Thursday, April 22, 2010

Junior Ranger Day

Mountain Mail reports

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument will celebrate Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, April 24 with an entire day of free family-friendly activities.
Stop by the Gila Visitor Center between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to whirl a bull roarer or grind corn with a mano and metate. Try your hand at crafting a Mogollon-style clay pot—yours to keep no matter how it turns out.
Interested in peering into the eyes of a live owl or marveling at the talons of a hawk? Park your car at Woody’s Corral and make the short walk to Lower Scorpion Campground. Staff from Hawks Aloft, a non-profit conservation and education group will be showing off their bird ambassadors between noon and 4 p.m.
Would you know what to do if you met a bear on the trail? Join staff from the Gila National Forest at Upper Scorpion Campground between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to become bear aware. Touch a real bear hide and skull, learn how to hike and camp safely in bear country.
Drop in between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Gila Cliff Dwellings trailhead to touch real animal skulls and learn about the wildlife of the Gila Wilderness.
For further information, please contact the Gila Visitor Center at (575) 536-9461.

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