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Let’s Move Outside

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Date: August 12, 2010

Let's Move Outside:
More Action, New Rewards for Junior Rangers

We dare you to try to keep up with the junior rangers at Colorado National Monument! It's fun and healthy to play in the parks and now National Park Junior Rangers get an extra reward for moving it outside.

Today Colorado National Monument becomes one of 36 national park units that offer Let's Move Outside Junior Ranger. Let's Move Outside, led by the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture, provides tools and information to parents to make it easy to enjoy the outdoors and be active and healthy. It is part of First Lady Michelle Obama's nationwide campaign to end childhood obesity within a generation.

"Young people inspire us; we want to help them be healthy and curious for life. It starts with family fun. We want to help parents learn the skills they need to enjoy the outdoors with their kids," National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis said.

Young people who complete at least one physical activity in pursuit of their junior ranger badge receive a special sticker that designates them as a Let's Move Outside Junior Ranger. Across the country, the activities range from adventures like hiking with a ranger to body surfing and canoeing.

"Colorado National Monument'sLet's Move Outside Junior Ranger program offers kids and parents the chance to take a guided hike with a ranger or to walk or bicycle along Rim Rock Drive during the "Walk Through Time" special event on Sunday, August 29.These activities are not only great exercise, but also incredibly fun ways to see and learn about the park," Superintendent Joan Anzelmo said.

By summer's end, 50 national parks will offer Let's Move Outside Junior Ranger programs. Young people can become junior rangers at more than 200 national parks nationwide.

Before heading out, families can look at www.letsmove.gov/letsmoveoutside.php for more information about activities and participating parks. This website hub will link families to the great outdoors and give tips and ideas on how to best plan and enjoy an active adventure. The National Park Service provides 84 million acres to explore, so there are many places and ways to move outside!

For more information about Colorado National Monument and family friendly programs, please call the park at (970) 858-3617, 364.

Did You Know?

John Otto on a trail with his horse and burro

John Otto's efforts almost a century ago continue to help visitors experience Colorado National Monument. Of the 40 miles of trails available to hikers in the monument, many of them were first built by original park custodian John Otto. More...