The Richmond Register

September 30, 2012

EKU to host Family Nature Day at Maywoods Oct. 6


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 on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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 1.4-mile hike to discover more about the oak-hickory forest ecosystem

• A bird tracking adventure, GPS scavenger hunt

• A “fishing basics” workshop (equipment provided)

• A woodland creature hunt, among other activities.

Lunch concessions will be provided by the EKU Wildlife Society.

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

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

• Outdoor Adventure (mountain biking and slack line fun)

• Nature Games and Crafts. 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

• Forest Ecology Hike, discover the fascinating oak-hickory forest ecosystem on a 1.4-mile hike.

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

• Bird Tracking Adventure, learn and practice how biologists capture, band, and track birds using mist-nets and radio telemetry.

• Fishing Basics, learn the art of fishing and enjoy a relaxing and exciting day with a fishing expert.

Afternoon, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

• Woodland Creature Hunt, hunt for the hidden and camouflaged creatures living in the Maywoods forest.

• Nature Tech, explore many of the tools and weapons that Native Americans made from forest resources with stone tool/arrow making and primitive archery/spear throwing demonstrations.

• Daytime Astronomy, see what the skies have to offer when the sun is shining bright.

• GPS Scavenger Hunt, learn the basics of navigating and researching with a GPS unit during a scavenger hunt.

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, e-mail karen.pratt@eku.edu or call 859-622-1476. (Note: if using GPS to arrive at Maywoods, use its full address: 447 Maywoods Road, Crab Orchard, Ky.)