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Colorado National Monument Unveils a New Junior Ranger Activity Booklet for Kids Aged 5-12

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Date: June 13, 2008
Contact: Joan Anzelmo, 970-858-3617 x300
Contact: Michelle Wheatley, 970-858-3617 x300

Colorado National Monument is proud to unveil a new Junior Ranger activity booklet. We invite the community to come to the park and participate in our exciting Junior Ranger program. In 2007 Colorado National Monument successfully competed for a National Park Foundation Junior Ranger Challenge Grant aimed at strengthening, enhancing, delivering and promoting Junior Ranger programming to visitors. An intern from the Student Conservation Association spent the fall of 2007 creating and writing the educational and fun-filled activity book to replace the outdated 14 year old edition.

The free activity booklet for kids aged 5-12 can be picked up at the Colorado National Monument visitor center. Once kids have completed the required activities, they return to the visitor center, where a park ranger reviews their work, and awards them an official Junior Ranger badge and certificate.

The activity booklet can usually be completed in 1 ½ to 2 hours. This booklet provides a great opportunity for kids to learn about and experience Colorado National Monument while exploring the park with their families. The Junior Ranger booklet has age-appropriate activities, games, word scrambles and puzzles for kids to enjoy. The design of the booklet allows families to interact and enjoy the park at their own pace.

The Junior Ranger booklet provides fun-filled activities introducing kids to the national park system, allowing them to discover the significance of Colorado National Monument and understanding the importance of protecting our parks.

This program is made possible through the generous support of the National Park Foundation, El Pomar Foundation and the Colorado National Monument Association.

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