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9th Annual Winter Adventure Weekend - January 25-28, 2018


Carter Caves State Resort Park, Kentucky


All Special Field Trips

List of all special field trips.





Thursday 1:00pm    Pine Tree    Indoor Program
Trip #1: Buckeye Trail Adventure Book Signing - Level: 1 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 100 people - Drop In

Author and adventurer Andy Niekamp will be in the lobby of the lodge signing copies of his new book titled "Captain Blue on the Blue Blazes - The First Solo Thru-Hike of Ohio's 1,444 Mile Buckeye Trail." Imagine walking 1,444 miles with a backpack carrying the bare necessities of life, 26 maps, and a whole lot of grit. When three-time Appalachian Trail Hiker, Andy "Captain Blue" Niekamp decided to hike Ohio's Buckeye Trail, he took on the challenge of his life. On this 88-day adventure, Captain Blue found things he didn't know he had: a Buckeye Trail family who assisted and encouraged him; a home state rich with scenic beauty and history; the physical, mental, and emotional stamina to travel Ohio alone and on foot. Books available for $15/each. More info at: BuckeyeTrailHiker.com

Meets at lodge. No transportation required.




Thursday 2:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #5: Hearth and Home Primitive Skills - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 15 people - 13 Spots Open

Living in the Kentucky Wilderness has been a reality for many people for centuries. Join your guide, Quintion Tyree, as he reviews skills both old and new to create your home and hearth for survival on the Kentucky frontier. Participants will help both scavenge, build and create in this outdoor activity.

Meets at lodge . No transportation required.




Thursday 2:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #7: Geocaching 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 20 people - 11 Spots Open

Chris Howard with Canoe Kentucky will help you learn the basics of geocaching. Bring your GPS or use your smart phone, but be ready for a great treasure hunt for the whole family! We will be inside to discuss the basics, but plan to be out in the elements for at least one hour during this clinic.

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Thursday 7:00pm    Pine Tree    Indoor Program
Trip #8: Thru-Hiking the Buckeye Trail: Things That Will Change The Way You See Ohio - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. On an 88-day thru-hike of Ohio's Buckeye Trail, Andy "Captain Blue" Niekamp made the most amazing long-distance journey of his life. As he walked his home state through wilderness, farmland, small towns, big cities, rural and urban areas, he discovered Ohio in a way that can be only experienced on foot. Captain Blue's stories about the people and places, past and present will change the way you see Ohio. His beautiful photos and experiences will surely inspire you to hike the Buckeye Trail.

Meets in the Grayson Room of lodge. No transportation required.




Thursday 8:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #9: Jam Session - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. After the evening's opening program, join some of our local musicians for an impromptu jam session in the Fields Facility. Any and all pickers and/or singers are welcome! It will be a round robin style jam, if you've got a song, great, if not, we'll get you on the next go around. Not a musician? Drop in and listen for a little bit.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 9:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #10: The Art of Cave Photography - Level: 1 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 15 people - 9 Spots Open

Come join us for a unique photography opportunity as Parham P Baker of Photo ShareShops offers a hands on workshop on cave photography. Spend 2 1/2 hours photographing the amazing formations and stream of Cascade Cavern. Lighting will be provided but bring your DSLR, tripod, a couple of small flashlights with fresh batteries and a cable release and learn how to get the best images in the darkest of places. This is best suited for intermediate to advanced photographers with interchangeable lens cameras.

Meets at lodge. Transportation required.




Friday 10:30am    Pine Tree   
Trip #14: Hot Chocolate 5K Fun Run or Walk - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 100 people - Drop In

Join us this morning to stretch your legs in a Hot Chocolate 5K run (or) walk through the park. The out and back course starts and finishes at the horse-camp-parking lot and offers 3.1 miles of flat roadway to accommodate runners and walkers of all abilities. Finishers will enjoy hot chocolate at the finish-line area. Restrooms are available at the start/finish-line area. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 male and female finishers.

Meets at Horse Campground. Transportation required.




