Songs for Junior Rangers
The staff of New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park has established a track record, in recent years, for turning out great albums. "Songs of the Lower Mississippi Delta," and "Freedom is Coming; Songs of the Underground Railroad," are both highly regarded recordings, offering not just world class music, but substantial scholarship in cultural and musical history.
So when songwriter Jeff Wolin, who is a ranger at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in Colorado, developed a body of children's songs
The result is "Songs for Junior Rangers," a collection of 20 original tunes that grew into a collaboration of musicians from backgrounds as diverse as the parks they celebrate in song. The Junior Ranger program provides specific activities for kids at many parks, and allows them to earn badges for completing learning tasks at various park locations. The material here spans everything from "the redwood forests to the gulf stream waters," as another famous songwriter once put it.
Junior rangers will find songs about cave formations, glaciers, bison, elk, spawning fish, nesting sea turtles and much more, all of which teach the key lessons, "explore, learn and protect." Along the way, they'll be introduced to musical styles from blues to folk and jazz to hip-hop. There's even a polka in the mix! The album is an attractive package that includes an illustrated booklet with complete lyrics, and even a poster map that folds open andchallenges junior rangers to find the sites mentioned in the songs. However, those who are so inclined can also download the album, or individual tracks, from CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon and other digital vendors.
Warning: this CD may cause singing, dancing, and learning. For kids and fun-loving adults, the National Park Service's audio CD, Songs for Junior Rangers, is perfect for travel and exploration--both real and imagined. Whether listening to it in a kitchen, a car, or a classroom, this
It offers all new music that engages and entertains with clever, witty, and fact-packed verses. Upbeat songs highlight features of 35 national
This amazing diversity of musical styles is matched by the diversity of information presented. In an hour, you can learn Spanish and
In addition to spurring interest in visiting national parks, this CD could be useful in formal and non-formal programming for youth in music
--Gretchen Bonfert (January 14, 2013)
Did You Know?
April is Jazz Awareness month. This recognition was created by the Smithsonian Institute in 2001 and is celebrated nation-wide every year. So April is a great time to visit the park as a variety of special music programs are offered and the city hosts several music festivals.