Cloudland Canyon State Park Offers Junior Ranger Day Camp

Monday, June 24, 2013

Kids at the Cloudland Canyon State Park Junior Ranger Day Camp will learn how to Be Aware of poison ivy, snakes and ticks, how to identify Georgia trees, how the water supply systems work, about fishing, wildlife, fruits and flowers, bird watching and more. 

Children ages 6-12 can enjoy learning in the outdoors as they work toward earning a Junior Ranger badge. Three levels are designed to help children experience nature first-hand, explore Georgia’s history and participate in outdoor activities. Free Junior Ranger Activity Books are available at all of Georgia's State Parks and historic sites. 

Each child will receive an activity book that can be completed both at the camp and at home. A parent can check off the tasks they are to complete to earn a badge. Each child will earn a badge and have the opportunity to earn advanced badges. Kids age 7 to 10 must complete five activities and those over age 11 must complete eight activities.

There are hands on activities that get kids completing projects, enjoying working with their hands and using their mind and working with others, officials said.

Cloudland Canyon State Park is sponsoring four Junior Ranger weeks. The camp is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each day under the guidance of the park naturalist. Two camps are for the beginner and two are for those who have earned the Fox or Owl badge. The beginner camps are July 22-26 for ages 6-8 or July 29-Aug. 2 for ages 9-12. The weeks of Aug. 5-9 for ages 6-8 or Aug.12-16 for ages 9-12 are for those who have already earned the Fox or Owl badge.

For more information visit the http://www.gastateparks.org website or call Cloudland Canyon State Park at 706.657-4050. There is a $60 attendance fee for each child. A registration form is at this website http://bit.ly/Ysh8yG


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