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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.

 

April 2014

April 5, 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, April 5, 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.

April 5, 2014 Wildflower Walk

Join a Park Ranger for a Wildflower Walk on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at 10:00 am at the Chickasaw Village Site (milepost 261.8 on the Natchez Trace Parkway near Tupelo, Mississippi). This one-hour program will take participants on an easy walk through both prairie and forest ecosystems, and will include wildflower identification and ecology. Visitors are encouraged to bring insect repellent, sunscreen, and wear comfortable walking shoes.

April 19, 2014 Junior Ranger Program

The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to "Nature Bingo," a special Junior Ranger program held at the Parkway Visitor Center on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. Junior Rangers will grab a Nature Bingo card and head out on the trail. Look closely at the plants and trees to get a bingo.

This program is free of charge. The Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center is located along the Parkway at milepost 266, just north of Tupelo, Mississippi. For additional information, please call the visitor center at 662-680-4027, or 1-800-305-7417.

April 26, 2014 Wildlife Weekend

The Natchez Trace Parkway will recognize National Park Week, April 19-27, 2014, and National Junior Ranger Day with the annual "Celebrate Wildlife Weekend" on Saturday, April 26, at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All exhibitors and events will be outdoors and include: Terry Vandeventer's educational, fun, live snake program: "Snakes of Mississippi" at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Other exhibitors and events include the Mississippi Museum of Natural History, Mississippi State University, the Tombigbee Pioneer Group, and a special Junior Ranger Day Scavenger Hunt.

 

May 2014

May 3, 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, May 3, 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.

May 3, 2014 Wildflower Walk

Join a Park Ranger for a Wildflower Walk on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at 10:00 am at the Chickasaw Village Site (milepost 261.8 on the Natchez Trace Parkway near Tupelo, Mississippi). This one-hour program will take participants on an easy walk through both prairie and forest ecosystems, and will include wildflower identification and ecology. Visitors are encouraged to bring insect repellent, sunscreen, and wear comfortable walking shoes.

May 17, 2014 Junior Ranger Program

The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to "Wildland Fire," a special Junior Ranger program held at the Parkway Visitor Center on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. Junior Rangers will find out what it's like to be a wildland firefighter. They may have a chance to see the tools and equipment and practice their firefighting skills.

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

May 24, 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, May 24, 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.