Fall Activities at State Park Include Art Retreats, Preschool Programs and the Spooktacular

The cooler temps are upon us but Audubon State Park is still active. Take a walk in the best hiking weather Mother Nature has to offer. They have many miles of trails to choose from. Let the staff help you find the trail best suited for your needs. Tons of fall events are planned for October, with activities for all ages.

This month’s events include:

2011 Audubon Artists Exhibit
Exhibit dates: through November 30
The Audubon Museum presents the “2011 Audubon Artists Exhibit”, which will highlight 15-20 exhibiting artists from the tri-state and regional area. A variety of mixed mediums, watercolors, oil, acrylics and textiles will be on display through November 30.
Staff Contact: Kim McGrew-Liggett, Audubon Arts Administrator (270) 827-1893

“Play A Round For The Playground” Golf Scramble
Presented By Robinson Engineering
Saturday, October 8, 2011 Shot Gun Start 8 a.m.
Audubon Golf Course
Help the park purchase new playground equipment by playing golf. Four-person open scramble. Mulligans available. Entry Fee includes 18-holes golf, catered lunch, and prizes for 1st and 2nd Place Teams as well as Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin.
Staff Contact: Park office 270-826-2247 or Audubon Golf Store Pro Shop at 270-826-5546
Entry Fee: $40 per person. Checks payable to: Friends of Audubon. Mail to: PO Box 576, Henderson, KY 42419.

Adult Artists Retreat
Friday, October 14th
JJA Museum
Beginning to advanced artists, are invited to participate in the all day Artist Retreats monthly from 9:00-3:00pm. Bring your own artwork and supplies. Lunch will be potluck. Special speakers and noon programs will vary monthly. Pre-registration is required.
Staff Contact: Kim McGrew-Liggett Audubon Museum (270) 827-1893 kim.mcgrew@ky.gov
Cost: $15

Walk on the Wild Side – Nature Programs for Toddlers
Fridays, Oct 14, Oct 28 10:00 a.m.
Museum – Bird Observation Center
Toddlers 3 – 5 years old. These 45-min.-1hr. interactive programs will explore what nature has to offer. With each new topic toddlers will discover how wildlife and nature shapes the world we live in. Each program will involve one or more of the following activities: games, crafts, live animal visit, hike, or songs.
Oct. 14 Itsy Bitsy Spiders – Thousands of different kinds of spiders live in the U.S. and each has an important role controlling pests. Learn about spiders and their webs and make your own spider…just in time for Halloween.
Oct. 28 Looking at Leaves – As the temperatures fall and days shorten, leaves change from green to shades of red, orange, yellow, and brown. We’ll play a leaf matching game and participate in other tree-mendous activities.
Pre-registration required. Contact Julie McDonald at 270-826-2247 or juliea.mcdonald@ky.gov
Cost: $2.00

Ghost Hunters
Tuesday, October 25 6 -9 p.m.
Audubon Museum
Just in time for Halloween the Paranormal Investigators of Henderson Kentucky give an overview of their latest spooky research into ghost stories and sightings. Learn more about this group, their mission, and their experiences with researching scientific paranormal activity at the Waverly Hills Tuberculosis Sanitorium in Louisville, KY, Moundsville State Penitentiary in West Virginia and Bobby Mackey’s Music World and more!
Staff Contact: Mark Kellen at 270-826-2247 or mark.kellen@ky.gov
Cost: Free

Audubon Spooktacular
Saturday, October 29 4 – 9 p.m.
Bring your little Goblins and enjoy a night of Halloween fun with games, pumpkins painting, magic show, balloon show, hayride around the park, spider show, extinct animal graveyard walk, photo booth, festival food, costume contest, arts and crafts, and a haunted trail walk produced by the Henderson County High School Drama Club.
Contact: Beth Tompkins at (270) 826-2247 or beth.tompkins@ky.gov
Cost: $2 per person. Children 3 and under are free.

Blog post submitted by Julie McDonald, Program Services Supervisor/Park Naturalist at John James Audubon State Park.
P.O. Box 576, 3100 US Hwy. 41 North, Henderson, KY 42419
(Main Office) 270-826-2247 (Fax) 270-826-2286
(Direct) 270-826-4424
JulieA.McDonald@ky.gov
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