• Big-berry manzanita and the skyline of the high peaks greet visitors who explore the steep and narrow portion of the High Peaks trail. NPS Photo|Sierra Willoughby

    Pinnacles

    National Park California

2009 Jr Ranger Day

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Date: April 15, 2009
Contact: Trina Van Schyndel, 831 389 4486 x262

2009 Pinnacles Junior Ranger Day

Join Pinnacles National Monument in celebrating National Park Week and Junior Ranger Day through a series of programs and activities designed for youth ages 3-13.
The festivities will take place on Saturday, April 25, 2009, from 10:00am until 2:00pm. The expanded schedule of events is below.

"Reading Corner": Pinnacles Visitor Center - 10:00 am

"Condor Tracking": Pinnacles Visitor Center (meet near the spotting scopes) - 10:30 am

"Reading Corner": Bear Gulch Nature Center - 11:00 am

"Condor Talk": Bear Gulch Nature Center - 11:30 am

"Plants and Flowers Walk": Bear Gulch Trail (meet at the Nature Center) - 12:30 pm

"Geology Talk": Bear Gulch Nature Center - 1:00 pm

"Pollination Activity": Pinnacles Visitor Center - 1:30 pm

"Creatures of the Night" Campfire Program: Campground Amphitheater - 8:00 pm

Junior Ranger Activities are designed for families with children from 3-13 years of age; parents must be in attendance.

Junior Ranger Day centers around encouraging participation in the Junior Ranger program, which is designed to engage children and families in the stories embodied in their national parks. As they participate in programs and activities, children complete Junior Ranger activity books that lead them through the park in a kid-friendly way. When completed, they present their activity books to a ranger to earn a patch, badge, and/or a certificate.

National Park Week is an annual, presidentially proclaimed week that underscores our commitment to conserve our natural and historical treasures. It encourages all people to enjoy, learn from, and protect these important parts of our heritage. Junior Ranger Day is a part of National Park Week.

Additional information about Junior Ranger Day is available on the park web page at www.nps.gov/pinn or by calling the park education department at 831-389-4486 ext. 262.

General park information can be obtained by visiting www.nps.gov/pinn or by calling 831- 389-4485.

Did You Know?

A close-up view of rhyolite breccia

Rhyolitic breccia is the rock that the High Peaks and other rock formations at Pinnacles are made of. Rhyolite breccia is composed of lava sand, ash, and angular chunks of rock that were explosively ejected from the Pinnacles Volcano.