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FORT VANCOUVER JUNIOR RANGER DAY EVENT COINCIDES WITH NATIONAL PARK WEEK AND FEE-FREE WEEK IN THE NATIONAL PARKS
WHAT: Junior Ranger Day 2011 & National Park Week 2011 (Fee-Free!)
WHERE: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, WA
WHEN: Junior Ranger Day: Saturday, April 23, 2011, 10:00-3:00 p.m.; National Park Week: April 16-24, 2011
EVENT DETAILS: Junior Ranger Day provides a fun and interactive opportunity for youth to learn more about the fascinating jobs of the National Park Service employees at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.
Volunteers and staff will be on hand to show the work of what archaeologists, park guides, and cultural demonstrators do at the fort.
Young visitors can go from station to station learning more about the many things park staff do at Fort Vancouver and other national parks. Those who visit each station will earn the Junior Ranger Day Patch and become a Junior Ranger!
Visitors will also have the opportunity to experience one of the park's newest Youth Volunteer Programs, the Young Engage School. Known as YES by many volunteers, young volunteers are given the unique opportunity to train immersively and learn a variety of skills of the 1840s Oregon Country. The YES program has participants rotating through the Carpenter Shop, Kitchen, Fur Store , Indian Trade Shop, and the clerk's office, with demonstrations and information about the history of the park and its resources.
COST: Free! Along with all units of the national park system, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will be free of charge during National Park Week, April 16-24, 2011.
Background: Fort Vancouver NHS is the heart of the Vancouver National Historic Reserve. The Reserve brings together a national park, a premier archaeological site, the region's first military post, an international fur trade emporium, one of the oldest operating airfields, the first national historic site west of the Mississippi River, and a waterfront trail and environmental center on the banks of the Columbia River. The partners of the Reserve teach visitors about the fur trade, early military life, natural history, and pioneers in aviation, all within the context of Vancouver’s role in regional and national development. The Reserve's vast array of public programs -- including living history events, festivals, cultural demonstrations, exhibits, active archaeology, and other special activities -- create a dynamic, fun, and unique tourist destination for people of all ages.