Eastern Kentucky University’s Division of Natural Areas will host Family Nature Day on Saturday at Maywoods Environmental and Educational Laboratory located on the borders of Garrard and Rockcastle counties.
Put together with help from EKU Adventure Programs and the biology department, the purpose of the event is simple, a community outreach inviting families to come outside together and have fun, said Melinda Wilder, director of the Division of Natural Areas.
“We do a variety of structured activities, as well as other activities, like fishing and hiking,” she said.
Wilder added that this year’s event will offer several new activities for families to try their hands at, thanks to a small grant from Bluegrass Pride.
“We'll offer a rain barrel workshop, making barrels to hook up to the gutter to water gardens with,” she said.
Other workshops will include hunter safety and learning to compost. In addition, the event will feature a new technological workshop, using iPods for tree identification.
At lunchtime visitors have the opportunity to listen to bluegrass music from Bob Frederick, a professor of biology from EKU.
Maywoods is a 1,700-acre wildlife refuge located approximately 22 miles southwest of Richmond. It is used by the university as an environmental teaching tool for students, but also features a lodge, amphitheater, hiking trails and a lake for fishing. Tuesday-Sunday, Maywoods is open to the public for fishing and hiking.
Maywoods Environmental and Educational Laboratory