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National Junior Ranger Day is April 25

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Date: April 17, 2009
Contact: David Kronk, 906-387-2607, ext. 206

Junior Rangers post with Ranger Dave at the 2008 National Junior Ranger Day celebration at Sand Point.
Ranger Dave with the Junior Rangers, 2008
NPS photo by Ed Lasich
NPS (MUNISING, Mich.) Past and present Junior Rangers are invited to National Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, April 25, to explore, learn, and protect your National Lakeshore!

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore will celebrate National Junior Ranger Day from 1 to 4 p.m. with explorations, games and stories. This event will be held at Park Headquarters at N8391 Sand Point Road near Munising. Sand Point is located 4 miles northeast of downtown Munising; follow the road past Munising Memorial Hospital until its end at Park Headquarters.

Advance registration is required. To register your junior ranger for the event please contact Ranger Dave at david_kronk@nps.gov or call 387-2607, extension 206.

“National Junior Ranger Day celebrates Junior Rangers past and present,” according to Park Ranger Dave Kronk. “Junior Rangers are people who are young or young at heart who have fulfilled the requirements to earn a Junior Ranger badge or patch in at least one of the almost 400 National Park units across the nation that have a Junior Ranger program.” The motto of the program is ‘Explore. Learn. Protect. Be a Junior Ranger!’

The National Park Service’s Junior Ranger program began in the 1960s to help kids and their families explore and learn about their national parks, cultivating future generations of park stewards. Today, hundreds of thousands of Junior Rangers are sworn in each year, and there is even a WebRanger program for those who are unable to visit a national park. Every day at National Parks across the country, Rangers make the national park experience special. The Junior Ranger program is a national program designed specifically for kids and families who visit National Park Service sites.

To learn more about Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore’s celebration of National Junior Ranger Day, call Ranger Dave at 906-387-2607, extension 206.

To learn more about becoming a Junior Ranger or about the National Park Service’s WebRanger program, please visit the RangerZONE at www.nps.gov/learn/juniorranger.htm.

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