National Junior Ranger Day - April 28
Contact: Kim Swift, 219 926-7561, ext. 245
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore will unveil its new Junior Ranger Discovery Guide on National Junior Ranger Day this Saturday, April 28 at the Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center. This new booklet is free and engages children between the ages of 4 and 14 to complete a variety of learning activities within the park with friends and family members. Upon finishing the activities in the booklet, children return to the park’s visitor center to receive a Junior Ranger Day button and certificate.
The Junior Ranger family program challenges visiting families to explore the park on their own to learn about their national park. Children are encouraged to attend ranger-led hikes, help feed the Chellberg Farm animals, and explore the beaches to find interesting animals and plants.
Over 300 parks throughout the country are participating in National Junior Ranger Day. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore received funding and support from the National Park Foundation to create this new Junior Ranger Discovery Guide. The guide has been in development since last summer when some of its activities were field tested with visiting families.
In addition to the family oriented Junior Ranger Discovery Guide, the National Lakeshore also conducts a Junior Ranger Summer Day Camp each year. This day camp is available to children between the ages of seven and 15 and allows them to participate in ranger-led activities once a week for six weeks throughout the summer. The children travel to different areas of the park and engage in a variety of educational and stewardship activities. For more information on the Junior Ranger Summer Day Camp, or to receive an application, contact Kipton Walton at 219-926-7561, extension 244.
For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, contact the park’s information line at 219-926-7561, extension 225. The Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center is located at 1420 Munson Road, in Porter, IN (on the southeast corner of State Road 49 and U.S. Highway 20 intersection); enter from State Road 49.
Did You Know?
Without fire, there could be no prairie at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Non-prairie plant species would crowd out native prairie grasses. These rare grasslands are maintained through periodic controlled burns.