Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Unveils New Junior Ranger Workbook
Contact: Carol Borneman, (606) 248-2817, ext. 1070
November 20th was a day of celebration at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park as park staff, junior rangers and parents unveiled the park’s new Junior Ranger Workbook. Junior Ranger Dakota Saylor of Rose Hill, Virginia was recognized for his art which appears on the workbook cover, while Anton Sorenson of Shorewood, Wisconsin, Jenna Walden of London, Kentucky and Emma Wiley of Middlesboro, Kentucky were commended for their drawing contributions to Art Splash!, a workbook activity.
Cumberland Gap was a 2007 recipient of a National Park Foundation Junior Ranger Ambassador Grant, which provided for Jenny Litzelman, a Student Conservation Association intern from Raleigh, North Carolina to spend eleven weeks at the park designing the book. During the celebration, Superintendent Mark Woods applauded the Foundation for its generous support to the Junior Ranger Program. “While Cumberland Gap has always had a Junior Ranger Program, the National Park Foundation grant has allowed our program to become much more robust. The National Park Ranger Motto is ‘Explore. Learn. Protect.’ We certainly want children coming to Cumberland Gap and participating in our expanded program to embrace this philosophy.” Woods also acknowledged a generous donation from park partner Eastern National which allowed 2000 workbook copies to be printed.
Park Ranger Butch Davis, who coordinates the Junior Ranger Program, described the workbook as “chocked full of activities that truly engage our young, curious visitors.” “Ms. Litzelman worked closely with park staff and junior rangers in developing an incredible array of activities. The workbook also includes a music CD recorded by park rangers and volunteers.” Ranger Davis shared with all Beat Brush Mountain, one of his favorite workbook activities. “Beat Brush Mountain is a tribute to those folks who in the early 1900’s moved to the top of Brush Mountain in what is now the park. Adhering to the pioneer lifestyle, these self-sufficient people walked nearly five miles to leave Brush Mountain to go into town for supplies. At first, there was no clear route to get off the mountain. Settlers had to create trails that could be navigated by foot. This activity includes a mind energizing maze in which youngsters must create their own trail to get off the mountain.” Other activities include Saddle of the Gap Scavenger Hunt, Hidden Hiking Gear, A Balanced Bear Diet, and Wanted! Exotic Invaders.
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