Mark Your Calendar - Pack up the Kids - and Head to the Park for Junior Ranger Day!
Contact: Everglades Education, 305-242-7753
Contact: General Park Information, 305-242-7700
Contact: Media Contact Linda Friar, 305-242-7714
The Junior Ranger program is a program designed specifically for kids and families who visit National Park Service sites. Let's Move Outside is a new feature of the National Park Service's popular Junior Ranger program, encouraging families to become more active by highlighting recreational opportunities in their national parks and cultivate future generations of park stewards and explorers.
Three of south Florida's national parks-Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, and Big Cypress National Preserve-have a joint Junior Ranger program. Junior Ranger Activity Guides are available in English, Spanish, and Haitian-Creole and may be obtained at any of the park visitor centers. The program is designed for kids 8-12 years old, but is available to kids of all ages!
On Junior Ranger Day, kids can participate in special activities at the park and earn a Junior Ranger badge. Come join us on March 31 to "Explore, Learn, and Protect" your national parks!
Junior Ranger Day activities include:
Shark Valley Visitor Center - located on US Highway 41, 25 miles west of the FL Turnpike
Aspiring Junior Rangers and their families will be treated to a FREE guided tram ride through the Everglades. Seating is limited so reservations must be made in advance by calling 305-242-7753.
Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by a 2.5 hour guided tram tour. Participants will then gather for a picnic lunch (please bring your own), with time for Junior Rangers to complete their activity guides.
At 1:30 p.m. we will have a ceremony to award the new Junior Rangers with their badges. Join us for all or part of the day! (Please note, participants will be asked to sign a photo/video release.)
Short ranger talks, guided walks, a touch table, and exhibits for kids will be available for all from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center - 10 miles west of Homestead.
An Open-House style event begins with registration at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center.
Rangers will be stationed along the Anhinga Trail at Royal Palm and the Nature Trail near the Long Pine Key picnic area with activities for children.
Event takes place from 10 AM - 2 PM and families may proceed at their own pace.
All participants will receive Junior Ranger badges and patches upon completion of the program. Come out to Explore, Learn, and Protect your park!
For more information and to RSVP, call the Loop Road Education Center at 305-242-7753.
Did You Know?
The Ten Thousand Islands area of Everglades National Park composes part of the largest stand of protected mangrove forest in the Western Hemisphere. South Florida's coast serves as a vital nursery ground for many of our most prized commercial and recreational marine species.