COME TO THE PARTY! JUNE 2, 2018, 10 AM - 1 PM, AT THE PARK'S INTERPRETIVE CENTER
We'll be cutting the ribbon on this new kid friendly approximately 1/2 mile hilly trail and unveiling the newly built aviary. There will be *guided and unguided hikes on the Story Book Trail, featuring the book, Where Butterflies Grow, by Joanne Ryder with pictures by Lynne Cherry.
There will be refreshments, party favors, activities and more!
Pages of the book will be posted on signs at intervals along the trail for youngsters to read, have read to them or just to enjoy the delightful pictures while being outdoors.
The purpose of the Story Book Trail is to stimulate young readers as well as to encourage youngsters and caregivers to enjoy an outdoor experience together. It has been built by volunteers and park staff as a project of the Friends of Edgar Evins State Park.
The wonderful aviary is the Girl Scout Gold Award project of Neely Evans, Troop 1146. We are proud of Neely and what she has achieved! Come admire it and enjoy the birds! ------------------------------------------ SCHEDULE (APPROXIMATE TIMES, SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
10 A.M. - MEET AND GREET, plus kids get wings to wear and take home
10:15 A.M. - UNVEILING OF AVIARY BY NEELY EVANS, GIRL SCOUT TROOP 1146, GOLD AWARD
10:30 A.M. - RIBBON CUTTING ON HILLSIDE STORYBOOK TRAIL BY RANGER RAMBLE (STATE PARK MASCOT) AND BY MISS TENNESSEE'S OUSTANDING TEEN 2018, MARY HUMPHREYS, OF MCMINNVILLE (Good picture opportunity following the ribbon cutting!)
10:45 A.M.- OPEN TRAIL FOR ANYONE BUT THERE WILL BE GUIDES AVAILABLE FOR ANYONE WHO NEEDS HELP READING THE STORY SIGNS ALONG THE TRAIL - Guides will gather their groups together near the trail head sign. If you miss one of the groups and need a guide let Anna Bertram know so she can find you one. BE SURE TO SIGN THE GUEST BOOK TO GET A SOUVENIR WHEN YOU FINISH THE TRAIL.
10:45 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. - CRAFTS AND ACTIVITIES FOR THE KIDS PRESENTED BY THE PUBLIC LIBRARIES FOR DEKALB, PUTNAM AND SMITH COUNTIES ... ALSO THE COOKEVILLE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM AND GIRL SCOUTS (Under the shade awnings)
11:30 A.M. - BUTTERFLY PROGRAM WITH EXPERT, HOLLY TAYLOR. This will be in the meeting room inside the Interpretive Center - for those who want to learn more about butterflies, their habits, what they like to eat and how to attract them to your yard.
11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. - REFRESHMENTS SERVED ANYTIME DURING THESE HOURS: Your choice of hot dogs, potato chips, lemonade, cake, maybe some soft serve ice cream too! (Yum!)
1:00 P.M. - KIDS PICK UP YOUR POTTED ZINNIA PLANT AS YOU LEAVE. THESE HAVE BEEN GROWN FOR YOU BY SMITHVILLE GIRL SCOUT BROWNIE TROOP 3094. Butterflies love colorful zinnias and they are easy to transplant to grow outdoors at home.
*Guided hikes will be scheduled with varying degrees of help reading. The times and the guides will be posted closer to June 2nd so please check back. (Of course there will also be the option of walking the trail without a guide.)
There will also be someone to read the story at the party to those who cannot hike the trail.
We wish to thank many for the opportunity to complete and present this trail.
Thanks to the Cookeville Childrens Museum as well as the Public Library Systems for DeKalb, Putnam and Smith counties for their help with this event.
Thanks and appreciation to Friends of TN State Parks and the TN Trails Association for grants of money to help with this project!
Thanks to the Governor's Books From Birth Foundation, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, Ready to Read, TN State Parks, and Friends of TN State Parks Conservancy.
Edgar Evins State Park 1630 Edgar Evins Park Road Silver Point, TN 38582
Phone: (931) 858-2114 or 1-800-250-8619
Directions from interstate: The park is located approximately 20 miles north of Smithville, 20 miles west of Cookeville, and 60 miles east of Nashville. From I-40 take Exit 268 at State Hwy. 96 and Center Hill Lake.