April 26th , 2013 14:52 pm Leave a comment

Roan Mountain State Park to hold Junior Ranger camp

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Have children ages 6 to 14?

Are you wondering how to keep them from getting bored this summer?

Roan Mountain State Park might be able to lend a hand.

The Tennessee State Parks’ Junior Ranger Program offers children fun and adventure and an opportunity for exploring and discovering nature’s secrets and spending time outdoors, along with excellent educational opportunities, designed to foster a love of nature and to encourage a healthy lifestyle.

There are two ways to become an official Tennessee State Parks Junior Ranger. |

Interested kids ages 6-14 can attend a Junior Ranger Camp, one of which is set at Roan Mountain for July   8-12. Or, they can  complete a series of activities found in the Junior Ranger Adventure Guide.

The sign-up process is easy.

To get started, sign up for a Junior Ranger Camp by contacting the Roan Mountain State Park office at 772-0190.
Free Junior Ranger Adventure Guides are available at any state park. To download a copy of the Adventure Guide or to find upcoming Junior Ranger Camps in your area, visit www.tnstateparks.com/junior_ranger.

The state parks’ Junior Ranger Program is flexible, so participants can choose their own path and set their own pace. Junior Rangers, along with their families, can enjoy exploring parks, touring visitor centers, attending park programs, hiking the trails and experiencing all that Tennessee’s state parks have to offer.

“Tennessee State Parks’ Junior Ranger Program provides unique opportunities for children to learn about the great outdoors in a fun environment,” said TDEC Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill. “We put a lot of thought and effort into all of our programs and activities, while offering an incredible value to parents looking for quality, summer activities.”

The Junior Ranger Adventure Guide is divided into four steps.

Each step covers different topics and offers a selection of fun, hands-on activities.

Upon completion of each activity, the child gets one step closer to becoming a Junior Ranger.

Topics in the initial two steps include safety, history, plants, wildlife, astronomy and water. Step three involves the creation of a stewardship project. In step four, the adventure guide is taken to the park ranger or park office. Upon completion of the program, participants will take the Junior Ranger pledge, receive a badge and are sworn in as official Tennessee State Parks’ Junior Rangers.

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