(These programs can be performed on and offsite of Old Hickory Lake and Park Rangers may use various forms of digital media including videos, PowerPoint and music)
History of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – When was the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers established and what was/is this agency responsible for here in the United States and abroad are questions answered in a PowerPoint presentation.
History of Old Hickory Lake – Discover how the creation of Old Hickory Lake improved the transportation of goods on the Cumberland River, became a great home for many wildlife species, how it has provided recreational opportunities for millions visitors each year and supplies water and electricity for several surrounding communities.
Career Day Park Ranger – Responsible for the protection of the most precious natural resources and safety of millions of visitors every year, a Park Ranger’s day is never mundane. Learn about the many hats a Park Ranger wears and skills that are needed every day to ensure the preservation of the natural environment for generations to come.
Waterfowl of Middle TN Identification – Waterfowl identification is often difficult for experienced and novice bird watchers. Learn how to identify the most common waterfowl of middle TN through stuffed mounts, bird calls, and a fun, interactive game.
Reptiles of Middle TN Identification – Did you know the Eastern Box Turtle is Tennessee’s state reptile? Learn how to identify the most common turtles and snakes of middle Tennessee, as well as, have an opportunity to see live examples up close.
Fish of Old Hickory Lake – Who is nibbling at my toes? Old Hickory Lake is prime habitat for many species of fish. Learn how to identify the most common fish found in lake.
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle – Learn the importance of going Green, fun facts about trash, and view examples of what can and can’t be recycled.
Reading with Rangers – Spend story time with Park Ranger and learn about various natural science and water safety subjects. Each story is accompanied by an associated activity to take home.
My Winter Home – How does wildlife spend the winter? Migration, hibernation and adaption. Define these three words as you learn various techniques animals use to survive the cold.
The Wonders of Wetlands – Dependent of the age group, this program addresses water's chemical and physical properties, quantity and quality issues, aquatic wildlife, ecosystems, cultural issues, and management strategies.
Invasive Flora - Are there Aliens in Your Backyard? Learn to identify non-native plants in your yard and how you can help eliminate them to maintain biodiversity!
Edible Plants – Learn how our ancestors used nature to survive. Park Rangers will discuss how many plants found in woods and fields today can provide nutrition and natural medicine. Samples of edible plants can be provided for small groups.
Water Management Education Series - Developed to raise public awareness, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District's Water Management Education Series includes a video series that breaks down and discusses the operation of the Cumberland River Reservoir System from the perspective of a Corps of Engineers’ water manager, How the Cumberland River System Works overview brochure, and a school outreach program aimed at informing students and their families about the Corps of Engineers’ flood damage risk reduction mission.