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Thursday, July 07, 2011
NASA and The Rock Ranch
Space Farm 7
Tomorrow is the last space shuttle launch but you can experience NASA space exploration and meet an astronaut this fall at The Rock Ranch.
The Rock Ranch Selected to Embark on Space Farm 7 Mission
Seven farms across the U.S. selected to participate in nationwide collaborative outreach project with NASA
The Rock, Ga. (June 24, 2011)- The Rock Ranch, a 1250-acre ranch owned by Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy, is an honored member of a nationwide program entitled 'Space Farm 7'.This project is a collaborative outreach project with NASA designed to celebrate and honor the U.S. space program through agri-tourism at seven farms across the United States.The goal of the project is to educate a million children.The participating farms will plant and theme corn mazes with designs celebrating NASA's achievements and progress in space exploration.The Rock Ranch plans to theme its corn maze with the image of an astronaut and fill the attraction with hands on and educational opportunities to expose guests to space exploration. The Rock Ranch maze will celebrate the 50th anniversary of human space exploration and the attraction will open on September 24, 2011 and be available to the public throughout the season of Fall Family Fun Days held on Saturdays September 24 through November 13.
"In 1969 I sat with my family glued to a television watching Neil Armstrong walk on the moon for the first time," said Jeff Manley, General Manager of The Rock Ranch."So, now that we have the opportunity to commemorate with NASA their decades of successes, it is truly an honor."
Special activities and games have been planned including traveling space displays provided by NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Also, an astronaut will be present for the September 24 kickoff to meet and greet families. These activities will reinforce the educational missions of both The Rock Ranch and NASA. Manley adds, "it is our goal through this collaborative project with NASA to instill in young people today the inspiration and desire to explore, that the heroes of NASA have provided our nation over the past fifty years."
Additionally, there will be a nationwide online contest where families and friends can vote on their favorite of the seven NASA-themed corn maze designs.A winner will be chosen from the pool of voters and awarded amazing space prizes.Details on all contests and activities will be released at a later date.
NASA has ten field centers located in the United States, each of which has a different responsibility.The seven individual Space Farms have been paired up with the field center that services their region in order to highlight that center's contribution to NASA.The participating farms include Belvedere Plantation in Fredericksburg, Virginia; Liberty Ridge Farm in Schaghticoke, New York; The Rock Ranch in The Rock, Georgia; Vala's Pumpkin Patch in Gretna, Nebraska; Dewberry Farm in Brookshire, Texas; Cornbelly's Corn Maze & Pumpkin Fest in Lehi, Utah and Dell'Osso Family Farm in Lathrop, California.
The objective of this outreach project is to expose guests to NASA space exploration and educate a million kids across the United States. The celebration is very timely.This year NASA has celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first American in space, the 30th anniversary of the first Space Shuttle mission and the 20th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope's deployment in space.NASA also recently completed construction of the International Space Station and will conclude the Space Shuttle Program after the final shuttle launch in July.
NASA is now focusing its attention on creating a sustainable environment in space so that future generations can actually live and work there.A key component of any future sustainability, whether on a different planet or on the international space station, will be having the ability to grow food in space.The seven "Space Farms" here on Earth will showcase demonstrations on how that can be done.
The Rock Ranch is a working cattle ranch originally opened in 1989 as a result of S. Truett Cathy's passion for educating families through the cattle ranch and farming. The 1,250 acre ranch has added dozens of activities since its inception and attracts families, school groups, and businesses alike to enjoy a unique experience in agritourism.The Rock Ranch is located approximately one hour south of Atlanta, one hour northeast of Columbus, and 30 minutes northwest of Macon in Upson County.
Notice: No outside food or drink and no pets allowed please.
A summer day at The Rock Ranch is packed full of excitement, education and adventure with ample opportunity to make memories.Activities include locomotive train rides, playtime in Tiny Town (a children's playhouse village), pony rides, a petting zoo, hay rides, paddle boats, cane pole fishing, pedal carts, a swimming pool, the Conestoga wagon jolly jump, and more.
Your family can enjoy the standard attractions as well as participate in educational stations in the morning like the Georgia Wildlife Station and the Cow-Milking Simulator. The Rock Ranch serves as an amazing outdoor classroom and is well suited for a variety of educational topics.
A new addition, The Rock Ranch "Cow-A-Bunga" Zip Lines, are also available. Zip line rides are $12 for the 1300 ft. line or $7 for the 800 ft. line.
Admission to Fun in the Summer Time is $10 and includes all attracations except the zip lines (children 3 and under are free). The group rate is just $8 per person for groups of 20 or more. It's affordable fun.Concessions are sold onsite or guests may bring a picnic or sack lunch. To beat the heat, guests will enjoy Ice Dream cones and our sno cone center that allows patrons to customize their ice with over 30 flavor fountains of sno cone syrup.
Call 706-647-6374 to make reservations for groups.
Open Tuesday through Saturday (10am-4pm) until July 30th
What's New at The Rock Ranch
Cow-A-Bunga Zip Lines
New Office Space
Coming this fall, in collaboration with NASA - The 50 Years of Space Exploration Corn Maze featuring a visit from an astronaut