Friday 12:00pm    Pine Tree    Indoor Program
Trip #16: Buckeye Trail Adventure Book Signing - Level: 1 - Duration: 2.5 hours - Limit: 100 people - Drop In

Author and adventurer Andy Niekamp will be in the lobby of the lodge signing copies of his new book titled "Captain Blue on the Blue Blazes - The First Solo Thru-Hike of Ohio's 1,444 Mile Buckeye Trail." Imagine walking 1,444 miles with a backpack carrying the bare necessities of life, 26 maps, and a whole lot of grit. When three-time Appalachian Trail Hiker, Andy "Captain Blue" Niekamp decided to hike Ohio's Buckeye Trail, he took on the challenge of his life. On this 88-day adventure, Captain Blue found things he didn't know he had: a Buckeye Trail family who assisted and encouraged him; a home state rich with scenic beauty and history; the physical, mental, and emotional stamina to travel Ohio alone and on foot. Books available for $15/each. More info at: BuckeyeTrailHiker.com

Meets at lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 1:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #22: Blades of Glory 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - 9 Spots Open

New for 2018 since the 2017 event weather was balmy! Have you watched figure skating or hockey on TV and always wanted to learn to skate? Or do you already know how to skate and want to learn some tricks, such as jumps or spins, to impress your friends? Sign-up for a 1-hour skating lesson taught by a former high-level figure skater and national-level US Figure Skating coach. Very limited sizes in skates will be available, please bring your own if you own any. Helmets are REQUIRED for kids under 13 (not provided), bicycle helmets work perfectly. US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. There will be a short walk from the lodge to the rink location. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Meets at lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 3:00pm    Pine Tree    Indoor Program
Trip #35: Backpacking 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 20 people - Drop In

Are you ready to try backpacking after an inspiring visit to a national park? Ready to introduce your kids to the great outdoors? Are you a longtime hiker who needs a refresher after too much time away from the trails? Whatever your goal, this indoor workshop will teach you the techniques to have a safe and enjoyable backpacking trip. We will cover topics such as backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, stoves, food, clothes, footwear, weather, terrain, comfort zone, trip planning, and Leave No Trace Principles.

Follow Signs in front of lodge to Hilltop Room. No transportation required.




Friday 3:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #37: Blades of Glory 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - 8 Spots Open

New for 2018 since the 2017 event weather was balmy! Have you watched figure skating or hockey on TV and always wanted to learn to skate? Or do you already know how to skate and want to learn some tricks, such as jumps or spins, to impress your friends? Sign-up for a 1-hour skating lesson taught by a former high-level figure skater and national-level US Figure Skating coach. Very limited sizes in skates will be available, please bring your own if you own any. Helmets are REQUIRED for kids under 13 (not provided), bicycle helmets work perfectly. US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. There will be a short walk from the lodge to the rink location. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Meets at lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 3:30pm    Pine Tree    Indoor Program
Trip #42: Yoga in the Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.75 hours - Limit: 20 people - 3 Spots Open

Experience this unique environment to practice yoga in Cascade Cave. Relax your mind, move your body and breathe deeply as you stretch your limbs. This session will take you through basic yoga poses to stretch and relax after an active day in the great outdoors. We will be doing both standing and seated postures. No experience necessary. Dress for yoga and be prepared for a cave temperature of 55 degrees. Bring a yoga mat and a large beach towel or blanket to put under the yoga mat. (Padded moving blankets work very well for this.) You will want the towel or blanket to be larger than your mat so that you have room for your belongings. The cave floor consists of rock and dirt and may be damp or muddy in areas. The cave floor is mostly flat but is uneven in some areas. Linda Salyer, Certified Yoga Instructor will be leading the class. The yoga class will be from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. Meet at the lodge at 3:30 pm and we will caravan to Cascade Cave.

Meets at lodge. Transportation required.




Friday 4:30pm    Pine Tree    Indoor Program
Trip #45: Deadly or Beautiful? You Be the Judge! - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. Snakes can be found in all continents except Antarctica. If you spend enough time in the outdoors, you are bound to cross paths with them sooner or later. Now is your chance to safely see some up close, some venomous and some harmless. Learn about these amazing animals, how to avoid being bitten and what to do if you are. If you are afraid of snakes, it's ok. There are plenty of seats in the back!

