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Wickliffe Mounds nature fair April 27 to feature ‘Wildlife of Kentucky’ display, demonstrations

Learn about the natural environment with outdoor demonstrations during Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site’s Nature Fair on Saturday, April 27.

The free event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and coincides near Earth Day. Activities will include the “Wildlife of Kentucky” with LBL Woodlands Nature Station’s live animals display, a talk with a Kentucky Division of Forestry forest ranger about trees and forest resources, hide tanning and soap making, getting muddy with a hands-on Mississippi river stream table and how the Native People of the Mississippian culture depended upon the environment. Guests can see displays and demonstrations of natural dyes, Leave No Trace principles, useful plants, cordage and more.

Other activities include a workshop on spinning yarn from fiber with a drop spindle (registration and fee required), reading and discussion about snakes and Kentucky wildlife by a local naturalist, learning about plant-based essential oils, an obstacle course and fire safety with the Wickliffe City Fire Department. Art students from Ballard County Memorial High School will have a special exhibit: “Art from Nature.”

Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site is located at 94 Green Street in Wickliffe. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the park has a welcome center, tourism information, gift shop, museum ($), shelter, picnic areas as well as Mounds and trails. For more information or to register for the fiber-spinning workshop, call the park office at 270-335-3681. Visit the website at parks.ky.gov and Facebook or email carla.hildebrand@ky.gov.

From Kentucky State Parks

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