Department of Parks
Learn Birding and Wildflower Identification Skills at Cumberland Falls May 9-10
CORBIN, Ky. – If you’ve ever wanted to learn bird-watching skills or find out how to identify spring wildflowers, Cumberland Falls State Resort Park has a program to get you started.
On Friday and Saturday, May 9-10, the park’s naturalists and field leaders will teach the basics of these two hobbies and assist you in practicing your budding skills in the field. The program cost is $5 per person, with children under 10 free.
The event kicks off with registration from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday evening in the park’s Dupont Lodge. At 8 p.m., Naturalist Bret Smitley will present birding basics in the lodge.
Saturday’s events begin at 8 a.m. with field walks to identify birds and their calls. At 11 a.m., learn how to build a bluebird box, for an additional $8. At 1:30 p.m., join in a one-mile wildflower walk that covers basic identification techniques. There will be more bird walks at 4 p.m. Wrapping up the instructional sessions at 8 p.m. is an “owl prowl” to attempt to hear an owl call in the wild.
The region surrounding Cumberland Falls is a nature lover’s dream come true, featuring abundant waterfalls and natural stone arches mixed with unique and diverse plant and animal life.
Guests may stay in the historic Dupont Lodge or in a fully furnished cottage. The Riverview Restaurant serves a variety of appetizing cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If camping is more your style, there are RV and tent sites. To make a lodging reservation or to request a flyer on the event, please call 1-800-325-0063 or email BretA.Smitley@ky.gov.
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is located 20 miles southwest of Corbin, Ky. Take US 25W to KY 90. From I-75 south, take exit 25. From I-75 north, take exit 15. Follow directional signs leading to the park.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 53 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Commerce Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. Each year, Kentucky parks draw 7 million visitors and contribute $317 million to the economy. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our Web site at http://www.parks.ky.gov.