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10th Annual Winter Adventure Weekend  at Carter Caves State Park
Jan
24
to Jan 27

10th Annual Winter Adventure Weekend at Carter Caves State Park

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Overview

Winter Adventure Weekend is an annual event held on the last full weekend of January at Carter Caves State Resort Park in Olive Hill, Kentucky. We offer activities and workshops for anyone interested in the great outdoors. Whether you are a beginner or advanced adventurer, you can go hiking, rappelling, climbing, tree climbing, canoeing, and kayaking. We also offer wild cave tours, winter survival workshops and much more. Select from a list of field trips and instructional workshops from experienced guides. You must be at least six years old to participate. You will want to register early since many trips limit the number of participants and fill up quickly. Some trips have age requirements and additional fees. Some trips have special equipment requirements. The event begins on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. and ends on Sunday afternoon. Come early or stay late! You don't need to attend the entire event. Come when you want, leave when you want!

Organizer: Carter Caves State Resort Park

POC: registration@winteradventureweekend.com

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 Endangered Forests Hiking Series: South Redbird Hike - Ulysses Creek and Flat Creek
Jan
19
10:00 AM10:00

Endangered Forests Hiking Series: South Redbird Hike - Ulysses Creek and Flat Creek

For this trip we’ll be heading to the mountains of the Redbird District in Clay and Leslie counties to see what’s at stake with the South Redbird project. We’ll first take an easy walk along a gravel road to look at a mountainside recently cut as part of the Group One projectand talk about the impacts and trade-offs that come with this type of logging. Then, we’ll drive about 20 minutes to a second location where we’ll hike off-trail, up and down a steep slope, with about 450 feet of elevation gain, and through a forest proposed for intensive logging, similar to the Ulysses Creek site.

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Endangered Forests Hiking Series: Pine Creek Project
Dec
8
10:00 AM10:00

Endangered Forests Hiking Series: Pine Creek Project

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Kentucky Heartwood and The Explore Kentucky Initiative are teaming up to host a series of hikes exploring some of our more beautiful, endangered forests.

The first one will consist of an off-trail hike through some lovely forestland in the Daniel Boone National Forest in Laurel County that’s been proposed for logging as part of the Pine Creek project. We’ll visit some very large and old-growth trees, take a detour to see a unique and stunning waterfall, imagine the abundant mountain camellia in bloom, and maybe get a view of the Rockcastle River from high above the river. We’ll be talking about ecology and natural history, the trade-offs inherent in management, and what you can do to help. This trip will consist of several miles of off-trail hiking, and participants must be comfortable with bushwhacking and a few small scrambles. This trip is limited to only 8 participants, and a donation of $20 ($15 for Kentucky Heartwood members) is requested. If you'd like to become a member, you can join for as low as $5 and get the member rate for the hike (so you're still paying just $20 AND joining Kentucky Heartwood!). Just make a note when you pay via PayPal. Participants must be 12 years of age or older. 
December 15th will be a backup day in case of severe weather. 

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Outdoor Afro - Kentucky: Hike The Pinnacles
Nov
4
11:00 AM11:00

Outdoor Afro - Kentucky: Hike The Pinnacles

Join Outdoor Afro Kentucky for a day hike at Berea, Kentucky's Pinnacles co-lead by Outdoor Afro KY-leaders,Alicia Hurle (Deputy Organizing Director for Democracy, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth) and Gerry Seavo James ( Director, The Explore Kentucky Initiative). Located in the Berea College Forest - one of the oldest managed private forests in the United States - the Pinnacles provide several miles of hiking trails with scenic lookouts and breathtaking views at every turn. 

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EKI and KYI Presents the Red River Gorge Rejuvenation Weekend
Apr
14
to Apr 16

EKI and KYI Presents the Red River Gorge Rejuvenation Weekend

Join the Explore Kentucky Initiative and Kentucky Yoga Initiative for a weekend of outdoor rejuvenation and restoration at Natural Bridge State Park. Natural Bridge is located near the  Daniel Boone National Forest's Red River Gorge National Geological Area. During this weekend, participants will have the opportunity to practice different styles of yoga led by KYI teachers, explore the natural world and landscape photography through guided hikes led by EKI staff; while enjoying some time outdoors with the Kentucky outdoor and yoga communities. 

Participants are welcome to tent camp at a group camp site at the Middle Fork Campground, located at Natural Bridge State Park. Programming will begin with an opening yoga class on Friday, April 14th at 7:30 P.M. Participants will have the option to participate in a morning yoga class on Saturday, April 15th and then may choose between two different hikes that will be guided by EKI. That evening, the group will join together for a dinner at Red River Rock House, followed by an evening yoga practice and optional night hike. The weekend will conclude with an early yoga class on Sunday, April 16th. Participants who want to leave early to return to families for Easter Sunday are welcome to leave Saturday night or early Sunday morning. 

The program fee includes all yoga classes, two breakfasts and two guided hikes. Participants should bring additional snacks, lunch for Saturday and money for dinner at Red River Rock House. Campers will need to bring all necessary supplies for outdoor camping. 

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