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Children can experience the times of pioneers

Posted: November 18, 2012 - 1:04am
A child starts a fire with a magnesium fire starter at the Pioneer Living program last year at Mistletoe State Park.  Special Photo
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A child starts a fire with a magnesium fire starter at the Pioneer Living program last year at Mistletoe State Park.

The time of the earliest pioneers and Indians comes to life during Mistletoe State Park’s annual Pioneer and Indian Program.

The program, which exposes children ages 7 to 12 to candle-making, butter-churning and the use of plants for medicinal purposes, will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday. The cost of the program is $20, with preregistration and payment required by Monday.

“The main reason we continue to host programs like this is the opportunity it offers,” said Brenda Bettross, program assistant at Mistletoe.

“It creates a unique hands-on learning experience.”

Children will make cornhusk dolls, learn about the Indian Legend of Dream Catchers and make their own dream catchers. They will also learn Indian sign language and taste Pioneer Stew.

“I hope they take away from this program a day enjoyed at the park with a better understanding of the past,” said Bettross.

The park will offer another program – Christmas Crafts with Kids – next month. This is the first time Mistletoe has offered the program, which will teach children ways of using natural items to make crafts.

“We try to use natural items when making crafts or items that can be recycled to create something new,” said Bettross. “Using natural and recycled materials encourages kids to reuse items that would end up in our landfills, hence taking care of our environment.”

The Christmas Crafts with Kids program will be held Dec. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to children ages 6 to 12. It costs $20 and is limited to 12 paid registrants.

“Parents can use the morning to do holiday shopping while kids have their own time to make special gifts for the family,” said Bettross.

Among the items to be made are key chains, jewelry from recycled paper, strings of popcorn, angels and more Christmas and nature crafts.

Registration must be made in advance by calling the park office at (706) 541-0321.

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