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Burgess Falls to Offer Popular Junior Ranger Day Camps During Spring Break

Friday, February 08, 2013 | 07:11am

March Camps Designed for Ages 5-12

SPARTA, Tenn. – Burgess Falls State Park has extended its award-winning Junior Ranger Day Camps program by offering two spring break camps, designed for children ages 5-12. The Junior Ranger Spring Break Program will be held March 4-5 for Putnam County students and March 25-26 for White County students.

“We are excited to announce an extension of our popular summer Junior Ranger program by offering two day camps this spring,” said Bill Summers, park manager. “This is a great opportunity for parents in the Putnam and White county areas to provide quality activities for their children during spring break at a tremendous value, while offering elementary, middle school and homeschooled students a chance to learn more about the great outdoors.” 

Topics for the two-day camp include Animal Identification, Aquatics, Birding, Primitive Weapons, Rope and Paper Making, Ecology and an Introduction to Biological Research. Programs will also include various hikes, games and activities.

Campers will need sturdy footwear for hiking and water shoes or old sneakers for wading in the river for creek studies.  All Junior Rangers should apply sunscreen before arrival at camp each day and will need to bring additional sunscreen, daily water and snacks, lunch, a hat or cap and small backpack. Campers are also encouraged to dress in layers.  Day camp hours are 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Early registration is recommended as space is limited. Enrollment each week is limited to the first 24 campers that pre-register by submitting all paperwork and a $15 non-refundable tuition fee to the Burgess Falls office, either by mail or in person.

“Because enrollment is limited, early registration is encouraged,” added Summers.  “Our Junior Ranger Camps have proven to be a wonderful experience for local children, educating them about our precious natural resources and cultivating a love of nature.” 

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

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 more about Burgess Falls, please visit www.tnstateparks.com/BurgessFalls.

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