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July 2014 - Long Hunter State Park Program Schedule

All programs are free and open to the public. Program participants should meet at the park office unless otherwise noted. The park office is located at 2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage, TN 37076.

National Moth Week

Friday, July 18 at 8:00pm

Join park staff and Regional Naturalist John Froeschauer as they employ various methods to attract and identify some of Long Hunter's mysterious nocturnal residents. Celebrate National Moth Week with a survey of these little-known and amazingly beautiful creatures. Meet at the Couchville Lake picnic shelter; we'll be there at least two hours.


Movie in the Park

Saturday, July 19 at 8:00pm

Warm summer nights are the perfect time for outdoor films. We'll be showing a PG-rated family comedy in Area 2 tonight, so grab some friends and come join us under the shelter!


Nature Stories

Sunday, July 20 at 10:00am

Ranger Davis will be down under the Bryant Grove shelter reading outdoor-themed stories for young boys and girls. Catch the fun any time for the next two hours!


Mammals of Tennessee

Sunday, July 20 at 2:00pm

Tennessee is full of extravagant mammals just outside your door. We have over a dozen of them down in the park office (Area 1) AV room to show off and share with you. Furs, skulls, and mounted animals will be presented until four o'clock today.


Frogs & Snakes of Tennessee

Wednesday, July 23 at 2:00pm

Often we hear strange sounds in the night. Do you know our native frogs can sound like anything from birds & dogs to crying babies? Today until 4 p.m., come discover Tennessee's amphibian show-offs in the park office (Area 1) AV room. We'll also be talking about local snakes, but fear not -- no live animals today!


Nature Loop Hike

Thursday, July 24 at 9:00am

The quarter-mile Nature Loop in Area 2 is a wonderful, short hike for us to explore this morning. Common sights are our native white-tailed deer and wild turkey. Let's go see what we can find!


SuperHuman Animals

Friday, July 25 at 2:00pm

Often we think of superhuman powers as being able to run like the wind, fly over mountains, or shoot red beams from the eyes, and we're right! Did you know there are animals that can do all this and more? Showing in our AV room in the main office today for the next two hours is a presentation about dozens of amazing animals from all over the globe (and your own backyard).


Night Hike

Friday, July 25 at 8:00pm

Let's go looking for critters tonight. In the dark, lots of strange animals emerge, especially insects. Meet at the trailhead to the Deer Trail in Area 1 for an easy one-mile walk. Tick repellant is imperative!

Location: Deer Trail, Hermitage, TN 37076, USA


Build a Fort Day

Saturday, July 26 at 12:00pm

Our one-mile Deer Trail has accrued many invasive plants. Invasive plants are ones that didn't grow up here, but have taken the place of native species. Luckily these plants can be very beautiful and make great material for craft projects. Come out and feed your wild side. We'll be learning to spot and uproot plant bullies and turn them into something useful: toys.


Sellars Farm Guided Hike

Sunday, July 27 at 2:00pm

Sellars Farm State Archaeological Area in Lebanon is rich with history and diverse wildlife. Normally a self-guided tour, today come out for a ranger-led program that incorporates both of these fascinating aspects. This will be a slow-paced interpretive walk around high grass, so remember your comfortable shoes and insect repellent.


Create A Tree Collage

Wednesday, July 30 at 10:00am

Get creative with us as we explore ways to remember nature's beautiful plants. Together we can construct our very own tree. We'll meet in the main office parking lot to spark our imaginations. Those over age 14 should be accompanied by a child. Approximate time: 30-45 minutes.


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Long Hunter State Park * 2910 Hobson Pike * Hermitage, TN 37076 * 615-885-2422