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North Carolina Beach Buggy Association (NCBBA) President Jim Keene announced at the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association annual meeting on May 24, 2008, a donation of $4,000 to support the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Junior Seashore Ranger Program. Superintendent Mike Murray accepted the donation on behalf of the National Park Service (NPS).
By supporting valuable educational opportunities like the Seashore Junior Ranger Program, NCBBA is helping the NPS to develop a legacy of stewardship for the Seashore by actively engaging young people and their families in understanding the park’s cultural and natural history, and through participating in recreational opportunities offered by the park.
"The Seashore Junior Ranger Program is a primary way of reaching the youth of today and fostering good stewardship policies for the Seashore," stated Murray. "This generous support will allow us to continue the types of activities we offer as well as increase the number of children participating in the program."
The Seashore Junior Ranger Program, offered year-round to children ages 5 – 13, has been in existence at the park for 16 years. Over 3,500 children participate in the program annually. During summer months, children can earn a Seashore Ranger patch and a Junior Ranger badge by attending two ranger programs and completing the Seashore Junior Ranger workbook. Workbooks can be obtained from any Seashore visitor center; at the Bodie Island Lighthouse, at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and near the ferry dock in Ocracoke Village. If children complete only the workbook, they will earn a Junior Ranger badge.
The North Carolina Beach Buggy Association is a non-profit organization established in 1964, dedicated to the preservation of and vehicular access to the natural beach resources of the Outer Banks through conservation, a code of ethics for beach behavior and support of local, state, federal officials and other organizations dedicated to these same goals. For more information about the NCBBA, go to www.nps.gov/webranger.