LBL to celebrate Earth Weekend
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Come and celebrate Earth Day, the natural wonders of LBL, and the beautiful spring wildflowers found on the hill and hollows. Earth Weekend highlights several of LBL’s conservation and environmental education programs. Programs are being offered at Woodlands Nature Station (NS), The Homeplace (HP), Golden Pond Visitor Center (GPVC), South Welcome Station (SWS), Central Hunter Check Station (CHCS), and Turkey Bay OHV Area throughout the weekend.

“It is always exciting to be part of a new event,” stated Cindy Earls, “Friends of LBL” Special Events Coordinator, “especially one highlighting LBL’s conservation education programs and the wonderful spring wildflowers that make their appearance this time of the year.”

Weekend events have something for all ages–basics of organic gardening, children’s earth friendly activities, recreating green, basics of fishing, and traditional herbal medicinal plants.

Saturday, Carroll Tire & Wheel Alignment from Murray, KY, will offer free tire pressure checks at CHCS. Visitors can learn about the benefits of correct tire pressure. At GPVC, Green House Recycling from Murray, KY, will offer tips on how and what to recycle.

Weekend activities also feature LBL’s spectacular spring wildflowers. Dr. Edward Chester, Professor Emeritus of Biology at Austin Peay State University, will lead two wildflower walks along Bear Creek on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., exploring some of LBL’s best wildflower spots and teaching hikers how to add native wildflowers to their own backyard. Wildflowers will be available for purchase at GPVC and NS gift shops this weekend. Please enjoy the sights, but do not pick any flowers–leave them for others to enjoy now and in the future.

“If you are interested in wildflowers, you do not want to miss this weekend in LBL,” advised Mary Schmidt, Nature Station Interpreter. “The variety of programs this Earth Weekend makes it a great experience for the whole family!”

Activities include:

Saturday, April 18

10am-12:30pm; 1:30pm-4pm Dr. Chester’s Wildflowers Walk (SWS)

9am-12pm; 1pm-4pm Herbal Medicine, Invited artist-Denise Berryhill (HP); Organic Gardening, Invited artist-Charles Berryhill (HP)

1pm Green Woodworking (HP)

9am Spring Clean-up (Turkey Bay OHV Area)

10am-3pm Free Tire Pressure Check Station (CHCS)

9am-5pm Plant Native! Wildflower Sale (GPVC)

10am-4pm Green Camping (GPVC); Recycling Basics (GPVC); Children’s Activities: Recycle Relays & Litter Bug Craft (GPVC)

12pm “Let There Be Light” (GPVC Planetarium)

11:15am Take a Walk on the Wild-flower Side! (Hematite Lake Trail)

2:15pm Climate Change Right Here at Home (NS)

Sunday, April 19

1pm Green Woodworking (HP)

1pm-4pm Name that Plant (HP)

1pm-4pm Wildflowers on the Bed (HP)

12pm “Let There Be Light” (GPVC Planetarium)

1pm-4pm Family Fishing Festival (GPVC)

2:15pm Recycling Relays (NS)

3:30pm The Power of Green: Green Cleaners & Eco-friendly Alternatives (NS)

Some special programs have additional costs, may require reservations, or only a limited number can participate. General admission prices for The Homeplace and Nature Station are $4 for ages 13 & up, $2 for ages 5-12, and 4 & under are free. Call 270-924-2020 for additional information, reservations, and special program costs.

Land Between The Lakes is managed by the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, in partnership with “Friends of LBL,” to provide public lands outdoor recreation and environmental education. We encourage visitors to review our website at www.lbl.org each season, and throughout the season, for our Calendar of Events, updates on programs and policies, and temporary trail and road closures. Additional LBL information is also available on our website or by calling 1-800-LBL-7077 or 270-924-2000. You can find out more about “Friends of LBL” at www.friendsoflbl.org.
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