Fun, affordable and educational youth programs can be a challenge to come by, but not with the Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites’ Junior Ranger program. Children ages 6-12 may earn three levels of Junior Rangers badges this summer, either at their own pace or at day camps in the parks.
Some of activities include identifying trees or wildlife, hiking, swimming, learning about history and camping. The program supplies up to 16 activities to choose from, creating endless learning opportunities for your child. Junior Ranger books may be picked up at Georgia State Park and Historic Site office or download it online for free. This program is a great way to keep kids busy during the summer while learning about Georgia’s outdoor offerings.
This summer explore and expand your family’s horizons with the help of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites. Below is a sampling of upcoming Junior Ranger events. A complete listing of opportunities through August are available online at GaStateParks.org/Events.
Junior Ranger Camp at Skidaway Island State Park Savannah, Ga.
A week of hikes, crafts, games focused on the natural and cultural heritage of Georgia. During the week your child will work to earn a Junior Ranger patch. Registration is limited. Please call 912.598.2300 for additional details.
Week of July 10 from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. for ages 6-11 years old
Registration is limited and at a cost of $125
Junior Ranger Camp at Seminole State Park – Donalsonville, Ga.
Children ages 7-14 are invited to this multi day camp to learn how to become a Junior Ranger. Some activities will include canoeing, hiking, aquatic exploration and crafts. To earn their Junior Ranger Badge, children will learn about a variety of topics such as animals, wilderness survival, and much more. Register in advance. Please call 229.861.3137 for additional details.
July 10, August 7 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for ages 7-14 years old
$40 plus $5 daily parking
Junior Ranger Camp at Vogel State Park – Blairsville, Ga.
You will learn how to identify different plant and animal species, go on hikes and boat rides, learn how to be safe in the wilderness, and so much more. Please call 706.745.2628 for additional details.
July 15-16 and August 5-6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$20 plus $5 daily parking
About Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites
Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites are affordable destinations for vacations and quick getaways. Waterfalls and lakes, salt marsh and mountains are just some of the beautiful environments of the state parks. Georgia State Park Golf Courses offer the best variety and value around. With eight golf courses to choose from, each features natural settings and picturesque surroundings, as well as fun and challenging play. Most state parks offer fishing, boating, hiking, camping, geocaching, birding and more. Accommodations include campsites, cabins, lodges, even yurts, and vary by park. Among the Georgia State Historic Sites are presidential homes, ancient Indian mounds, battlefields, plantations and even a gold museum. Georgia’s public libraries have ParkPasses and Historic Site Passes that can be checked out like a book. GaStateParks.org