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 5:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #46: Open Ice - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. New for 2018 since the 2017 event weather was balmy! Come practice your skating skills on the newly constructed outdoor skating rink. Skate with your family and friends in the open air and warm-up by the ringside bonfire. If you do not have skates no problem come play on the ice anyways. Kids 12yrs old and under need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Bicycle helmets are REQUIRED for kids 12yrs and under (not provided). US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Friday 6:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #48: Open Ice - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. New for 2018 since the 2017 event weather was balmy! Come practice your skating skills on the newly constructed outdoor skating rink. Skate with your family and friends in the open air and warm-up by the ringside bonfire. If you do not have skates no problem come play on the ice anyways. Kids 12yrs old and under need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Bicycle helmets are REQUIRED for kids 12yrs and under (not provided). US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Friday 7:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #50: Campfire Social - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Get ready for a fun weekend, full of adventure, by relaxing around the campfire and roasting some marshmallows! Meet and greet trip leaders, past participants and everyone else at this campfire social. Marshmallows provided by Carter Caves State Park.

Meets at lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 8:00pm    Pine Tree    Indoor Program
Trip #53: Keynote Presentation: Ten Days, Five Volcanoes, The Trek to 17,000ft - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Dana Sutherland and Colin Gatland recently completed sumitting five volcanic peaks in Ecuador. These summits ranged in elevation from 14,000ft to approximately 17,000ft. Rain, hail, snow & intense winds were just part of the climbs. Tackling narrow ledges, fifty degree climbing inclines, slick trails and thin air was all par for the course in some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Ecuadorian Andes mountains.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 9:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #57: Open Ice - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. New for 2018 since the 2017 event weather was balmy! Come practice your skating skills on the newly constructed outdoor skating rink. Skate with your family and friends in the open air and warm-up by the ringside bonfire. If you do not have skates no problem come play on the ice anyways. Kids 12yrs old and under need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Bicycle helmets are REQUIRED for kids 12yrs and under (not provided). US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Saturday 8:30am    Pine Tree   
Trip #60: Practicing Leave No Trace with Winter Recreation and Caving - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 20 people - 20 Spots Open

This is a hands-on, all-ages workshop presenting the Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics as they apply to winter recreation and caving. Guided by two Leave No Trace Trainers, you will gain new insight on how to minimize your impact on the environment regardless of season or location. This isn't a lecture but a fun, interactive program that will take us into caves and onto trails designed to educate and enlighten! All participants will get souvenirs courtesy of the Trainers.

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 9:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #73: Blades of Glory 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - 10 Spots Open

New for 2018 since the 2017 event weather was balmy! Have you watched figure skating or hockey on TV and always wanted to learn to skate? Or do you already know how to skate and want to learn some tricks, such as jumps or spins, to impress your friends? Sign-up for a 1-hour skating lesson taught by a former high-level figure skater and national-level US Figure Skating coach. Very limited sizes in skates will be available, please bring your own if you own any. Helmets are REQUIRED for kids under 13 (not provided), bicycle helmets work perfectly. US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. There will be a short walk from the lodge to the rink location. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Meets at lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 9:30am    Pine Tree   
Trip #77: Geocaching 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 20 people - 11 Spots Open

Chris Howard with Canoe Kentucky will help you learn the basics of geocaching. Bring your GPS or use your smart phone, but be ready for a great treasure hunt for the whole family! We will be inside to discuss the basics, but plan to be out in the elements for at least one hour during this clinic.

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 9:30am    Pine Tree   
Trip #78: Backpacking: Finding the Right Fit for YOU - Level: 1 - Duration: 2.5 hours - Limit: 20 people - 18 Spots Open

Backpacking is the perfect activity to escape the bustle of the modern world and enjoy the outdoors with a completely different lifestyle. This workshop is for both those that are new to backpacking and those who have completed some backpacking trips and desire to increase their knowledge and skills. Topics will include trip preparation/planning, safety, training, gear options, choosing/packing your pack, food/cooking options, wilderness etiquette and basic navigation. Interactive discussion and questions from the group will be welcome. Various types of backpacking gear will be shown and you are encouraged to bring your own pack and gear to the class for evaluation.

