National Junior Ranger Day

A ranger and a young visitor dressed up like a ranger at National Junior Ranger Day in Shenandoah.

NPS | John F. Mitchell

Have you ever put your hand in a bear's footprint or tried on a ranger hat? Now you have the chance!

Shenandoah National Park has some special activities planned for National Junior Ranger Day. The program is designed to help children and families connect with parks in ways that engage them in exploring, learning, and practicing stewardship.

Most programs are available for children of all ages. Special "Junior Ranger Day" patches will be available.

When
April 21, 2018. See below for the full schedule of planned activities.


Where
Activities meet at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (Mile 4.6 on Skyline Drive) and Byrd Visitor Center (Mile 51 on Skyline Drive) unless otherwise noted.

How much?
This event is entirely free, including free entry to the park due to National Park Week. Learn about fees and fee free days.

 

Schedule of Events

Both visitor centers, Dickey Ridge (mile 4.6) and Byrd (mile 51), will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. They contain exhibits and information. From 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. both visitor centers will have a touch table, a uniform try-on station for kids, and an indoor scavenger hunt. In addition, there will be the following special ranger programs and activities:

*All activities will be outdoors, unless otherwise noted

Dickey Ridge Visitor Center


Calling All Beginner Junior Birders! | 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Learn how to use binoculars, seek out and identify birds by sight and sound on the Fox Hollow Nature Trail. This hands-on program is designed for children ages 7 to 12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Less than a mile.

Bells and Whistles | 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Check out our fire truck and join a firefighter holding the business end of a working fire hose.

The Wild Side of Shenandoah | 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Join a park ranger for a short talk about one of Shenandoah’s amazing animals.

Bells and Whistles | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Get a close-up view of the variety of equipment that law enforcement rangers use to keep you safe.

Fox Hollow Trail Hike | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Explore a natural world of forest and flowers while discovering the story of people who lived and farmed here years ago. This hands-on program is designed for children ages 7 to 12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. A 1.2-mile hike.

Byrd Visitor Center


Owl Be Seeing You! | 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Meet a live eastern screech owl and learn about the role owls play in our ecosystem. Meet at Big Meadows amphitheater, in the picnic area.

Project BudBurst | 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Become a citizen scientist with a park ranger and learn about trees, flowers, and seasonal changes. This hands-on program is designed for children ages 7 to 12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Less than a mile.

Bells and Whistles | 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Get a close-up view of the variety of equipment that law enforcement rangers use to keep you safe.

The Wild Side of Shenandoah | 1:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Join a park ranger for a short talk about one of Shenandoah’s amazing animals.

Bells and Whistles | 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Check out our fire truck and join a firefighter holding the business end of a working fire hose.

Junior Ranger Program | 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Discover some of Shenandoah's “stars” - both the stars of the night sky and the wildlife that depend on them - at this hands-on program designed for children ages 7 to 12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Less than a mile walk.

 
National Junior Ranger Day is part of National Park Week, April 21 - 29, 2018. Special programs are being held at national parks around the country. Check out what other parks are doing for National Park Week.
 

Last updated: March 13, 2018

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