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John James Audubon State Park, in Henderson, will have plenty of reasons and opportunities to prepare for the Christmas season during the month of December.

The opening reception Holiday Art Expo will take place at the John James Audubon Museum on Tuesday, December 3 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. The exhibit will feature art work from Henderson County Elementary fourth- and fifth-grade students. This event is free and open to the public.

Audubon State Park will hold an art class for the children ages 3-5 on December 6. During this Little Rembrandts session, the kids will make Holiday Ornaments from 10:30-11:30 a.m. The cost for this workshop is $7.00 per child and children must be accompanied by an adult. Paint, glitter, ribbon and more will be involved so the children should dress for a mess!

The Holiday Ornaments session for children 6-13 will be held on December 7 from noon to 1:30 p.m. The fee for this class is also $7.00 and the park is offering a family rate of $20.00 for a family of four (immediate family only).

Finally, the park will hold its Reindeer Run 5K on Saturday, December 14; this is the last race of the Western Kentucky State Parks Race Series. Registered participants will receive race tee shirts, swag bags, and the opportunity to win great prizes. Awards will be given to the race winners and race series winners after the race. Fees for runners are $25.00 if preregistered by December 5 and $30.00 after that date. Walkers will pay a fee of $20.00 if preregistered by December 5 and $25.00 for those not preregistering.

For more information about these or any other events at John James Audubon, call the park at (270) 826-2247.

Along the banks of the Ohio River, the John James Audubon State Park in Henderson Kentucky is home to the world’s largest collection of Audubon artifacts. The museum at the park interprets Audubon’s life through his art and personal memorabilia.

John James Audubon arrived in Henderson in 1810 and lived in there for nine years, longer than anywhere else in the United States. It was while living in Kentucky that Audubon developed his artistic technique that would eventually secure his prominence as a wildlife artist.

The Nature Center comprises three areas: a wildlife Observation Room; the Discovery Center with hands-on exhibits; and the Learning Center where the park naturalist and art educator conduct environmental and art programs and an excellent place to learn about art.

Besides the museum, facilities at the park include cottages, golf, camping, fishing, hiking trails, and picnic shelters.

John James Audubon State Park is just about 125 miles from Metro Louisville via scenic US-60. (For detailed directions, consult www.maps.google.com).

John James Audubon State Park
3100 US Highway 41 North
Henderson, Kentucky 42419-0576
Telephone: (270) 826-2247

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