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Audubon State Park Events for May and June

General Events green 300HENDERSON, Ky. (4/29/14) — The following events are scheduled for the month of May and June:

The park is greening up after recent rains. If you plan on hiking, please walk on the trails so we don’t trample sensitive plants growing alongside the trail.

This weekend is the Civil War Living History Weekend. Join us for a walk back in time to an era Gone With The Wind. Learn what it was like to live with no electricity and face the hardships of a land torn apart by war. Experience period surgeries and medical care in a field hospital.

This event is free to the public. Meals will be available for purchase.

May 2014

"Inspiring Visions of Spring” by the six Painted Ladies - Exhibit dates: April 3-June 30.
Audubon Museum presents the six Painted ladies with their latest pieces of artwork inspired by their visions of spring. Join us at the Artist reception Thursday April 3rd, 5:30-6:45, to meet the artists. Artists include: Sandy Barry, Cathe Hedgespeth, Jan Frazier, Iris Gentry, Marka Kroeger and Susie Rideout.
For more information, contact Kim McGrew-Liggett, Arts Administrator at the Audubon Museum This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (270) 827-1893. Free to the public

Weekly Campground and Park Programs - Friday, May 23 – Monday, Sept. 1, Audubon Campground.
Visitors are invited to participate in arts, crafts, and activities focused on entertainment, recreation, and education between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day. Activities vary by age and change weekly. Staff Contact: Main Office at (270) 826-2247

“Little Rembrandts” – Spring Flowers - Friday, May 2, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Ages 3-5.
Cherish those creative moments, with your little Rembrandts at John James Audubon Museum. Art classes will meet once a month Fridays from 10:30-11:30, with a variety of themes and art materials. Dress for a mess and discover the world of Art with Miss Kim. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required. Contact: Miss Kim, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (270) 827-1893. Cost: $5. Next class June 6

A Civil War Living History Weekend - May 2 – 4.
Join us for a walk back in time to an era Gone With The Wind. Learn what it was like to live with no electricity and face the hardships of a land torn apart by war. Experience period surgeries and medical care in a field hospital.

  • Friday: Education Day 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Displays, Demonstrations, Period Sutlers, Skirmishes, Field Hospital, Visits by Presidents Lincoln and Davis.

  • Saturday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Battle, Ladies’ Tea, Re-enactor Dinner. Join us at 7 p.m. for a Period Ball and experience a night of chivalry and dance.

  • Sunday: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Period Church service, Battle. Battles can be very loud with cannon fire.

For more information, contact Julie A. McDonald, Naturalist or Russell St. Clair, event coordinator at (270) 826-4424 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

“Walk on the Wild Side”: Nature Programs for Toddlers - Friday, May 9, 10:00 a.m., Museum – Bird Observation Center, Toddlers 3 – 5 years old.
These one hour 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.

Nature’s Hide and Seek, May 9: – Although many of us like to play hide and seek, in nature it’s a matter of survival. To hide from their predators, animals try to camouflage themselves. Learn how color, shape, and size help wildlife blend into their surroundings.
Staff Contact: Julie McDonald at (270) 826-2247 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Pre-registration required.
Cost: $4.00

Celebrate the Night Sky and Astronomy Day - Saturday, May 17, Audubon Museum & FOA Theatre.
Celebrate the Night Sky and Astronomy Day with John James Audubon State Park, Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science, Evansville Astronomical Society and Astronomer Joe Caruso. The Evansville Museum will have plenty of astronomical activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (www.emuseum.org). John James Audubon State Park celebrates in their newly opened Friends of Audubon Theatre with a presentation by Astronomer Joe Caruso 7:00 p.m. Joe and the Evansville Astronomical Society will set up telescopes at the Audubon Golf Course for viewing the Moon, Saturn, Jupiter and Mars after the presentation.
Staff Contact: Julie McDonald at (270) 826-2247 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Free to the public.

Challenge Course Facilitator Training - Wednesday, May 20, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Audubon Main Office Parking Lot.
Become a certified Facilitator of the Challenge Course at Audubon Park. Facilitators can bring their own groups out to the course for a reduced price or get paid to facilitate other challenge course groups. The challenge course helps individuals improve self-confidence; enhance communication and leadership skills; develop decision-making and conflict resolution skills; promote trust and group cohesion; and improve physical fitness. Registration required.
Staff Contact: Julie McDonald at (270) 826-2247 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Cost: $10 per person. Contact staff for registration.

