2018-06-14 / Front Page

Several activities planned at park for month of June

Elijah Clark State Park personnel have planned quite a few summer events designed to keep children and young adults amused. Next up is the Junior Ranger program, scheduled for Friday, June 15, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., which will teach young participants the basics of archery and archery safety.

Attendees will enjoy the day pretending they’re Tom Sawyer, building a campfire, or going hik­ing and fishing. The instructor will have children meet animals that make their home in Georgia as well. At the end of the day, they can cool off with some wet and wild fun. Cost is $20 per day for one child, and $50 for all three days. There is a discount of $5 for each additional child per day.

On Saturday, June 16, there is truly something for everyone.

The park staff will teach partici­pants how the colonists and Native Americans used gourds for many purposes, such as water dippers, bowls, food containers, and more. The naturalist will be at the Elijah Clark house from 9:30-11 a. m. showing all how to make a unique decoration by using your imagina­tion. Cost is $20, and $5 parking.

Kids can have a great time doing something together with their fa­thers, grandfathers, or other special adults. On Saturday June 16, from 10 a. m.-1:30 p.m., participants will have the opportunity to build a bat box, and help their environ­ment too. Bats are good neighbors to have around. Since a single brown bat can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes in one hour, they are a great natural pest controller.

The park will supply the materi­als; all you need to bring is your­self, someone special, and your creativity to make this a day you won’t forget. You can also come by yourself to make a bat box. No charge, except there is a $5 park­ing fee.

Haven’t shot an arrow yet? Would you like to learn? If you already know something about it, you can sharpen your skills by taking the archery class, taught by our experienced ranger. Pre- registration is encouraged, so sign up quickly. The class will be held Saturday, June 16, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Cost is $7, plus $5 for parking.

Putt-putt with dad is good clean fun, and more so June 16, 8-9:30 p.m. as he enjoys a discounted rate for Father’s Day. All dads play for just $2 a game; cost for everyone else is $5, with $5 for parking.

Next week, Wednesday June 20 and Thursday, June 21, prep­ping and planting of the butterfly/ medicine gardens will be at 10 a.m.-noon. Park naturalists will give lessons about native and his­torically used medicinal plants of the colonial era. Bring your garden gloves and sunhat. There is no charge for the classes, but there is a $5 parking fee.

Hanna’s Kitchen is now open at the park every Friday and Saturday night in June and July from 5 to 9 p.m. Listen to oldies music, sit at the picnic tables and enjoy the beautiful views of the park. Chili dogs, cheese nachos, ice cream, popcorn, drinks, and more at great prices. All proceeds go to support Elijah Clark Park.

It’s always a good idea to stop by the front office for directions or information, or call 706-359- 3458. The park is located at 2959 McCormick Highway.

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