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Junior Ranger Campout at Caverns

WHITEHALL — Montana State Parks will host a Junior Ranger campout at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park starting at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3 and ending at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4.

During this campout, kids ages 10 to 14 years old will participate in a variety of fun activities and earn their junior ranger badges or patches. This will be an interactive, activity-based learning experience. Some of the topics will be stewardship, plants, animals and Native American culture. At the end of the night, kids will participate in a park ranger program about nighttime blooming flowers. Dinner will be provided.

Participants in this event should bring a tent, overnight items (pajamas, toothbrush & paste, clothes for the next day, necessary medication), good walking shoes, sleeping bags, and warm clothes, including a jacket.

Parents of junior rangers sign up either in person at the Main (lower) Visitor Center or call the park at 406-287-3541. Donations are greatly appreciated and help with the continuation of programs such as this.

Car seat clinic Wednesday

A children’s car seat clinic will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at the Uptown Fire Station, 120 S. Idaho.

Car seats will be checked for correct installation, making sure the seat matches your child’s weight and age, recall information, and more.

Details: Mary Jo Stosich at the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department, 406-497-5016.

Programs planned at Lewis & Clark

WHITEHALL — Montana State Parks will host interpretive programs featuring geology, bats and ancient hunting tools Friday, Saturday and Monday, July 12, 13 and 15, at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, 25 Lewis & Clark Caverns Road, Whitehall.

Learn about “Layers in the Rock, Guides Through Time” with Zack Story at 8 p.m. Friday, July 12. Find out how to use stratigraphy to create a timeline of major geological events in the area, with the caverns as a reference point to give context. The presentation will take place in the campground amphitheater.

Enjoy a guided bat walk at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 13, and learn more about the often-misunderstood mammals that defend our skies from mosquitos and other pests. Come prepared with walking shoes, weather-appropriate clothing and water for this short (less than one mile) guided walk. Participants should meet at the Main (lower) Visitor Center.

From 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 15, experience the “Amazing Atlatl” with an activity that goes back to the early days of hunting. Find out what it was like when Native Americans used spears to bring down big game. Visitors can try their hands at this unusual spear throwing and see how they would have been able to feed themselves on the plains. This activity will be offered in the campground pavilion area.

Details: 406-287-3541.

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