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Junior Rangers program will be held at Mistletoe

Posted: February 12, 2012 - 12:14am
Jerry Smith, volunteer Junior Ranger leader, talks to a group of children at last year's Junior Ranger program at Mistletoe State Park. This year, the program will be Feb. 20. Participants will become authorized Junior Rangers.   Special Photo
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Jerry Smith, volunteer Junior Ranger leader, talks to a group of children at last year's Junior Ranger program at Mistletoe State Park. This year, the program will be Feb. 20. Participants will become authorized Junior Rangers.

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With school out Feb. 20 for President’s Day, children can participate in a Junior Rangers Program at Mistletoe State Park in Appling.

The program, which aims to allow children to discover the outdoor world through a variety of adventures, will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

“Children will learn about Georgia wildlife, participate in a nature hike, do some outdoor cooking and learn how (American) Indians depended on the outdoors to survive,” said Program Assistant Brenda Bettross.

Participants will be introduced to some of the wildlife that lives at Mistletoe State Park, and learn how animals survive during the winter.

“They will go on a nature hike looking for the wildlife they have learned about,” said Bettross. “They will also learn how to build a fire for outdoor cooking.”

Cooking in the outdoors can sometimes present its own set of challenges. For that reason, youngsters will be introduced to a few e ways to cook over a campfire, such as cooking in a box or on a stick.

“We will even make some deer stew for them to sample,” said Bettross.

Finally, participants will receive a lesson in how American Indians depended on the outdoors to survive.

“Children will be introduced to Indian sign language,” said Bettross. “They will also create their own Indian ceremonial pipe and learn how Indians used plants for medicinal purposes.”

When the program concludes, participants will become authorized Junior Rangers and receive a Junior Ranger badge.

The program is open to those ages 8-12 and costs $25. Pre-registration is required by Friday.

For information or to register, call Bettross at the park office at (706) 541-0321.

Children unable to attend the program 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.

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