COME TO THE PARTY! JUNE 1, 2019, 10 AM - 1:30 PM, AT THE PARK'S INTERPRETIVE CENTER
We'll be cutting the ribbon on a new book to be read along this kid friendly approximately 1/2 mile hilly trail. There will be *guided and unguided hikes on the Storybook Trail, featuring the new book. Many enjoyed last year's book, Where Butterflies Grow, and will get to experience another wonderful book this year. The new book will be ANYBODY HOME? by Marianne Berkes, illustrated by Rebecca Dickinson, from Arbordale Publishing.
There will be refreshments, party favors, face painting, activities and more!
Full color reproductions of the the book pages will be posted at child height on signs at approximately 60 yard intervals along the trail. Youngsters may read them or have someone read them out loud while they enjoy the delightful pictures and being outdoors in the woods.
The purpose of the Storybook 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.
There is a wonderful aviary near the trail that was 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, pick up party favors
10:15 A.M. - RIBBON CUTTING ON HILLSIDE STORYBOOK TRAIL BY RANGER RAMBLE, the STATE PARK MASCOT (Good picture opportunity following the ribbon cutting!)
10:30 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 BOOKMARK 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 SMITHVILLE GIRL SCOUT TROOP 3094 (Under the shade awnings)
11:30 A.M. - WILDLIFE PROGRAM BY BOB TARTER OF Animology (formerly called NHECM )
12:30 A.M. - 1:30 P.M. - REFRESHMENTS SERVED ANYTIME DURING THE HOUR: Your choice of hot dogs, potato chips, lemonade, cake ... maybe some soft serve ice cream too! (Yum!)
*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.
Four public library systems (DeKalb, Putnam, Smith and Cannon), the Cookeville Childrens Museum and Smithville Girl Scout Troop 3094, will provide crafts for the children to make.
Everything will be free unless purchased from the gift shop or a vendor. The featured book, Anybody Home?, will be available from the portable gift shop along with a few other related items.
Edgar Evins State Park 1630 Edgar Evins Park Road Silver Point, TN 38582
Park Phone: (931) 646-3080 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.
Want to join Friends of Edgar Evins State Park? We'll be happy to send you some information.