Cedars of Lebanon State Park has programs for all ages planned for Labor Day weekend. The programs are a continuation of the seasonal nature programs offered beginning Memorial Day weekend.
"We have programs all summer on the weekends and we normally end on Labor Day," said Seasonal Interpretive Ranger Cathy Nipper.
This year, she hopes to continue past Labor Day due to a shift in the seasonal ranger's schedules.
All of the programs are free and open to the public, and feature a variety of activities sure to appeal to all ages.
"Usually any kind of visit to the caves and owl prowls are very popular," said Nipper. "During the owl prowls we can see eastern screen owls and barn owls."
Kicking off the weekend Friday at 5 p.m. will be a program titled "There are No Cedar Trees in this Park," which Nipper said many people are surprised about.
"We should be called Junipers of Lebanon," Nipper said, as those are the dominate species in the park.
Some programs require extra preparation such as sturdy shoes or flashlights. Flashlights are recommended for the campfires and night time hay rides as terrain to and from the site of the fire can be hard to maneuver.
"We are excited about it," Nipper said.
The weekend program schedule includes:
“There are No Cedar Trees in this Park” Hike at 5 p.m.
Did you know there really aren’t any cedar trees in this park? Meet Cathy for an interpretive hike on the 1/2-mile Cedar Glade Trail to find out why, as the significance and many uses of Eastern Redcedar throughout history are discussed. Guests will meet in front of the main office.
A Bat’s Point of View at 7 p.m.
An evening walk to Jackson Cave, where guests can hear about one of nature’s most interesting nocturnal creatures and the disease that threatens our natural pest controllers. On the way back, guests can look above to witness these predators of the night in the park. Please be sure to bring bug spray, a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes.
Hoot by the Fire at 8 p.m.
Start the weekend by the fire stories are told and friendships are built. Shortly after, rangers will hold a nighttime hay ride. Please bring bug spray and any other comfort items needed.
Little Nature Explorers: Fishing Fun at 10 a.m.
Children can engage in a dramatic play fishing game and learn about fish. It's a Project Wild class designed for ages 3-7 with an adult partner.
Creature Feature at 11 a.m.
Spot one of the mystery animals as they make their way around the campground.
Butterfly Garden Walk: The Beauty of Change at noon
Join Cathy on a walk through the butterfly garden to witness winged beauties and hear Native American butterfly legends.
Make Your Own Field Guide at 1 p.m.
Stop on by and create a personalized field guide that will help identify common plants and animals at Cedars of Lebanon State Park.
Serpents at Cedars at 2 p.m.
Join Garrett inside the nature center to get an up-close look at some slithering creatures who will help to distinguish between venomous and non-venomous snakes.
Kite with Carlos at 3 p.m.
Join Carlos to build a kite and let it take to the sky.
Nature’s Dark World at 5 p.m.
Meet on the deck for a walk to Jackson Cave where the fragility of cave ecosystems and the web of life beneath the forest will be revealed. Please be sure to wear sturdy shoes.
Owl Prowl at 8:15 p.m.
Meet Cathy and special guest Ray Pope at the Camper Registration Office to take a guided nocturnal walk in hopes of attracting the attention of Eastern screech owls that reside in the park! Please bring bug spray, a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes.
Leaves of Three at 10 a.m.
Those “itching” to find out more about poison ivy and how to identify it should stop by this presentation.
All programs meet at the Nature Center unless otherwise noted.