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Elijah Clark Park will offer workshop on craft projects

Even as summer comes to a close, Elijah Clark State Park will continue to host outdoor, family-friendly activ­ities throughout the month of Septem­ber. From Junior Ranger programs to crafty creations, and its regularly available recreational activities like canoeing, there’s sure to be something for everyone at the park.

A special “Historic Saturday” has been scheduled for Saturday, Septem­ber 9, from 10 a.m.-noon.

Guests will convene at Elijah Clark’s homestead cabin to partici­pate in a unique, hands-on activity in which they will will make their very own rag dolls to take home. The cost is $5, and all supplies will be provided. Participants must pay for the activity at the front office. Upon payment they will collect a receipt and show it to those at the cabin as proof of payment.

A fall wreath-making workshop will also be held on Saturday, Sep­tember 9, from 1-2 p.m.

Participants will join the park’s staff at Picnic Shelter 1 to make their very own fall wreath. Guests will have the freedom to decorate them any way they choose. The activity fee is $15 and all supplies are provided.

A Junior Ranger camp has been scheduled for Saturday, September 16, from 1-4 p.m. at the park.

Different levels of the camp are of­fered to children ages 6-12. For this particular program, park rangers will assist the campers in completing the requirements for their Junior Ranger badges in environmental and histori­cal education. Activities will include canoe safety, hands-on demonstra­tions of clothes-washing during the Colonial era, and participating in a soap making workshop.

Due to the limited space in the program, pre-registration is required. The cost is $15 for the first child, and $10 for each additional child.

A “Wood Pallet Scarecrow and Snowman Craft” is slated for Sat­urday, September 23, from 1-2:30 p.m.

Participants will meet the park’s staff at the assembly shelter to build a scarecrow or snowman out of wooden pallets. According to the park’s staff, “this will be a fun activity for the whole family.” The activity fee is $15 per person and all supplies are includ­ed with the cost of the program.

For more information on Elijah Clark State Park events contact the park’s office at 706-359-3458 or visit www.gastateparks.org/Elijah­Clark. Several family-friendly events will also be held at Mistletoe State Park in Appling throughout the month of September, as outlined below.

“Home School Adventure” will take place on Thursday, September 7, from 1-4 p.m.

Participants will join the park’s naturalist every month for a home school adventure, however each month the theme of the program will change. This program is appropri­ate for students ages five and older. The cost is $5, and reservations are required.

The adventure themes are as fol­lows: l September 7 – Life cycles. l October 5 – “What Animals and Plants Need to Survive.” l November 2 – Plant and Animal Adaptations. l December 7 – Holiday at Mistle­toe.

A “Twilight Kayak Paddle” has been slated for Saturday, September 9, from 7-9 p.m.

Guest will join the park’s naturalist on an evening kayak paddle on Clarks Hill Lake. Kayakers will paddle the shores looking for different wildlife, while watching the sun fade over the lake. Kayaks will hold two people. Those interested are asked to take bug spray, water, and towels with them. The cost is $10, and due to limited space, pre-registration is required.

A “Saturday Craft: Build Your Own Birdhouse” has been scheduled for Saturday, September 16, from 10 a.m.-noon.

Visitors will convene at the nature center to build birdhouses with the park’s staff. The cost is $5, and kits, paint, and tools will be provided.

An evening filled with campfires, games, and a twilight hike has been scheduled for Saturday, September 23, from 7-9 p.m.

Participants will start the evening with games, a campfire, and marsh­mallows with the naturalist at the campground assembly shelter. At 8 p.m. guests will set off for the twilight hike on the campground loop.

A special kids fishing rodeo will take place on Saturday, September 30, from 9 a.m.-noon.

According to the park officials, “Kids, we’re stocking a special area with fish just so you can catch dinner for the family tonight.” There will be raffle prizes and a quick lunch available afterwards. The rodeo is limited to kids ages 15 and under. Children may fish from the bank only, and are asked to take their own pole and tackle. No fishing license is required.

In honor of “Your State Parks Day,” a garden and trail cleanup has been scheduled for Saturday, September 30, from 9 a.m.-noon.

The Mistletoe Park staff is seeking volunteers to tidy gardens and trails for the fall season. Volunteers will be able to choose their own challenge, whether it be picking up litter on the rock dam or pulling weeds in the garden behind the office. Participants will meet at the Nature Center at 9 a.m. for instruction. Participants are also asked to take sturdy shoes, water, gloves, and hand tools with them. Admission is free for volunteers as­sisting in projects.

There is a $5 parking fee as required by all Georgia State Parks. For more information on Mistletoe State Park events contact the park’s office at 706-541-0321, or visit gastateparks.org/Mistletoe.

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