The Richmond Register

September 23, 2013

EKU TO HOST FAMILY NATURE DAY AT MAYWOODS


Special to the Register

RICHMOND — Eastern Kentucky University’s Division of Natural Areas will host “Family Nature Day” at the Maywoods Environmental and Educational Laboratory from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.

The outdoor activities for children and adults, led by EKU faculty, staff and students, will be available at no charge at the university’s natural area. Planned events include a “Creek Crawl” to explore the stream ecosystem and learn about its diverse inhabitants, a woodland creature hunt, recreational tree climbing, and a fly fishing workshop, among other activities.

Lunch concessions will be provided by EKU’s International Service Learning Class.

Several all-day activities will also be offered (pre-registration for these events not required):

• Slithering Friends. Learn how to distinguish venomous snakes from the non-venomous variety.

• Outdoor Adventure (slack line and mountain climbing).

• Nature Crafts and Solar Prints. Enjoy a variety of games and crafts (suitable for all ages) to learn more about the natural environment.

Morning and afternoon sessions require pre-registration. Participants may attend any of the planned outings; however, space is limited for many, so early registration is urged.

Morning, 10 a.m.-Noon

Creek Crawl, explore the stream ecosystem and learn about its diverse inhabitants (wear old shoes or boots).

• Fly Fishing, learn the art of fly fishing. For those 14 or older. Equipment provided.

• Recreational Tree Climbing, get bird’s eye view of the forest.

• Leave No Trade, a series of fun activities for all ages to learn about minimal impact outdoor recreation.

• Nature Tech, explore tools and weapons Native Americans made from forest resources.

Afternoon, 1-3 p.m.

• Woodland Creature Hunt, search for creatures living in the Maywoods forest.

• Leave No Trade, a series of fun activities for all ages to learn about minimal impact outdoor recreation.

• Color: Science and Art, explore color as the perception of reflected light. Hands-on workshop for students of all ages and abilities.

• Recreational Tree Climbing, get bird’s eye view of the forest.

• Fall Fun with Trees and Wildflowers, learn why leaves change colors and how to identify common tree and wildflower species.

Located approximately 22 miles southwest of Richmond and the EKU campus; Maywoods straddles the hilly terrain of Garrard and Rockcastle counties and is covered by second-growth oak and pine forests. For detailed directions and/or registration information, visit www.naturalareas.eku.edu/ events/ family-nature-day-maywoods-0, e-mail karen.pratt@ eku.edu or call 622-1476.

(If using GPS to arrive at Maywoods, use its full address: 447 Maywoods Road, Crab Orchard, Ky.)