National Junior Ranger Day celebrates the next generation of National Park stewards! Fort Vancouver National Historic Site invites hundreds of children each year to become Junior Rangers at this family-friendly event. Junior Rangers pledge to explore national parks, learn about our nation’s land and heritage, and protect the valuable resources of the National Park Service. After completing Junior Ranger activities, children are awarded a Junior Ranger badge as a token of their educational accomplishment. Through a variety of children’s activites and programs at the event, youth learn about national parks and the people who protect them. The Junior Ranger motto – “Explore, Learn, and Protect” – encourages youth to become engaged with the values of the National Park Service and involved in preserving the special places of the National Park System.
This year for National Junior Ranger Day, the park invites children and families to earn their Junior Ranger badge by completing fun, interactive activities with national park rangers. The event will be offered both in English and Spanish. Activities and Junior Ranger Activity Booklets will be offered in both languages, and bilingual, interactive storytelling sessions will be offered at 11 am and 2 pm.
The Junior Ranger program is designed for children ages 6 to 12, but younger children can complete it with help. Older kids and adults are welcome to participate as well.
What: National Junior Ranger Day
Where: The reconstructed Fort Vancouver and the Historic Hangar at Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E Fifth Street, Vancouver, WA 98661
When: Saturday, April 15, 10 am to 3 pm. Bilingual storytelling sessions will take place at 11 am and 2 pm.
National Junior Ranger Day activities will also be held from 10 am to 3 pm at the McLoughlin House Unit of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 713 Center Street, Oregon City, Oregon.