Junior Ranger Day at Joshua Tree National Park

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Date: April 7, 2016
Contact: George Land, 760-367-5507

Joshua Tree National Park, Twentynine Palms, CA –

Sunday, April 17, 2016 is Junior Ranger Day at the park. Kids from 3 to 14 years old are invited to explore, learn and protect while taking part in fun programs and earning a junior ranger badge. Stop by any visitor center for your booklet and ask about the Centennial Junior Ranger program. The schedule for the day is as follows:

9:30am –11:30am - Oasis Visitor Center:
Centennial Junior Ranger Station
In 2016, the National Park Service turns 100 years old! Come learn about the National Park Service and pick up a Centennial Junior Ranger booklet. Upon completion of the booklet, kids will earn a Centennial Junior Ranger badge. 

11:00am - Oasis Visitor Center:
Junior Ranger Discovery Walk (1-1.5 hours, 0.5 mile)
Perfect for families with children! This short hike will help kids on their way to earning a Joshua Tree National Park Junior Ranger badge.

1:30pm –3:30pm –Joshua Tree Visitor Center:
Junior Ranger Paleontology Station
Come discover ice age fossils and complete a short activity with a ranger. Activity will help kids on their way to earning a Paleontology Junior Ranger badge.

2:00pm - Boy Scout Trailhead (west entrance):
Junior Ranger Wilderness Walk (1-1.5 hours, 1 mile)
Explore wilderness with a ranger! This short hike will help kids on their way to earning a Wilderness Junior Ranger patch. Please bring water and sun protection. 

On Saturday, April 16-9am-2pm, Joshua Tree National Park will have a booth at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley at Earth Day festivities. Celebrate with us by making a Joshua Tree from balloon debris collected in the park. NPS Centennial Hiking Challenge booklets will be available. Use the Hiking Challenge book to explore the many hiking trails in the park and earn stickers to record your completed routes. 

The National Park Service invites each and everyone to take advantage of these and other programs offered during the centennial year. Come out and "Find Your Park!" 

Last updated: April 7, 2016

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74485 National Park Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277-3597


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