Your children can earn their very own free Junior Ranger Wilderness Explorer patch at Saturday’s Junior Ranger Event at the Sitka National Historical Park‘s visitor center. Join us from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, for ranger-led children’s programs, Junior Ranger activities and the awarding of patches and certificates.
This Junior Ranger Day will celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Students can participate in interactive ranger-led programs and complete activities in the new Junior Ranger Wilderness Explorer book. Rangers will distribute the free books and help kids with the various mazes, word searches, and art projects. At the conclusion of the event, a free Junior Ranger Wilderness Explorer patch and certificate will be awarded to all participants. Please note that this is a family activity and all children must be supervised.
In addition to the Junior Ranger Book activities, there will be several interactive programs offered throughout the morning. (See schedule below.) Light refreshments will be provided during the program.
Schedule of Events
10:25 a.m. to 10:50 a.m
Families can choose one of these Ranger-led programs; they will be repeated at 11:15 a.m.
- Wildlife and Wilderness – How does the wildlife of Sitka National Historical Park and Baranof Island Wilderness rely on wild places to survive? Join us to find out.
- Leave No Trace: Take Only Pictures and Leave Only Footprints – How can you ensure that wild places remain wild? Join a ranger to learn about how you can help preserve the park and other wild places.
- Plants, Berries and Bark – Join a ranger to discover how wilderness and wild places around Stika provide abundant natural resources for a traditional subsistence lifestyle.
11:15 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.
Families are encouraged to attend one of these programs.
- Wildlife and Wilderness
- Leave no Trace
- Plants, Berries and Bark
Junior Ranger Badge Presentation
12:05 p.m. to 12:15 p.m.
After completing a few activities in their Junior Ranger Wilderness Explorer books, students are invited to participate in our Junior Ranger ceremony. During the ceremony participants will take an oath with a ranger and receive a certificate and a patch. (Children may also return their completed books at a later date to receive their patch and certificate.)
About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov/sitk or visit our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/SitkaNationalHistoricalPark.