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    Parks & Recreation's New Junior Naturalists Program

    On Saturday, June 28, the City of Lynchburg’s Parks and Recreation Department will launch a new Junior Naturalists Program, designed to encourage young people ages 8-12 to get outside, engage with nature, and explore the great outdoors through hands-on, adventurous activities. This year-round program will take place at Ivy Creek Park (118 Clemmons Lake Place) each Saturday morning, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. The fee is $5 per session. 
    “This program will connect kids with nature through first-hand experiences,” says Debbie Hoffbeck, Lynchburg Parks and Recreation Chief Naturalist. “At this age, kids are not afraid of trying new things, so it is the perfect time to give them opportunities to do so in a comfortable environment. I want kids to get outside, explore, try new things, and have fun!”
    Some of the upcoming programs include Animal Detectives (June 28), Wilderness Survival  (July 26), and Nature Grossology  (August 23), each being led by a Parks and Recreation naturalist. After attending three programs, children will receive a Junior Naturalist patch as a memento of their adventures.
    Parents can register their children online at or in person at the Lynchburg Parks and Recreation Administrative Offices, 2704 Concord Turnpike. 
    For more information, contact the Nature Zone at (434) 455-5828.