Cabarrus County's Active Living & Parks Highlight Senior Rangers’ Interests & Expertise with Community Ranger Series
May 01, 2018 06:45PM ● Published by Melanie Heisinger
The County operates four parks and two active living centers, each with unique amenities that include things like the area’s first mountain bike course and skills trail, tennis courts, miniature golf course, paddle boats, and so much more.
According to their website, "Cabarrus offers many low-cost classes, camps and workshops year round. Connect with the outdoors while participating in hands-on programs geared toward nature, conservation, sustainability and environmental stewardship education."
They also have the junior ranger program, which offers free nature education to local students in the classroom and through field trips to our parks. Scout troops are also encouraged to ask about merit badge programs at our parks.
One of the programs we were most interested in learning more about was the Community Ranger Series. This series is put on by the Parks Department and involves local rangers teaching children specific aspects of being outdoors. In April, they hosted a series that was all about learning to "Fish like a pro."
Their next Community Ranger Series is in June, 2018 and is all about surviving in the wild. It is a hands-on series with a wildland survivor expert. Camp T.N. Spencer Park's Senior Ranger will teach about campfire building and safety, fishing, shelter construction, and archery. "And don't worry," the website states. "This is not a sit down and listing kind of thing... you will be building fires, constructing shelters, fishing and shooting a bow and arrow yourself!"
We wanted to learn more about this series, so we reached out to the Parks Department. Byron Haigler, Assistant Director for Cabarrus County's Active Living & Parks, answered a few questions for us.
Tell us a little bit about the Community Ranger Series.The Community Ranger Series were designed to highlight senior rangers’ interests and expertise and share these with our community.
The April Ranger Series was all about fishing for kids! Can you tell us about them?Senior Ranger Matt Carlson, expert fisherman, taught about fish behavior, what baits to throw, and the equipment needed to get the job done. Attendees can use this knowledge to better their own fishing skills at the park.
What's something someone should expect while attending one of the Community Ranger Series?These programs are highly participatory. Attendees will enjoy quality experiences with our senior rangers in our parks and walk away with tools and knowledge in a new area.
Anything else we should know about?We have two more series this year. Registration can be found at cabarruscounty.us/register.
For ages 7 to adult. $10 per individual for entire series.
For ages 5 to adult. $2 per participant or $5 for family per program.