Youngsters Touch NPS Careers during Cape Cod's "Touch a Truck" Event

Two youngsters learn about a fire hose with a park firefighter.

Andrew Bond assisted Sam and Tirzah from Western Massachusetts in the buoy game, spraying water from a tender.

Wicked Local Cape Cod/William F. Pomeroy

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Who doesn't like to climb on a front-end loader, sit in a kayak, or press a siren? Over 300 families and children turned out for Cape Cod's Junior Ranger "Touch a Truck" event on April 20. In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, all five divisions of the seashore collaborated to offer this event which showcased vehicles and equipment used to accomplish park work.  Each division offered a staffed station to answer questions and assist the children with the different ways they could interact with the vehicles.  Children and adults sat on front-end loaders, quads, canoes, and trams;tested law enforcement sirens;and aimed and shot water from fire hoses.  After visiting and receiving a stamp at each of the stations, children exchanged their stamp sheets for junior ranger badges.  The event built upon previously popular CACO events that showcased firefighting equipment. The goal of the event was to cultivate and inspire the next generation of park service employees, and given the attendance and enthusiasm, it's safe to say the day was a success!