Be A National Park Service Junior Ranger! Celebrate National Junior Ranger Day April 24, 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.
National Junior Ranger Day is part of this year’s commemoration of National Park Week, April 17 – 25, 2010.
Did You Know?
The U.S.S. Monitor sank off Cape Hatteras during a storm in December 1862. The wreck's location was a mystery until 1973 when a research vessel found the ship 16 miles off the cape in 230 feet of water. In 1975, the Monitor was named the nation’s first National Marine Sanctuary.