Help Celebrate Junior Ranger Day in Glacier National Park
Contact: Melissa Wilson, 406 888-7895
WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Officials at Glacier National Park invite the public to help celebrate the National Park Service’s Junior Ranger Program on Tuesday, July 24, 2007. The park will be awarding special commemorative buttons to all visitors (children and adults) who come to the park this day and can show a previously earned Junior Ranger badge, a certificate from any national park, or a certificate from the www.nps.gov/webrangers Web site.
Also on July 24, the park will be unveiling its new 16- page Junior Ranger booklet. This free booklet is geared toward children ages six and older. Children must complete six of the activities and interview a ranger (or attend a ranger-led program) to receive their badges. The first 500 children to complete this new booklet will also receive a commemorative 2007 Junior Ranger Day patch. The new Junior Ranger booklets will be available starting July 24 from visitor centers in Apgar, St. Mary, Logan Pass, and at the Many Glacier Ranger Station.
Booklets will also be given out on July 24 at the Discovery Cabin in Apgar from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and at Logan Pass from 1 to 3 p.m. A ranger will be available to be interviewed or to assist children with completing the other activities. There will also be on-going swearing-in ceremonies in which children become official Glacier National Park Junior Rangers and photo opportunities for those who have successfully completed the program requirements.
The Junior Ranger motto is “Explore, Learn, Protect.” Every summer thousands of children become Junior Rangers during their visits to America’s national parks. Children obtain booklets from national park visitor centers, complete fun and educational activities, and earn a Junior Ranger badge. The activities are intended to encourage children to become stewards of the park and the environment. Glacier’s new booklet was created thanks to a grant from the National Park Foundation and Ocean Spray.
For more information about Junior Ranger Day activities call Laura Law, Glacier’s Education Specialist, at 406-888-5837.
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Did You Know?
Glacier National park was named for the glaciers that carved, sculpted, and formed this landscape millions of years ago. Despite the recession of current glaciers, the park's name will not change when the glaciers are gone.