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Let's Move Outside: More Action, New Rewards For Junior Rangers

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Date: August 10, 2010
Contact: Tawnya Schoewe, (218) 283-6670

We dare you to try to keep up with the Junior Rangers at Voyageurs National Park! It’s fun and healthy to play in the parks and now National Park Junior Rangers get an extra reward for movin’ it outside.

Today Voyageurs National Park becomes one of 36 national parks that offer the Let’s Move Outside Junior Ranger program. Let’s Move Outside, led by the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture, provides tools and information to parents to make it easy to enjoy the outdoors and be active and healthy. This program is part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s nationwide campaign to end childhood obesity within a generation.

“Young people inspire us; we want to help them be healthy and curious for life. It starts with family fun. We want to help parents learn the skills they need to enjoy the outdoors with their kids,” National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis said.

Young people who complete at least one physical activity in pursuit of their Junior Ranger badge receive a special sticker that designates them as a Let’s Move Outside Junior Ranger.

“Voyageurs National Park’s Let’s Move Outside Junior Ranger program offers kids and parents the chance to hike one of the many trails in the park. Hiking is not only great exercise, but also an incredibly fun way to see and learn about the park,” Chief of Interpretation Tawnya Schoewe said.

By summer’s end, 50 national parks will offer Let’s Move Outside Junior Ranger programs. Young people can become Junior Rangers at more than 200 national park service sites nationwide. Before heading out, families can look at www.letsmove.gov/letsmoveoutside.php 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 for 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?

wolves move across a frozen pond in winter

Voyageurs National Park is home to several wolf packs. Listen for their distinctive howl or look for fresh tracks in the winter.