Bays Mountain Park naturalists, YMCA team up for series of outdoors programs

Matthew Lane • Mar 13, 2018 at 9:32 AM

KINGSPORT – Whether you have a passion for the great outdoors or just want to learn more about the wilderness in our own backyards, there’s a series of programs coming up at Bays Mountain Park that’ll definitely hit the target.

The naturalists at Bays Mountain Park have partnered with the Greater Kingsport Family YMCA as part of the Y’s Outdoor Pursuits program series. The goal of the series is to introduce the community to more outdoor opportunities in a safe environment and with knowledgeable staff.

Here’s a list of programs scheduled to take place this spring.

· March 14 – Bear Necessities. Learn about our local bears, creating bear smart communities, and recreating in bear-inhabited environments. The program will be held at the YMCA at 6 p.m.

· April 7 – Howl and Hike. Kick off the day with brief instruction at the YMCA and then head to Bays Mountain Park for the 10 a.m. wolf howling. The hike begins immediately after and is a 2.3 mile moderately strenuous hike on Lakeside Trail. The program is limited to 15 participants.

· May 25 – Canoe/Kayak from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bays Mountain Park. Participants must provide their own watercraft (no motorized watercraft permitted), and safety flotation gear. Limit of 20 watercraft for this program.

All programs are by registration only and are on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost for each program is $3 per person and is free for YMCA and Bays Mountain Park members. To register and pay for these events, visit the YMCA front desk or ymcakpt.org.

To submit requests for additional information, call Dustin Sims at (423) 765- 9722, or by email at dsims@ymcakpt.org.