Calling Junior Rangers: Burgess Falls Offers Summer Of Fun For Rising 4th, 5th and 6th Grade Students

Wednesday, April 25, 2007 | 07:00pm

Burgess Falls Offers Summer Of Fun For Rising 4th, 5th and 6th Grade Students

Sparta, Tenn. – Burgess Falls State Park will offer a day camp this summer for young people who will be entering the fourth, fifth or sixth grade in the 2007-2008 school year.

“The programs and activities we’re planning are so much fun, our Junior Rangers won’t even realize how much they’re learning along the way,” said Bill Summers, park manager.

Class topics for Junior Rangers in the basic program will include Reptiles and Amphibians, Aquatics, Birds of Prey, Insects and Spiders, Ecology, and Introduction to Biological Research.

An advanced Junior Ranger 2 program will also be offered for those who have completed the basic Junior Ranger program. Advanced class topics include Basic Hiking and Camping Workshops, Map and Compass, Organic Gardening, Advanced Aquatics and others.

Campers will need sturdy footwear for hiking and water shoes or old sneakers for wading in the river for creek studies. Junior Rangers should apply sunscreen before arrival at camp each day and will need to bring additional sunscreen, daily water and snacks, a hat or cap and small backpack.

Three one-week camps will be offered, including two basic Junior Ranger Camps and one Junior Ranger 2 advanced camp. Enrollment is limited to 12 pre-registered campers each week and day camp hours are 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday.

There is a $20 non-refundable fee per student for the basic Junior Ranger day camp and a $25 fee for the advanced Junior Ranger 2 program. Fees must be paid at least two weeks prior to attendance.

Campers may choose to attend one of the following camp sessions, but enrollment is limited so early registration is encouraged:

  • Junior Ranger: June 4-8, 2007 – (basic program)
  • Junior Ranger: June 11-15, 2007 – (basic program)
  • Junior Ranger 2: June 18-22, 2007 – (advanced program – requires prior completion of the basic program)

For more information or to request a registration packet, please call the park office at (931) 432-5312 or e-mail

Located in Middle Tennessee on the eastern edge of Tennessee’s Highland Rim adjacent to the Cumberland Plateau, Burgess Falls State Park is characterized by sheer bluffs, narrow ridges, rolling water and abundant mixed forest. The Falling Water River runs through the area, providing breathtaking scenery and numerous waterfalls.

To learn about Burgess Falls, please visit

For more information contact:

Dana Coleman
Office (615) 253-1916

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