Whiskeytown will offer two new interpretive programs for younger children to help bring in the start of the summer season ranger-guided activities, which begins June 19 and continues through the Labor Day weekend. “It’s All About Nature!” will be offered at the south side of the visitor center parking lot every Friday at 3pm and feature different local story-tellers sharing their talents and enthusiasm about the natural wonders in the park.  Junior Toddler will be offered at the Oak Bottom Amphitheater on Sunday at 11am and feature a variety of hands on activities related to variety of critters living in the park.  Both programs focus on children who are three through six years old. “Summer is always a great time to enjoy all that Whiskeytown has to offer and we want to include our younger children with experiencing the wonders of Whiskeytown,” stated park superintendent, Jim Milestone.  “Most people in the area already know that Whiskeytown offers some of the best recreation opportunities in the north state, from hiking and mountain biking to boating and swimming during the summer,” continued Milestone. “We encourage park visitors to join us for a ranger-guided activity such as the kayaking and evening programs so they can learn about why Whiskeytown NRA is special enough to be included with Yellowstone and the Statue of Liberty as part of America’s National Park system,” concluded Milestone.

In addition to the popular kayak and moonlight kayak tours the Special Access Kayak program for people with limited mobility or other special needs is getting more attention from the community.  “This unique program is for someone who may not consider experiencing the cool waters of Whiskeytown Lake due to a special circumstance, but now has an opportunity to do so with the help of a volunteer kayak buddy,” added superintendent Milestone. Volunteers from the community provide most of the muscle when paddling the tandem kayak during this special program, typically held on Friday evenings.  Other interpretive programs include evening ranger talks at the Oak Bottom Amphitheater, and a guided walk through the Tower House Historic District which includes a tour through the Camden House, his apple orchard and a hand at gold panning the old fashion way.

During the summer season, the Visitor Center will have extended hours and be open daily from 9am to 6pm.  Located 8 miles west of Redding at the intersection of Highway 299 and Kennedy Memorial Drive, the Visitor Center offers exhibits on the history and development of the Whiskeytown area as well as information on interpretive programs, camping, and other local information.  Annual and daily passes as well as books, maps, postcards and other publications can also be purchased at the Visitor Center.

For more information contact the Visitor Center at (530) 246-1225 or visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/whis.

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