Yellowstone Forever

June 10, 2010

Wanted: Junior Rangers for Yellowstone!

Young Visitor at Minerva TerraceYellowstone has a way of bringing out the child in all of us, but kids aged 4 and up have a program designed just for them.  More than 150 national parks, including Yellowstone, have established Junior Ranger programs to introduce children to the natural wonders and fascinating histories of the parks.  The programs are designed to provide participants with active fun, and the flexibility to explore the parks at their own pace and within the limits of their own time.

Age- and season-appropriate requirements to become a Junior Ranger include activities such as attending a ranger-led program, hiking on a park trail, and completing activities on various topics such as geothermal geology, wildlife, and fire ecology. Upon completion, participating children will be awarded a special Junior Ranger patch.

“Young people inspire us; we want to help them be vigorous and curious for life. It starts with family fun. National parks are amazing places where exercise is disguised as adventure, and we sneak in some learning too,” National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis said.

Every day, all summer long, any child can become a Junior Ranger in Yellowstone! Just purchase the official Junior Ranger booklet for $3 and complete the program requirements.  Stop by any Park visitor center or the Junior Ranger Station located at Madison Junction for details. 


This Summer, Kids Can Go for the Gold!

The Wildlife OlympicsHow far can you jump?
How well can you see and smell?
Who will win the gold -- a bison, a ground squirrel, or you?

As part of the Junior Ranger program, Yellowstone National Park offers the Wildlife Olympics, a fun and active learning activity designed primarily for children ages 5-12. Children test their skills and compare their abilities with those of animals in Yellowstone.

The following are scheduled dates and locations for Wildlife Olympics for the remainder of Summer 2010.  Just stop by anytime between the hours listed, and stay as long or as short a time as your schedule allows.  It's free, and all participants earn a “Let’s Move Outside” sticker and a "Wild About Yellowstone" temporary tattoo!

Wednesday, July 28, 10 am—2 pm
Canyon Village, near the Canyon Visitor Education Center

Wednesday, August 11, 10 am—2 pm
Mammoth Hot Springs, across from the Albright Visitor Center on the Parade Grounds

Wednesday, August 25, 1—4 pm
Old Faithful, after the opening ceremonies for the Old Faithful Visitor Education Center

Wildlife Olympics Tattoo

Yellowstone’s Junior Ranger program is made possible in part by a generous grant from the Toyota USA Foundation to the Yellowstone Park Foundation. 




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