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Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, along with the 391 other national park sites, will be open to the public free of charge from April 17 through 25, to celebrate National Park Week. Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Superintendent Karl Cordova states: “This celebration presents an ideal opportunity for families in surrounding communities to come and enjoy the wonders and mysteries of this ancient place in their own backyard at no cost.”
Two special family friendly Junior Ranger programs will be held on National Junior Ranger Day, Saturday, April 24, at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Participants will earn both a Junior Ranger badge and an embroidered patch. Children who participate in either Junior Ranger programs on that day may also enter a drawing for a set of Junior Ranger hiking gear that includes a hand carved walking stick with a Casa Grande Ruins medallion and a Junior Ranger backpack, water bottle, and safety tool. In addition, a separate drawing for hiking gear will be held for all children who participate in Casa Grande Ruins’ Junior Ranger Program activities and earn badges from April 17-25.
“National parks preserve our heritage, promote recreational experiences and provide places of quiet refuge,” said National Park Service director Jon Jarvis. “Most people live within a short drive of a national park, so I encourage everyone to spend some time enjoying America’s Great Outdoors during National Park Week.” Visit the parks and celebrate your ownership of these special places. Bring a young person and let them know that these places also belong to them and all future generations.