Celebrate National Junior Ranger Day - April 20 2013
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-473-2111
Outer Banks Group Superintendent Barclay Trimble invites children throughout the Outer Banks to take part in National Junior Ranger Day at their local national park sites on Saturday, April 20. "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 Trimble.
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
Children can earn a Flight Ranger badge at Wright Brothers National Memorial when they complete their booklet and attend one ranger program.A special 20-minute children's program will be presented in the Flight Room Auditorium at 11 am and 2 pm.
At Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, children can earn a Roanoke Ranger badge by attending a program and completing the booklet. The Underground Railroad Junior Ranger badge can also be earned by completing the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom booklet. The 20-minute Junior Ranger program for April 20 will be presented at 11 am and 2 pm. 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.
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 20–28, 2013. For more information check out the park websites at www.nps.gov/caha, www.nps.gov/wrbr, or www.nps.gov/fora or call 252-473-2111.
Did You Know?
When the Home sank on Diamond Shoals off of Cape Hatteras in 1837, there were only two life jackets for all 130 people on board. Ninety people died. Congress passed the Steamboat Act the next year, requiring all vessels to carry one life jacket per passenger.