Follow Signs in front of lodge to Hilltop Room. No transportation required.




Saturday 10:00am    Pine Tree    Indoor Program
Trip #94: Buckeye Trail Adventure Book Signing - Level: 1 - Duration: 4 hours - Limit: 100 people - Drop In

Author and adventurer Andy Niekamp will be in the lobby of the lodge signing copies of his new book titled "Captain Blue on the Blue Blazes - The First Solo Thru-Hike of Ohio's 1,444 Mile Buckeye Trail." Imagine walking 1,444 miles with a backpack carrying the bare necessities of life, 26 maps, and a whole lot of grit. When three-time Appalachian Trail Hiker, Andy "Captain Blue" Niekamp decided to hike Ohio's Buckeye Trail, he took on the challenge of his life. On this 88-day adventure, Captain Blue found things he didn't know he had: a Buckeye Trail family who assisted and encouraged him; a home state rich with scenic beauty and history; the physical, mental, and emotional stamina to travel Ohio alone and on foot. Books available for $15/each. More info at: BuckeyeTrailHiker.com

Meets at lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 11:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #102: Blades of Glory 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - 10 Spots Open

New for 2018 since the 2017 event weather was balmy! Have you watched figure skating or hockey on TV and always wanted to learn to skate? Or do you already know how to skate and want to learn some tricks, such as jumps or spins, to impress your friends? Sign-up for a 1-hour skating lesson taught by a former high-level figure skater and national-level US Figure Skating coach. Very limited sizes in skates will be available, please bring your own if you own any. Helmets are REQUIRED for kids under 13 (not provided), bicycle helmets work perfectly. US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. There will be a short walk from the lodge to the rink location. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Meets at lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 1:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #128: Blades of Glory 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - 10 Spots Open

New for 2018 since the 2017 event weather was balmy! Have you watched figure skating or hockey on TV and always wanted to learn to skate? Or do you already know how to skate and want to learn some tricks, such as jumps or spins, to impress your friends? Sign-up for a 1-hour skating lesson taught by a former high-level figure skater and national-level US Figure Skating coach. Very limited sizes in skates will be available, please bring your own if you own any. Helmets are REQUIRED for kids under 13 (not provided), bicycle helmets work perfectly. US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. There will be a short walk from the lodge to the rink location. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Meets at lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 2:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree   
Trip #136: Cave Survey 101 - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 18 Spots Open

Discover how caves are mapped. We will learn the basics of cave survey, and what function each survey team member performs. Then we will go into a cave and learn and practice how to read the instruments, as well as how to survey a cave passage by passage. We will also welcome those who have surveyed but would like to learn to sketch. Depending on the turn out, we may split the group by skill level so everyone is learning something new. Participants must have the required equipment for level 2 wild cave trips, visit the cave trip page of the website for details. Class is for ages 14 and up accompanied by an adult.

Follow Signs in front of lodge to Hilltop Room. Transportation required.




Saturday 2:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #143: Campfire Cookin Is Fun - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 12 people - Trip Full

Have you ever wanted to cook over a campfire? People have been cooking over open fires for centuries. This trip gives you the opportunity to learn how to season cast iron ware, how to tell the temperature inside a Dutch oven, what types of cookware can be used on an open fire, and how to cook over an open fire. Each participant will have the opportunity to prepare a hoecake, and you will receive several recipes to take home with you. No equipment or experience is needed. All materials are supplied. Bring your appetite. This trip is indoors and uses a fireplace inside the Welcome Center meeting room.

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 3:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #147: Makin String - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 12 people - 12 Spots Open

Have you ever wondered how many things you could do with string? Well, actually a lot! It is super versatile and useful in a survival situation. However, what happens when you are outdoors without string? Mother Nature has what you need! Come learn how to make string and cordage from wild plants in the forest during this fun hands on activity.

Meets in Recreation Shelter at Campground. Transportation required.




