The regular summer attractions for Rock Hawk Park on Lake Oconee include the effigy, viewing towers for the effigy and wildlife, interpretive centers, educational hiking and biking trails, swimming beach, camping, fishing, canoeing trails, boating and bike and foot races. This summer Rock Hawk Park will have two special events: a three-day youth camp covering archery, conservation,  wildlife ID, water and hunter safety and area history and culture as well as the grand opening of the archery ranges.

The youth day camp, for ages 9-14, will be conducted by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Georgia Power Company and the Historic Piedmont Scenic Byway Corporation. Experts will cover archery instruction, conservation, water and hunter safety, wildlife identification and culture, history and archaeology of the area. The three-day day camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 20-22 (Monday-Wednesday) and will cost $100. For more information go to the link http://www.georgiawildlife.com/node/1966?cat=7 or contact Jennifer Pittman of DNR, (jennifer.pittman@dnr.state.ga.us ; (770) 388-0045) or Larry Moore (larrymoore@plantationcable.net; cell, (706) 473-2453.

The Rock Hawk Archery Ranges grand opening will feature executive expert speakers from DNR as well as Georgia State elected representatives state Sen. Johnny Grant and state Rep. Mickey Channell and instruction for members of various youth organizations, but all ages are invited to attend and shoot later. The grand opening for the archery ranges at Rock Hawk will be held at the end of the day camp from 2-3 p.m. on June 22. There are two ranges: eighteen 3-D lanes with a variety of life size animal targets along the Blue Trail and a traditional static range, where the grand opening will be held on the corner of Wallace Dam Road, just off Georgia Highway 16 and Lawrence Shoals Road, with parking on the Park Road. Tents and refreshments will be available for attendees. There will be photo ops for the youth groups attending (Boy and Girl Scouts, 4-H, School System Archery Programs, Archery Camp Participants and others).

The School Archery Program is sponsored by DNR in Georgia and covers 100 schools, including Putnam’s Elementary and Middle Schools, and is part of the National Archery in the Schools Programs (NASP). In the history of the NASP program there has never been an accident. Putnam County was one of the first NASP schools in Georgia and the local program exposes 400-600 students per year to archery, one of the highest participation numbers in the state. A Georgia school, Chatsworth, won the national championship this year.

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