Olympic unveils new Junior Ranger booklet for kids

Staff reportApril 20, 2014 

The cover of the new Junior Ranger booklet, Ocean Stewards, available at Olympic National Park.

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK

Young visitors to Olympic National Park can enhance their experience by completing “Ocean Stewards,” a new addition to the park’s Junior Ranger program. The free self-guided program is for families and children ages 4 and older.

Like the park’s original Junior Ranger program, Ocean Stewards is a hands-on way for children to learn about the web of life within the park and how to explore safely, as well as understand how they can help protect the park, according to a park news release.

Upon completion of the booklet, children can earn an Ocean Stewards patch.

“For many of our youngest visitors, a trip to the park is not complete without earning their Junior Ranger badge,” Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum said in the release. “I am thrilled that we are able to offer this new opportunity for them explore even more, learn about the park’s amazing and diverse coastal ecosystem and earn a very cool Ocean Steward’s patch.”

The program includes an activity booklet designed and written by park staff. The booklet contains activities and information about the coastal ecosystem of the park. Booklets are available at park visitor centers and ranger stations throughout the park and online at nps.gov/olym/forkids/beajuniorranger.htm.

On Saturday, the park will celebrate National Junior Ranger Day. Activities will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center, 3002 Mount Angeles Road, Port Angeles. The free activities will include taking a hike through the forest with ranger, creating an art project and playing games with rangers. Children of all ages, with an adult, are welcome to stop by any time during the day. For more information, call 360-565-3146.

HELPING THE NORTH CASCADES

An event this week will allow visitors to North Cascades National Park Complex learn about the area’s history, nature, trails and archaeology. The events are part of the park’s National Park Week celebration.

The park will celebrate the week and Earth Day by hosting a volunteer event on Tuesday. Volunteers will help clean up Colonial Creek Campground. If you want to take part, meet at the park compound in Marblemount at 8:45 a.m. The carpool will depart at 8:45 a.m.

Participants should bring water, lunch and work gloves. You can expect to be back at Marblemount by 3:30 p.m.

For more information about what is going on at North Cascades and other National Park Service sites throughout the country, go to nationalparkweek.org. For more information on the North Cascades complex, go to nps.gov/noca.

ONLINE MAP STORE REDESIGNED

The online National Forest Map Store has been redesigned. In addition to a new look, the site now features mobile friendly shopping.

The store offers secure online sales through the U.S. Forest Service’s partner, the National Forest Foundation. The store includes 17 maps covering lands in Washington

To order maps, go to nationalforestmapstore.com.

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