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Rock Eagle offers lake canoe trips

EATONTON -- Area residents have a chance to explore Rock Eagle Lake by canoe this summer.

As part of Rock Eagle 4-H Center's public activities this summer, guests of all ages have the opportunity to experience the Eatonton facility.

From 10 a.m. until about noon June 19, adults over the age of 18 can participate in the Get R.E.A.L. (Rock Eagle Adult Learning) community program by taking a canoe trip around Rock Eagle Lake. An instructor will teach basic canoeing tips, and on the trip, guests will identify wildlife and plants -- they might see a blue heron or turtle along the way -- and have the opportunity to ask questions about the ecosystem and the environment.

"We have lots of folks who want to come enjoy the day and also those who want to try something new," said Becky Collins, Discovery Program coordinator at Rock Eagle. "We're open to all skill levels and age groups over 18."

The event includes a tour of the center's Natural History Museum, where the tour meets, and a light snack.

The cost is $10 per person, and registration by June 18 is encouraged, so the event is adequately staffed. Guests can sign up by calling Kelly Scott at 706-484-2834.

Get R.E.A.L. takes place once every other month on the third Saturday of the month.

The next event, which starts at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 21, is a program that will allow adults to visit the Rock Eagle Mound and Little Rock Eagle to discover theories on why they were built in an event called Effigies on Parade. At 10 a.m. Oct. 16, adults will take historic cemetery tours adjacent to Rock Eagle's property.

Rock Eagle also offers a Family Adventure community program for guests of all ages.

From 9:30 a.m. until about 11:30 a.m. July 17, parents with children in various age groups over 8 years old also can canoe Rock Eagle Lake. In addition to learning basic canoe instruction and seeing wildlife, children may enjoy games or a craft.

The event also includes a tour of the museum and a light snack.

Cost is $5 each for those 13 years and older and $3 for children 8 to 12 years old.

Preregistration also is encouraged for this event by calling Scott.

At 9:30 a.m. Sept. 18, the Family Adventure is Watershed Wonders, which will allow families to wander through a Piedmont watershed to discover how humans impact local water bodies. At 7 p.m. Nov. 20, guests can experience a night hike through the woods in Night Life ... It's Not So Scary!! and afterward enjoy a campfire with hot cocoa, songs and stories. The cost for those 13 years and older is $5, children 5 to 12 years old cost $3, and children under 5 years old are free.

"We have a lot of fun," Collins said. "It's great to get the community out and see what we do at Rock Eagle."

A complete calendar of events is available by visiting Rock Eagle's website, www.rockeagle4h.org. More information about the center, which is located at 350 Rock Eagle Road in Eatonton, also is available by calling its main number at 706-484-2899 or e-mailing reagle@uga.edu.