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Wednesday, 22 July 2015 00:00

Outdoor activities for kids

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A tennis camp for teens coming to Waynesville 

Teens ages 13 to 18 will get to work on their game with tennis professional Rumi Kakareka, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Aug. 3-7. The camp will cover beginning through advanced levels, accommodating those who want to get ready to start high school tennis or just improve their skills. Curriculum will include fitness, stroke production and basic strategy. 

$50. 703.966.7138 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Kids camp to explore the mountains

A weeklong day camp will likely spark kids’ desire for adventure with an itinerary including river snorkeling, rafting, hiking and a camping trip at Ralph J. Andrews Park on Lake Glenville in Jackson County.

The Youth Adventure Camp, hosted by Jackson County Parks and Recreation, will be held Aug. 3 to 7 and serve children entering grades five through eight. 

$250 covers transportation, activities and meals. Space is limited. 828.293.3053 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 


Crayfish, scorpions and cockroaches, oh my!

Kids can check out a traveling program on creepy crawlies at the Jackson, Macon and Swain public libraries July 29 and 30.

The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences will bring an entourage of millipedes, crayfish, tarantulas, scorpions and Madagascar hissing cockroaches for a close but safe look at animals without backbones in the “Interesting Invertebrates” exhibit and program.

• 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 29, at the Mariana Black Library in Bryson City. 828.488.3030.

• 9 a.m. Thursday, July 30, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 828.524.3600.

• 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 30, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. Limited to 150 people, with free tickets given out at the library’s youth services desk beginning at 10 a.m. 828.586.2016.


Camp to engage youth in agriculture

A two-day camp focused on agricultural entrepreneurship will give Haywood County youth a chance to visit local farms and complete hands-on projects such as miniature farm terrariums and birdhouses. 

The camp, open to children ages 5 to 13, will be held Wednesday, Aug. 12, and Thursday, Aug. 13, at the Haywood County Extension Center. 

$25, including materials and lunch. Organized by Haywood Cooperative Extension 4-H and sponsored by the Haywood Farm Bureau. 828.456.3575.


Junior Forester program offered

A bi-weekly Junior Forester program for kids ages 8 to 12 has started up for the summer at the Cradle of Forestry in America. 

The program, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will be held on Wednesdays, July 22 and Aug. 5. The sessions, respectively, will focus on ecosystems, animal habitats and species identification skills. 

Programs are held outside, with close-toed shoes, a small backpack and water required. 

$4 for kids and $2.50 for adults. RSVP to 828.877.3130. Located on U.S. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest about 25 miles from Waynesville. 

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