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8th Annual Winter Adventure Weekend - January 26-29, 2017


Carter Caves State Resort Park, Kentucky


All Special Field Trips

List of all special field trips.





Thursday 7:30pm    Pine Tree    Indoor Program or Workshop
Trip #6: The Superior Hiking Trail in Minnesota - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. Join us for a photo journey on the not-so-well-known Superior Hiking Trail. The Superior Hiking Trail is a footpath that follows the rocky ridgeline above Lake Superior on Minnesota's North Shore. Our 270 mile, 21 day backpacking trek, took us from the remote Canadian border south to bustling Duluth in wolf, bear and moose country through spectacular scenery of wild rivers, cascading waterfalls and beautiful vistas of the lake the Ojibwe called Gitche Gumee

Meets in the Grayson Room of lodge. No transportation required.




Thursday 8:30pm    Pine Tree    Indoor Program or Workshop
Trip #7: Deadly or Beautiful? You Be the Judge! - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. Snakes can be found in all continents except Antarctica. If you spend enough time in the outdoors, you are bound to cross paths with them sooner or later. Now is your chance to safely see some up close, some venomous and some harmless. Learn about these amazing animals, how to avoid being bitten and what to do if you are. If you are afraid of snakes, its ok. There are plenty of seats in the back!

Meets in the Grayson room of lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 7:45am    Pine Tree    Indoor Program or Workshop
Trip #8: Yoga in the Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.75 hours - Limit: 20 people - Drop In

Experience this unique environment to practice yoga in Cascade Cave. Relax your mind, move your body and breathe deeply as you stretch your limbs. This session will take you through basic yoga poses to prepare you for an active day in the great outdoors. We will be doing both standing and seated postures. No experience necessary. Dress for yoga and be prepared for a cave temperature of 55 degrees. Bring a yoga mat and a large beach towel or blanket to put under the yoga mat. You will want the towel or blanket to be larger than your mat so that you have room for your belongings. The cave floor consists of rock and dirt and may be damp or muddy in areas. The cave floor is mostly flat but is uneven in some areas. Linda Salyer, Certified Yoga Instructor will be leading the class. Yoga class itself is from 8:15-9:15am. Limited space sign up at the Front Desk of the Lodge upon arrival.

Meets at lodge. Transportation required.




Friday 10:30am    Pine Tree   
Trip #11: Hot Chocolate 5K Fun Run or Walk - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 100 people - Drop In

Join us this morning to stretch your legs in a Hot Chocolate 5K run (or) walk through the park. The out and back course starts and finishes at the horse-camp-parking lot and offers 3.1 miles of flat roadway to accommodate runners and walkers of all abilities. Finishers will enjoy hot chocolate at the finish-line area. Restrooms are available at the start/finish-line area. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 male and female finishers.

Meets at Horse Campground. Transportation required.




Friday 1:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #18: Blades of Glory 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 0 people - Trip Full

New for 2017. Have you watched figure skating or hockey on TV and always wanted to learn to skate? Or do you already know how to skate and want to learn some tricks, such as jumps or spins, to impress your friends? Sign-up for a 1-hour skating lesson taught by a former high-level figure skater and national-level US Figure Skating coach. Very limited sizes in skates will be available, please bring your own if you own any. Helmets are REQUIRED for kids under 13 (not provided), bicycle helmets work perfectly. US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. There will be a short walk from the lodge to the rink location. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Meets at lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 2:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #24: Camouflaging Do's and Don'ts - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 25 people - 23 Spots Open

Animals do not wear camouflage but they are still often hard to see. Come study the principles of natural and made camouflaging. Whether your interest is in seeing more wildlife, hunting, photography, or simple nature awareness. You will find this class fun and enlightening. This workshop promises to open your eyes to see more around you in ways you may have never considered.

Meets in Recreation Shelter at Campground. Transportation required.




Friday 3:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #31: Blades of Glory 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 0 people - Trip Full

New for 2017. Have you watched figure skating or hockey on TV and always wanted to learn to skate? Or do you already know how to skate and want to learn some tricks, such as jumps or spins, to impress your friends? Sign-up for a 1-hour skating lesson taught by a former high-level figure skater and national-level US Figure Skating coach. Very limited sizes in skates will be available, please bring your own if you own any. Helmets are REQUIRED for kids under 13 (not provided), bicycle helmets work perfectly. US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. There will be a short walk from the lodge to the rink location. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Meets at lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 5:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #37: Open Ice - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. New for 2017! Come practice your skating skills on the newly constructed outdoor skating rink. Skate with your family and friends in the open air and warm-up by the ringside bonfire. If you do not have skates no problem come play on the ice anyways. Kids 12yrs old and under need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Bicycle helmets are REQUIRED for kids 12yrs and under (not provided). US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Friday 6:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #39: Open Ice - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. New for 2017! Come practice your skating skills on the newly constructed outdoor skating rink. Skate with your family and friends in the open air and warm-up by the ringside bonfire. If you do not have skates no problem come play on the ice anyways. Kids 12yrs old and under need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Bicycle helmets are REQUIRED for kids 12yrs and under (not provided). US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Friday 7:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #41: Campfire Social - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Get ready for a fun weekend, full of adventure, by relaxing around the campfire and roasting some marshmallows! Meet and greet trip leaders, past participants and everyone else at this campfire social. Marshmallows provided by Carter Caves State Park.

