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Contact: Howard Duncan, 423-569-9778
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will offer a series of day and evening programs throughout the summer. Park rangers will present a variety of program topics in both Tennessee and Kentucky. Programs will be held at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center in Tennessee and at the Blue Heron Campground in Kentucky. All programs are scheduled on Eastern Time.
|Saturday, July 7
1:00 p.m. - (ant) LION Safari (doodle bugs) at the Twin Arches - Hike to the Twin Arches and experience the demons of the sand. Discover how these fascinating creatures make ingenious pitfall traps and create miniature landslides to outmaneuver and catch their prey. Ranger Brenda Deaver will meet park visitors at the Twin Arches trailhead for this activity. We will hike the 0.7 mile trail out to the base of the South Arch and return to the parking lot for a total distance of 1.4 miles. Comfortable hiking footwear is recommended.
7:00 p.m. - Big South Fork Scavenger Hunt - Join Rangers Dustin Beaty and Teacher-Ranger Lounicia Hughett at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center for an exciting and fun-filled scavenger hunt. Children need to be accompanied by an adult during this 90 minute activity.
7:30 p.m. - Owl Prowl - Join Ranger Debby Zimmerman at the Blue Heron campfire circle to learn more about the different species of owls found in the Big South Fork. This program also includes a short walk around the campground to call barred owls. Please wear closed toed shoes and bring a flashlight. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
|Sunday, July 8
|Saturday, July 14
1:00 p.m. - Tree Ring Discovery - Did you know you can learn about a habitat's history by looking at the surrounding trees? Meet with Rangers Jessica Brown and Lounicia Hughett at the Bandy Creek campfire circle. Everyone is invited to attend this discovery activity.
5:00 p.m. - Wet & Wild at Leatherwood Ford - Join Ranger Brenda Deaver to discover what creek critters tell us about the quality of water in our streams and rivers. She will take a close look at some tiny aquatic macro-invertebrates found in the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River. Meet in the gazebo at Leatherwood Ford along Highway 297. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Wearing of creek shoes is highly recommended.
7:30 p.m. - One Fox-Two Fox/Red Fox-Gray Fox - Want to learn more about the two species of fox that make their home in Big South Fork? Join Ranger Debby Zimmerman at the Blue Heron campfire circle to discuss the differences and similarities of these elusive creatures.
|Sunday, July 15
|Saturday, July 21
1:00 p.m. - Civil War Stories of Big South Fork - Come listen to Ranger Lounicia Hughett as she recounts stories of the Civil War on the Cumberland Plateau. These tragic tales are marked by murder, bushwhacking, and guerilla fighting. This program commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Meet at the Interpretation and Education building across from Bandy Creek Visitor Center.
7:00 p.m. - Sunset Stroll Along the John Litton Trail - Join Ranger Bill Herman for this hike to watch, investigate, and learn more about some common, but often overlooked, trailside flora and fauna. This program will begin at the Bandy Creek campfire circle.
7:30 p.m. - Legends of Big South Fork - Ranger Sherry Fritschi will entertain you with some mysterious legends and colorful stories from these hills and hollows. Could they be true? Perhaps you can join in and share a tall tale of your own. This program will be held at the Blue Heron Campground campfire circle.
|Sunday, July 22
|Saturday, July 28
1:00 p.m. - Lying Logs and Standing Snag - Learn about the important roles decaying wood plays within the forest ecosystem. Meet on the back porch of the Bandy Creek Visitor Center for this ranger guided hike. Ranger Bill Herman will lead this easy walk along the Bandy Creek Loop trail to discover what makes these habitats so special.
7:30 p.m. - Bear Facts of Big South Fork - Learn some interesting facts about black bears and their habits, along with some safety tips for dealing with bears in Big South Fork. Meet Ranger Jessica Brown at the Bandy Creek Campground campfire circle for this program.
7:30 p.m. - We Just Wanted To Be Left Alone - Meet with Lizzy. Ranger Sherry Fritschi portrays this imaginary lady who could have lived on the Cumberland Plateau during the Civil War. She tells stories that will make your skin crawl because as she says, "they are the truth as I know it." You will learn of events that took place on or near the land that became Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. This program commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. This program will be held at the Blue Heron Campground campfire circle.
|Sunday, July 29
For more information about these activities, contact the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275, the Blue Heron Interpretive Center at (606) 376-5073.