Columbia County’s Mistletoe State Park has been awarded the Best Year-Round Programming Award from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Awards were presented during a recent conference co-hosted by the park system and Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites, according to an announcement from the DNR.
Primarily through the efforts of clerk Brenda Bettross, naturalist Julie Ashley and Mistletoe’s volunteers, Mistletoe State Park offered numerous programs to more than 5,000 guests during 2012.
The events include Junior Ranger camps, fishing rodeos, a fall festival, hayrides and nature hikes. Nearly 2,500 students learned about animal tracks, survival skills, wildlife habitat and other nature-based topics during field trips, and park staff also offered nature and craft programs to mentally challenged adult groups.
Mistletoe State Park, on Clarks Hill Lake in Appling, offers cabins, camping, picnicking, fishing and boating. An Easter egg scavenger hunt is set for March 30, and the park has begun offering customized birthday parties for all ages.
For more information, go to www.gastateparks.org/Mistletoe or call (706) 541-0321.