Junior Ranger Day: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Theme: "Life on the Oregon Trail"
Each year in April, the National Park Service celebrates the scenic beauty, historic places, and recreational opportunities available in over 390 units.
Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument invites young people, their families, and the public to join park rangers in Junior Ranger activities on Saturday, April 20 at the Visitor Center in downtown Hagerman. Junior Ranger programs are available in most national parks; they come in many different forms and engage youth from elementary school through teens.
The theme for this year's Junior Ranger Day at Hagerman is "Life along the Oregon Trail" This year the park is introducing a new program related to the Oregon Trail which runs through the monument: Oregon Trail Young Pioneer Ranger. Children and their families will be able to check out a haversack filled with toys and games and complete activities in an Oregon Trail booklet. Upon returning the haversack and completing activities in the booklet, the new Pioneer Rangers will receive a certificate and patch.
There will be other Oregon Trail related activities for young and old. Students can experience what life was like in the 1850s by dressing up in period clothing. Adults can talk with a costumed interpreter demonstrating what life was like for the pioneers who headed west along the Oregon Trail. Young and old can play dominoes, spin a top, and make a buzz saw hum.
We hope you will join us at the Hagerman Fossil Beds visitor center between 10:00 am and 2:30 pm on Saturday, April 20. Come and learn more about the Oregon Trail and our incredible fossils.