Kids Can Earn Junior Ranger Badges at Georgia’s State Parks
Fun, affordable and educational youth programs can be a challenge to come by, but not with the Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites’ Junior Ranger program. Children ages 6-12 may earn three levels of Junior Rangers badges this summer, either at their own pace or at day camps in the parks.
Some of activities include identifying trees or wildlife, hiking, swimming, learning about history and camping. The program supplies up to 16 activities to choose from, creating endless learning opportunities for your child. Junior Ranger books may be picked up at Georgia State Park and Historic Site office or download it online for free. This program is a great way to keep kids busy during the summer while learning about Georgia’s outdoor offerings GeorgiaStateParks.org/JuniorRanger.
This summer explore and expand your family’s horizons with the help of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites. Below is a sampling of upcoming Junior Ranger events. A complete listing of opportunities through August are available online at GaStateParks.org/Events.
Junior Ranger Three-Day Camp at Chattahoochee Bend State Park- Newnan, Ga.
Come enjoy an adventure filled three-day camp here at Chattahoochee Bend. Archery, hiking, campfire building, and science experiments are only a few of the many adventures you’ll have at this camp. Learn about wild animals, dangerous plants, and survival skills too. Registration is required. Please call 770-254-7271 for additional details.
June 13-15 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. for ages 7-9 years old
June 27-29 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. for ages 10-12 years old
Junior Ranger Camp at Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, Ga.
Florence Marina invites all junior rangers to its annual junior ranger camp. Come explore the wonderful world of being a park ranger. Learn how to identify different plant and animal species, go on hikes and boat rides, learn wilderness skills, and more. Please call 229-838-4706 for additional details.
June 12,13,14 and 15 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Junior Ranger Camp at Skidaway Island State Park- Savannah, Ga.
A week of hikes, crafts, games focused on the natural and cultural heritage of Georgia. During the week your child will work to earn a Junior Ranger patch. Registration is limited. Please call 912-598-2300 for additional details.
The weeks of May 29, June 12, 26, and July 10 from 9:00 a.m.to 5:00 p.m. for ages 6-11 years old
Junior Ranger Camp: Seminole State Park - Donalsonville, Ga.
Children ages 7-14 are invited to this multiday camp to learn how to become a Jr Ranger. Some activities will include canoeing, hiking, aquatic exploration and crafts. To earn their Jr Ranger Badge, children will learn about a variety of topics such as animals, wilderness survival, and much more. Register in advance. Please call 229-861-3137 for additional details.
June 5, July 10, August 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for ages 7-14 years old
Junior Ranger Camp: Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, Ga.
During this three-day camp, children will participate in activities that focus on the outdoors and work towards earning a Junior Ranger badge. Activities will include nature hikes, archery, geocaching, alligators, fishing, archaeology, the splash pad, and much more. Call or visit the park to register. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call 478-982-1660 for additional details.
June 13-15 and June 27-29 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Junior Ranger Camp: Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, Ga.
This camp will feature a multitude of activities from hiking to archery. Over the three-day camp (guests can choose from two series) children will experience what it’s like to be a State Park Junior Ranger. Registration required. Please call 770-867-3489 for additional details.
June 7-9 and June 21-23 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for ages 6-12 years old
Junior Ranger Camp: Laura S. Walker - Waycross, Ga.
Children will participate in activities that focus on the outdoors and work toward earning a Junior Ranger badge. Activities include outdoor skills, trail walks, birding, and more. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call 912-287-4900 for additional details.
June 20-22 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for ages 6-12 years old
Junior Ranger Camp: Vogel State Park - Blairsville, Ga.
You will learn how to identify different plant and animal species, go on hikes and boat rides, learn how to be safe in the wilderness, and so much more. Please call 706-745-2628 for additional details.
June 17-18, July 15-16 and August 5-6 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
About Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites
Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites are affordable destinations for vacations and quick getaways. Waterfalls and lakes, salt marsh and mountains are just some of the beautiful environments of the state parks. Georgia State Park Golf Courses offer the best variety and value around. With eight golf courses to choose from, each features natural settings and picturesque surroundings, as well as fun and challenging play. Most state parks offer fishing, boating, hiking, camping, geocaching, birding and more. Accommodations include campsites, cabins, lodges, even yurts, and vary by park. Among the Georgia State Historic Sites are presidential homes, ancient Indian mounds, battlefields, plantations and even a gold museum. Georgia’s public libraries have ParkPasses and Historic Site Passes that can be checked out like a book. GeorgiaStateParks.org
Kim Hatcher, TMP
Public Affairs Coordinator
Georgia State Parks
2600 Hwy. 155, Stockbridge, GA 30281