Do you remember what it was like to be a second grader?

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Join Ready To Learn radio show host Cindy Putman as she interviews two second graders from Capshaw Elementary, Gaspar and Juana, as they share about their adventures in school. These two Putnam County School System students have been in the LEAPs program for the past two years. They have attended WCTE’s PBS KIDS Odd Squad You Be the Agent Camp, ScratchJr Camp, Ruff Ruffman Camp, and Nature Cat Camp. Each of these camps were a collaboration between PCSS LEAPs program and WCTE’s Ready To Learn. Additionally, these students attend the LEAPs after-school program at Capshaw Elementary each day.

Gaspar and Juana share about:

The Junior Ranger Program offers children, ages six through 14, a fresh look at the world around them!  Inspiring a love of nature and the outdoors, camps open the door to a lifetime of fun and adventure.

These summer sessions provide hands-on opportunities for exploring and learning about the natural world through an array of fun and creative activities. Sessions are led by our dedicated and professional rangers, seasonal interpretive recreators and naturalists.

Topics and activities vary from camp to camp but may include: Outdoor Safety, Astronomy, Reptiles and Amphibians, Aquatics, Map and Compass Navigation, Birds of Prey, Insects and Spiders, Primitive Weapons, Track Making and Identification, Outdoor Skills, Ecology, Canoeing, Hiking and much more.

There are two ways to become a Junior Ranger:

  • Attend a Tennessee State Parks Junior Ranger Camp


  • Complete the Junior Ranger Adventure Guide.

For those attending a Jr. Ranger Camp, registration is required. Details about a specific camp can be found on the individual park's event web page or by calling that park. For those unable to attend a camp, the Jr. Ranger Adventure Guide is a self-paced, free alternative.

Upon completion of the program kids take the Junior Ranger pledge, receive a badge and are sworn in as official Tennessee State Park Junior Rangers! Remember: a healthier you = a healthier planet!

For complete details about a specific camp, please visit the park's event web page or call the park directly.

Thank you for making Tennessee State Parks part of your family history. Let’s Get Outdoors!

Special radio show guests Gaspar & Juana also shared about:  

  • Favorite Subjects at Capshaw Elementary 

  • Rules For Playing Tag on the playground

  • LEAPs Art, Computer, and homework help classes

  • Best Easter Party snacks and games

  • Ms. Sisko’s Book Bracket Challenge

  • Speaking English and Spanish

  • How much they love their teachers, Mrs. Rand and Mrs. Hillis

  • Great snacks during LEAPS

  • Best Friends

For more information about the LEAPs before and after school program contact:

Brenda J. Hughett, Extended Learning Programs Coordinator or 931-528-1847 Ext. 1219


Sharon Dyer, Extended Learning Programs Secretary or 931-528-1847 Ext. 1220

Remember to check out for a new week of Ready Jet Go! beginning on April 2, 2018. This is a great opportunity to explore space with your favorite friends! 


Tune in each Saturday morning at 9:30 for the WCTE Get Ready To Learn Radio Show, with host Cindy Putman on Zimmer Broadcasting's The HUB 107.7 FM and 1400 AM.

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WCTE’s Educational Team can customize workshops or professional development trainings for your group or organization. For workshop information, or to inquire about scheduling a workshop, call 921-528-2222 x. 227 or email us.

Topics are listed below:

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