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Be A National Park Service Junior Ranger! Celebrate National Junior Ranger Day April 24, 2010

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Date: April 19, 2010
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-473-2111

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 24. “Becoming a Junior Ranger is a fun way for children to explore and learn more about the National Parks and how they can 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 24, a 30-minute special Junior Ranger program, Especially for Kids, is scheduled for at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Bodie Island Visitor Center; 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Hatteras Island Visitor Center next to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Ocracoke Visitor Center.

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 24 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. A National Junior Ranger Day special Underground Railroad Junior Ranger badge can also be earned by completing The National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom booklet. The 30-minute Junior Ranger program for April 24 will be Fort Raleigh Kids at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Children may also become a Fort Raleigh Web Ranger and earn a Junior Ranger badge through the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/fora. Children just need to print out the worksheets, fill them in with the answers and mail the worksheets to the park.

The North Carolina Beach Buggy Association and Eastern National assist the National Park Service in providing these Junior Ranger programs to the public.

Children who cannot visit a national park site in person are invited to take part in the national “WebRangers” activities at www.nps.gov/webrangers. On WebRangers, kids can explore more than 40 activities, view park webcams, and share their park stories and pictures.

National Junior Ranger Day is part of this year’s commemoration of National Park Week, April 17 – 25, 2010.

Did You Know?

Ocracoke Inlet was one of the most heavily traveled inlets in the 1700s.

In the 1700s, Ocracoke Inlet was one of the busiest inlets in the East. It was one of the few navigable waterways for ships accessing inland ports such as Elizabeth City, Edenton or New Bern. It was here that Blackbeard the pirate found the inlet's heavy shipping traffic ripe for easy pickings.