June 2014

"Inspiring Visions of Spring” by the six Painted Ladies - Exhibit dates: April 3 - June 30.
Audubon Museum presents the six Painted ladies with their latest pieces of artwork inspired by their visions of spring. Join us at the Artist reception Thursday April 3rd, 5:30-6:45, to meet the artists. Artists include: Sandy Barry, Cathe Hedgespeth, Jan Frazier, Iris Gentry, Marka Kroeger and Susie Rideout. For more information, contact Kim McGrew-Liggett, Arts Administrator at the Audubon Museum This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (270) 827-1893. Free to the public

Weekly Campground and Park Programs - Friday, May 23 – Monday, Sept. 1, Audubon Campground.
Visitors are invited to participate in arts, crafts, and activities focused on entertainment, recreation, and education between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day. Activities vary by age and change weekly. Staff Contact: Main Office at (270) 826-2247

Art in The WILD! Summer Camp - June 9-12 (ages 6-8) June 16-19 (ages 9-12), 9:00-3:00 p.m. Students ages 6-8 and 9-12 are invited to the 4-day camp.
“The Art of The Wild”. Come to John James Audubon State Park for a wide variety of summer fun at its best. Art in the WILD will be a day to day adventure, as we unearth new discoveries in art and nature. After we have learned a little about our local creatures, we will be sketching in the outdoors and in the studio. A variety of mediums will be used throughout the week. The last day we'll have pizza, fishing, games and more. We will finish the camp off with a grand artist reception for you and family. Some hiking and outdoor drawing will be done. The fee includes all materials, snacks, and a t-shirt. Students must wear tennis shoes each day and bring a sack lunch and drink the first 3 days of the camp. Day 4, lunch is free. Check in: 8:45

  • The Art of the WILD! Ages 6-8 June 9-12 (Mon.-Thur.) 9:00-3:00 p.m. $50.00.

  • The Art of the WILD! Ages 9-12 June 16-19 (Mon.-Thur.) 9:00-3:00 p.m. $50.00

Pre-registration is required, class size limited to 20. Staff Contact: Kim McGrew-Liggett, (270) 827-1893 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Advanced Studio Art for Kids, 4-day camp - 9:00-11:00 a.m. (Tues-Fri.) June 24-27, ages 9-13, $38.00.
Art, Art, Art. This class is geared for the serious artist who loves to be creative and work in all art mediums. Participating students must have previous art experience. Don’t miss the fun in this 4-day explosion of color. Pre-registration is required, class size limited to 15. For registration contact: Kim McGrew-Liggett, (270) 827-1893 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

“Little Rembrandts” - 10:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, June 6, Ages 3-5, Cost: $5.
Always Dress for a mess and discover the world of Art with Miss Kim. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required.
Contact Miss Kim, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (270) 827-1893.

Free Fishing Weekend - Saturday and Sunday, June 7-8. Cost is free.
Free Fishing Weekend and National Trails Day in Kentucky. State residents and nonresidents can fish any allowable inland water in the Bluegrass State that weekend without a fishing license. Adults can fish free all weekend, and kids under 16 do not need a license to fish in Kentucky. Season dates, limits and all other fishing regulations must be followed during Free Fishing Weekend. Staff Contact: Julie McDonald at 270-826-2247 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Ohio Valley Fly Rod Club Demonstration - 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, June 7, Grassy hill across from the Park Office. Cost free.
Fly fishing is an angling method using flies cast from a special fishing rod and line. Learn to tie a fly and cast your line. Test your angling skills during Kentucky’s Free Fishing Weekend (June 7-8) where you don’t need a fishing license. Staff Contact: Julie McDonald at (270) 826-2247 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Lantern Hike/National Trails Day - 7 – 8:30 p.m., Saturday, June 7. Audubon Museum Venture out with our Interpretation staff on National Trails Day and hike by lantern light. Some kid-friendly battery-lanterns will be provided. Feel free to bring your own, please no glass lanterns. Dress for the weather, bring a flashlight and meet us at the Audubon Museum.
Staff Contact: Julie McDonald at (270) 826-2247 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Cost free.

Audubon State Park Kids Fishing Derby - 7:30-10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 14, Sign up at Audubon State Park Boat Dock Fishing Derby open to children ages 5-16. Three age-specific division groups will offer prizes for the biggest fish, smallest fish, and most numerous caught. Test your fishing prowess and compete for prizes. Fishing experts from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife will be on-hand to teach fishing techniques. Staff Contact: Julie McDonald at (270) 826-2247 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Cost free.

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