The calendar has turned to July and Mistletoe State Park is going all out this month, offering lots of activities for the family. From a creek walk to a night hike to a wild-game dinner, there’s something for nearly every member of the family.
The first program to be offered at the park is the Cliatt Creek hike. During the July 13 hike, participants will get to see some creek critters and learn about the species that call the creek home.
The Cliatt Creek hike begins at 10 a.m. and is open to anyone who wants to participate.
The following weekend, on Saturday, July 20, the park will offer a nighttime hike, which starts at the campground amphitheater at 8 p.m.
“Afterward, we’ll gather around the fire for an old-fashioned marshmallow roast,” said Julie Ashley, park naturalist.
Both hikes are free with a $5 park pass. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes.
“I love the hikes and enjoy the outdoors,” said Ashley.
The summer’s first Junior Ranger program will be offered Tuesday, July 16. The day camp begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. The cost is $20 per child, pre-registeration is required and a lunch should be brought.
“It is going to be water-oriented with kids learning what lives in the lake then making their own dip net and fish kit,” said Program Assistant Brenda Bettross. “We will finish the day with water games. This Junior Ranger program is always popular.”
Bettross said the summer Junior Ranger program is always planned around the lake so everyone can cool off.
“We have been offering this particular Junior Ranger program for the past five years with changes made to keep it interesting,” she said.
Additional programs being offered at the park this month include Herbs & Wild Edibles on Saturday, July 27 at 2 p.m. and a Wild Gourmet Dinner on Sunday, July 28, also at 2 p.m. For more information about any of these nature programs or to pre-register for the Junior Ranger camp, contact the park office at (706) 541-0321.