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Wednesday: April 23, 2014
FOBB Meeting - 6:00pm

FOR MEMBERS ONLY - Now that the park has gone from a recreation facility to a historic site, the FOBB have taken on the goal of revitalizing the interior of the Visitor Center. Learn about the upcoming changes that will convert the Visitor Center into a modern Interpretive Center. Park manager, Dean Henson, and park naturalist, Todd Young, in addition to Project Committee Members, will present the revitalization plans, and answer questions from members. Light refreshments will be served.

This meeting has been changed from the normal meeting day of Thursday.

Friday – Saturday: April 25-26, 2014
Camper Appreciation Weekend

If you are a camping enthusiast, you don't want to miss your chance to camp two nights for the price of one! While camping, you can take part in our guided hikes, crafts and naturalist programs here at the park.

For more information please call Big Bone Lick State Historic Site at (859) 384-3522    more park information...

Saturday: April 26, 2014
Ordovician Fossil Roundup - 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Travel back 450 million years with the park naturalist staff for an exciting day of fossil hunting here at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site. Help find, photograph, clean and catalogue the various Ordovician fossils found on the park. Once found any extraordinary fossils will be put on display in the visitor center.

For more information please call Big Bone Lick State Historic Site at (859) 384-3522    more park information...

Sunday: April 27, 2014
Save an Endangered Species Day - 10:00am – 1:00pm

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site is one of the few places in the world where the federally endangered plant, Running Buffalo Clover, can be found. Unfortunately, the loss of wild roaming bison, increase of invasive species and agricultural practices have pushed this plant to the verge of extinction. We invite anyone who is interested in helping save an endangered species to join the naturalist staff at Big Bone Lick for on site habitat restoration of the Running Buffalo Clover.

For more information please call Big Bone Lick State Historic Site at (859) 384-3522    more park information...

Saturday: May 10, 2014
Tomahawk Demonstration - 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Have you ever wanted to learn how to throw a tomahawk? If so this is your chance! Tomahawks have been used throughout history as a multipurpose tool. The practice of throwing a tomahawk became popular at rendezvous and gatherings as a way to pass the time. During this demonstration you will learn about and get to throw a tomahawk. All ages welcome to watch, but must be age 12 or older to throw. Location: Visitor Center

For more information please call Big Bone Lick State Historic Site at (859) 384-3522    more park information...

Saturday May 17, 2014
Sierra Club Trail Service - 9:00am – 1:00pm

Do you enjoy hiking on the trails at Big Bone or are you just looking to perform a fun community service activity outdoors? If so join, John Robbins, from the Sierra Club and the park naturalist for a day of hiking and trail maintenance here at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site.

more information...

Thursday May 22, 2014
Member Appreciation Dinner - 5:30pm

Annual dinner at the CMC Geier Center. Includes a walk-and-talk by Dr. Glenn Storrs and Mr. Bob Genheimer that highlights some of the artifacts stored there, specifically items from Big Bone Lick. Members must RSVP by May 15th to Pat Fox

Saturday: May 24, 2014
Ordovician Fossil Roundup - 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Travel back 450 million years with the park naturalist staff for an exciting day of fossil hunting here at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site. Help find, photograph, clean and catalogue the various Ordovician fossils found on the park. Once found any extraordinary fossils will be put on display in the visitor center.

For more information please call Big Bone Lick State Historic Site at (859) 384-3522    more park information...

Sunday: May 25, 2014
Primitive Skills Day - 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

If you have an interest in learning about primitive survival techniques, prehistoric skills or prehistoric technology you won’t want to miss this free opportunity. Join the park naturalist for an afternoon of prehistoric skills demonstrations, discussions and projects. After the demonstration join the recreation staff to make your very own Native American styled choker necklace (fee applies only if you decide to make a necklace). Location: Visitor Center

Demonstration: Bow drill fire starting method (Free)
Activity: Arrowhead necklace ($7.00 each)

For more information please call Big Bone Lick State Historic Site at (859) 384-3522    more park information...

Saturday: May 31, 2014
Ghost Hunt - 10:00 pm – 1:00 am

Join the Tri-state Shadow Chasers for a night of paranormal investigating at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site. Learn the various ins and outs of ghost hunting by seeing and getting familiar with some commonly used tools during an investigation. The staff will have digital voice recorders, emf detectors and digital thermometers on hand that participants can use for the investigation. While on the investigation you will learn a lot about the history of this famous location including the park ground, church and cemeteries. Please bring a digital camera if you have one available.

Registration required.
Cost: $20.00 per person.

For more information please call Big Bone Lick State Historic Site at (859) 384-3522    more park information...

Saturday: June 7, 2014
Bison Tour - 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join the park’s naturalist as he takes you to see the bison herd. While there you will hear all about the bison and their part in the story of Big Bone Lick. This is also right in the middle of calving season so chances are good there will be some baby bison to see.

For more information please call Big Bone Lick State Historic Site at (859) 384-3522    more park information...