Meets at lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 8:00pm    Pine Tree    Indoor Program or Workshop
Trip #44: Trail Magic The Grandma Gatewood Story - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Though many serious hikers know that Emma (Grandma) Gatewood became the first woman to solo thru-hike the Appalachian Trail (AT), they really don not know the rest of the story. Most people do not know that after she hiked the AT the first time, she went back and did it TWO more times. Most people do not know that she also hiked the Oregon Trail during its Bicentennial Celebration. Most people do not know that she was truly a visionary of the ultra-light hiking movement. Most people do not know that she raised 11 children. Most people do not know that she survived an abusive relationship. Most people do not know that by the time she retired, Emma had hiked more than 10,000 miles! Most people do not know Emma Gatewood at all! WAW is pleased to have as a guest at tonight's opening program, Peter Huston, award winning producer, writer, and director. Peter and his company,Film Effects, teamed up with Eden Valley Enterprises to tell Grandma Gatewood's story. Peter will be at tonight's program to introduce our viewing of TRAIL MAGIC. This will be a very special evening program you will not want to miss!

Meets in Grayson Room of lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 9:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #47: Open Ice - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. New for 2017! Come practice your skating skills on the newly constructed outdoor skating rink. Skate with your family and friends in the open air and warm-up by the ringside bonfire. If you do not have skates no problem come play on the ice anyways. Kids 12yrs old and under need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Bicycle helmets are REQUIRED for kids 12yrs and under (not provided). US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Friday 9:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #48: Jam Session - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. After the evening's opening program, join some of our local musicians for an impromptu jam session in the Fields Facility. Any and all pickers and/or singers are welcome! It will be a round robin style jam, if you've got a song, great, if not, we'll get you on the next go around. Not a musician? Drop in and listen for a little bit.

Meets in Grayson Room of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 9:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #64: Blades of Glory 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 0 people - Trip Full

New for 2017. Have you watched figure skating or hockey on TV and always wanted to learn to skate? Or do you already know how to skate and want to learn some tricks, such as jumps or spins, to impress your friends? Sign-up for a 1-hour skating lesson taught by a former high-level figure skater and national-level US Figure Skating coach. Very limited sizes in skates will be available, please bring your own if you own any. Helmets are REQUIRED for kids under 13 (not provided), bicycle helmets work perfectly. US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. There will be a short walk from the lodge to the rink location. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Meets at lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 9:30am    Pine Tree   
Trip #67: Geocaching 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 20 people - Trip Full

Chris Howard with Canoe Kentucky will help you learn the basics of geocaching. Bring your GPS or use your smart phone, but be ready for a great treasure hunt for the whole family! We will be inside to discuss the basics, but plan to be out in the elements for at least one hour during this clinic.

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 9:30am    Pine Tree   
Trip #70: Winter Survival Workshop - Level: 1 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 25 people - 1 Spot Open

Winter survival will involve the fundamentals of survival methodology and mindset. This workshop will include practical application and skill building for specifics including shelter, fire basics, water, food, and signaling. You will be outside during this workshop so dress appropriately for the weather elements.

Meets in Recreation Shelter at Campground. Transportation required.




Saturday 10:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #84: Backpacking 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 2.5 hours - Limit: 20 people - 6 Spots Open

Backpacking is an activity that gets you about as close to nature as you can get. If you are new to backpacking or thinking about looking for an outdoor activity to pursue this workshop fits the bill. Take part in a interactive discussion of the do and don'ts of multi day backpacking trips. Topics to include trip preparation & planning, safety, training, gear, packing your pack, food options and basic navigation. If you have a backpack and gear bring it with you to show off. We can show you how to properly adjust your pack to yourself and we will show different examples of equipment available.

Meets in the Grayson room of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 11:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #94: Blades of Glory 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 0 people - Trip Full

New for 2017. Have you watched figure skating or hockey on TV and always wanted to learn to skate? Or do you already know how to skate and want to learn some tricks, such as jumps or spins, to impress your friends? Sign-up for a 1-hour skating lesson taught by a former high-level figure skater and national-level US Figure Skating coach. Very limited sizes in skates will be available, please bring your own if you own any. Helmets are REQUIRED for kids under 13 (not provided), bicycle helmets work perfectly. US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. There will be a short walk from the lodge to the rink location. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Meets at lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 12:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #103: Geocaching 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 20 people - Trip Full

Chris Howard with Canoe Kentucky will help you learn the basics of geocaching. Bring your GPS or use your smart phone, but be ready for a great treasure hunt for the whole family! We will be inside to discuss the basics, but plan to be out in the elements for at least one hour during this clinic.

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 1:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #121: Orienteering - Level: 1 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - Trip Full

Land navigation will lead the participants in the fundamentals of using map and compass. We will take a look at map features and the information that can be gathered from them. We will also look at compass use and finding headings, bearings, as well as the difference between true, magnetic and grid north. We will then plot some points on a map of the park and learn how to navigate cross country. You will be outside during this workshop so dress appropriately for the weather elements.

