SC – Sea turtles finding SC beaches more often for nesting

Kids to Parks Day 2016 Breaks Records!

Kids to Parks Day 2016 Breaks Records!

Saturday, May 21st was a record breaking Kids to Parks Day with more than 731,000 participants at 1,137 park events in 50 states and Washington D.C.

Event Distribution

  • –  State Park Events           651 (55% increase)
  • –  Local Park Events          252 (18% increase)
  • –  National Park Events    234 (54% increase)

Special thanks to Grace Lee and the NPT for all the coordination.

TN – Long Hunter debuts Reading Ranger Story Trail

Long Hunter debuts Reading Ranger Story Trail

Long Hunter State Park ranger Leslie Anne Rawlings stands beside one of the signs on the new Reading Ranger Story Trail and peruses Marianne Berkes’ Over in the Forest: Come and Take a Peek. The state park will play host to the grand opening of the Story Trail at 11 a.m. Saturday. Photo submitted

Hey, mom and dad. What would you think about taking your kid or kiddos on a short hike where, along the pathway, colorful illustrations teach your youngsters about the creatures that inhabit the neighborhood?

Long Hunter State Park has just the place. The Reading Ranger Story Trail, which debuts at 11 a.m. Saturday, pairs Mother Nature with literacy and exercise and challenges your kids to stretch their legs and imaginations.

The brainchild of Long Hunter park ranger Leslie Anne Rawlings, the Story Trail shares Marianne Berkes‘ children’s book Over in the Forest: Come and Take a Peek. It features 10 colorful signs depicting deer, possums, turkeys, box turtles, squirrels, woodpeckers, raccoons, skunks, red fox and beaver–all critters that live in the park–and even shows their little tracks.

The Reading Ranger Story Trail is also a first for Tennessee State Parks, a coup for Long Hunter.

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Yurts Available in Georgia!

Very cool! If you live in Georgia don’t want to camp in a tent, you might be able to camp in a yurt instead! Check out this article for more information, and learn how to reserve a yurt by visiting the Georgia State Park website here: