Kid focused event highlights nature and history

October 15, 2022


Head to Devils Fork State Park and join Jocassee Lake Tours for a fun event in conjunction with their Jocassee Wild Child outdoor education program.

(The event will take place in the picnic area in the lawn in front of the concession stand.)




Critters on the Go showcases artifacts to make use of a child’s natural tendency towards learning by touch and observation. Will there be live critters too? Come find out! This innovative program lets us in on some of nature’s most curious secrets!


Native Americans called Jocassee Valley home until the mid 1700s, and their history here comes alive for kids when Chief Lamar Nelson tells the stories. Chief Nelson is an archaeologist who has worked on North and South Carolina dig sites since the 1990s, so you bet he has some stories to tell. He is a descendant of the first Americans and will be there to lead children on a discovery of what Jocassee Valley was like “back in the day!”

Boat Adventure

Parents can relax at the park while Jocassee Lake Tours takes the kids on an afternoon pontoon boat tour of Lake Jocassee. They will float right over the places Cherokee children once played, and look for interesting critters along the way. Will we see a blue otter named Odyssey? Join them and find out!

The optional boat ride is $10 per child. Space is limited to 10 kids. RSVP required to reserve a space for your child on the boat ride (864) 280-5501.

Event Schedule 
12:00-12:45 Critters on Go
1:00-2:00 Native American History and Artifacts by Chief Lamar Nelson
2:30-4:30 Kids Only Boat Adventure (7+ years)

The event is free but admission is required to enter Devils Fork State Park. See park admission fees HERE.


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