Kentucky Tourism

Earth Day

Make plans to enjoy Earth Day at a Kentucky State Park at one of these events. All take place on April 22, 2017, unless otherwise noted.

Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site, Wickliffe
All About Butterflies

Celebrate Earth Day with an event that focuses on nature and sustainability with one of our most popular pollinators -- butterflies!  The program features: butterflies found in your backyard, how to identify them, an overview of their habitat and anatomy and how you can help them thrive with a plant seed give-away. Make and take home a butterfly mobile!  This is a great family activity for all ages and is included with paid museum admission of $5 adults, $4 children. Program is from 10 a.m. to noon.  Don't forget to bring a picnic lunch!  For more information, please call the park office at 270-335-3681. 

Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park
Annual Lakeshore Clean Up

Volunteers can pick up litter around the lakeshore. Garbage bags, gloves and drinking water provided. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the Marina Road above the beach area and a cookout for volunteers will be held after the cleanup at the lower shelter. For more information, call 606-398-7251 or 606-398-7510.

Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade
Herpetology Weekend, April 21-22

Natural Bridge State Resort Park is hosting Herpetology Weekend, April 21-22, 2017. This weekend is a great way to learn about some of nature’s most misunderstood critters: snakes, lizards, turtles, salamanders and frogs! On Saturday, April 22, experienced herpetologists will lead morning and afternoon field trips into the Red River Gorge and surrounding areas to observe reptiles and amphibians in their native habitat. Herpetology professionals will be speaking on Friday and Saturday evening in the Woodland Center. For more information about Herpetology Weekend at Natural Bridge State Resort Park, contact the Natural Bridge Naturalist Office at 606-663-2214 or email

John James Audubon State Park, Henderson
Ohio Valley Birding Festival, April 22-23

Get your binoculars ready! Find your camera! Weekend birding events, sponsored by the Evansville Audubon Society and held at John James Audubon State Park, will interest all who have an appreciation for and curiosity about birds. The weekend will include guided hikes, birding programs, classes on beginning birding, youth hikes and more. For more information, visit: The park number is 270-826-4424.

Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill
Wildflower Pilgrimage, April 21-22

Nature enthusiasts step outside and enjoy the natural wonders of Carter Caves on this weekend. The ridges and valleys around the park are known for a large diversity of tree species, birds and blooming spring wildflowers. Enjoy guided hikes and other special programming on both Friday afternoon and Saturday with trained professionals. The Friends of Carter Caves will offer a hotdog lunch on Saturday. Call 606-286-4411.

Cumberland Falls State Park, Corbin
Nature Photography Weekend, April 21-23

Photographers can enjoy a 24-hour competition in both advanced classes. Guest speakers will present on Friday afternoon and Saturday evening. Judging takes place on Sunday morning. Cost is $40 per person. Join professional wildlife photographer Mike Matthews at the Cumberland Falls Photography Weekend for a presentation on "Close up and Macro photography." Mike’s passion includes flowers, insects, and wildlife. Lean how to take great close ups at zoos and botanical gardens, as well as in the field. Mike has also been a regular speaker at numerous camera clubs throughout the eastern U.S. Call 606-528-4121.

Greenbo Lake State Resort Park, Greenup
Guided Hike

Visitors can take a guided hike on the Fern Valley Trail at 12:30 p.m. on Earth Day at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park. 

Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Pineville
Free Guided Hike at Cumberland Gap

The park will offer a free guided hike at nearby Cumberland Gap National Historic Park. The hike will cover about 7 miles. Call the state park at 606-337-3066 for details.

Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, Mount Olivet
Earth Day Half Day Hike

This guided hike will be on the 3-mile Heritage Trail and will leave the museum parking lot at 9:30 a.m. Call 859-289-5507. 

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg
Earth Day Tree Planting

There is no better way to celebrate our planet than by planting some trees at our state park.  Please come to the campground dance pad at 1 p.m. to plant trees in honor of Earth Day. Be sure to hike one of the park’s beautiful trails while you are here and help pick up any litter that you see. Bring your own bag or you may pick some up at the campground grocery store or at the Jenny Wiley Marina.  Call 606-889-1790.