Cradle of Forestry To Celebrate Smokey Bear's Birthday

 

July 31, 2017

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Come celebrate Smokey Bear's 73rd birthday this Saturday, Aug. 5, at 11 a.m. at the Cradle of Forestry in Pisgah National Forest.

The Cradle of Forestry invites guests of all ages to Smokey Bear's Birthday Party on Saturday, August 5, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., followed by a live animal program from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Smokey Bear turns 73 years old this year.

The fire prevention bear will help cut his birthday cake and meet and greet his friends during the celebration. Admission fee is $6 for adults and $3 for youth ages 4 – 15 and America the Beautiful and Golden Age pass holders. Admission is free for children under four years old and for Friends of the Cradle members.

Activities during Smokey Bear's Birthday Party will be held in front of the Forest Discovery Center, and moved indoors if it is raining. The fun includes family-friendly music with Tom Fisch, making birthday cards, Smokey Bingo, Pin-the-Pail on the Campfire, prize drawings, birthday cake and of course, an appearance by Smokey Bear. Party favor bags for children include a little book "The True Story of Smokey Bear" and Smokey memorabilia. Families are welcome to pack a picnic.

At 1:30 p.m., the party continues with a live animal program by Carolina Naturalists. Meet native wildlife and learn about their lives in Smokey's woods.

Throughout the day, guests are invited to enjoy all the Cradle of Forestry has to offer. Visitors can explore the 15 hands-on exhibits in the Forest Discovery Center, including the firefighting helicopter simulator and the scavenger hunt. A collection of Smokey artwork by Rudy Wendelin, famed Smokey Bear illustrator who created Smokey's image as we know him today, is on display. The Adventure Zone offers exploration and play designed for children along the autism spectrum, but enjoyed by everyone. Smokey's party, the Forest Discovery Center, and the Cradle's two interpretive trails are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

Smokey Bear has been a symbol of fire safety and fire prevention since 1944. The purpose of the Smokey program is to create and maintain public awareness about the need to prevent unplanned, human-caused wildland fires. Smokey Bear uses Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube to further the reach of his messages.

 
 

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