Be A National Park Service Junior Ranger
Contact: Outer Banks Group, (252) 473-2111
Celebrate National Junior Ranger Day – April 26, 2008
Outer Banks Group Superintendent Mike Murray invites children throughout the Outer Banks to take part in National Junior Ranger Day at their local national park sites on Saturday, April 26, 2008. "Becoming a Junior Ranger is a fun way for children to explore and learn more about the National Parks and how they can enjoy and help protect these important sites," stated Murray.
Along the Outer Banks, children can actually become three different kinds of junior rangers: a Seashore Ranger at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, a Flight Ranger at Wright Brothers National Memorial, and a Roanoke Ranger at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. These Junior Ranger programs are designed for ages 5 to 13.
At Cape Hatteras National Seashore, if children complete a Seashore Ranger workbook, they will earn a Junior Ranger badge. Booklets are available from any Seashore visitor center, at the Bodie Island Lighthouse, at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and near the ferry dock in Ocracoke Village. On April 26, a 30-minute special Junior Ranger program, Especially for Kids, is scheduled for 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Hatteras Island Visitor Center next to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
Children can earn a Flight Ranger patch at Wright Brothers National Memorial when they complete their booklet and attend one ranger program. Junior Ranger programs on April 26 include: Take to the Air - a 30-minute paper airplane program at 11 a.m. and Fun With Flight - a 30-minute kite-making program at 2 p.m. Flight Room Talks will be presented at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.
At Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, children can earn a Roanoke Ranger patch by attending a program and completing the booklet. Junior Ranger programs for April 26 include: Life in the Roanoke Tribe at 10 a.m., Fort Raleigh Kids at 12 p.m. and Power of Archaeology at 2 p.m. Each program is 30-minutes long. Children may also become a Fort Raleigh Web Ranger and earn a Junior Ranger badge through the park’s website at
Did You Know?
Lightning whelks eat about one large clam per month. The whelk pries the clam open with its muscular foot, wedges the clam open with its shell, then eats the soft inside of the clam. Lightning whelk shells, which whorl to the left, wash up on the beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.