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2017 Year of the Spider's final web...2

2018's Theme Revealed!.....3

Matching Game.....3

Featured Park.....4

Ask A Ranger Podcast.....5

Upcoming Events...........5
Thanks for attending the Junior Ranger Jamboree.....6

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Happy Holidays from all our Eight-legged friends! 
Long, long ago in Germany, a mother and her children busied themselves cleaning for Christmas. When they had finished, not a speck of dust remained. Even the friendly spiders had scampered from their cozy corners on the ceiling and fled to the attic. On quiet Christmas Eve, the spiders slowly came down for a peek. “Oh what a beautiful tree!” they exclaimed.
The tree towered so high they could not see the top. In excitement, they scurried up the trunk and over every branch. They were filled with happiness as they climbed amongst the glittering beauty. But, alas! By the time they were through climbing in enjoyment, the Christmas tree was covered in dusty gray spider webs!

When Santa Claus came with the gifts for the children he saw the tree covered with spider webs. He smiled as he saw how  happy the spiders were. But he knew how heartbroken the mother would be if she saw the tree covered with the dusty webs. So he turned the webs to silver and gold.
The tree sparkled and shimmered, and was even more beautiful than before. And that’s the story of why we use tinsel  and garland on our tree, and why every tree should have a Christmas spider in its branches!

Make your own! 
(1) large bead for 'abdomen'
(1) small bead for 'cephalothorax'
(5) 6" pieces of 24 gauge wire
(60) seed beads
(60) bugle beads
- wire cutters or scissors
- needlenose pliers or hemostats
For more details and instruction, click here.
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2018 is the Year of the FISH!

This year you'll have the opportunity to learn and fish for these aquatic creatures! Keep an eye out for our program calendar throughout the rest of 2018.

What are fish? Watch the video below to learn the basics:
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Haw River State Park's Website:
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Have you heard about our new "Ask a Ranger" podcast?

Join rangers Jess & Crystal as they interview rangers and other experts across the state to answer some frequently asked questions and take on topics that can expand your knowledge of the natural world.

Consider downloading some podcasts for your Christmas travels or some non-screen time at home.

Available episodes:
July -- Meet Your Park Ranger Hosts
August -- What Does a Park Ranger Do?
September -- 1) Invasive Plant Species 2) Naturally Wonderful Moments with forester, Sean Gough
October -- Campfire Ready Stories!
November -- Night Hike...Wait! What was THAT Sound?!
December -- NC State Parks Year of the Spider 2017
January 1st - First Day Hikes  
Start the year off with a guided hike at any of our North Carolina State Parks. See the calendar for times and locations:
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We had a wonderful time at Morrow Mountain State Park at our annual Junior Ranger Jamboree. We played games, created camp flags, went on night hikes, canoe trips, spider safaris, bird walks, fished, cleaned up our park, and sang & ate s'mores around the campfire. Thank you all who were able to attend! And for those who missed it, we hope to see you next October (details to come!)!
Here's a detailed video of our time together.
Continue the journey @
Answers to Fish Match game: 1. Red Drum 2. Brook Trout 3. Channel Catfish 4. Southern Flounder 5. Longnose Gar 6. Waccamaw Silverside 7. Pirate Perch
Click here to see Christmas cards from across the state.
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