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Dreaming of Spring...

All this snow has really got me dreaming about spring! 

I’m thinking spring break….yes it seems far away right now with the snow covered hills and valleys, the tormenting work commute and snow day arrangements, but really…..it is just around the corner.

We can expect temperatures to warm up significantly before the second week of April, and we will definitely begin seeing signs of spring soon: buds on trees, tiny flowers unfurling from the forest floor, Spring Peepers (those funny little frogs that pop up around the wetlands in spring), salamanders in the streams, birds getting busy building nests, and darters displaying breeding colors!

There is so much going on in early spring, but one of my favorite things about the spring is that we can visit areas of the park that become inaccessible as summer plant growth takes over.  

Early spring, when only the smallest of the ephemeral flowers are blooming, is a great time to get out and explore. I can’t think of a better time to hike the oxbow, visit the wetland, or explore the Beckley Creek watershed. With two years under our belt, the education team has had time to find some really special places within The Parklands and we can’t wait to share some of what we’ve discovered with your little adventurer. 

This year we are offering three separate day camps during spring break, the first two in Beckley Creek Park and the third in Pope Lick Park. This is a great opportunity to experience the park to its fullest with our trained interpretive staff!  

So don’t let the cold weather get you down, think of all the fun spring will bring! Register before March 15th and save $5/day with the code EARLYSPRING, or call us to save even more when you book all three days!

Visit our website for more information and to register for camps:  

http://www.theparklands.org/Camps

Click here to hear the familiar sound of Spring Peepers or Chorus Frogs:

https://soundcloud.com/bill_36082/ramer-spring-peepers-and-chorus-frogs

About the Author

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Hannah Graham

Hannah joined the 21st Century Parks in 2013 as an Interpretive Ranger, responsible for creating and delivering interpretive programs to the public. As a native Kentuckian, Hannah has a passion for educating herself and others about Kentucky’s complex ecosystem. Hannah is a graduate of the University of Louisville where she studied Biology and English. Hannah in currently enrolled in continuing studies at U of L and has just completed an Ichthyology course. In her free time she enjoys long walks in the woods with her husband and her dog.

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