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National Junior Ranger Day

A ranger and a young visitor dressed up like a ranger at National Junior Ranger Day in Shenandoah.

NPS | John F. Mitchell

Saturday, April 19, 2014

"EXPLORING, LEARNING, PROTECTING"

Have you ever put your hand into a bear's footprint? Have you ever tried on a ranger hat? Here's your chance!

Shenandoah National Park has some special activities planned for National Junior Ranger Day. The program is designed to help children and families connect with parks in ways that engage them in exploring, learning, and practicing stewardship.

Most of the programs are open to visitors of all ages. Special "Junior Ranger Day"certificates and patches will be available.

Activities meet at (Dickey Ridge Vistor Center, Mile 4.6 and Byrd Visitor Center, Mile 51), on Skyline Drive, unless otherwise noted. There is no charge for the programs, and there's no need to register.

 

Junior Ranger Day Programs and Activities

Time Program/Activity Description Location
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Touch Table
Get a feel for nature's diversity
Dickey Ridge Visitor Center: mile 4.6
Byrd Visitor Center: mile 51
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Uniform Try-On Station for Kids
Suit up and imagine being a national park ranger!
Dickey Ridge Visitor Center: mile 4.6
Byrd Visitor Center: mile 51
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Indoor Scavenger Hunt
Look for clues to answer fun questions about the park.
Dickey Ridge Visitor Center: mile 4.6
Byrd Visitor Center: mile 51
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. Bells and Whistles - Firefighters!
Check out our fire truck and join a firefighter holding the business end of a working fire hose.
Dickey Ridge Visitor Center: mile 4.6
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. A Ranger's Life for Me!
Learn about the responsibilities and rewards of being a National Park Ranger. Powerpoint presentation.
Byrd Visitor Center: mile 51
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. The Wild Side of Shenandoah
Join a park ranger for a short talk about one of Shenandoah's amazing animals.
Byrd Visitor Center: mile 51
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Bells and Whistles - Law Enforcement!
Get a close-up view of the variety of equipment that law enforcement rangers use to keep you safe.
Byrd Visitor Center: mile 51
Noon - 12:30 p.m. The Wild Side of Shenandoah
Join a park ranger for a short talk about one of Shenandoah's amazing animals.
Dickey Ridge Visitor Center: mile 4.6
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Owl Be Seeing You!
Meet a live eastern screech owl and learn about the role owls play in our ecosystem.
Byrd Visitor Center: mile 51
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. More Bells and Whistles - Law Enforcement!
Get a close-up view of the variety of equipment that law enforcement rangers use to keep you safe.
Dickey Ridge Visitor Center: mile 4.6
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. More Bells and Whistles - Firefighters!
Check out our fire truck and join a firefighter holding the business end of a working fire hose.
Byrd Visitor Center: mile 51
 
National Junior Ranger Day is part of National Park Week, April 19-27, 2014. Special programs are being held at national parks around the country. Check out what other parks are doing by going here.
 

Did You Know?

A sea of green flora in this Big Meadows photo - just a small sample of  the many plant species found here.

The Big Meadows area has the highest concentration of rare plants in Shenandoah National Park.