OLIVE HILL, Ky. – Step back in time to the 18th century, when American Indians and European Americans lived closer to nature. 


Carter Caves State Resort Park at Olive Hill invites you to its Tracking and Woods Lore Weekend, March 7-9. Learn some of the skills that were necessary for everyday life, and of the cultural sharing that has made our modern lives richer. Guests will enjoy nature, tracking, culture and history in outdoor and indoor settings.  


Workshops and field trips throughout the weekend will give participants hands-on experience in identifying animal signs in the forest. One field trip will focus on the environment of life in a cave. There will be indoor program options offered throughout the weekend including interpretation on the “Rise and Demise of Buffalo in Old Kentucky.”  Tracking and Woods Lore is for everyone interested in 18th-century lifestyles, culture, wildlife and our natural environment. 


To learn more about our instructors visit www.trailsinclivinghistory.com. Overnight packages are available. 


The admission price is $25 for adults (ages 16 and older) and $15 for guests age 15 and younger. An overnight package including 2 nights and the workshop fee for two is available for two adults at $149.95 plus tax. The price for one person is $124.95 plus tax.


Registration is required. Call the park at 1-800-325-0059 for more information and to make reservations. 


Carter Caves State Resort Park is located at 344 Caveland Drive in Olive Hill. The park has a lodge with a restaurant, cottages and campground. Besides cave tours, activities include hiking, swimming, boating and fishing.


The park is located off Interstate 64 at Exit 161. Take U.S. 60 east. Go approximately 2 miles and turn left on KY 182 north. The park entrance is 3 miles from the left turn onto KY 182 north.


Agenda for Tracking and Woods Lore Weekend



7-8:15 p.m. - Grayson Room in Lewis Caveland Lodge

· Welcome to the Park

· Cultural sharing in the 18th century.

· Story:  “Eastern Woodland Indians”

· Hunting and tracking techniques of the Eastern Woodland Indians.


8:15-8:30 p.m.: Break - Overview of activities


8:30-9:30 p.m.: Slide Show:  “A Natural History of Holes” 


9-9:45 a.m.: Intro to Tracking: Grayson Room in Lewis Caveland Lodge


9:45-10:30 a.m.: Workshop: Paw Print Identification


10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Tracking Walk: “Natural History of Holes” - Outside Activity


10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.:  Informal Interpretation: The Rise and Demise of Buffalo in Old Kentucky. Learn about buffalo hunting in the wilds of “Can-tuck-ee” - Indoor Activity



12:30- 2 p.m.: Lunch on Your Own


2-4 p.m.: Waterside Tracking Walk: (easy terrain) - This walk will focus on animal signs in and around aquatic habitats such as vernal ponds, streams and creeks - Outside Activity.


2-4 p.m.: Cliffside Tracking Walk: (moderately difficult terrain) - This walk will focus on animal signs around rocky cliff lined areas and will involve some steeper terrain - Outside Activity.


2-4 p.m.: Informal Interpretation:  Skulls, Skins & Scats - A chance to dig deeper into the other signs animals leave behind - Indoor Activity.


5-7 p.m.: Dinner on your own.


7 p.m.: Slide Show:  “Critters Need Plants Too”  - Indoor Activity


8 p.m.: Hands on Activity:  Tracking “Owl Chowl” - Indoor Activity



9 -11:30 a.m.: Tracking Walk focusing on Cave Life  - We will search out life in a portion of  Cascade Cave - Outside Activity


9-10:30 a.m.: Naturalist Activity:  Scientific Coloring, Track Making and other Activities - Indoor Activity


9-11:30am   Informal Interpretation:  Skulls, Skins & Scats:  A chance to dig deeper into the other signs animals leave behind - Indoor Activity


11:30 a.m.: Recap of the weekend workshop.





The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov



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