m.
Saturday at 12:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.
Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
For more information about these programs or the park, call the Bandy Creek Visitor Center in Tennessee at (423) 286-7275 or the Stearns Visitor Center in Kentucky at (606) 376-5073.
Did You Know?
Longhunters were some of the first Europeans to traverse the Big South Fork region. It is said they were called longhunters either for the long rifles they carried or because the were typically gone on hunting trips for so long, sometimes up to a year.