Pack up the Kids and Get Outdoors for Junior Ranger Day
Contact: General Park Information, 305-242-7700
Contact: Media Contact Linda Friar, 305-242-7714
Contact: Environmental Education, 305-242-7753
Pack up the kids and head to the park for Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, March 22, 2014. This annual event is a great opportunity to enjoy Everglades National Park with your entire family.A day of Ranger guided activities and fun in the park at both Shark Valley and Homestead entrances offers families and youth a special opportunity to enjoy this national park just minutes away from our urban neighbors.
The Junior Ranger program is a national program designed specifically to enhance the national park experience for kids and families who visit National Park Service sites. Through hands-on, guided, and self-guided activities this program connects young people to their national parks and cultivates future generations of park stewards and explorers.
Junior Ranger Activity Guides are available in English, Spanish, and Haitian-Creole and may be obtained at any of the park visitor centers or downloaded from our website. The program is designed for kids 8-12 years old, but is available to kids of all ages! (http://www.nps.gov/ever/forkids/beajuniorranger.htm).
Rangershave many special activities planned for this year's Junior Ranger Day at the park and earn kids who participate will earn their own Junior Ranger badge and patch! Come join us on March 22 to "Explore, Learn, and Protect" your national parks! Admission to Everglades National Park will be free for families participating in the Junior Ranger Day event.
When: March 22 9:30 A.M. to 2:30 PM
Where: 2 locations - Shark Valley/Miami and Royal Palm/Homestead
What: Junior Ranger Day
Shark Valley Visitor Center – US Highway 41, 25 miles west of the FL Turnpike
Royal Palm – 12 miles west of Homestead.
·An Open-House style event begins with registration at Royal Palm Visitor Center adjacent to the Anhinga Trail.
·Rangers will be stationed along the Anhinga Trail at Royal Palm with activities for children.
·Event takes place from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Families may proceed at their own pace.
For more information and to RSVP, call the Loop Road Education Center at 305-242-7753.
Did You Know?
The pink coloration of the Roseate Spoonbill comes from a red pigment, related to Vitamin A, found in some crustaceans that they eat. Look for them foraging among the shallows of Everglades National Park.