Department of Parks
Kentucky State Parks Participate In Earth Week
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Several Kentucky State Parks will be participating in Earth Week during April with hikes, wildflower weekends and clean up efforts across the state.
The Department of Parks is among several state agencies taking part in events related to Earth Day – April 22. State government’s theme for Earth Day this year is “Environmental Leadership: Go for the Green.”
Here is a listing of Earth Week events at Kentucky State Parks. For more information about state parks, visit www.parks.ky.gov. More Earth Day activities are listed at the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet web site at: http://www.eppc.ky.gov/educationoutreach/earthday/
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Corbin
Nature Photography Weekend
Nature Photography buffs will enjoy this weekend that features a 24 hour digital & slide competition. Photographers with all skill levels can pick up helpful tips from evening guest speakers. Plaques will be given in several categories. Registration fee: $40. Call 1-800-325-0063 for information.
Greenbo Lake State Resort Park, Greenup
Earth Day Tygart Trek
Celebrate Earth Day as we travel back in history on this 9-mile trek named for early Kentucky explorer, Michael Tygart. The moderately easy trek leads past a mid-19th century iron furnace, historic cemetery, and iron ore pits, descends into Pruitt Fork Valley, site of several pioneer homes and numerous wildflowers, and concludes along the scenic lakeshore. Begins at 9 a.m. at the lodge and ends approximately at 2 p.m. $15 registration fee includes souvenir. Contact Claire Earnhart to register and for more information. 606-473-7324 or Claire.Earnhart@ky.gov
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Gilbertsville
Eagle Nest Tour
Kentucky Dam Village will celebrate Earth Day on April 19 with a tour to the active eagle nest near the park at 10 a.m. After the tour, each participant will receive a tree seedling and information on “How to live Green.” No registration is necessary. Meet in the lobby at the Village Inn. For information, call Mary Greer 270- 362-4271 ext. 364 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Cadiz
Earth Week at Lake Barkley
Lake Barkley State Park, in Cadiz, is once again celebrating Kentucky and National Earth Week with a full week of nature hikes and boat tours, regional history and folk life programs, nature arts, guest speakers, live animal presentations, trail and shoreline cleanups, live entertainment, astronomy, and more! Evening programs throughout the week and all-day and evening programs on the weekends. All are free and open to the public. Experience, learn, and enjoy during Barkley's Earth Week festivities! Call 1-800-325-1708 for information.
Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade
The beautiful area around Natural Bridge is home to hundreds of native plant species; enjoy them this weekend with other botanists, gardeners, and nature lovers. Our field trips are for all levels of participation, from beginner to advanced wildflower enthusiasts and from short easy walks to longer hikes at Natural Bridge and the Red River Gorge Geological Area! Evening speakers will focus on the native plants in the region. Register upon arrival. $8/adult, $5/ages 12-17, free for children under 12 years old. For more information contact Brian Gasdorf at email@example.com or call 1-800-325-1710.
Rough River Dam State Resort Park, Falls of Rough
Rough River Clean Up
Rough River Dam State Resort Park will be hosting a "Clean up the Park" day on April 22 in recognition of Earth Day. The clean-up will begin at the lodge entrance at 9 a.m. (CDT). Anyone who wants to volunteer for this event should call Sheila Jones at 270-257-2311 or 1-800-325-1713.
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