Department of Parks
Kentucky State Parks to Celebrate National Public Lands Day Sept. 26
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky State Parks will be participating in National Public Lands Day on Sept. 26, 2015, a day set aside to recognize the importance of parks and encourage volunteer work.
National Public Lands Day began in 1994 with three federal agencies and 700 volunteers. Last year, some 180,000 volunteers worked in every state. The purpose of this day is to keep the promise of the Civilian Conservation Corps alive and to preserve and protect America’s natural heritage.
During last year’s celebration, volunteers in Kentucky and other states carried out projects such as removing trash, collecting invasive plants, building trails and planting trees.
“The Kentucky State Parks can carry out the mission of National Public Lands Day thanks to the assistance we receive from our volunteers across the state,” Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker said. “This day recognizes the importance of preserving our parks and the partnerships we have with volunteers, friends groups and other organizations.”
For more information about this event, visit www.publiclandsday.org. For more information about Kentucky State Parks, visit www.parks.ky.gov
Below is a listing of park events. All events are on Sept. 26 unless otherwise noted. All times are local.
Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Lucas
Trashmaster’s Classic Lakeshore Cleanup
Barren River Lake State Resort Park, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Friends of Barren River Lake & Park invite you to attend Trashmaster’s Classic Lakeshore Cleanup. This is an official National Public Lands Day event. Come lend a hand from 8 a.m. to noon as we clean up the shoreline. Registered volunteers are invited to Barren River Lake State Resort Park’s Sunset Cove Recreation area from noon to 3 p.m. for free food, door prizes, and music. For more information call 270-646-2055 or visit http://www.friendsofbarrenriverlake.org/
Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Buckhorn
National Public Lands Day at Buckhorn
Come and be part of a team to enhance the park through a variety of fall beautification projects. Projects will include the planting of a monarch butterfly garden, trail extension, cleanup, debris removal and more. Any adult or child (with an adult) is welcome to participate as well as scout, church, school, club or family groups. Sessions covering “Leave No Trace” as well as “Project Learning Tree” will be offered in the evening. Bring work gloves. Call 606-398-7510.
General Burnside Island State Park, Burnside
Lake Cumberland Cleanup
You are invited to roll up your sleeves, lace up your boots and put on your work gloves to take part in the annual Lake Cumberland Cleanup on Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Waitsboro Recreation Area. The cleanup is held at locations all over the lake in an effort to remove trash, tires, appliances, and other debris from the shoreline of Lake Cumberland. Gloves and garbage bags will be furnished. Cash prizes awarded for the most garbage collected. A picnic will follow. Participants are asked to check in on the day of the cleanup. Call 606-451-1402 for information.
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg
Dewey Lake Cleanup
For the second year, volunteers are asked to help clean up the shoreline of Dewey Lake. More than 1,000 pounds of trash was collected last year. Meet at 9 a.m. at Terry’s Boat Ramp. Call 606-886-6709 for information.
John James Audubon State Park, Henderson
National Public Lands Day Volunteer Workday
Meet at the park office/welcome center at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided for volunteers. This event is co-sponsored by the Audubon Outdoor Club. This is a great opportunity for church groups, scouts and others to help beautify the park. Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing for the weather and for trail improvement projects. Groups and individuals interested in volunteering should contact Mark Kellen at 270-826-2247 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, Jamestown
Lake Cumberland Cleanup
You are invited to roll up your sleeves, lace up your boots and put on your work gloves to take part in the annual Lake Cumberland Cleanup on Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Lake Cumberland State Resort Park boat ramp. The cleanup is held at locations all over the lake in an effort to remove trash, tires, appliances and other debris from the shoreline of Lake Cumberland. Gloves and garbage bags will be furnished. Cash prizes awarded for the most garbage collected. A picnic will follow. Participants are asked to check in on the day of the cleanup. Call 606-451-1402 for information.
Taylorsville Lake State Park, Taylorsville
Taylorsville Lake Clean Sweep
Volunteers are asked to meet at 8 a.m. at the state park picnic shelter at Possum Ridge. Wear old clothes, gloves and good shoes. Lunch will be served. Call 502-477-8882 or 502-477-8713 for more information.
Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site, Wickliffe
Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site is hosting a Community Day on Saturday, Sept. 26, as part of National Public Lands Day. Museum exhibits of the excavated mounds, artifacts and Mississippian culture, hands-on displays of archaeology, and family-friendly games will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission will be offered to everyone as a way of saying thank you to the community for its support and friendship. This event at Wickliffe Mounds ties in to the Smithsonian’s Museum Free Day and is a collaboration of museums across the country offering free admission to visitors on the last Saturday of September each year.
National Public Lands Day will also be recognized with park volunteers cleaning the park grounds, ensuring that the trails and grounds are preserved for everyone to enjoy. Volunteers are welcome to register by calling the park office at 270-335-3681, or emailing email@example.com Work begins at 10 a.m. and ends at noon. Bring your own gloves, hats, bug repellent and sunscreen. All tools, safety equipment and bottled water will be issued by the park.
William Whitley House State Historic Site, Stanford
Old Emperor at Sportsman’s Hill Interpretive Trail
Enjoy one of Kentucky State Park’s newest trails at the William Whitley House State Historic Site. The new walking trail covers what is known as “Sportsman’s Hill,” where horse racing, as we know it today, began. Because of his anti-British sentiment, Col. William Whitley ran his races counterclockwise – opposite to the clockwise tradition of the British. The site of one of the country’s earliest race track, which dates back to 1788, features a half-mile trail with six interpretive signs on the history of racing. Call 606- 355-2881.
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 http://www.parks.ky.gov