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Snake Appreciation Day

Friday September 8, 2006

Jefferson Memorial Forest's Snake Appreciation Day builds appreciation for misunderstood creatures


Jefferson Memorial Forest and the Kentucky Herpetological Society will host their fifth annual Snake Appreciation Day on Saturday, September 16, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Forest's Horine Environmental Education Center. The free Metro Parks event offers hands-on activities and information for people of all ages, to help them gain a new appreciation for these fascinating limbless reptiles.

Snake Appreciation Day begins at noon, with family activities, presentations, face-painting, crafts and food. An assortment of snakes will be on hand for up-close interaction. Cameras are welcome, but guests may not bring their own reptile pets.

"Snakes are among nature's most misunderstood creatures," said Metro Parks Director Mike Heitz. "Snake Appreciation Day is a fun and exciting way for us to become better acquainted with our reptile friends, and learn about the beneficial role they can play in natural habitats."

A dinner program, "Snakes With Your Dinner," takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. that evening, with presentations by Jim Harrison of the Kentucky Reptile Zoo, along with Will Bird and Phil Peak from the Kentucky Herpetological Society. "Snakes With Your Dinner" is $10 per person and includes a meal. Reservations are required for the evening program, as space is limited.

Call the Jefferson Memorial Forest Welcome Center at 502/368-5404 to receive a program of the day's events, register for the dinner program, or request directions to the Horine Environmental Education Center, which is off Holsclaw Hill Road in Fairdale. Information is also available online at www.memorialforest.com.

Jefferson Memorial Forest, the nation's largest municipal urban forest at 6,057 acres, is a woodland tribute to those Kentucky veterans who have served our nation in time of war. Outdoor environmental and experiential education programs are offered at the Forest, providing learning opportunities for thousands of students and teachers annually. The Forest includes a full range of recreational amenities -- including weekend nature education programs, hiking trails, camping, fishing, horseback riding trails and picnic areas -- giving citizens the opportunity to experience nature at its most spectacular, without leaving the city.

The Kentucky Herpetological Society is a non-profit reptile and amphibian hobbyist group. To learn more about snakes in Kentucky, visit www.kyherpsoc.org.