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JAKES Day brings outdoor activities
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Put down the remote, power down the iPad, and get the whole family outdoors this weekend as the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center presents JAKES Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday at the center’s Discovery Area.

An array of activities will focus on Georgia wildlife, conservation and outdoor recreational opportunities. Kids can try their hands at archery, fishing and shooting sports.

There also will be mini-boat rides led by Georgia Department of Natural Resources conservation rangers, as well as live animal presentations, face painting, solar viewing with the Atlanta Astronomy Club, and exhibitors displaying wildlife-themed booths. New this year are a tree climb and geocaching.

Admission is free, and the first 500 children will receive a free hot dog lunch, courtesy event sponsors the Wildlife Resources Division and the Georgia Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Adults can eat for a nominal fee.

Visitors also are welcome to tour the center’s museum and take advantage of sales in the gift shop.

JAKES Day will be held rain or shine. For more information, visit, or call 770-784-3059.

To get to the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, take I-20 to exit 98. Travel south on Ga. Highway 11 through Mansfield and continue 3 miles south to the entrance at Marben Farm Road on the left. Signs will direct visitors to the Discovery Area.

The 6,400-acre Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, managed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, offers a variety of activities and programs.