The South Cumberland State Park will hold two summer camps for children who wish to learn more about native plants, animals and streams while enjoying the great outdoors.
Junior Ranger Camps, led by Ranger Jessie McNeel, have been set for June 27-29 and July 11-13, at the South Cumberland State Park Visitor’s Center, located at 11745 U.S. Highway 41 in Monteagle.
The camps are open to children between the ages of 8-12. Activities begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m., and cost is $50 for the first child and $40 each for additional family members. The cost includes a healthy lunch, T-shirt, certificate, and a graduation cookout. Each camp is limited to 10 participants.
Among the activities planned for the June camp are information programs on birds of prey and snakes at the visitor’s center, a hike to discuss native plants, a water day for exploring insects that reside in the gorge and creeks, and a canoe trip. Students will complete the program by building bluebird houses to be placed in the park’s Meadow Trail located behind the visitor’s center.
July’s camp will focus on state history, Native American influence in the area, and pioneers. Campers will also hike the Grundy Lakes region and learn the history of coal mining in the area, as well as hike along portions of the Fiery Gizzard Trail. July campers will also plant native species along the Meadow Trail.
Only a few slots remain in the June-27-29 Junior Ranger Camp. For more information or to register for the camp, visit the South Cumberland State park online, or call 931-924-2980. Email McNeel at email@example.com.