Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a Park Ranger? Lake Meredith National Recreation Area is inviting all children to participate in National Junior Ranger Day, to be held Saturday, April 25 at Spring Canyon below the Sanford Dam. There is no charge for the activities, which will take place from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.
Children will have the opportunity to learn about our National Park System and the types of things Park Rangers do on a daily basis. Various stations will be set up around Spring Canyon, where children will be able to learn about archaeology, touch animal skulls and pelts, and learn about Park Service occupations like fire-fighting and law enforcement. After answering questions about what they have learned, participants will be rewarded with a National Junior Ranger patch.
More than 225 National Park Service sites will host youth-oriented activities on National Junior Ranger Day. "The Junior Ranger program is the National Park Service's signature program for young visitors," said acting National Park Service Director Dan Wenk. "Throughout the year children earn badges and certificates after completing age-appropriate park related activities at their own pace. On Junior Ranger Day many parks will have additional special events and guided programs. Children will also receive commemorative 2009 Junior Ranger Day pins and certificates."
This will be the second year that Lake Meredith has participated in this event, and park staff plan to make it an annual occurrence. No advance reservations are required.