Second annual Nature Weekend planned at Breaks Park Sept 20, 21

September 11, 2013

Breaks Park will pay tribute to nature, with an entire weekend dedicated to programs focusing on such topics as ecology, geology, birding, wildlife, plants and elk, reptiles and much more.

“The rich natural resources of this area are the reason the Breaks was protected in the first place, and our staff is so excited to have the opportunity to showcase and interpret these features for our visitors,” said Park Superintendent Austin Bradley. Programs are planned on the afternoon of Friday, September 20, and throughout the day on Saturday, September 21.

Beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday, Geologist and author Tony Scales will kick off the event with a book signing. Later in the afternoon, visitors can attend “Grandma Kept a Buckeye in her Purse,” which will focus on the old ways of life in this area, as well as the things Mother Nature provides to cure ailments, feed the family, and more. Additionally, a program featuring live snakes and a mist-netting program for bats will be held on Friday.

Planned on Saturday are an early morning bird hike, a second book signing and a geological hike with Scales, a geocaching experience, and a hike focusing on the edible and medicinal properties of plants. Saturday evening will bring a presentation on the introduction of Elk into the region, a raptor program with live birds, and an additional bat mist-netting program Saturday night.

Bradley noted that there would be something for anyone interested in nature to enjoy, including adults, children, students, youth organizations and more.

For more information, contact Park Naturalist Jayd Raines at 276-865-4413 ext. 3213 or jraines@breakspark.com.

Breaks Interstate Park is located on the Kentucky - Virginia border and is accessed by State Route 80. Commissioned by the U.S. Congress in 1954, it encompasses more than 4,600 acres and is one of only two interstate parks in the United States. For more information about the park, please visit www.BreaksPark.com.