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Celebrate National Parks Week and National Junior Ranger Day at Casa Grande Ruins
National Parks Week is an annual, Presidentially proclaimed week for celebration and recognition of the country’s 391 National Parks. Parks across the country will be hosting events throughout the week, culminating in National Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, April 28.
Celebrate National Park Week this year by taking a few hours to visit Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Coolidge, Arizona. Discover the history of Casa Grande Ruins, the hard-working people who lived here in ancient times, and how they managed to flourish in the harsh desert environment.
Kids of all ages will enjoy participating in the Junior Ranger program. Junior Ranger activities, games, and puzzles are designed to help kids learn about this very special place, and are available during regular visitor hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Activities also include visiting the Great House, attending a ranger-led program, visiting the ball court, viewing museum exhibits in the visitor center, and completing activity pages that encourage discovery learning in an archeologically rich environment. Kids who complete the Junior Ranger activities will earn an official Casa Grande Ruins Junior Ranger badge and a completion certificate.
Admission to Casa Grande Ruins National Monument will be free for Junior Ranger program participants and their families on Saturday, April 28, in celebration of National Junior Ranger Day. The monument will host a special Junior Ranger event at 10:00 a.m. Ranger John Dodson will guide kids on a park tour, help them complete their Junior Ranger activities, talk about what it is like to be a ranger, and help kids learn about their roles as owners and stewards of national parks.