Catoctin Mountain Junior Web Ranger

Catoctin Mountain Junior Web Ranger at https://www.nps.gov/cato/forkids/jrwebranger.htm

Catoctin Mountain Junior Web Ranger

NPS

Quick Facts

GETTING READY FOR 2016:

A Call to Action
Action Item:
Live and Learn
Also Promotes:
Go Digital
Year Accomplished:
2014

Using interactive activities, Catoctin Mountain Park outreaches to "virtual visitors" worldwide through the Catoctin Mountain Junior Web Ranger program at https://www.nps.gov/cato/forkids/jrwebranger.htm.  This program has the potential to reach new audiences. Many of these users may never actually visit the park, but they can discover what makes Catoctin Mountain Park a unique place and develop an understanding and appreciation of the park and the National Park Service.

 
This interpretive product is primarily designed for children 6 to 12 years of age and their families and/or teachers, but it could also be used by anyone who wants to participate. The project provides multiple ways for visitors to learn about national parks and creates opportunities for visitors to develop their own intellectual or emotional connections to the park and the National Park Service.

The activities were designed with accessibility using alternative text descriptions and captioning of videos. 

The Catoctin Mountain Junior Web Ranger accomplishes some of the Visitor Experience Goals and recommendations for Off-Site Contacts listed in the Long-Range Interpretive Plan for Catoctin Mountain Park and covers several of the park's primary interpretive themes. The activities in the project encourage resource protection in Catoctin Mountain Park as well as other National Park units the children and their families may visit.

The Catoctin Mountain Junior Web Ranger project was researched, designed and created by Park Ranger Alicia Lafever, who is also the park's webmaster. 

Currently, there are nine activities (82 web pages) on the Catoctin Mountain Junior Web Ranger Web Ranger.

  • It is free of charge to users through the park's website.
  • Activities encourage children and their families to visit the park to learn more.
  • Participants earn a Junior Ranger certificate and a pride of accomplishment when they complete the activities. The park is considering purchasing a patch to send to participants who have completed the program.
  • Low maintenance: Once the project has been completed, there will be little maintenance needed. The web pages have been entered in the NPS Content Management System (CMS) and can be maintained by those who are trained in this system.
  • Adjustable: activities can be changed, added or subtracted.
  • Easy to use.
  • Employees who receive requests from kids for information about park resources and classroom projects can refer kids to the website for information.  There is an index page on the website at https://www.nps.gov/cato/forkids/jrwebranger.htm where users can select the activities they are interested in.
  • Users will be able to provide feedback by clicking on the "Contact" information listed on the park's website.
  • Through Google Analytics at http://www.google.com/analytics, the usage of the Catoctin Mountain Junior Web Ranger pages can be documented.
  • This project supports the National WebRanger through the information and the protection messages in the activities. The Catoctin Mountain Junior Web Ranger is unique in that it provides specific information about Catoctin Mountain Park and its cultural and natural resources. The activities demonstrate to kids how they can protect this special place.
  • The Catoctin Mountain Junior Web Ranger project can be beneficial for kids and teachers with classroom projects. These activities meet the following National Standards (http://www.educationworld.com/standards/national/science/): NS.K-4.2 PHYSICAL SCIENCE, NS.K-4.3 LIFE SCIENCE, NS.K-4.4 EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE, NS.K-4.5 SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, NS.K-4.6 PERSONAL AND SOCIAL PERSPECTIVES, NS.K-4.7 HISTORY OF NATURE AND SCIENCE, NSS-C.K-4.1  WHAT IS GOVERNMENT?, NS.5-8.2 PHYSICAL SCIENCE, NS.5-8.3 LIFE SCIENCE, NS.5-8.4 EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE, NS.5-8.6 PERSONAL AND SOCIAL PERSPECTIVES, NSS-USH.5-12.6 ERA 1: THREE WORLDS MEET (BEGINNINGS TO 1620), NSS-USH.5-12.6 ERA 2: COLONIZATION AND SETTLEMENT (1585-1763), NSS-USH.5-12.6 ERA 4: EXPANSION AND REFORM (1801-1861), NSS USH.5-12.6 ERA 6: THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE INDUSTRIAL UNITED STATES (1870-1900), NSS-USH.5-12.7 ERA 7: THE EMERGENCE OF MODERN AMERICA (1890-1930), and NSS-USH.5-12.7 ERA 8: THE GREAT DEPRESSION AND WORLD WAR II (1929-1945).