Saturday 3:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #152: Friends of Carter Caves Silent Auction Open - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

The Friends of Carter Caves group is hosting a silent auction followed by a LIVE auction on Saturday night in the Fields Room of the Lodge. The auction items will be displayed on Saturday in the Fields Room for everyone to browse. We also have some awesome guided adventure trips being offered up! The silent auction will run from 3:00pm until 7:00pm on Saturday and the live auction will begin around 7:45pm. You won't want to miss it ? music, fellowship and FUN! Come prepared to bid! Cash, check and PayPal payments accepted. All proceeds benefit the Friends of The Carter Caves group, which is a Kentucky non-profit, 501(c)3, tax exempt organization funded by donations.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 3:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #153: Blades of Glory 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - 9 Spots Open

New for 2018 since the 2017 event weather was balmy! Have you watched figure skating or hockey on TV and always wanted to learn to skate? Or do you already know how to skate and want to learn some tricks, such as jumps or spins, to impress your friends? Sign-up for a 1-hour skating lesson taught by a former high-level figure skater and national-level US Figure Skating coach. Very limited sizes in skates will be available, please bring your own if you own any. Helmets are REQUIRED for kids under 13 (not provided), bicycle helmets work perfectly. US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. There will be a short walk from the lodge to the rink location. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Meets at lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 4:00pm    Pine Tree    Indoor Program
Trip #159: Yoga in the Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.75 hours - Limit: 100 people - Drop In

Experience this unique environment to practice yoga in Cascade Cave. Relax your mind, move your body and breathe deeply as you stretch your limbs. This session will take you through basic yoga poses to stretch and relax after an active day in the great outdoors. We will be doing both standing and seated postures. No experience necessary. Dress for yoga and be prepared for a cave temperature of 55 degrees. Bring a yoga mat and a large beach towel or blanket to put under the yoga mat. (Padded moving blankets work very well for this.) You will want the towel or blanket to be larger than your mat so that you have room for your belongings. The cave floor consists of rock and dirt and may be damp or muddy in areas. The cave floor is mostly flat but is uneven in some areas. Linda Salyer, Certified Yoga Instructor will be leading the class. The yoga class will be from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. Meet at the lodge at 3:30 pm and we will caravan to Cascade Cave.

Meets at lodge. Transportation required.




Saturday 4:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #162: Friends of Carter Caves Silent Auction Open - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

The Friends of Carter Caves group is hosting a silent auction followed by a LIVE auction on Saturday night in the Fields Room of the Lodge. The auction items will be displayed on Saturday in the Fields Room for everyone to browse. We also have some awesome guided adventure trips being offered up! The silent auction will run from 3:00pm until 7:00pm on Saturday and the live auction will begin around 7:45pm. You won't want to miss it ? music, fellowship and FUN! Come prepared to bid! Cash, check and PayPal payments accepted. All proceeds benefit the Friends of The Carter Caves group, which is a Kentucky non-profit, 501(c)3, tax exempt organization funded by donations.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 5:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree   
Trip #165: Friends of Carter Caves Silent Auction Open - Level: 2 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

The Friends of Carter Caves group is hosting a silent auction followed by a LIVE auction on Saturday night in the Fields Room of the Lodge. The auction items will be displayed on Saturday in the Fields Room for everyone to browse. We also have some awesome guided adventure trips being offered up! The silent auction will run from 3:00pm until 7:00pm on Saturday and the live auction will begin around 7:45pm. You won't want to miss it ? music, fellowship and FUN! Come prepared to bid! Cash, check and PayPal payments accepted. All proceeds benefit the Friends of The Carter Caves group, which is a Kentucky non-profit, 501(c)3, tax exempt organization funded by donations.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 5:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #168: Open Ice - Level: 1 - Duration: 6 hours - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. New for 2018 since the 2017 event weather was balmy! Come practice your skating skills on the newly constructed outdoor skating rink. Skate with your family and friends in the open air and warm-up by the ringside bonfire. If you do not have skates no problem come play on the ice anyways. Kids 12yrs old and under need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Bicycle helmets are REQUIRED for kids 12yrs and under (not provided). US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Saturday 7:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #167: Announcements and Reflections on the Day - Level: 1 - Duration: 0.75 hours - Limit: 100 people - Drop In

