Department of Parks
Herpetology Weekend at Natural Bridge State Resort Park is April 17-18

Press Release Date:  Thursday, March 26, 2015  
Contact Information:  Andrew Stevens,

SLADE, Ky. – Natural Bridge State Resort Park is hosting Herpetology Weekend, April 17-18. This weekend is a great way to learn about some of nature’s most misunderstood critters: snakes, lizards, turtles, salamanders and frogs! 


On Saturday, April 18, experienced herpetologists will lead morning and afternoon field trips into the Red River Gorge and surrounding areas to observe reptiles and amphibians in their native habitat. This is a great opportunity for the entire family to come enjoy nature and see some fairly secretive wildlife up close and personal! 


All field trips depart from the Hemlock Lodge lobby. Saturday morning trips will stagger starts from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and the Saturday afternoon field trips will stagger starts from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. 


Evening presentations by leading experts in the field will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Woodland Center. A live reptile show will be presented by the staff of the Kentucky Reptile Zoo on Saturday night.


On-site registration fee is $10 per adult, $3 for ages 13-17 and free for ages 12 and under. Registration opens 30 minutes prior to field trip departure or presentation.


For more information about Herpetology Weekend at Natural Bridge State Resort Park, contact the Natural Bridge Naturalist Office at 606-663-2214 or email


Natural Bridge State Resort Park is home to one of the larger natural arches in the state and is surrounded by Daniel Boone National Forest. Natural Bridge offers lodging, cottages, and campground accommodations. Hiking trails and other recreational opportunities are available. For more information call 606-663-2214 or visit


Natural Bridge State Resort Park is 52 miles southeast of Lexington and 2 miles off the Mountain Parkway at Slade, Exit 33.






The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at