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June Programs at Hard Labor Creek State Park

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Special to the Citizen:

June is a great time to come out and explore Hard Labor Creek State Park. For more information on Hard Labor Creek State Park, or other Georgia Parks, visit www.gastateparks.org/Hard Labor Creek

“Home School Wednesdays”— Wednesday, June 4, 1-2:30 P.M. – Join a park ranger and learn about the natural sciences and get some fun physical fitness by doing a variety of activities at Hard Labor Creek State Park. Each month will cover a different topic. Please register in advance. All activities will be outdoors. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

“Twilight Time Wagon Ride”—Friday, June 6, 6:30-7:30 P.M., 7:45-8:45 P.M. – Join park staff and volunteers on this quaint tour through the park’s history in an old-fashioned wagon. Learn about the Civilian Conservation Corps, visit an old black-smith shop, and possibly see or hear the wildlife that call the park home. Space is limited, pre-registration required. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Introduction to Archery” – Saturday, June 7, 2-3:30 P.M., Sunday, June 15, 2-3:30 P.M. — Archery has been around for over 1,000 years. Try your skill at shooting a “Bull’s Eye” and learning the basics of this fun outdoor sport. Space is limited, pre-registration required. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

“Twilight Paddle”—Saturday, June 7, 7:30-9 P.M., Sunday, June 8, 7:30-9 P.M., Saturday, June 21, 7:30-9 P.M. — Explore Lake Rutledge on this Ranger-Guided Twilight Paddle. As we scan the sky and woods for wildlife, and watch the changing colors on the water as the sun sets. A guide will interpret the role the CCC made in creating this great park in the 1930s. Call for meet up directions. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

“Georgia State Astronomy-Observatory Open House”—Saturday, June 7, 8:15-9:30 P.M. – Georgia State University’s Observatory will have an open house monthly. In case of inclement weather, facilities will be open for a tour and slideshow. Night sky observations start one half hour after sunset. Open house lasts all day. Large groups need reservations: 404-413-6024. 706-557-3001.

“Junior Ranger Day Camp” – Tuesday, June 10- Thursday, June 12, 9 A.M.-1 P.M. – Are your kids looking for a little adventure, and fun learning this summer. Kids ages 6 – 12 can earn a level 1 Jr Ranger Patch in this 3-day camp. Participants will learn about native trees, wildlife, and history, and enjoy fishing, hiking, and keeping a nature journal. Register in advance, space is limited. $50 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

“Full Moon Kayak Tour”—Friday, June 13, 8:30-10 P.M. – Join a guided tour of Lake Rutledge, and enjoy a peaceful paddle under a bright moon. Listen for night sounds, enjoy the night sky, and learn about the history of Hard Labor Creek State Park. There will be “Super Moons during the months of July, August and September this summer of 2014. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

“Father’s Day Paddle” – Sunday, June 15, 7:30 -9 P.M. – Give Dad the great gift of exploring scenic Lake Rutledge on this special kayak tour. Enjoy this special twilight paddle and enjoy a Sunset over the water. Call for meet up instructions. Space is limited, pre-registration required. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

“Atlanta Audubon Beginners Bird Walk” – Friday, June 20, 2-4 P.M. – This field trip is designed for anyone interested in learning more about birds, habitats critical to some species, and organizations like the Audubon Society which are dedicated to bird conservation. Meet at the Park Office/Trading Post. Donations of bird seed for the park bird feeder are welcome. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

“Kayak out to a Twilight Frog Slog” – Friday, June 20, 6:30-8 P.M. – Listen to, learn about, and see our froggy friends as we paddle out to explore a wetlands area at sunset! Wear shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting wet and muddy. Meet at the Trading Post park office 15 minutes beforehand. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

“Searching for Dragons and Damsels”—Saturday, June 21, 2-3:30 P.M. – Dragonflies and damselflies are some of the most beautiful and beneficial insects in the bug world. They come in many sizes shapes and colors. Join a park ranger on the hunt for these tiny predators, and explore streams, lake and pond. Bring a digital camera and binoculars for the adventure. Ages 10+. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3006.

“Junior Ranger Day Camp (Level 2 Badge)” – Tuesday, June 24- Thursday, June 26, 9 A.M.-1 P.M. – Continue your Junior Ranger knowledge in this 3-day camp designed to further the skills learned in the level 1 day camp. Kids ages 6 – 12 can earn a level 2 Jr Ranger Patch learning about native trees, wildlife, and history, and enjoy fishing, hiking, and keeping a nature journal. Register in advance, space is limited. $50. 706-557-3001.

“Viewing the Starry Summer Skies” – Friday, June 27, 9:30-11 P.M. – Join the Charlie Elliot Astronomy Club as they lead us on an adventure through the night skies. The new moon will set the perfect canvas for viewing constellations and planets through the telescopes provided by the astronomy club. Meet at the boat ramp on Lake Rutledge. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

“New Moon Kayak Tour”—Saturday, June 28, 8:30-10:30 P.M. – Lake Rutledge is a great place to enjoy the night sky. Join this ranger-led tour of the lake and enjoy night sounds, star-gazing, and a relaxing time on the water. A new moon means that many stars will be visible on the night-time paddle. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

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