It is time to gather and give our reflections on the day and announce winners of kids squeezebox competition, rope climbing competition and our Volunteer of the Year award. The accepted images of this years photo salon will be shown as well as our presentation of ribbons for the winners.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Sunday 8:30am    Pine Tree   
Trip #172: Practicing Leave No Trace with Winter Recreation and Caving - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 20 people - 18 Spots Open

This is a hands-on, all-ages workshop presenting the Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics as they apply to winter recreation and caving. Guided by two Leave No Trace Trainers, you will gain new insight on how to minimize your impact on the environment regardless of season or location. This isn?t a lecture but a fun, interactive program that will take us into caves and onto trails designed to educate and enlighten! All participants will get souvenirs courtesy of the Trainers.

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Sunday 9:30am    Pine Tree   
Trip #178: Open Ice - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. New for 2018 since the 2017 event weather was balmy! Come practice your skating skills on the newly constructed outdoor skating rink. Skate with your family and friends in the open air and warm-up by the ringside bonfire. If you do not have skates no problem come play on the ice anyways. Kids 12yrs old and under need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Bicycle helmets are REQUIRED for kids 12yrs and under (not provided). US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Sunday 10:00am    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree    Mountain bike and helmet required.
Trip #187: Intermediate Mountain Biking - Level: 3 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - 10 Spots Open

We will be taking a ride on a section of the Kiser Hollow Trail,the parks longest multi-use trail at 8.6 miles. The terrain will have changes in elevation and can be rocky and steep in places. This ride will be shorter in length than the advanced mountain bike ride and should last about an hour depending on rest breaks. No rider will be left behind on these trail rides and riders will be encouraged to push their bikes if they are uncomfortable on sections of the trail. Helmets are required for this trip. Bring your own mountain bike. Bikes not provided.

Meets at lodge. Transportation required.




Sunday 10:00am    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree    Mountain bike and helmet required.
Trip #188: Advanced Mountain Biking - Level: 3 - Duration: 2.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - 9 Spots Open

We will be taking a ride covering most of the Kiser Hollow Trail, the park longest multi-use trail at 8.6 miles. The terrain will have changes in elevation and can be rocky, steep and treachorous in places. This ride will be longer in length than the intermediate mountain bike ride and should last about an 2 - 2.5 hours depending on riders preferences on distance. No rider will be left behind on these trail rides and riders will be encouraged to push their bikes if they are uncomfortable on sections of the trail. Helmets are required for this trip. Bring your own mountain bike. Bikes not provided.

Meets at lodge. Transportation required.




Sunday 10:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #190: Campfire Cookin Is Fun - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 12 people - 12 Spots Open

Have you ever wanted to cook over a campfire? People have been cooking over open fires for centuries. This trip gives you the opportunity to learn how to season cast iron ware, how to tell the temperature inside a Dutch oven, what types of cookware can be used on an open fire, and how to cook over an open fire. Each participant will have the opportunity to prepare a hoecake, and you will receive several recipes to take home with you. No equipment or experience is needed. All materials are supplied. Bring your appetite. This trip is indoors and uses a fireplace inside the Welcome Center meeting room.

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Sunday 10:30am    Pine Tree   
Trip #195: Canoe Camping 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 25 people - 24 Spots Open

Join Canoe KY for a informational session on basic canoe camping. Learn tips and trick for packing high and dry for a night or a week on the water. This will be hands on with gear and will be a great time to ask questions. Perfect for the beginner to intermittent canoe camper, families looking to get their feet wet and those needing some simple hacks for the water.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Sunday 11:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #200: Open Ice - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. New for 2018 since the 2017 event weather was balmy! Come practice your skating skills on the newly constructed outdoor skating rink. Skate with your family and friends in the open air and warm-up by the ringside bonfire. If you do not have skates no problem come play on the ice anyways. Kids 12yrs old and under need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Bicycle helmets are REQUIRED for kids 12yrs and under (not provided). US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.