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Celebrate National Park Week and earn a badge or two on Saturday, April 27!
How do you earn a Junior Ranger badge? Each unit in the National Park Service has put together an activity booklet for children. After completing the required activities for their age group, they take a pledge and earn their badge. Since the badges have the name of the park, collecting the badges has become very popular among young visitors.
Not only are there badges for the individual Park Service units, there are badges and patches available for subjects covered by a variety of parks. Kids may earn a Junior Paleontologist badge as they learn about fossils and a Junior Ranger Night Explorer patch by observing the night sky. Both of these are available at Scotts Bluff and Agate Fossil Beds National Monuments.
On Saturday, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, there will be extra activities to help potential Junior Rangers earn their badges. Ranger Lynne Johns will give pioneer cooking demonstrations at the wagons, giving kids an opportunity to experience living history. Meanwhile, Ranger Matt Salomon will meet groups on the Saddle Rock Trail and talk about the geology of the bluffs.
The Scotts Bluff National Monument visitor center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The summit road remains open from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.All Monument trails are open from sunrise until sunset.Please inquire about the Bi-Park Annual Pass valid at both Fort Laramie National Historic Site and Scotts Bluff National Monument.Additional information about Scotts Bluff National Monument programs and schedules may be obtained at the visitor center, by calling 308-436-9700.