Cedars of Lebanon State Park has issued a schedule of upcoming events at the park designed to keep young and old alike busy during the long summer days.
Sunday, July 1
1 p.m. Animal Track Casting — Come down to the Nature Center to learn about and make plaster casts of tracks from some of the local park animals.
4 p.m. Cave Talk & Walk — Hiding under our feet is an underground honeycomb of caves. Meet at the Nature Center wearing sturdy shoes for a short walk to the entrances of two very different and historically important caves.
Monday, July 2
10 a.m. Garden Garbage Scavenger Hunt— Meet at the nature center for a scavenger hunt in the butterfly garden. Find miscellaneous items scattered about the garden that look out of place and check them off of your scavenger list.
1 p.m. Survival Bracelet —Meet at the Nature Center and learn how to make your very own survival bracelet.
Tuesday, July 3
10 a.m. Birds of Prey —Join the staff at the Nature Center to learn about birds of prey and meet a screech owl and a kestrel
3 p.m. Make Your Own Patriotic Pinwheels —Come down to the Camp Store and make pinwheels to celebrate the Fourth of July.
8 p.m. Ol’-Time Campfire Singin’ —Join the staff at the Nature Center for a quick walk down to the fire ring for some old-time music and lessons on how to play the gut bucket and washboard. You won't just be learning about local musical history, you’ll be living it.
Wednesday, July 4
9 a.m. Decorate your Ride —Come down to the Camp Store to decorate your bikes for the bike parade. They will be providing balloons and streamers, but feel free to improvise with your own additions as long as they are safe.
10 to 11:30 a.m. Bike Parade —Meet at the Camp Store to start the Fourth of July parade around the campsites. Participants will then be riding with ranger escort around all the campgrounds. Anyone under 16 must wear a helmet or they will not be able to participate.
2 p.m. Watermelon Eating Contest – Meet at the Nature Center
3 p.m. Water Balloon Toss —Meet at the Nature Center and cool off with water balloons. The park will provide the balloons.
7 to 8 p.m. Hay Ride —Follow the trail behind the Nature Center to the campfire for a ride through the fields.
Thursday, July 5
11 a.m. History Talk & Walk —Come hear the fascinating story of how Cedars of Lebanon became a state park as you walk to some of the old buildings, and learn the history behind them. Participants will meet at the Nature Center.
2 p.m. Don’t Lose Your Marbles — Participants will meet at the Nature Center for an old fashioned game of marbles.
8 p.m. Creatures Come Out at Night Hike —Meet at the Nature center for a two mile hike on the cedar forest trail to see what creatures are prowling around at sunset.
Friday July 6
1 p.m. Birds and Woodpeckers —Meet at the Nature Center and learn about woodpeckers and then stay cool by watching a bird video in the theater.
3 p.m. Where are You? —Meet at the Nature Center to learn how to make and read topographical maps.
7:30 p.m. Kick Ball —Meet at the baseball field for a fun evening game of kickball.
The park is also planning a Junior Ranger Camp, July 23-27, for ages 8 to 12. Kids are invited to join the park staff for the Junior Ranger Camp where they will be exposed to the local environment, go on hikes and make crafts. At the end of the week there will be a ceremony for the new Junior Rangers!
For more information about the park and upcoming programs drop by the park during office Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or call 615-443-2769. Contact the Nature Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by calling 615-453-3028, or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/colsp or check out their website at www.tnpark.com.