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Ranger-Led Activities and Events in the Tupelo Area

A visitor learns to make a basket with a demonstrator from the Tombigbee Pioneer Group.

A visitor learns to make a basket with a demonstrator from the Tombigbee Pioneer Group.

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There are numerous special events that take place in the Tupelo area throughout the year. Have you ever wanted to practice playing a dulcimer or learn how early pioneers survived in the wilderness surrounding the early Natchez Trace? Come during one of the park’s Dulcimer Days or Pioneer Days and practice your skills!

You may also choose to join a park ranger and explore parts of the original Trace, or learn more about the many American Indian mounds found along route of the modern Parkway. Discover the world of boatmen and bandits, Chickasaw and Choctaw, and forest and wildlife. Ranger programs are always free; schedules and topics vary by season. Please call 1-800-305-7417 for more information on ranger-led activities.

 

September 2014

September 6, 2014 Dulcimer Day

A special program of dulcimer music will be provided by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 6, 2014, at the Parkway Visitor Center located at milepost 266 near Tupelo, Mississippi.

The North Mississippi Dulcimer Association teaches dulcimer history, tradition, craftsmanship, and music by sharing its knowledge and talents. The Appalachian mountain dulcimer is the first instrument developed in the United States. Dating back to the early 1800s, the dulcimer is an instrument whose very name means "sweet sound." The National Park Service and the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association invite everyone to listen to the soft sweet sounds of the dulcimer and learn of its extensive history.

September 6, 2014 Night Hike

Join a park ranger on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center (milepost 266 on the Natchez Trace Parkway near Tupelo, Mississippi) for a Night Hike.This one-hour program will give families the unique opportunity to walk on a paved nature trail at night.Visitors will use all of their senses to discover more about some of the animals that make the park come alive after the sun sets. A flashlight and comfortable walking shoes are encouraged.

This program is free to the public. For more information about this and other Parkway programs, please call 1-800-305-7417.

September 20, 2014 Junior Ranger Program

The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to "Whose Track is That," a special Junior Ranger program held at the Parkway Visitor Center on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. Junior Rangers will look for signs of wildlife and make their own plaster track to take home.

This program is free to the public. For more information about this and other Parkway programs, please call 1-800-305-7417.

September 27, 2014 Pioneer Day

The Tombigbee Pioneer Group will demonstrate pioneer-era crafts and skills at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 27, 2014. The presentations will show the challenges faced, and creative solutions developed, by those Americans who lived in the area from the 1700s to 1840.

The public is invited to watch pioneer lifestyle activities that often include basket-making, spinning, weaving, knitting, and other traditional craft demonstrations. Leatherworking and mountain dulcimer demonstrations are usually offered throughout the day. Children are invited to participate by dressing up in pioneer clothes and trying these activities firsthand. This program is free to the public.

The Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center is located at milepost 266 on the Natchez Trace Parkway, near Tupelo, Mississippi. For additional information, please call 662-680-4027 or 1-800-305-7417.

September 27, 2014 Hernando de Soto Encampment

To commemorate National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Natchez Trace Parkway will host a living history encampment representing the expedition of Hernando de Soto on Saturday, September 27, 2014.The encampment will be set up outside the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.Through stories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities, visitors can learn about Hernando de Soto's interactions with the Chickasaw Indians along the historic Natchez Trace during the winter of 1540-41.

The living history encampment will also be available for local schools on Thursday and Friday, September 25th & 26th. Space is limited, and interested classes should contact the Parkway Visitor Center to make reservations.

National Hispanic Heritage Month provides an opportunity to honor the contributions of Hispanic Americans and to celebrate the cultural traditions of our Hispanic American community.

This program is free to the public. The Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center is located along the Parkway at milepost 266, near Tupelo, Mississippi. For more information about this and other Parkway programs, please call 1-800-305-7417.

 

October 2014

October 4, 2014 Dulcimer Day

A special program of dulcimer music will be provided by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 2, 2014, at the Parkway Visitor Center located at milepost 266 near Tupelo, Mississippi.

The North Mississippi Dulcimer Association teaches dulcimer history, tradition, craftsmanship, and music by sharing its knowledge and talents. The Appalachian mountain dulcimer is the first instrument developed in the United States. Dating back to the early 1800s, the dulcimer is an instrument whose very name means "sweet sound." The National Park Service and the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association invite everyone to listen to the soft sweet sounds of the dulcimer and learn of its extensive history.

October 4, 2014 BioBlitz

Join scientists from Mississippi State University from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to identify as many animal species along the Natchez Trace Parkway that we can! During the BioBlitz, students, teachers, residents, and scientisits will work together to identify the species that call the Parkway home. A BioBlitz provides a picture of the amount of biodiversity in a place and sparks intersts in ecology and living things. The Mississippi BioBlitz is fun for the whole family! Learn about birds, mammals, invertebrates, insects, and the forest throughout the day.

Download the flyer here and see the full schedule of events!

October 25, 2014 Pioneer Day

The Tombigbee Pioneer Group will demonstrate pioneer-era crafts and skills at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 25, 2014. The presentations will show the challenges faced, and creative solutions developed, by those Americans who lived in the area from the 1700s to 1840.

The public is invited to watch pioneer lifestyle activities that often include basket-making, spinning, weaving, knitting, and other traditional craft demonstrations. Leatherworking and mountain dulcimer demonstrations are usually offered throughout the day. Children are invited to participate by dressing up in pioneer clothes and trying these activities firsthand. This program is free to the public.

The Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center is located at milepost 266 on the Natchez Trace Parkway, near Tupelo, Mississippi. For additional information, please call 662-680-4027 or 1-800-305-7417.

Did You Know?

Double arch bridge at mile post 438 on the Natchez Trace Parkway

The double arch bridge at milepost 438 on the Natchez Trace Parkway was completed in 1994 and received the Presidential Award for Design Excellence in 1995 for its innovative design. The bridge rises 155 feet above the valley and eliminates the need for spandrel columns.