Some thing for all ages.
FEBRUARY 4 • BEGINNING PHOTOGRAPHY 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Taught by the Southeast Alabama Photography and Adventure Club. This workshop will focus on BASIC camera and photographic techniques. Registration will start at 9 a.m. in the Interpretive Center Classroom and the fee to attend is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Registration is limited to participants ages 12 and older, with a maximum of 20 participants. Participants should bring; DSLR Camera (no “Point & Shoot” cameras), extra batteries, the camera’s manual (read your manual before you come), a clean media card, tripod if you have one, umbrella, and a sacked lunch and drink for the day. With the nature of this basic course, participants will have to adjust the Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO settings of their camera. Please call the park office at 334- 794-3452 to register.
FEBRUARY 11-12 • FOLK ARTS WORKSHOPS Dedicated to introducing participants to a variety of folk crafts and skills. The weekend will include two sessions on Saturday and one session on Sunday. Participants will be able to choose a different topic of interest for each session. Each session will last up to three hours and a hands-on element will be included. Session topics will range in variety, and will include hearth cooking, dulcimer playing, quilting, Dutch oven cooking, gourd painting and more. Participants will be able to sign up for individual sessions, and there will be an option to include lunch. Registration is required and can be made by calling the park office at 334-794-3452. Session prices will vary depending on supplies needed and will range from $20-$30 each. Visit http://www.landmarkparkdothan.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/weekend-workshop-brochure.pdf for a course catalog.
FEBRUARY 17 • ASTRONOMY NIGHT Visitors will get a view of several stars and planets as well as the Orion nebula through telescopes and binoculars on the Gazebo lawn. Staff members will help point out winter constellations and visitors will even get the chance to experience a “starry” hayride and campfire. Nightwalks will take place on the boardwalk. Warm up in the Interpretive Center after stargazing and enjoy snacks and a program in the planetarium where you will get the chance to learn more about the night sky. Planetarium programs are not recommended for children under 5. Space for the event is limited. Reservations are required. Admission is $4 for members, $5 for scouts and their leaders in uniform and $7 for nonmembers and free for children 5 and under. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are welcome. Astronomy Night meets several requirements for the Astronomy Badge. Reservations are required.334-794-3452.
FEBRUARY 24-25 • QUILT RETREAT Snowball blocks use straight lines to make things appear round. At the Landmark Park Quilt Retreat we will learn how to make several kinds of snowball blocks and use them in many ways to make quilts. Several choices will be available. Accuquilt cutter will also be available to make your cutting a breeze. Call 334-794-3452 with your name and phone number to register for the retreat. Cost TBA. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. and 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
FEBRUARY 25 • HOMESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE 10 a.m. We will present a short program about the upcoming events and programs to be aware of and then the Education Department Staff will be on hand to answer any questions until 12:00 pm. Samples of items available from our Teacher Resource Library will be available as will detailed information about educational programs. Teachers who attend the open house will receive a ticket for a free planetarium show at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. Teachers will also be registered into our door prize drawing, including a free field trip to Landmark Park! Refreshments and materials will be available, while supplies last.
MARCH 4 • INTERMEDIATE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Taught by the Southeast Alabama Photography and Adventure Club. This workshop will focus on intermediate camera and photographic techniques. Registration will start at 9 a.m. in the Interpretive Center Classroom and the fee to attend is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Registration is limited to participants ages 12 and older, with a maximum of 20 participants. Participants should bring; DSLR Camera (no “Point & Shoot” cameras), extra batteries, the camera’s manual (read your manual before you come), a clean media card, tripod if you have one, umbrella, and a sacked lunch and drink for the day. Please call the park office at 334- 794-3452 to register.
March 7, 8, 9, 21, 22, 23 • LIVING HISTORY *Costumed Program!!* Give your students the experience of living and working on a Wiregrass Farmstead in the early 1900s. Students will get the opportunity to cook on the hearth, make butter, care for the farm animals, help in the garden and more! Costumed in period dress, students will be divided into small groups in order to participate at the different workstations. This half-day program will conclude with lunch (prepared by the students) at the Waddell House, traditional games, a hay ride, and an ice cream cone served from the Martin Drugstore. **Due to the hands on nature of this program, classes are limited to a maximum of 30 students and a minimum of 20 students. Cost: $15/student (includes lunch) Program Length: 4 hours (9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.) Recommended age group: 3rd-6th. Preregistered school groups only.
MARCH 17 • RURAL HERTIAGE DAY On this day, this Wiregrass Farmstead will come to life with craftsmen and demonstrators. Students will get a glimpse into the day-to-day life of a turn-of-the-century Wiregrass family. Students will witness and participate in sheep shearing, wool washing, planting with mules and much more! Cost: $8/student Program Length: 4 hours (9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.) Recommended age group: 3P-5th grade. Preregistered school groups only.
