Cradle of Forestry Announces Junior Forester Program

The Cradle of Forestry in America will offer a Junior Forester program for boys and girls ages 8-12 years old. This outdoor-oriented experience will be held every Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from June 22, 2016 to August 11.

The Cradle of Forestry Junior Forester program combines learning new skills with discovery and reflection. Each youth receives a Junior Forester badge and patch. Participants can register for one or more programs. This summer’s topics are:

  • June 22: Orienteering 1.0
  • June 29: Orienteering 2.0
  • July 6: Forestry’s Big Picture
  • July 13: Tree Stories
  • July 20: A Great Big Forest
  • July 27: Wildlife Studies
  • August 4: Forests Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
  • August 11: Stewards of Public Lands

Each child should come prepared for fun in the outdoors with closed-toed shoes, a small backpack and water. The programs will be held rain or shine and adapted to indoors if stormy.

After the program kids can try a fact safari and scavenger hunt inside the Forest Discovery Center and explore paved interpretive trails, perfect for strollers and wheelchairs. Other activities include the Adventure Zone, designed for children on the autism spectrum yet enjoyable for all, as well as historic cabins, an antique logging locomotive and sawmill, and gift shop. Families can pack a picnic and enjoy a full day in the forest.

The Junior Forester program costs $4 per youth and $2.50 for adults for each program. Adults with America the Beautiful and Golden Age passports are admitted free. Registration is required as space is limited. Call the Cradle of Forestry at (828) 877-3130 to register.

The Cradle of Forestry is located on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest, six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 412. Visit www.cradleofforestry.com for more information about the site.

 

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