OLYM Jr Ranger Ocean Stewards and waves OLYM Jr Ranger Ocean Stewards and waves
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2016 Funding Priority | Amount needed $12,600 | FUNDEDfunded_01 funded 01

This project will allow Olympic National Park to print a one- to two-year supply of junior ranger books and awards. Olympic National Park has two junior ranger activity books. The Olympic National Park Junior Ranger booklet helps young visitors explore Olympic National Park’s web of life. Children who complete the book earn a junior ranger badge. The Ocean Stewards booklet is focused on the coastal resources of the park, exploring the wilderness coast and encouraging children to become active stewards of the coast/ocean. Children earn a patch by completing the book.

The junior ranger program used to be funded through donations from program participants, but several years ago, the National Park Service encouraged parks to make the program free of charge. The last two years have seen record visitation to Olympic National Park and an increase in the use of the junior ranger programs.

Connecting with young audiences, creating appropriate and fun activities for families, and inspiring the next generation of passionate park people are critical if the resources protected within Olympic National Park are to be preserved for future generations.

The parks’ two junior ranger activity books offer opportunities for children and their families to engage in in-depth exploration of park resources, creating opportunities for greater connections to the resources protected within Olympic National Park. The next generation of passionate park people are visiting the parks with their families now. The junior ranger programs at Olympic National Parks allow families to “Explore, Learn, and Protect” their national parks while creating cherished family memories.