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Junior Ranger program offered at Mistletoe

Posted: January 8, 2012 - 1:09am  |  Updated: January 8, 2012 - 5:12am
Mistletoe State Park volunteer Jerry Smith shows children how to start a campfire during the Junior Ranger program in 2011.     Special Photo
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Mistletoe State Park volunteer Jerry Smith shows children how to start a campfire during the Junior Ranger program in 2011.

 

Parents looking for something fun and educational for their children to do over the Martin Luther King Jr. break might be interested to learn of a Junior Ranger program that will be offered at Mistletoe State Park in Appling.

The program will be held Jan. 16 from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., and will introduce participants ages 8-12 to birds of prey.

“Children will learn what birds of prey are, what their adaptations are, their importance in the food chain and much more,” said Program Assistant Brenda Bettross.

Participants also will learn the importance of recycling.

“They will recycle paper into beads and then create necklaces, key chains or book bag décor,” said Bettross.

Children will also learn how to build a fire and then cook hotdogs over it. A hands-on lesson in soap carving will also be given and a nature walk is included.

Cost of the program is $20 per child and includes lunch. Preregistration is required, and must be made by calling the park office at (706) 541-0321 by Jan. 13.

The Georgia State Parks Junior Ranger program is for children ages 6-12. Programs focus on experiencing nature first-hand and exploring parks and recreational areas.

Children unable to attend junior ranger programs can still earn a Junior Ranger badge. Free Junior Ranger Activity Books are available at all of the state’s parks and historic sites, or can be downloaded online at gastateparks.org/JuniorRanger.

Children can work through the activity requirements on their own or with the help of a parent or other adult. The Junior Ranger program offers three badge levels. Georgia State Parks have also begun offering a new Get Outdoors Georgia Gopher Badge.

Children can choose from a list of 16 badge requirements that will get them involved in the outdoors and learning about nature.

Children ages 7-10 must complete five activities to earn the badge, while those ages 11-14 must complete eight activities.

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