Pinto Basin Road Renovation
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April 25 is Junior Ranger Day at Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park will offer a special slate of children’s activities on April 25 for National Junior Ranger Day. All Junior Ranger activities are free and are open to children from ages 4 to 14. “Junior Rangers explore their national parks and discover all the amazing things that happen there,” said Park Superintendent Curt Sauer. “We hope local kids will take advantage of Junior Ranger Day and find out more about what makes Joshua Tree such a special place.”
The park rangers will conduct a variety of children’s programs between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at locations throughout the park. A schedule is available here.
Children taking part in the day’s events will be able to become official Junior Rangers and receive a Junior Ranger badge by completing activities in the Junior Ranger booklet. The booklets will be available at park visitor centers and entrance stations.
Boy and Girl Scouts are eligible to earn unit certificates and individual Scout Ranger patches by completing the Scout Ranger program. Participation in a Junior Ranger Day activity counts toward meeting one of the requirements for earning the Scout Ranger patch.
National Junior Ranger Day is a special event for National Park Week, celebrated this year between April 18 and 26. Many parks throughout the country will offer ranger programs, interactive games, and special events designed to connect children with their national parks. Presidentially proclaimed, National Park Week is an annual celebration and recognition of National Parks.
Did You Know?
The reptiles of Joshua Tree National Park include one tortoise, 18 lizards, and 25 varieties of snakes. More...