Thursday, August 12, 2010

Burgess Falls Park Readies For Celebration

Burgess Falls State Park and Natural Area is reminding local residents that they will host the 6th Annual Butterfly Garden Celebration from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 14. A variety of educational programs will be offered in the award-winning Native Butterfly Garden and surrounding park for this event. Scheduled programs will include:

A Walk in the Woods: 9 a.m. – State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath will take participants on an easy hike through the forest, talking about trees and telling their stories. Participants will meet at the River Trail/Service Road Loop trailhead.

Goodness Snakes Alive: 10 a.m. – The park’s cold-blooded residents will be discussed at the park amphitheater.

Dragonflies and Damselflies: 11 a.m. – Join Richard Connors for an easy walk, learning how to identify these unique insects. This program will begin at the park amphitheater, and participants are encouraged to bring binoculars.

Landscaping with Native Plants: 11 a.m. – Meet at the amphitheater to learn how to landscape with native plants and attract butterflies and other wildlife to your own yard.

Butterfly Identification Walk: Noon and 2 p.m. – Middle Tennessee Naturalist John Froeschauer will lead an informal butterfly identification “walk and talk,” beginning in the open garden and continuing into the nearby woodland habitat. His talk will focus on native butterfly food and nectar plants. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars. The program will be held at noon, with a repeat presentation at 2 p.m.

Creek Studies: Noon – Participants will learn to measure a stream’s health by observing the animals that live in it. They will meet at the picnic pavilion and should wear wading shoes.

Hike to the Big Falls Overlook: 2 p.m. – Participants will join the park’s Ranger staff for an hour-long hike from the picnic shelter to the main falls overlook. They should wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Meet at the amphitheater.

Burgess Falls is a 350-acre park, which lies on the rugged Eastern Highland Rim in Putnam and White counties. It is noted for its sheer bluffs, narrow ridges, waterfalls and diverse forests. The Burgess Falls Native Butterfly Garden was created by park staff, the Putnam County Master Gardeners, countless volunteers and the Iris Fund group. For more information about the Butterfly Garden Celebration at Burgess Falls State Park and Natural Area, please call (931) 432-5312.