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Rock Eagle offers plenty of summer fun

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

EATONTON -- Area residents have a chance to spend some time outdoors at Rock Eagle this summer.

As part of Rock Eagle 4-H Center's public programs, guests of all ages can explore the facility by canoe later this month and in other special activities later this year.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 21, guests can participate in Canoe Rock Eagle Lake as part of Saturday at the Rock.

"Canoeing at Rock Eagle provides a great opportunity to get up close and personal with many of our local lake inhabitants," said Matt Hammons, environmental education program coordinator at Rock Eagle. "It is the perfect season to be outdoors with all of the new spring life emerging."

A naturalist instructor will guide guests on a two-hour canoe trip around Rock Eagle Lake. He 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.

The event also includes a tour of the center's Natural History Museum, where the tour meets. It costs $5 per person.

Registration is required by calling 706-484-2862.

Rock Eagle also will feature as part of Saturday at the Rock a first aid for cats and dogs session on June 18, lake exploration on July 16, attracting birds to your back yard on Aug. 20, effigies on parade on Sept. 17, historical cemetery tours on Oct. 15 and Rock Eagle Night Life on Nov. 19. Already it has featured programs on herpetology, rain barrels and honey bees.

Annual program passes are available for $40.

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 emailing reagle@uga.edu.