Family Nature Day Set at Maywoods

Published on September 14, 2015

Eastern Kentucky University’s Division of Natural Areas will host “Family Nature Day” at the Maywoods Environmental and Educational Laboratory on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The outdoor activities for children and adults, led by EKU faculty, staff and students, will be available at no charge at the University’s natural area. Lunch concessions will be provided by EKU’s International Service Learning Class.

Free pre-registration is required for all activities:

·         Campfire Cooking – From Gross to Gourmet, 10 a.m.-Noon.

·         Creek Critter Hunt – explore the stream ecosystem and learn about its diverse inhabitants. Wear old shoes or boots, 1-2 and 2-3 p.m.

·         Fishing Fun – learn the basics of fishing and try your luck (fishing gear and bait provided), 10-11 a.m.

·         What Is a Food Chain? – energy relay and other games to learn answer, 11 a.m.-Noon.

·         Cone Critters – all about the creatures that live in pine cones, 1-2 p.m.

·         Water Pipes and Other Team Building Challenges – 2-3 p.m.

·         Beekeeping for Families – 10-11 a.m. and 11 a.m.-Noon.

·         Fall Fun with Wildflowers and Trees – learn how to identify trees and wildflowers, includes fun leaf art, 1-2 p.m.

·         Sun Prints – learn how to turn sunshine into art, 2-3 p.m.

·         Prehistoric Recycling – making tools and jewels from bones, 10 a.m.-Noon.

·         Intro to Kayaking – beginners welcome, for ages 10 and up, 1-2 p.m. and 2-3 p.m.

In addition, a nature scavenger hunt challenge will be conducted all day, with no pre-registration required.

Located approximately 22 miles southwest of Richmond and the EKU campus; Maywoods straddles the hilly terrain of Garrard and Rockcastle counties and is covered by second-growth oak and pine forests. For detailed directions and/or more information about Maywoods, visit, e-mail or call 859-622-1476.