Read with ranger

Andrew Jackson State Park Ranger Leaola Smith reads the children’s book, “Corduroy,” at Andrew Jackson State Park. She will read to children and lead a scavenger hunt at the park July 16.

Are you ready for some fun story time? Come read with a ranger at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 16, at Andrew Jackson State Park.

Ranger Leaola Smith will read a special children’s book and lead a scavenger hunt to solve on the park’s Teddy Bear Trail.

Prizes and snacks will be provided. Children ages 8 and younger are invited, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Smith and Clare McConaughy have joined forces to make this special day a reality. While visiting a bookstore, Smith envisioned a new program series for the park called Reading with a Ranger.

McConaughy regularly joins with community organizations to promote literacy in our area and hosts Cookies & Books events, which provide free books to attendees in a fun-filled environment.

Preregistration is required and is limited to 15 children. Please dress for warm weather and wear sunscreen and closed-toe shoes.

This program is free with park admission: $3 for adults, $1.50 for S.C. seniors/disabled/active duty National Guard, $1 for youth ages 6-15, and ages 5 and younger get in free.

The park is 9 miles north of Lancaster on U.S. 521 at 196 Andrew Jackson Park Road.

Please call the park at 803-285-3344 or visit this link to register,

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