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Lewis and Clark Trail Junior Ranger Program wins NAI Media Award

A blue activity booklet and wooden badge are displayed along a lake shore with a visitor center behind. Booklet features a Lewis and Clark Trail logo and reads: Junior Ranger.
Lewis and Clark Trail Junior Ranger Booklet at Fort Peck Dam and Lake, MT, one of 30 participating locations along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.

US Army Corps of Engineers. Fort Peck Dam & Lake. 

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News Release Date: January 4, 2022

Contact: Caitlin Campbell

OMAHA, Nebraska. – The Lewis and Clark Trail Junior Ranger Program has won a first-place media award from the National Association for Interpretation (NAI).  

Each year, agencies and organizations engaged in public outreach submit publications, videos, digital campaigns, and exhibits for competition in NAI’s media awards. Entries are reviewed by a panel of professionals in the fields of interpretation, design, and media.  

Part of the National Park Service’s popular Junior Ranger program, the Lewis and Clark Trail Junior Ranger program is hosted at more than 30 locations in 13 states along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. Participants pick up a free booklet and work on an educational activities to earn a Junior Ranger badge. 

The Lewis and Clark Trail Junior Ranger Activity Journal was awarded the first-place NAI Media Award in the book category after receiving top marks for thoughtful messaging and innovative online components. 

“This program tells an inclusive history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, beginning with tribal homelands and highlighting the diverse backgrounds and skills of the expedition members,” said Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Superintendent Mark Weekley. “We've developed innovative, multimedia elements to make the program more engaging and accessible for all.”   

 Read-along videos are available online so participants can hear the activities narrated and audio-described. This feature is particularly helpful for participants or guardians who are blind or partially blind.  Families can also access a Native Names of the Trail webpage to hear plant and animal names in indigenous languages. 

Three dimensional topographic maps are available at each site hosting the Junior Ranger Program. These maps have been designed to help blind or partially blind visitors perceive the Lewis and Clark Trail. 

Find more information on the Lewis and Clark Trail Junior Ranger Program on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail’s official website,  


ABOUT THE LEWIS AND CLARK NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL. The 4,900 mile long Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail follows the route of the Lewis and Clark Expedition across North America and passes through the territories of more than sixty tribes. For additional information about the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, please call 402-661-1806 or visit and join the conversation by following @LewisandClarkNHT.  

ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s more than 400 national parks and work with communities across the nation to preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at   


Last updated: January 4, 2022

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