Meets in Recreation Shelter at Campground. Transportation required.




Saturday 1:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #125: Blades of Glory 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 0 people - Trip Full

New for 2017. Have you watched figure skating or hockey on TV and always wanted to learn to skate? Or do you already know how to skate and want to learn some tricks, such as jumps or spins, to impress your friends? Sign-up for a 1-hour skating lesson taught by a former high-level figure skater and national-level US Figure Skating coach. Very limited sizes in skates will be available, please bring your own if you own any. Helmets are REQUIRED for kids under 13 (not provided), bicycle helmets work perfectly. US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. There will be a short walk from the lodge to the rink location. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Meets at lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 2:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree   
Trip #135: Cave Survey 101 - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 15 Spots Open

Discover how caves are mapped. We will learn the basics of cave survey, and what function each survey team member performs. Then we will go into a cave and learn and practice how to read the instruments, as well as how to survey a cave passage by passage. We will also welcome those who have surveyed but would like to learn to sketch. Depending on the turn out, we may split the group by skill level so everyone is learning something new. Participants must have the required equipment for level 2 wild cave trips, visit the cave trip page of the website for details. Class is for ages 14 and up accompanied by an adult.

Meets in Grayson Room of lodge. Transportation required.




Saturday 2:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #142: Campfire Cookin Is Fun - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 12 people - 1 Spot Open

Have you ever wanted to cook over a campfire? People have been cooking over open fires for centuries. This trip gives you the opportunity to learn how to season cast iron ware, how to tell the temperature inside a Dutch oven, what types of cookware can be used on an open fire, and how to cook over an open fire. Each participant will have the opportunity to prepare a hoecake, and you will receive several recipes to take home with you. No equipment or experience is needed. All materials are supplied. Bring your appetite. This trip is indoors and uses a fireplace inside the Welcome Center meeting room.

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 3:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #148: Blades of Glory 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 0 people - Trip Full

New for 2017. Have you watched figure skating or hockey on TV and always wanted to learn to skate? Or do you already know how to skate and want to learn some tricks, such as jumps or spins, to impress your friends? Sign-up for a 1-hour skating lesson taught by a former high-level figure skater and national-level US Figure Skating coach. Very limited sizes in skates will be available, please bring your own if you own any. Helmets are REQUIRED for kids under 13 (not provided), bicycle helmets work perfectly. US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. There will be a short walk from the lodge to the rink location. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Meets at lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 3:30pm    Pine Tree    Indoor Program or Workshop
Trip #152: Backcountry Cooking 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Spend some time discussing some of the best and worst back country stoves out there today. We will discuss recipes and will try out a few of our favorites. Come with an open mind and an empty stomach.

Meets in the Grayson room of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 5:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #157: Open Ice - Level: 1 - Duration: 6 hours - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. New for 2017! Come practice your skating skills on the newly constructed outdoor skating rink. Skate with your family and friends in the open air and warm-up by the ringside bonfire. If you do not have skates no problem come play on the ice anyways. Kids 12yrs old and under need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Bicycle helmets are REQUIRED for kids 12yrs and under (not provided). US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Sunday 9:30am    Pine Tree   
Trip #165: Open Ice - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. New for 2017! Come practice your skating skills on the newly constructed outdoor skating rink. Skate with your family and friends in the open air and warm-up by the ringside bonfire. If you do not have skates no problem come play on the ice anyways. Kids 12yrs old and under need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Bicycle helmets are REQUIRED for kids 12yrs and under (not provided). US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Sunday 9:30am    Pine Tree   
Trip #171: Tracking for Everyone - Level: 1 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 25 people - 1 Spot Open

Do you know the seven basic attributes of a single track? Do you know you can look at one deer track and tell if it is a back/front and whether it is the left/right hoof? We will show you the methods to see and learn more about what is around you in a wilderness setting. We will teach you how to see speed, number, size and a lot more information in ground, aerial and intangible sign. The ground is a book come let us show you how to read it.

Meets in Recreation Shelter at Campground. Transportation required.




Sunday 10:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #175: Campfire Cookin Is Fun - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 12 people - 1 Spot Open

Have you ever wanted to cook over a campfire? People have been cooking over open fires for centuries. This trip gives you the opportunity to learn how to season cast iron ware, how to tell the temperature inside a Dutch oven, what types of cookware can be used on an open fire, and how to cook over an open fire. Each participant will have the opportunity to prepare a hoecake, and you will receive several recipes to take home with you. No equipment or experience is needed. All materials are supplied. Bring your appetite. This trip is indoors and uses a fireplace inside the Welcome Center meeting room.

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Sunday 11:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #184: Open Ice - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. New for 2017! Come practice your skating skills on the newly constructed outdoor skating rink. Skate with your family and friends in the open air and warm-up by the ringside bonfire. If you do not have skates no problem come play on the ice anyways. Kids 12yrs old and under need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Bicycle helmets are REQUIRED for kids 12yrs and under (not provided). US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.