lbl1GOLDEN POND, Ky. (6/23/14) — The public is invited to get an up-close look at bats, bugs, snakes, turtles, and more during Cool & Crawly Critters Day at Woodlands Nature Station from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday, July 12, in Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area.

Event admission is $5 ages 5 and up, ages 4 and under is free. All programs are included with admission. Lunch will be available for purchase.

Visiting scientists and other animal experts will introduce visitors to the critters they study. People can see live bats up close, pose for a picture with a snake, touch a tarantula, and stare down a snapping turtle. A variety of live animal programs and exhibits, as well as kids’ games, crafts, visits from Smokey Bear, and other animal-inspired activities will be available throughout the day. A complete schedule can be found on the Nature Station page online at www.landbetweenthelakes.us.

Special guests include:

  • Live Bats from the Organization for Bat Conservation’s Executive Director, Rob Mies; ongoing from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Rob Mies—TV personality, conservationist, and bat expert—will introduce his batty friends. Learn the many benefits of bats and why they need our help.
  • Strange & Unusual Animal Shows with the Natural History Educational Company of the Midsouth. Program times are 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Meet a Black-headed Python, Uromastyx Lizard, Legless Lizard, and a few other surprises. Discover the weird ways these awesome animals survive and how the public can help protect them in the wild.

  • Insect Road Show with the University of Kentucky’s Department of Entomology, ongoing from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visiting Entomologist, Ric Bessin, will introduce critters such as a tarantula, giant millipede, walking stick bug and more.

lbl-batRob Mies with one of his many bats. (Photo courtesy Organization for Bat Conservation)   lbl-snakeBlack-headed Python (Photo courtesty Natural History Educational Company of the Midsouth)

Additional guests include, live reptiles and amphibians from Murray State’s Herpetological Association, aquatic animals from Austin Peay’s Center for Excellence in Field Biology, and more!

“If your children like animals, they’ll love Cool & Crawly Critters Day! This year, due to some great sponsors, national TV personality Rob Mies, offers a fascinating look into the lives of bats. We are excited to bring a program of this caliber to our annual Cool & Crawly Critters Day,” said Nature Station naturalist, Aviva Yasgur. “We have even more programs where families can spend the day having fun while learning about these animals hands-on. You may find out that these critters are cooler and less creepy than you thought.”

Support for this program is provided by Murray State University’s Watershed Studies Institute, Murray Animal Hospital, Prizer Point Marina & Resort, The Moors Resort and Marina on Kentucky Lake, The Murray Bank, Cozy Cove Waterfront Resort on Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley State Resort Park, and Friends of Land Between The Lakes.

Come Outside and Play at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area, managed by the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Land Between The Lakes provides outdoor recreation, lake access, land management, and environmental education for the public to enjoy. We encourage visitors to review the official website at www.landbetweenthelakes.us often for Calendar of Events, updates on programs and policies, safety information, maps, temporary trail and road closures, and more, or call (800) LBL-7077 or (270) 924-2000. Follow us on Twitter @LBLScreechOwl or @LandBtwnLakes.

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