Sunday: June 15, 2014
Creek Stomping - 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

* Weather permitting
Explore a region of the park that will surely get you swimming with pleasure. Join the naturalist to see all the wonders that can be experienced in Big Bone Creek as you stay cool while learning about nature.
Caution: You will get extremely wet and footwear must be worn (no flip flops as they tend to break too easily).
Parent or adult must accompany children.
Location: Visitor Center

For more information please call Big Bone Lick State Historic Site at (859) 384-3522    more park information...

Sunday: June 15, 2014
Big Bone Gardens Tour - Meeting 6:00 pm; Tour 7:00 pm

Enjoy a private, guided tour of Big Bone Gardens with the owners, Mary Ellen Pesek and Mark Lawhorn. Enjoy perennial gardens, a blooming lotus pond, a museum of old garden tools, and several historic structures. Learn about the bygone town of Big Bone from local residents. Some physical ability is required along with sturdy walking shoes. Parking is limited. The gardens are located on Rt. 338, across from Big Bone Lick State Historic Site. Light refreshments will be served.

Big Bone Gardens is located across the road from the Big Bone Lick Methodist Church at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site.

June 28 and 29, 2014
Paleolympics - 9:00 pm - 5:00 pm and 11:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Brand new for the 2014 line up is the Big Bone Lick Paleoympics. Join the park staff and volunteers for a day of prehistoric skills demonstrations and competitions. Demonstrations will include prehistoric weaponry demonstrations including the atlatl, rabbit (throwing) stick, bolas and slings. Other demonstrations will include prehistoric fire starting methods, flint knapping, making bone tools, cordage demonstrations and much more. Demonstrations are free and open to the public.

Vendors also welcome, for more information contact Todd Young at the park

For more information please call Big Bone Lick State Historic Site at (859) 384-3522    more park information...

Sunday: July 6, 2014
Creek Stomping - 12:30pm – 2:30pm

* Weather permitting
Explore a region of the park that will surely get you swimming with pleasure. Join the naturalist to see all the wonders that can be experienced in Big Bone Creek as you stay cool while learning about nature.
Caution: You will get extremely wet and footwear must be worn (no flip flops as they tend to break too easily).
Parent or adult must accompany children.
Location: Visitor Center

For more information please call Big Bone Lick State Historic Site at (859) 384-3522    more park information...

Saturday: July 12, 2014
Tomahawk Demonstration - 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Have you ever wanted to learn how to throw a tomahawk? If so this is your chance! Tomahawks have been used throughout history as a multipurpose tool. The practice of throwing a tomahawk became popular at rendezvous and gatherings as a way to pass the time. During this demonstration you will learn about and get to throw a tomahawk. All ages welcome to watch, but must be age 12 or older to throw.
Location: Visitor Center

For more information please call Big Bone Lick State Historic Site at (859) 384-3522    more park information...

Sunday: July 20, 2014
Ordovician Fossil Roundup - 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Travel back 450 million years with the park naturalist staff for an exciting day of fossil hunting here at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site. Help find, photograph, clean and catalogue the various Ordovician fossils found on the park. Once found any extraordinary fossils will be put on display in the visitor center.

For more information please call Big Bone Lick State Historic Site at (859) 384-3522    more park information...

Saturday: August 2, 2014
Primitive Skills Day - 10:30am – 2:30pm

If you have an interest in learning about primitive survival techniques, prehistoric skills or prehistoric technology you don’t want to miss this free opportunity. Join the park naturalist for an afternoon of prehistoric skills demonstrations, discussions and projects.
Location: Visitor Center
Demonstration: Atlatl Demonstration (Free) (10:30am – 11:30am)
Activity: Rabbit stick challenge

For more information please call Big Bone Lick State Historic Site at (859) 384-3522    more park information...

Saturday: August 9, 2014
Ghost Hunt - 10:00 pm – 1:00 am

Join the Tri-state Shadow Chasers for a night of paranormal investigating at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site. Learn the various ins and outs of ghost hunting by seeing and getting familiar with some commonly used tools during an investigation. The staff will have digital voice recorders, emf detectors and motion sensors on hand that participants can use for the investigation. While on the investigation you will learn a lot about the history of this famous location including the park ground, church and cemeteries. Please bring a digital camera if you have one available.
Registration required.
Cost
: $20.00 per person.

For more information please call Big Bone Lick State Historic Site at (859) 384-3522    more park information...

Thursday August 28, 2014
“Deep Sediment Micro-fauna and Micro-flora” of Big Bone Lick - 7:00 pm

Hear about the geological, archaeological, and ecological study of sediments from several recent excavations at Big Bone Lick from microbiologist, Matthew Maley, MS, CEE. Learn about the Holocene and Pleistocene plant and animal remains that have been buried in the sediment for thousands of years, yet represent plants and animals that continue to survive today.

Co-sponsored by Boone County Public Library, the program will be held at the Main Branch of the Boone County Library in Burlington, KY, Meeting Room A

There will be a Friends of Big Bone general membership meeting prior to the program at 6:00 pm