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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 00:00

Outdoor activities for kids

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Get hands-on with food

Playing with food will be encouraged during a kid-friendly food science program at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 30, at the Waynesville Public Library. 

Children will explore the food they eat, perform some experiments and create snacks to enjoy. 

The event is a partnership with Haywood County 4-H. 



Get acquainted with nighttime creatures

The secrets of nighttime’s winged creatures will be exposed during an outdoor program 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at the Cradle of Forestry in America. 

The evening will begin with a talk in the Cradle’s natural amphitheater, with kids having the chance to make a take-home craft, and the night will conclude with a stroll along the paved Forest Festival Trail in search of winged creatures such as owls, bats and moths. 

$6 for ages 16 and older; $3 for youth; American the Beautiful passes and Golden Age passports accepted. Wheelchair-accessible. 

The Cradle of Forestry is located along U.S. 276, 36 miles south of Waynesville. 

828.877.3130 or


Viva la adventura

A summer adventure camp aimed at Spanish-speaking youth will offer two sessions this summer at Youth for Christ’s Outdoor Mission Camp in Maggie Valley. 

O, en español, una experiencia de adventura por las montañas será oferta este verano en Maggie Valley para jóvenes quien hablan español.

Holding sessions July 10-15 and July 18-22, the camp will give rising sixth- through eighth-graders a chance to hike, paddle whitewater, listen to stories of the region’s past and, finally, be changed by the adventures experienced. 

“We want to give Spanish-speaking kids some of the same opportunities that English-speaking kids often take for granted,” said director Ruffin Shackelford. “We want them to explore the beauty of God’s creation and understand the importance of caring for it.”

This is the second year for the Spanish-speaking camp, which landed overwhelming turnout last year. Campers will be coming from as far as Columbia and as close as Haywood County. Jose Carlos Gutierrez will be the camp speaker, traveling from Mexico where he has been the leader of Youth for Christ in the country since 2008. 

Applications are still being accepted, and donations are sought to open to the doors to all who would like to attend. Includes information in Spanish. Incluye información en español. 

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