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KET's Super Saturday 2012

KET Studios 600 Cooper Drive Lexington KY 40502
Join KET and our event partners for a Super Saturday full of musical and scientific explorations! Meet Mr. Steve and the Cat in the Hat, too! Saturday, August 11, from 9 am - 2 pm at KET in Lexington. The event is free and open to the public.

Abby Malik
859-258-7749



KET's Super Saturday 2012

KET Studios 600 Cooper Drive Lexington KY 40502
Join KET and our event partners for a Super Saturday full of musical and scientific explorations! Meet Mr. Steve and the Cat in the Hat, too! Saturday, August 11, from 9 am - 2 pm at KET in Lexington. The event is free and open to the public.

Abby Malik
859-258-7749



The origins of the Universe and Life

Miller Center for Communication Arts Asbury University Wilmore, KY
Dr. Anthony H. Futerman — a world-renowned author, research scientist and professor of biochemistry at an institute of higher education in Israel — will speak on “The Origins of the Universe and Life” at Asbury University on May 21. The 7 p.m. presentation at the state-of-the-art Miller Center for Communication Arts is free and open to the public.

Asbury University Department of Public Relations
brad.johnson@asbury.edu



Highlands Hike to Blanton Forest

Pine Mountain State Resort Park, 1050 State Park Road, Pineville, KY 40977
Enjoy a hiking adventure to explore this diverse ecological treasure located on Pine Mountain's southeastern slope. A virtual time capsule, the 3,124-acre Blanton Forest is one of eastern America’s largest old-growth forests.

Here, towering, centuries-old trees harbor a variety of forest communities, including the mixed-mesophytic deciduous forest with many kinds of canopy trees, like sugar maple, tulip poplar, hemlock, beech, chestnut oak, and several species of magnolia.

The trail courses two miles up the south face of Pine Mountain to Knobby Rock (2000 ft), a large sandstone rock outcrop. From there, trekkers gain a spectacular autumn view of the surrounding forest and mountains. The three-hour, moderately strenuous hike passes beneath monstrous hemlocks, through rhododendron thickets, and along crystal clear Watts Creek. Be prepared for a forest adventure you’ll never forget.

The registration fee is $15 per person and van transportation will be provided to the first 10 persons. Participants are encouraged to bring a day pack with water, snacks, and a lunch. Total hiking distance is 2 ½ miles. Hiking boots are recommended. Total field trip time is 5-6 hours. Advanced registration is required; departure time from the park is 8:00 AM. Register by e-mailing Dean.Henson@ky.gov or by phone at (800) 325-1712.

Dean Henson
(606) 337-3066



Mountain Backpacking Adventure

Pine Mountain State Resort Park, 1050 State Park Road, Pineville, KY 40977
Our guided, overnight backpacking adventure is designed for those with minimal backcountry experience who wish to give backpacking a try. We’ll provide all primary gear (pack, sleeping bag, pad, tent, cooking supplies) and teach you the basics of adventure backpacking in the scenic mountains of Southeastern Kentucky.

Topics of instruction include:

How to plan an overnight backpacking trip, gear selection/proper loading of a backpack, minimum impact Leave No Trace camping techniques, how to select a suitable backcountry campsite, tips for assuring successful hiking/backpacking/camping experiences.

The weekend package fee is $45 per person. The outing is rated “easy” as backpacking trips go. Participants must be 12 years or older and able to complete a round-trip hiking excursion of 8-10 miles, with an elevation change of up to 200 feet, carrying an average pack weight of 25-28 pounds (minimum pack weight is 20 pounds). Participants 17 or under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Advanced registration is required. A minimum of 5 participants is required to conduct the activity (additional participants that supply their own gear may be accepted at a reduced fee). Registrants will receive a list of suggested personal items to bring in advance of their trip. You may request additional information or register to participate in the adventure by e-mailing Dean.Henson@ky.gov or by phone at (800) 325-1712.

Dean Henson
(606) 337-3066



Adventure Hike to Tri-State Peak

Pine Mountain State Resort Park, 1050 State Park Road, Pineville, KY 40977
Stand on the vaulted spot (1,990 ft) where Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia come together. You’ll also stand in the saddle of the gap where over 300,000 followers of Boone passed by on their way into unknown country. You’ll also enjoy commanding mountain vistas and the best view of the Middlesboro Meteor Crater. Aside from the commemorative shrine of the tri-state peak, the site also includes a marker denoting the location as being astride the Royal Colonial Boundary of 1665. Other stops on this outing include Pinnacle Overlook (2,440 ft), and the Newlee Iron Furnace (ca. 1819).

The registration fee is $10 per person and van transportation will be provided to the first 10 persons. Participants are encouraged to bring a day pack with water, snacks, and a lunch. Total hiking distance is 3 miles. Hiking boots are recommended. Total field trip time is 5-6 hours.

Dean Henson
(606) 337-3066



Explore Boone's Wilderness Road

Pine Mountain State Resort Park, 1050 State Park Road, Pineville, KY 40977
Have you ever wondered what it may have been like to follow in the footsteps of Daniel Boone as he made his way along the Wilderness Road into Kaintucke? Those hearty adventurers were ordinary, everyday folks that sought to build a better life in a new country; little did they know that they were really on their way to build a nation.

This historical adventure tour will feature visits to Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (KY-TN) and Wilderness Road State Park (VA) to trace the steps of Boone and the path of the pioneers. Highlights include a visit to Martin's Station, a colonial era fort, where we’ll witness spectacular frontier action as Indians attack the fort and settlement. We’ll embark on a moderate 1-mile hike to historic Cumberland Gap Pass, and delight to breathtaking views as we glimpse three states from the lofty Pinnacle Overlook (2,440 ft). Natural, historic, and colonial photographic opportunities abound on this adventure trek.

The registration fee is $15 per person and van transportation will be provided to the first 10 persons to register. Participants are encouraged to bring a day pack with water, snacks, and a lunch. The hike is moderate so wear appropriate footwear. Total field trip time is 7 hours. Advanced registration is required; departure time from the park is 8:00 AM. Register by e-mailing Dean.Henson@ky.gov or by phone at (800) 325-1712.

Dean Henson
(606) 337-3066



Adventure Hike to Bad Branch Falls

Pine Mountain State Resort Park
This outing will explore a portion of the 2,639-acre state nature preserve in Letcher County, Kentucky. Our primary destination is Bad Branch Gorge, a forested locale with a sixty foot waterfall tumbling over sandstone cliffs on the south face of Pine Mountain. The preserve acreage, also designated a Kentucky Wild River, protects the scenic beauty of the gorge and one of the largest concentrations of rare and uncommon species known in the state. The preserve is also the site of Kentucky’s only known nesting pair of common ravens.

The total hiking distance is 2 miles over uneven, sometimes moderately strenuous terrain. Hiking boots are recommended. The registration fee is $15 per person and van transportation will be provided to the first 10 persons. Participants are encouraged to bring a day pack with water, snacks, and a lunch. Total field trip time is 6-7 hours. Advanced registration is required; departure time from the park is 8:00 AM. Register by e-mailing Dean.Henson@ky.gov or by phone at (800) 325-1712.

Dean Henson
(606) 337-3066