Let's Move Outside! Junior Ranger Program
Hey kids! Did you know that you should have at least 60 minutes of active and vigorous play each day in order to stay fit and healthy? What better way is there to meet this goal than to “play” outdoors in a National Park?
First Lady Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move Outside as a component of her national Let’s Move! campaign to battle childhood obesity. Let’s Move Outside! gives kids - and parents! – ways to get moving in America’s great outdoors.
John F. Mitchell
National parks across the country are joining the Let’s Move Outside effort with a new feature of the National Park Service’s popular Junior Ranger program called Let’s Move Outside Junior Ranger. Young people who complete at least one physical activity in pursuit of their Junior Ranger badge can receive a special sticker that designates them as a Let’s Move Outside Junior Ranger.
At Shenandoah National Park, the Let’s Move Outside Junior Ranger program offers kids and parents the chance to hike on park trails during a ranger-guided Junior Ranger program. Or, you can explore on your own with one of three Ranger Explorer Guides. These activities are not only great exercise, but also provide incredibly fun ways to see and learn about the park.
Before heading out, visit Let’s Move Outside for more information about activities and participating parks. This website hub will link families to the great outdoors and give tips and ideas on how to best plan and enjoy an active adventure. The National Park Service provides 84 million acres to explore, so there are many places and ways to move outside!
Did You Know?
The first visitors to Shenandoah National Park during the 1930s and early 40s rarely saw deer. They were gradually restocked from four other states.