Yearly Events and Programs

Take Kids Fishing Day
May 27, 2017 9:00-12:00 pm at Jeffers Bend
An average of 700 youth and 600 adults attend the yearly Take Kids Fishing Day event at Jeffers' Bend. Since 1999, over 60 businesses, groups and organizations have provided support. A registration fee of $2.00 in advance and $3.00 the day of the event.  The kids are provided a lunch, free T-shirts, and prizes for smallest fish, largest fish and most fish in each age group. Take Kids Fishing Day is held the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.

Benefit for the Bend
June 17, 2017  6:00-8:00 pm at the Christian County Extension Office

Originally called Dinner by the River, this event began in June 2008, as a fundraising effort to provide more resources for ongoing operations and maintenance of building and grounds at Jeffers' Bend. Reserve your space at $180 per table or $20 per individual.

NatureFest
September 16, 2017 1:00-5:00 pm at Jeffers Bend

Since 2003, Jeffers Bend has hosted NatureFest.
NatureFest is held in the afternoon of the third Saturday of September each year. There is an admission fee of $10 per car load or $15 for a bus load. This family event exposes parents and youth to experiences in...
Canoeing
Storytelling
Outdoor Survival Skills
Recycling
Archery
Native American Heritage
Birding
Insects
Forestry
Wildlife

Torchlight Tales and Bell Witch Story
October 28, 2017 - 5:00-7:00 pm at Jeffers Bend

Interactive retelling of the Bell Witch Story and Fall Festival.

Christmas at the Bend
December 4, 2017 11:00 am-1:00 pm at Jeffers Bend

Held the first Saturday in December. Youth and adults can make a Christmas craft, share in storytelling, and visit with the jolly elf himself, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. There is an admission fee of $5 per car load or $10 per bus.

School Enrichment Program
The Jeffers Bend Curriculum Committee, working in cooperation with the Pennyrile RC&D office, schedules classroom outings on Fridays in the spring and fall to provide an outdoor classroom setting on natural resource topics. Youth learn about forestry, insects, wildlife, recycling, water quality, etc. Thousands of dollars in educational materials focusing on birds, wildflowers, trees, shrubs, etc. were secured through Pennyrile RC&D and Kentucky Division of Forestry.  These materials may be used to assist presenters with imparting hands-on information to K-12 students and teachers in Kentucky‚Äôs twenty four most western counties.

Tree Identification Project
The Tree ID Project was completed by Murray State intern Carey Grable in the summer of 2008. Carey utilized equipment from the Christian County Community and Development Services to GPS the location of trees around the main walking trails and educational areas. The purpose of this project is to be a resource for school classrooms working on tree leaf identification projects. Maps of Jeffers Bend as well as keys to tree id are included as PDF files below.

Jeffers' Bend Map (north end)
Plant List (north end)

Jeffers" Bend Map (south end)
Plant List (south end)