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Contact: Vickie Carson, 270-758-2192
Mammoth Cave National Park's annual celebration of National Park Week, Apirl 20-27, includes Wildflower Day, free Mammoth Passage cave tours, Junior Ranger Day, and an opportunity to volunteer. Superintendent Sarah Craighead encourages all area residents to get out and experience their national park.
"Spring is such a beautiful time to get out and enjoy nature," said Craighead. "Warm sunny days seem to make the trees and plants explode with flowers and foliage. It is almost irresistible. How can anyone stay inside?"
On Saturday, April 20, join Mammoth Cave rangers and area outdoor specialists for hikes, scavenger hunts, hands on art projects, birding activities, and an evening program.
On the following weekdays, April 22-26, the Park will offer free Mammoth Passage cave tours at 8:45, 10:15, 11:15, 12:00, 1:15, 2:15, and 4:30. The ¾-mile, 1¼ hours Mammoth Passage tour is limited to 40 people. Participants need to pick up a free ticket in the visitor center before going on the tour.
On Saturday, April 27, Junior Ranger Day will provide a number of activities for young visitors and their families to enjoy and experience together. It is a day to have fun with scavenger hunts, storytelling and learning outdoor adventure skills. Participants will have the opportunity to earn a special Junior Ranger Day patch.
April 27 is also the first of six trail work days this year. Participants will be signed up as park volunteers to trim vegetation along the Mammoth Cave RR Bike & Hike Trail for two to four hours. Please meet at Caver Campstore at 9:00 a.m. Equipment will be provided and all ages are welcome. Contact Ranger Larry Johnson for more information: 270-758-2150 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. All programs are free of charge.
For a complete description of events please go to https://www.nps.gov/maca/planyourvisit/events.htm. Activities begin at different locations - check the schedule online or call the visitor center at 270-758-2180.
Note: Tour requirements regarding white-nose syndrome (WNS) in bats: While there are no known harmful effects to humans, WNS is responsible for the deaths of millions of hibernating bats across the United States since its discovery in 2006. WNS has not been found in Mammoth Cave to date, however, park staff are taking precautions to minimize the spread of WNS fungus to or from Mammoth Cave. When going on a Mammoth Cave tour, do not wear clothing or shoes that have been worn in other caves or mines. All participants on cave tours must walk on bio-security mats immediately following the conclusion of their tour.