Sitka National Historical Park to host Founder’s Day celebration on Saturday, Aug. 25

The Sitka National Historical Park will host a Founder’s Day celebration on Saturday, Aug. 25, with lots of naturalist activities for the whole family, including the launch of the park’s Junior Wilderness Rangers program. Here is the park’s press release:

In recognition of the 96th anniversary of the establishment of the National Park Service, Sitka National Historical Park will offer fantastic naturalist programs for the whole family this Saturday, August 25th.  Founder’s Day celebrations will include a ranger-guided walk along the Totem Trail for youth ages 6 to 11, the debut of the Junior Wilderness Rangers program for those ages 8 to adult, and will finish off with cupcakes offered on our front seaside porch to celebrate the National Park Service’s 96th birthday. We have a supportive group of rangers from the National Park Service to help youth get started on their Junior Wilderness Rangers programs and/or to become young naturalists. We invite everyone to stop by and join in the fun!

Ranger-Led Youth Naturalist Walk

11:30 a.m.

Ranger Samantha Cox will meet with local youth on the front seaside porch of the Sitka National Historical Park visitor center to begin the Youth Naturalist walk. This program will teach youth how to observe nature, encourage curiosity, and identify common Southeast Alaska plants.

Wilderness Ranger Program Debut

1:30 p.m.

Students can kick-start their school-time brains for a seriously fun and educational wilderness exploration certification program with the debut of the brand new Wilderness Ranger Program.  Rangers will introduce the program, hand out the Wilderness Explorer booklets, and help youth and adults alike to complete them.

Birthday Cupcakes

2:00 p.m.

Join park staff for “birthday cupcakes” sponsored by Alaska Geographic in honor of the National Park Service’s 96th birthday.

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