Catoctin Mountain Junior Web Ranger
- GETTING READY FOR 2016:
A Call to Action
- Action Item:
- Live and Learn
- Also Promotes:
- Go Digital
- Year Accomplished:
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.
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
activities were designed with accessibility using alternative text descriptions
and captioning of videos.
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.
Mountain Junior Web Ranger project was researched, designed and created by Park
Ranger Alicia Lafever, who is also the park's webmaster.
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
- 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).