MARCH 18 • SPRING FARM DAY Turn back the clock 100 years and experience living history demonstrations of sheep shearing, blacksmithing, plowing with mules, basket weaving, quilting and other traditional springtime farm activities. Entertainment will include an “Old Time Fiddlers Convention” and traditional music. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and active military, $4 for kids, free for members and children 2 and under.
March 18 • Photo exhibit opening Special photography exhibit by Larry and Patti Puckett featuring photos of Landmark Park. On display in the Interpretive Center. Free with paid gate admission.
MARCH 20, 27 • SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION Summer camp is right around the corner! Members may register for Summer Camps on March 20 at 9 a.m. and nonmembers on March 27 at 9 a.m. Weeklong summer day camps run Monday-Friday in June and July for ages 4 to 11. For details on available camps, please visit www.landmarkparkdothan.com.
MARCH 27-31 • SPRING FAMILY DAYS Family Fun Workshops 9 a.m.-10 a.m.; Discovery Room 10L30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; Planetarium Movies 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.; Nature Walks 2 p.m.-2:30 p.m.; Farm Animal Feeding 4:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Check www.landmarkparkdothan. com for detailed schedule.
APRIL 8 • TREE ID WORKSHOP Join veteran forester and park volunteer Ed Lewis on Saturday, April 8 for an informative program and tour of the park to learn the fascinating history and uses of common trees. You will learn why the USS Constitution was nicknamed “Old Ironsides”, why certain caterpillars love black cherry leaves, which two species of trees helped make a Tennessee distiller famous, and lots more! Ed is well known throughout the state for his interesting programs and enthusiasm when sharing his love of trees with others. This fun and fact-filled program begins at 9:30 a.m. and pre-registration is required. To reserve your spot, please call the park office at 334-794-3452.
APRIL 8 • GOPHER TORTOISE DAY 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Presentations on the longleaf pine ecosystem with live animal shows featuring gopher tortoises and Eastern indigo snakes. Kids activities. Price TBA.
APRIL 15 • SACRED HARP SING The sweet and powerful sounds of Sacred Harp music will fill the air on Saturday, April 15 when the park will host a Sacred Harp sing in the church. The sing will get underway at 10 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. The singers will gather under the spreading branches of a nearby live oak tree to enjoy a traditional dinner on the grounds from noon – 1 p.m. Prior to the sing, there will be a short introduction for visitors unfamiliar with the tradition (also known as Shape Note or Fasola) beginning at 9:30 a.m. Sacred Harp singing is a nondenominational American tradition that was born out of Colonial “singing schools” whose purpose was to teach beginners how to sing. A Sacred Harp sing is not a performance, but rather a shared experience that emphasizes participation by everyone. For many singers, a Sacred Harp sing not only serves as a community event, but also functions as a religious observance. Singers attending this event may simply show your songbook for free admission to the park. For more information, please contact the park office, 334-794-3452.
APRIL 16 • EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE Dothan Ministerial Union will host the 31st annual Easter Sunrise Service on April 16 at Landmark Park. The service will begin at 6:30 a.m. at the gazebo. This is an interdenominational service and is open to everyone. Benches are available but please bring lawn chairs to ensure adequate seating. In the event of rain the service will be held in the Headland Presbyterian Church located adjacent to the gazebo. Admission to the service is free. The park will close immediately after the service and re-open at noon for our regular Sunday hours.
APRIL 29 • SPIRIT OF SERVICE DAY The 27th Annual “Spirit of Service Day” will be held on Saturday, April 29. Coordinated by the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, “Spirit of Service Day” is an annual day for individuals, businesses, youth groups and others to volunteer their time and talents to help make Houston County a better place to live, work and play! Landmark Park will be one of the work sites and if you are interested, please contact the park office. We will have lots of projects you can help with, including working on the nature trail, clearing brush, planting flowers, spreading chips on the playground, and more! Work will get underway at 8 a.m. and end at noon with a hamburger and hotdog cookout. For more information or if you are interested in volunteering, please contact the park office at 334-794-3452.
TUESDAYS-FRIDAYS • FARM ANIMAL FEEDING 4:15. Free with paid gate admission. Meet the farm animals.
FIRST SATURDAYS • WIREGRASS WOODTURNERS 9:30 a.m. Open to the public. Free with paid gate admission. Ag Building.
FIRST SATURDAYS • LANDMARK DULCIMER CLUB 1 p.m. Must have a dulcimer. Classroom. Free with paid gate admission.
SECOND SUNDAYS • REPTILE FEEDING 4 p.m. Classroom. Free with paid gate admission.