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Contact: Becky Railey, Park Ranger, Fee & Operations Coordinator, 360-816-6241
Vancouver, WA- On Sunday, April 29, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will offer visitors a chance to participate in work and leisure activities of the 1840’s Hudson’s Bay Company employees at Fort Vancouver.
The activities are part of the first annual National Junior Ranger Day, when National Parks nationwide develop Junior Ranger activities designed to increase awareness in children about the national parks.
From 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., children will bale furs using an 1840’s style fur press, make sea biscuits in the Bake House, and play nineteenth century games.
"There’s no better way to learn than by doing. Children will participate in daily activities of fort employees, getting a better sense of Fort Vancouver’s history and its significance as a national park" said Rebecca Railey, the Coordinator of the Junior Ranger Day Program.
Junior Ranger Day is part of National Park Week, April 22nd to the 29th, an annual Presidentially proclaimed week for celebration and recognition of National Parks.
For a list of National Park Week and Junior Ranger activities, visit the National Park Week website at www.nps.gov/npweek.
During that week, the Webrangers website located at www.nps.gov/webrangers/ will have special Junior Ranger activities, including a scavenger hunt. Those completing the scavenger hunt will earn a special certificate.
"The National Park Service continues to identify new ways for kids to learn more about their national parks." shared Kimm Fox-Middleton, the Special Events Program Manager, "Part of the mission of the National Park Service is to preserve our nation’s treasures for future generations. Engaging children to become involved in Junior Ranger Day provides a perfect opportunity to do so."
For further information about Junior Ranger Day and other children’s programs call the Visitor Center at 360.816.6230