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 18, 2015

"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. - 10:30 a.m. Owl Be Seeing You!
Meet a live eastern screech owl and learn about the role owls play in our ecosystem. Meet at Big Meadows amphitheater, in picnic area.
Byrd Visitor Center: mile 51
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.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
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.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
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
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.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
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 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.
Byrd Visitor Center: mile 51
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Fox Hollow Trail Hike
Explore a natural world of forest and flowers while discovering the story of people who lived and farmed here years ago. 1.2 mile.
Dickey Ridge Visitor Center: mile 4.6
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Junior Ranger Program
Discover Shenandoah at this hands-on program designed for children ages 7 to 12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Less than a mile walk.
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.
 

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