New program will offer survival skills
Roaring River State Park Ranger Josh Rolls will present the National Association For Search and Rescue's Hug-A-Tree and Survive program during the interpretive program Rolling with Ranger Rolls at the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) Lodge each Thursday throughout July. The program will begin at 3 p.m.
Hug-A-Tree and Survive was inspired by the search for 9-year-old Jimmy Beveridge in southern California in 1981.
"This is something new we are doing in the ranger program," said Sgt. Gabe DuMond. "Jimmy Beveridge was lost and search and rescue volunteers were unable to find him in time. This course teaches basic survival principals.
"Children learn what to do if they become lost in the woods," said DuMond. "We will be providing this program at community facilities, local schools and Scout meetings."
The program was specifically designed for 7- to 11-year-old children, but can be effective with slightly younger and older children. The program offers a video presentation and demonstrations.
"We are very excited about this program," said DuMond. "We feel this gives our Ranger program good material to reach kids. In our field, we search trails and wooded areas for lost individuals on a regular basis."
The Ozark Chinquapin Nature Center, located at Roaring River State Park, has released its complete list of programs for July.
Speerthrowing will be offered at the ballfields near campground three at 10 a.m., and Snakes Alive will be held at the nature center at 3 p.m. each Sunday.
On Mondays, the Spring House Trail hike will begin at the trail head at 10 a.m., and Explorer Hour will be conducted at the nature center at 3 p.m. A night hike will also be offered at 8:30 p.m. Participants should meet at the amphitheater.
Crayfish of Roaring River will be held at the River Shelter at 10 a.m., Daypacking will begin at the CCC Lodge at 3 p.m., and Spider Sniffing will be offered at the amphitheater at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Each Wednesday, Town Ball will be played on the ballfield near campground three beginning at 10 a.m. Town Ball is a version of baseball played in the 1700s and 1800s. Explorer Hour will be held at the nature center at 3 p.m., and Owl Prowl will be conducted at the amphitheater at 8:30 p.m.
A fossil hunt will begin at the nature center at 10 a.m. on Thursdays. Rolling with Ranger Rolls will be held at 3 p.m., and Battle For Bats will be conducted at the amphitheater at 8:30 p.m.
On Friday, an aquatic walk will begin at the nature center at 10 a.m. Nature Bingo will be played at the CCC Lodge at 3 p.m., and bluegrass music will be offered at the amphitheater at 7 p.m.
A cave hike will begin across from the CCC Lodge at 10 a.m. on Saturdays. Explorer Hour will be offered at 3 p.m., and a program on black bears will be held at the amphitheater at 8:30 p.m.
Hatchery tours are also offered at the Roaring River State Park Hatchery at 2 p.m. seven days a week.
For more information on any of the interpretive programs, call 847-3742.