Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site is holding a free nature fair in honor of Earth day. This family friendly event is happening on Saturday, April 27 from 10 am to 3 pm and is being held in honor of Earth Day. It’s a great event to take the whole family to, get outdoors and learn about the natural environment.
Activities will include the “Wildlife of Kentucky” with LBL Woodlands Nature Station and they’re bringing a live animals display. There’s also a talk by a Kentucky Division of Forestry forest ranger about trees and forest resources. You can see demonstrations of hide tanning and soap making, and get muddy with a hands-on Mississippi river stream table.
Learn how the Native People of the Mississippian culture depended upon the environment. Guests can also see displays and demonstrations of natural dyes, ‘Leave No Trace’ principles, useful plants, cordage and more!
Other activities include a workshop on spinning yarn from fiber with a drop spindle - registration and fee required. They’ll be a reading and discussion about snakes and Kentucky wildlife by a local naturalist, and you can also learn about plant-based essential oils.
Have fun on an obstacle course and learn about fire safety with the Wickliffe City Fire Department. Art students from Ballard County Memorial High School will have a special exhibit: “Art from Nature.”
Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site is located at 94 Green Street, Wickliffe. It has a welcome center, tourism information, gift shop, picnic areas, trails, Mounds and museum. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 am - 5 pm.
Wickliffe Mounds SHS protects & preserves the archaeological site & its collections for present & future generations; provide educational & research opps, interpretive information and exhibits to the public; and promote tourism experiences for visitors.
It is open April through October and closed November to March - Trails open Monday through Friday by appointment.
Admission is: Adults: $5, Seniors (62+): $4, Kids age 5-15: $4, and Active Duty Military: $4. School and Scout rates: $2 to $5 based on program, call for appointment. Group rates available by advance appointment.
Wickliffe Mounds State Park
A Native American village once occupied the site of Wickliffe Mounds, about A.D. 1100 to 1350. Here, people of the Mississippian culture built earthen mounds and permanent houses around a central plaza overlooking the Mississippi River.
Today, this Native American Indian archaeological site features mounds surrounded by abundant wildlife and more. It has been open to the public since 1932. This registered archaeological site (15BA4) is on the National Register of Historic Places, and a Kentucky Archaeological Landmark.
Please note: Pets are prohibited on the archaeological site but service dogs allowed.