We had been studying John Muir before we left for California. He is considered to be the father of our National Parks system. Sitting in the national park that bears his name was awe inspiring. I tried to imagine John Muir walking among the Redwoods and what a GIFT he has given all Americans through his conservation and protection efforts.
I, (fill in name), am proud to be a National Park Service Junior Ranger. I promise to appreciate, respect, and protect all national parks. I also promise to continue learning about the landscape, plants, animals and history of these special places. I will share what I learn with my friends and family.
When they finished, we visited the ranger station and they had a nice interaction with the ranger and received their badge. I kept their booklets. They will get put in their box of activities from this homeschool year.
At the Muir Woods National Park we visited the famous Redwoods. You have NO IDEA how big these trees are until you are among them. We looked up and couldn't even see the tops of the trees. I love the picture of my children sitting, working together on their booklets. They learned ways Redwoods reproduce, telling the age of a tree, different types of wildlife in the park, about the life of John Muir, and so much more.
At the end of this day the children took an oath from the ranger and received their badges (which were made of recycled Redwoods - how cool is that??).
If you visit the National Parks website you can find out ALL about the Junior Ranger program, and which parks have the program. There are also several activities for your children through the site that are very educational.
As we plan more trips I will check out the National Parks in the area and if they have Junior Ranger programs. Sometimes we hear so much complaining about our government.... this, however, is one SPECTACULAR program our government maintains and homeschoolers especially should take full advantage of the many resources.
Have your children taken part in the Junior Ranger program? What did you think?
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